Pheromone Recordings

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Pheromone Recordings
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Parent company MapleCore Ltd.
Founded 2008
Founder Kim Cooke
Distributor(s) Fontana North
Universal Music Canada
Country of origin Canada
Location Toronto, Ontario
Official website Pheromone Recordings

Pheromone Recordings is a Canadian independent record label,[1] launched by Kim Cooke in partnership with MapleCore Ltd. in 2008.[2]


Pheromone Recordings is a Toronto-based boutique label featuring a handpicked roster of artists ranging from roots rock to electronic. The eclectic mix of artists, currently entirely Canadian, includes independent acts such as Elisapie Isaac and The Dears as well as established names such as their first signed act The New Odds.[3]

The label has had several notable breakout releases such as Beast's self-titled Beast which was the label's first album to receive a Gold certification award.[4] Aboriginal artist Elisapie Isaac released Travelling Love on Pheromone recordings in 2012. The album garnered much critical acclaim including a Juno Award nomination for Breakthrough Artist of the Year which was later rescinded due to winning Aboriginal Album of the Year with her group Taima in 2005.[5] Toronto contemporary classical group Art of Time Ensemble which features a variety of primarily Canadian artists and actors has released two of their albums with Pheromone Recordings. The first Black Flowers in 2009 featuring Sarah Slean, and A Singer Must Die in 2010 featuring Steven Page of the Barenaked Ladies. Canadian singer-songwriter Joel Plaskett produced Mo Kenney's self-titled debut as well as the 'Land' portion of Sarah Slean's album Land & Sea.

In addition to artists releasing new music, the label has also issued the Skydiggers greatest hits compilation in the 20-year retrospective The Truth About Us [6] and a 20th anniversary edition of The Lowest of the Low's classic 1991 album Shakespeare My Butt.[7] Among Pheromone's other notable releases is Jason Schneider's Have Not Been The Same compilation, a companion album to the 2011 updated reissue of the Canadian rock history book Have Not Been the Same: The Can-Rock Renaissance 1985-1995. The album proceeds, along with proceeds from an auction of Bob Wiseman's hand-painted Ace Tone Top 5 Keyboard organ went to Kids Help Phone.[8]


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  1. ^ "What Happened to the Hits? The Music Industry". The Agenda with Steve Paikin, March 17, 2009.
  2. ^ "Newly Launched Pheromone Recordings Preps First Releases". Billboard, February 27, 2008.
  3. ^ "About Pheromone Recordings.". Retrieved 2013-04-04. 
  4. ^ "Gold & Platinum Certifications". Canadian Recording Industry Association. 2006. Retrieved 2013-04-04. 
  5. ^ "Quebec singer Elisapie tries to laugh off being an ex-Juno nominee". Montreal Gazette. 2013-03-28. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  6. ^ "Skydiggers part of our cultural fabric". Belleville Intelligencer, June 12, 2009.
  7. ^ "Lowest of the Low – Shakespeare My Butt". FFWD, December 30, 2010.
  8. ^ "Have Not Been The Same, a Seminal Text on Canadian Rock, Continues to Make A Difference.". Torontoist. 2012-11-30. Retrieved 2013-04-04. 
  9. ^ "Meet The New Odds, Almost The Same As The Old Odds"., March 17, 2008.
  10. ^ "Pheromone Recordings Artist Roster". April 9, 2013.