Paper Bag Records

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Paper Bag Records
Founded2002 (2002)
Distributor(s)Outside Music (Can)
The Orchard (US)
Republic of Music (UK/EU)
Country of originCanada
LocationToronto, Ontario, Canada

Paper Bag Records is a Canadian independent record label, artist-management company, and music publisher founded in 2002 and based in Toronto.


The label was created with the intention of focusing specifically on the Toronto-area indie rock music scene. Initial signings were Broken Social Scene and Stars with their breakthrough albums You Forgot It in People and Heart, respectively. The label helped launched the careers of controller.controller, Tokyo Police Club and Austra, amongst many others.

For two years in a row, Paper Bag Records had been given the title of 'Best Label' from Toronto's Now Magazine in each of NOW's 2008[1] and 2009[2] issues. Another highlight, in the August 2007 issue of US publication XLR8R, Paper Bag Records was voted #14 "Best Indie Label".[3]

In 2011, four releases were long-listed[4] for the Polaris Music Prize; Austra's Feel It Break', PS I Love You's Meet Me at the Muster Station, The Rural Alberta Advantage's Departing and Young Galaxy's Shapeshifting, with Feel It Break grabbing a nomination for the shortlist.[5]

Paper Bag Records launched their "Paper Bag Digital" online store in June 2008, which features their entire catalog for purchase and download in mp3 and FLAC formats.[6]

The Paper Bag Records series of vinyl releases are produced in very limited quantities, with each run between 300-500 copies. To make the vinyl even more of a collector's item, they are released on coloured 180-gram vinyl with silk-screened artwork.[7]

Since the switch in management in 2009, Trevor Larocque, the only original founder still part of the company, made significant changes to the label's identity and improved its image. The Toronto Star in 2011 is quoted with a mention that the label is "having one of the best years of its existence"[8] and in early 2012, Toronto's weekly paper The Grid recognized the label as a "cornerstone of Canadian music"[9] and in September 2012, CBC Radio said the Paper Bag Records "could be the most influential label in Canada". Under this management, new bands joined the label; Elliott BROOD, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Born Ruffians, Young Galaxy, Cuff the Duke, PS I Love You, and are all enjoying success on an international level. In the summer of 2012, the label announced the addition of Montreal artists Tim Hecker, Moonface (Spencer Krug), Yamantaka // Sonic Titan and The Luyas to its roster.

In an effort to have the independent labels of Toronto come together on a project, Paper Bag Records played host to the first Independent Label Market event in Canada during NXNE 2013.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Juno Award [10]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2003 Broken Social Scene You Forgot It in People Alternative Album of the Year Won
2004 Stars Heart Alternative Album of the Year Nominated
2008 Tokyo Police Club Cheer It On Video of the Year Nominated
2012 Austra Feel It Break Electronic Album of the Year Nominated
2012 Cuff The Duke Morning Comes Adult Alternative Album of the Year Nominated
2012 The Rural Alberta Advantage Stamp Video of the Year Nominated
2012 The Rural Alberta Advantage New Group of the Year Nominated
2013 Elliott BROOD Days Into Years Roots & Traditional Album of the Year Won
2014 Born Ruffians Breakthrough Group of the Year Nominated
2014 Yamantaka//Sonic Titan UZU Alternative Album of the Year Nominated
2015 Elliott BROOD Work And Love Roots & Traditional Album of the Year Nominated
2017 Sarah Neufeld The Ridge Instrumental Album of the Year Nominated

Polaris Music Prize [11]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2006 The Deadly Snakes Porcella Polaris Music Prize Nominated
2011 Austra Feel It Break Polaris Music Prize Nominated
2012 Yamantaka // Sonic Titan Yamantaka // Sonic Titan Polaris Music Prize Nominated
2013 Young Galaxy Ultramarine Polaris Music Prize Nominated
2014 Yamantaka // Sonic Titan UZU Polaris Music Prize Nominated

MuchMusic Video Award [12]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2007 Tokyo Police Club Cheer It On Best Independent Video Won
2011 You Say Party Lonely's Lunch Best Independent Video Nominated
2011 You Say Party Lonely's Lunch Director of the Year - Sean Wainsteim Won

Plug Awards [13][14]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2007 Tokyo Police Club Nature of the Experiment Song of the Year Nominated
Tokyo Police Club New Artist of the Year Nominated
2008 Sally Shapiro Disco Romance Dance/Electronic Album of the Year Nominated
Sally Shapiro Female Artist of the Year Nominated

Western Canadian Music Awards [15]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2010 You Say Party XXXX Rock Recording Of The Year Won


Broken Social Scene You Forgot It in People CD PAPER001 2002
Stars Dead Child Stars CD PAPER002 2002
Stars Heart CD PAPER003 2003
Matthew Barber Means and Ends CD PAPER004 2003
Hawaii Hawaii CD PAPER005 2003
The FemBots Small Town Murder Scene CD PAPER006 2003
Plastikman Closer CD PAPER007 2003
Various Artists Paper Bag Records Sampler 2004/06/07/08/09 CD / Digital PAPER008-2/3/4/5 200-
controller.controller History CD / LP PAPER009 2004
Uncut Those Who Were Hung Hang Here CD PAPER010 2004
The FemBots Mucho Cuidado CD PAPER011 2004
Jake Fairley Touch Not The Cat CD PAPER012 2004
Memphis I Dreamed We Fell Apart CD PAPER013 2004
Magneta Lane The Constant Lover CD PAPER014 2005
controller.controller x-amounts CD / LP PAPER015 2005
The FemBots The City CD PAPER016 2005
The Deadly Snakes Porcella CD PAPER017 2005
Various Artists See You on the Moon! CD PAPER018 2005
Magneta Lane Dancing with Daggers CD PAPER019 2006
Tokyo Police Club A Lesson in Crime CD / LP PAPER020 / PAPER020LP 2006
Tokyo Police Club The Soho Sessions (iTunes Exclusive) Digital PBRD1008 2006
Cities in Dust Night Creatures CD PAPER021 2006
Andre Ethier Secondathallam CD PAPER022 2006
Andre Ethier Live at The Verge CD PBRD1009 2006
Uncut Modern Currencies CD PAPER023 2006
Under Byen Samme stof som stof CD PAPER024 2006
You Say Party! We Say Die! Lose All Time CD / LP (600 copies) PAPER025 / PAPER025LP 2006
You Say Party! We Say Die! Remik's Cube CD PBRD1022 2008
The Acorn Tin Fist CD PAPER026 2006
The Acorn Glory Hope Mountain CD / 2xLP (300 copies) PAPER027 / PAPER027LP 2007
The Acorn Heron Act CD PBRD1020 2008
Figurines When the Deer Wore Blue CD PAPER028 2007
Sally Shapiro Disco Romance CD PAPER029 2007
Tokyo Police Club Smith EP CD PAPER030 2007
Laura Barrett Earth Sciences EP CD PAPER031 2007
Under Byen Siamesisk CD PAPER032 2007
Slim Twig Derelict Dialect EP CD / LP (300 copies) PAPER033 / PAPER038LP 2008
Sally Shapiro Remix Romance Vol. 1 CD PAPER034 2008
Sally Shapiro Remix Romance Vol. 2 Digital PAPER035 2008
Woodhands Heart Attack CD / 2xLP (300 copies) PAPER036 / PAPER036LP 2008
Woodhands I Wasn't Made For Fighting EP Digital PBRD1021 2008
Woodhands Live Session (iTunes Exclusive)- EP Digital PBRD1026 2009
Woodhands Dancer EP Digital PBRD1028 2009
Montag Hibernation Digital PBRD1027 2009
Winter Gloves Let Me Drive EP Digital PBRD1024 2008
Winter Gloves About a Girl CD / LP (300 copies) PAPER037 / PAPER37LP 2008
Winter Gloves A Way to Celebrate CD (1000 copies) PBRD1040 2009
Slim Twig Vernacular Violence CD / LP (300 copies) PAPER038 / PAPER038LP 2008
Laura Barrett Victory Garden CD PAPER039 2008
Two Fingers Two Fingers CD PAPER040 2009
Two Fingers What You Know (single) Digital PBRD1029 2009
Two Fingers That Girl (single) Digital PBRD1030 2009
Two Fingers Bad Girl (single) Digital PBRD1038 2009
Josh Reichmann Oracle Band Life is Legal EP CD / LP (300 copies) PBRD1025 / PBRD1025LP 2009
Josh Reichmann Oracle Band Crazy Power CD / LP (300 copies) PAPER041 / PAPER041LP 2009
Josh Reichmann Oracle Band Shivering Black EP Digital PBRD1031 2009
Monogrenade La Saveur des Fruits EP Digital PBRD1034 2009
Slim Twig Contempt! CD / LP (300 copies) PAPER042 / PAPER042LP 2009
Sally Shapiro Miracle (single) Digital PBRD1032 2009
Sally Shapiro Love in July (single) Digital PBRD1035 2009
Sally Shapiro My Guilty Pleasure CD / LP (300 copies) PAPER043 / PAPER043LP 2009
Rock Plaza Central the moment of our most needing CD / LP (300 copies) PAPER044 / PAPER044LP 2009
Rock Plaza Central Are We Not Horses LP (300 copies) PAPER044LP2 2009
You Say Party! We Say Die! XXXX CD / LP (300 copies) PAPER045 / PAPER045LP 2009
Woodhands Remorsecapade CD / LP (300 copies) PAPER046 / PAPER046LP 2010
Little Girls Tambourine EP Digital PBRD1033 2009
Little Girls Concepts CD / LP (300 copies) PAPER047 / PAPER047LP 2009
Two Fingers Instrumentals CD PAPER048 2009
CFCF Panesian Nights Digital PBRD1023 2009
CFCF The Explorers EP (feat. Sally Shapiro) Digital PBRD1037 2009
CFCF Continent CD / 2xLP (500 copies) PAPER049 / PAPER049LP 2009
Under Byen Alt er tabt CD PAPER050 2010
Young Galaxy Invisible Republic CD/LP PAPER051 2010
Born Ruffians Say It CD/LP PAPER052 2010
The Acorn No Ghost CD/LP PAPER053 2010
The Rural Alberta Advantage Hometowns CD/LP PAPER054 2010
PS I Love You Meet Me At The Muster Station CD/LP PAPER055 2010
Winter Gloves All Red CD/LP PAPER056 2010
Johan Agebjörn Casablanca Nights CD PAPER057 2010
Austra Feel It Break CD/LP PAPER058 2010
Young Galaxy Shapeshifting CD/LP PAPER059 2011
The Rural Alberta Advantage Departing CD/LP PAPER060 2011
Elliott Brood Days Into Years CD/LP PAPER061 2011
Cuff The Duke Morning Comes CD/LP PAPER062 2011
CFCF Exercises CD/LP PAPER063 2012
PS I Love You Death Dreams CD/LP PAPER064 2012
Slim Twig Sof' Sike CD/LP PAPER065 2012
The Luyas Animator CD/LP PAPER066 2012
Cuff The Duke Union CD/LP PAPER067 2012
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan YT//ST CD/LP PAPER068 2012
Cuff The Duke Life Stories for Minimum Wage LP PAPER069 2012
Sally Shapiro Somewhere Else CD/LP PAPER070 2013
Luke Lalonde Rhythymnals CD/LP PAPER071 2012
Born Ruffians Birthmarks CD/LP PAPER072 2013
Young Galaxy Ultramarine CD/LP PAPER073 2013
Rachel Zeffira The Deserters CD/LP PAPER074 2013
CFCF Music For Objects CD/LP PAPER075 2013
CFCF Outside CD/LP PAPER076 2013
DIANA Perpetual Surrender CD/LP PAPER077 2013
Austra Olympia CD/LP PAPER078 2013
Tim Hecker Virgins CD/LP PAPER079 2013
Moonface Julia With Blue Jeans On CD/LP PAPER080 2013
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan UZU CD/LP PAPER081 2013
Sam Roberts Band Lo-Fantasy CD/LP PAPER082 2014
Frog Eyes Carey's Cold Spring CD/LP PAPER083 2014
Mozart's Sister Being CD/LP PAPER084 2014
PS I Love You For Those Who Stay CD/LP PAPER085 2014
Grey Lands Songs By Other People CD/LP PAPER086 2014
Elliott Brood Work And Love CD/LP PAPER087 2014
The Rural Alberta Advantage Mended with Gold CD/LP PAPER088 2014
My Brightest Diamond This Is My Hand CD/LP PAPER089 2014
Johan Agebjörn Notes CD/LP PAPER090 2015
Teen Daze Morning World CD/LP PAPER091 2015
Hey Mother Death Highway CD/LP PAPER092 2015
The Acorn Vieux Loup CD/LP PAPER093 2015
Young Rival Interior Light CD/LP PAPER094 2015
Princess Century Progress CD/LP PAPER095 2015
Alana Yorke Dream Magic CD/LP PAPER096 2015
Grey Lands Right Arm CD/LP PAPER097 2015
Frog Eyes Pickpocket's Locket CD/LP PAPER098 2015
Born Ruffians RUFF CD/LP PAPER099 2015
Young Galaxy Falsework CD/LP PAPER101 2015
You Say Party You Say Party CD/LP PAPER102 2016
Sarah Neufeld The Ridge CD/LP PAPER103 2016
Tim Hecker Love Streams CD/LP PAPER104 2016
The Luyas Human Voicing CD/LP PAPER105 2017
Sam Roberts Band TerraForm CD/LP PAPER106 2016
Lou Canon Suspicious CD/LP PAPER107 2017
Mappe Of A Northern Star, A Perfect Stone CD/LP PAPER108 2017
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan Dirt CD/LP PAPER109 2017
The Dears Times Infinity, Vol. 2 CD/LP PAPER110 2017
Aron D'Alesio Aron D'Alesio CD/LP PAPER111 2017
Jonathan Kawchuk North CD/LP PAPER112 2017
The Rural Alberta Advantage The Wild CD/LP PAPER113 2017
Elliott Brood Ghost Gardens CD/LP PAPER114 2017
Born Ruffians Uncle, Duke and the Chief CD/LP PAPER115 2018
Postdata Let's Be Wilderness CD/LP PAPER117 2018
Frog Eyes Violet Psalms CD/LP PAPER118 2018
Chad Valley Imaginary Music CD/LP PAPER121 2018
Art d'Ecco Trespasser CD/LP PAPER122 2018
Royal Canoe Waver CD/LP PAPER123 2019
Luke Lalonde The Perpetual Optimist CD/LP 2019
Mappe Of The Isle of Ailynn CD/LP 2019
Lou Canon Audomatic Body CD/LP 2020
Postdata Twin Flames CD/LP 2020
Zoon Bleached Wavves CD/LP 2020
Art d'Ecco In Standard Definition CD/LP PAPER133 2021
Sarah Neufeld Detritus CD/LP 2021
Royal Canoe Sidelining CD/LP 2021

See also[edit]


  1. ^ NOW | October 29-November 5, 2008 | VOL 28 NO 9
  2. ^ NOW | October 28-November 4, 2009 | VOL 29 NO 9
  3. ^ Archived 2009-09-25 at the Wayback Machine XLR8R | August 2007 | Issue 109
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-11-12. Retrieved 2012-01-15.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-04-09. Retrieved 2015-11-01.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^[permanent dead link] | CBC Radio 3
  7. ^ Reuters | Reuters, December 8, 2010
  8. ^ "Ben Rayner's Reasons to Live for July 10". 8 July 2011.
  9. ^ "241.JPG (1918x3682 pixels)". Archived from the original on 12 September 2012.
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  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-04-24. Retrieved 2013-04-26.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-04-16. Retrieved 2008-07-02.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-03-31. Retrieved 2008-03-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-03-21. Retrieved 2008-10-23.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ "Western Canada's Music Industry Awards".

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