Warner Music Canada

Last updated
Warner Music Canada
Warnermusiccanada.png
Parent company Warner Music Group
Founded1967 (1967)
Country of origin Canada
Location Toronto, Ontario
Official website www.warnermusic.ca

Warner Music Canada is the Canadian division of Warner Music Group. The label previously operated as WEA Canada, the Canadian subsidiary of WEA International, which later changed its name to Warner Music International in 1990. It was founded in 1967 as Warner Reprise Canada Ltd. [1]

Warner Music Group American global music conglomerate

Warner Music Group Inc. (WMG), also known as Warner Music, is an American multinational entertainment and record label conglomerate headquartered in New York City. It is one of the "big three" recording companies and the third largest in the global music industry, after Universal Music Group (UMG) and Sony Music Entertainment (SME). Formerly part of Time Warner, the company was publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange until May 2011, when it announced its privatization and sale to Access Industries, which was completed in July 2011. With a multibillion-dollar annual turnover, WMG employs more than 3,500 people and has operations in more than 50 countries throughout the world.

Contents

Current artist roster

This list is for artists signed directly to Warner Music Canada.

Big Wreck is a Canadian-American rock band formed by Ian Thornley in Boston, Massachusetts in 1994. They disbanded in 2002 and Ian Thornley pursued a solo career with his own band Thornley. In 2010, Ian Thornley and Brian Doherty reunited for a cross-Canada tour, playing both Big Wreck and Thornley songs. In 2012, under the name Big Wreck, the band released their third studio album, Albatross. The band has since released the albums Ghosts in 2014, Grace Street in 2017, and ...But For the Sun in 2019.

Billy Talent Canadian punk rock band

Billy Talent is a Canadian rock band from Mississauga, Ontario. They formed in 1993 with lead vocalist Benjamin Kowalewicz, guitarist Ian D'Sa, bassist Jon Gallant, and drummer Aaron Solowoniuk. There have been no lineup changes, although Aaron is currently taking a hiatus from the band due to an MS relapse, and Jordan Hastings from Alexisonfire, Cunter, and Say Yes is currently filling in for him. In the 25 years since their inception, Billy Talent sold well over one million albums in Canada alone and nearly 3 million albums internationally.

Blue Rodeo band

Blue Rodeo is a Canadian country rock band formed in 1984 in Toronto, Ontario. They have released 15 full-length studio albums, four live recordings, one greatest hits album, and two video/DVDs, along with multiple solo albums, side projects, and collaborations.

Canadian artists on Warner Music Group affiliates

This list is for Canadian artists currently signed to other Warner Music Group affiliates based outside of Canada.

k.d. lang Canadian singer-songwriter

Kathryn Dawn Lang, known by her stylized stage name k.d. lang, is a Canadian pop and country singer-songwriter and occasional actress.

Nonesuch Records American record label, owned by Warner Music Group, and based in New York City

Nonesuch Records is an American record company and label owned by Warner Music Group, distributed by Warner Records, and based in New York City. Founded by Jac Holzman in 1964 as a budget classical label, Nonesuch has developed into a label that records critically acclaimed music from a wide range of genres. Robert Hurwitz was president of the company from 1984 to 2017.

Daniel Powter Canadian musician and singer

Daniel Richard Powter is a Canadian musician. He is best known for his self-penned hit song "Bad Day" (2005), which spent five weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100.

Canadian artists formerly signed to Warner Music Group

Alanis Morissette Canadian-American singer-songwriter

Alanis Nadine Morissette is a Canadian-American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. Known for her emotive mezzo-soprano voice, Morissette began her career in Canada in the early 1990s with two mildly successful dance-pop albums. Afterwards, as part of a recording deal, she moved to Holmby Hills, Los Angeles and in 1995 released Jagged Little Pill, a more rock-oriented album which sold more than 33 million copies globally and is her most critically acclaimed work. Her follow-up album, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, was released in 1998.

Joni Mitchell Canadian musician

Roberta Joan "Joni" Mitchell is a Canadian singer-songwriter. Drawing from folk, pop, rock, and jazz, Mitchell's songs often reflect social and environmental ideals as well as her feelings about romance, confusion, disillusionment, and joy. She has received many accolades, including nine Grammy Awards and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. Rolling Stone called her "one of the greatest songwriters ever", and AllMusic has stated, "When the dust settles, Joni Mitchell may stand as the most important and influential female recording artist of the late 20th century".

Gordon Lightfoot Canadian singer-songwriter

Gordon Meredith Lightfoot Jr. is a Canadian singer-songwriter guitarist who achieved international success in folk, folk-rock, and country music. He is credited with helping to define the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and 1970s. He is often referred to as Canada's greatest songwriter and is known internationally as a folk-rock legend.

Related Research Articles

Warner Music Australasia is the Australian division of the Warner Music Group. The company's operations also include distribution to New Zealand.

Reprise Records American record label

Reprise Records is an American record label founded in 1960 by Frank Sinatra. It is owned by Warner Music Group, and operates through Warner Records, one of its flagship labels.

Sire Records is an American record label that is owned by Warner Music Group and distributed by Warner Records.

Warner Records Inc. is an American record label owned by Warner Music Group and headquartered in Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1958 as the recorded music division of the American film studio Warner Bros., and was one of a group of labels owned and operated by larger parent corporations for much of its existence. The sequence of companies that controlled Warner Bros. and its allied labels evolved through a convoluted series of corporate mergers and acquisitions from the early 1960s to the early 2000s. Over this period, Warner Bros. Records grew from a struggling minor player in the music industry to one of the top record labels in the world.

Radar Records was a UK-based record label formed in late 1977 by Martin Davis who had previously worked at United Artists Records, and Andrew Lauder, who had previously been head of A&R at the UK divisions of Liberty Records and United Artists. The label's first records were released in early 1978.

Giant Records was launched in 1990 as a joint venture between Warner Bros. Records and record executive Irving Azoff.

A&E Records is a United Kingdom-based record label imprint, owned by Warner Music Group (WMG). It operates under the WEA International group of labels at WMG.

Warner Music Vision is a music video company formed in 1991 to make music videos from artists and bands on Warner Bros. Records, Maverick Records, Sire Records, Atlantic Records and other Warner Music Group labels and to release them on video. Worldcat lists thousands of published works for Warner Music Vision.

Bill Bentley is an American music industry executive, particularly notable for having produced tribute albums of the music of significant cult artists Roky Erickson (1990), Skip Spence (1999), Doug Sahm (2009) and Lou Reed (2013), in addition to other recording projects.

Warner Classics the classical music arm of Warner Music Group

Warner Classics is the classical music arm of Warner Music Group. The label began issuing new recordings under the Warner Classics banner in 1991. The company also includes the Erato Records, Teldec Records and NVC Arts labels. Based in France, Warner Classics also distributes the Lontano and Finlandia labels.

Christian Tattersfield is the Founder of Good Soldier Songs; previously the CEO of Warner Music UK & Chairman, Warner Bros. Records UK.

Max Lousada is CEO of Recorded Music for Warner Music Group & Chairman and CEO of Warner Music UK. He has signed and worked with a number of artists, including Ed Sheeran.

Jem Records was a United States record label that existed from 1970 to 1988, at the time principally known as the parent company of Passport Records. The label was resurrected in 2013 as Jem Recordings.

Bruck Dawit is an Ethiopian-American musician, music producer, record mixer, composer and Author.

Scott Helman Canadian singer-songwriter

Scott Helman is a Canadian singer-songwriter from Toronto. He released his debut EP, Augusta in 2014 followed by Spotify Sessions in 2016 and Hang Ups in 2018. His album Hôtel de Ville came out in 2017 on Warner Music Canada.

References

  1. "Warner Music Canada Celebrating 50th Anniversary With New Releases, Playlists, Concerts and More". Billboard magazine. Retrieved 10 January 2018.