Secretly Canadian

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Secretly Canadian
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Founded1996 (1996)
FounderChris Swanson
Ben Swanson
Eric Weddle
Jonathan Cargill
Distributor(s)Alternative Distribution Alliance
GenreIndie rock, pop, experimental rock
Country of originU.S.
LocationBloomington, Indiana

Secretly Canadian is an American independent record label based in Bloomington, Indiana[1] with offices in Brooklyn, London, Austin, Los Angeles and Paris. Run by Ben Swanson, Chris Swanson and Darius Van Arman, the roster includes The War On Drugs, Anohni, Antony and the Johnsons, Yoko Ono, Tig Notaro, Damien Jurado, Here We Go Magic, and Whitney.


Secretly Canadian was started in 1996 by Chris and Ben Swanson, Eric Weddle, and Jonathan Cargill. The label's first two releases were a 7" by Songs: Ohia and a re-issue of an album by June Panic. Weddle later left to form label Family Vineyard, and the remaining trio were joined by Darius Van Arman in 1999. The label joined forces with Van Arman's Jagjaguwar, and the company has expanded rapidly since then.

Tig Notaro was nominated for a Grammy in 2014 and 2017 in the Best Comedy Album category, for the albums LIVE and Boyish Girl Interrupted respectively. The War on Drugs won the A2IM Libera award for Album of the Year in 2015.



A2IM Libera Awards (US)[edit]

  • Secretly Canadian - Label of the Year (2014 finalist)
  • The War on Drugs Lost in the Dream - Album of the Year (2015 WON)
  • Secretly Canadian - Label of the Year (2015 finalist)
  • Whitney Light Upon the Lake - Breakthrough Artist of the Year (2017 WON)
  • ANOHNI HOPELESSNESS - Best Dance/Electronic Album (2017 finalist)
  • ANOHNI "Drone Bomb Me" - Video of the Year (2017 finalist)

Mercury Prize (UK)[edit]

Brit Awards (UK/Global)[edit]

  • Antony and the Johnsons - Best British Male Solo Artist (2006 nominated)
  • The War on Drugs - Best International Group (2015 nominated)





  1. Joey Dosik - Game Winner (SC363)
  2. Suuns - Felt (SC360)
  3. Makeness - Loud Patterns (SC353)
  4. Damien Jurado - The Horizon Just Laughed (SC365)
  5. serpentwithfeet - soil (SC366)
  6. Stella Donnelly - Thrush Metal (SC371)
  7. Joey Dosik - Inside Voice (SC364)
  8. Steven A. Clark - Where Neon Goes To Die (SC361)


  1. Alex Cameron (musician)Forced Witness (SC336)
  2. Jens LekmanLife Will See You Now (SC339)
  3. Cherry GlazerrApocalipstick (album) (SC345)
  4. She-Devils – She-Devils (SC347)
  5. ANOHNIParadise_(Anohni_EP) (SC348)
  6. Yoko OnoFly_(Yoko_Ono_album) (SC282, reissue)
  7. Yoko OnoApproximately Infinite Universe (SC283, reissue)
  8. Yoko OnoFeeling The Space (SC284, reissue)


  1. Whitney (band)Light Upon the Lake (SC337)
  2. ANOHNIHopelessness (album) (SC333)
  3. Yoko OnoYoko_Ono/Plastic_Ono_Band (SC281, reissue)
  4. Yoko OnoUnfinished Music No.1: Two Virgins (SC289, reissue)
  5. Yoko OnoUnfinished Music No. 2: Life with the Lions (SC290, reissue)
  6. Tig NotaroBoyish Girl Interrupted (SC332)
  7. Damien JuradoVisions of Us on the Land (SC335)
  8. Alex Cameron (musician)Jumping_the_Shark (album) (SC334)
  9. Suuns Hold/Still (SC329)
  10. Luke TempleA Hand Through the Cellar Door (SC343)
  11. Damien Jurado & Richard Swift (singer-songwriter)Other People's Songs Vol. 1 (SC327)


  1. Here We Go MagicBe Small (SC315)
  2. Steven A. ClarkThe Lonely Roller (SC301)
  3. CayucasDancing at the Blue Lagoon (SC322)
  4. Gardens & VillaMusic for Dogs (SC320)


  1. The War On DrugsLost in the Dream (SC310)
  2. Damien JuradoBrothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son (SC295)
  3. Major LazerApocalypse Soon (SC309)
  4. Electric YouthInnerworld (SC319)
  5. Gardens & VillaDunes (SC294)


  1. Major LazerFree the Universe (SC292)
  2. CayucasBigfoot (SC256)
  3. SuunsImages Du Futur (SC260)
  4. Luke TempleGood Mood Fool (SC266)
  5. Tig NotaroLIVE (SC277)


  1. Antony and the JohnsonsCut the World (SC270)
  2. Damien JuradoMaraqopa (SC250)
  3. YeasayerFragrant World (SC240)
  4. Here We Go MagicA Different Ship (SC230)


  1. The War On DrugsSlave Ambient (SC190)
  2. Tig NotaroGood One (SC234)
  3. Gardens & VillaGardens & Villa (SC235)
  4. Richard SwiftWalt Wolfman (SC174)


  1. Antony and the JohnsonsSwanlights (SC215)
  2. The War On DrugsFuture Weather (SC227)
  3. YeasayerOdd Blood (SC210)
  4. Damien JuradoSaint Bartlett (SC192)


  1. Antony and the JohnsonsThe Crying Light (SC194)
  2. Zero BoysVicious Circle (SC188)
  3. Magnolia Electric Co.Josephine (SC185)
  4. Richard SwiftThe Atlantic Ocean (SC183)


  1. The War On DrugsWagonwheel Blues (SC167)
  2. Damien JuradoCaught in the Trees (SC175)
  3. Richard SwiftRichard Swift As Onasis (SC173)


  1. Jens LekmanNight Falls Over Kortedala (SC160)
  2. Magnolia Electric Co.Sojourner (SC150)
  3. David VanderveldeThe Moonstation House Band (SC156)
  4. Richard SwiftDressed Up For The Letdown (SC133)


  1. Magnolia Electric Co.Fading Trails (SC120)
  2. Damien JuradoAnd Now That I'm in Your Shadow (SC145)
  3. DanielsonShips (SC103)


  1. Antony and the JohnsonsI Am a Bird Now (SC105)
  2. Jens LekmanOh You're So Silent Jens (SC126)
  3. Damien JuradoOn My Way to Absence (SC088)
  4. Magnolia Electric Co.What Comes After the Blues (SC102)
  5. Jason MolinaLet Me Go, Let Me Go, Let Me Go (SC149)


  1. Antony and the JohnsonsAntony And The Johnsons (SC104)
  2. Jens LekmanWhen I Said I Wanted to Be Your Dog (SC107)
  3. Windsor for the DerbyWe Fight Till Death (SC110)
  4. Jason MolinaPyramid Electric Co. (SC083)


  1. Songs: OhiaMagnolia Electric Co (SC076)
  2. Scout NiblettI Am (SC080)
  3. Damien JuradoWhere Shall You Take Me? (SC084)


  1. Songs: OhiaDidn't It Rain (SC065)
  2. DanielsonFetch the Compass Kids (SC045)
  3. Swearing at MotoristsNumber Seven Uptown (SC032)
  4. Songs: OhiaSongs: Ohia (SC004)
  5. JacobitesRobespierre's Velvet Basement (SC055)
  6. MarmosetThe Record in Red (SC035)

Sales certifications[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Secretly Canadian Artists Cover Each Other On CD". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-10-30.

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