Distort Entertainment

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Distort Entertainment
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Founded 2002 (2002)
Founder Greg Below
Distributor(s) Fontana North
Genre Hardcore punk, metalcore, alternative rock, progressive rock
Country of origin Canada
Location Toronto, Ontario
Official website www.teamdistort.com

Distort Entertainment is a Canadian independent record label based in Toronto, Ontario. [1] The label specializes in bands performing hardcore punk-derived music, including Alexisonfire, Cancer Bats and Johnny Truant, but its sister division Distort Light has also released less aggressive rock bands such as Bend Sinister.

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History

Formed by Greg Below, (concert promoter and owner of Distort Productions) and Mitch Joel, (music journalist and publicist) in early 2002, Distort began by producing New Jersey's Step Kings' third release, 3 The Hard Way. The label's slogan "Listen Harder" was soon formed and showed Distort's specialization in heavy music.

Greg Below is the president and founding partner of Distort Entertainment, a well known Canadian show promoter, and music producer. Greg is known for his height and enthusiastic love of music.

Mitch Joel is a journalist and publicist. He is president of Twist Image, a digital marketing agency and president and a founding partner of Distort Entertainment.

In 2002, Below's full-time employment as a studio manager with EMI publishing Canada later helped to jump start Distort by opening the door to a distribution partnership with EMI Music Canada. Although Distort is admired for its independence in the industry, it wanted to be associated with the well respected quality for which EMI had become known. [2]

Now quite established, Distort Entertainment is a well-known Canadian label, and back some of the most respected bands in the heavy music industry.

Artists/bands represented

Alexisonfire Canadian post-hardcore band

Alexisonfire is a five-piece Canadian post-hardcore band that formed in St. Catharines, Ontario in 2001. They describe their music as "the sound of two Catholic high-school girls in mid-knife-fight". When the band emerged in late 2001, it was enough to impress critics as well as earning their self-titled debut album a gold certification in Canada. The band has released three subsequent successful studio albums since then: Watch Out! in 2004, Crisis in 2006, and Old Crows/Young Cardinals in 2009, each achieving platinum certification in their native country. Plus three special edition live albums from Manchester Academy, Birmingham Academy, and Brixton Academy. Their accolades include a 2005 Juno Award for New Group of the Year.

Architects (British band) British metalcore band

Architects are a British metalcore band from Brighton, East Sussex, formed in 2004 by twin brothers Dan and Tom Searle. The band now consists of Dan Searle on drums, Alex Dean on bass guitar, Sam Carter on vocals, and Adam Christianson and Josh Middleton on guitars. They have been signed to Epitaph Records since 2013.

Blackstorm are a rock/blues band from Yuendumu in the Northern Territory. The members are Warlpiri and their songs are sung in Warlpiri and English. The band was nominated for a Deadly Award for Best Band in 2001.

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