Borealis Records

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Borealis Records
Founded 1996 (1996)
Genre Folk
Country of origin  Canada
Location Toronto, Ontario
Official website

Borealis Records is a Canadian record label, founded in 1996 by four Canadian musicians. It is notable as being focused exclusively on the recording and development Canadian folk and roots music artists.


In 1996, Canadian musicians Grit Laskin, Bill Garrett, Paul Mills and Ken Whiteley established Borealis Records. The mandate of the company is (a) to record only Canadian artists, (b) to seek out artists from all of Canada's regions, (c) to enter into "ethical artist agreements that are fair and typically more generous than what is the industry standard" and (d) to present all the diverse styles of music under the Folk and Roots umbrella.[1]

Artists recording for Borealis Records include Aengus Finnan, Linda McRae, Eve Goldberg, Ron Hynes, Penny Lang, Nathan Rogers, Mose Scarlett, Oliver Schroer, Bob Snider, Terry Tufts, Jackie Washington, Penny Lang and Sneezy Waters[2]

The label is associated with True North Records and Linus Entertainment.[3] In addition to individual artist releases, Borealis Records released Beautiful: A Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot (2003), in which Borealis artists and others interpreted the songs of Gordon Lightfoot.


  1. ^ Profile of Borealis Records Archived February 1, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.;
  2. ^ Profiles of Borealis Artists Archived February 1, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.;
  3. ^ See "Record Companies" at Borealis Records home page Archived January 19, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.;

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