Arts & Crafts Productions is a record label comprised of many critically-acclaimed Canadian artists, as well as a host of services for new and upcoming musical acts.
The label was started in 2003 by Kevin Drew (the co-founder of Broken Social Scene) and ex-Virgin Records executive Jeffrey Remedios as a distribution platform for BSS' first album, You Forgot It in People. The label eventually grew to encompass several other artists directly affiliated with the group, including Jason Collett, Leslie Feist and Stars.
In 2004, the company expanded its operations after the success of BSS' debut, and moved part of their operations to Montreal before releasing Stars' breakthrough record Set Yourself on Fire under the "Arts & Crafts International" banner. They followed it up by being one of the first major record labels to launch their own digital storefront, GalleryAC.com, in 2005.
The label has been covered in many publications and outlets, including This Book Is Broken, a 2009 book detailing the rise of the Toronto indie scene and the roster of bands currently signed to A&C. In addition, the label holds its own music festival, Field Trip, which features performances from many past and present contributors, as well as distributes its own compilation albums (Arts & Crafts: 2003-2013 and Arts & Crafts: X).
Arts & Crafts performers, past and present, with TV Tropes pages:
- Bloc Party (Canadian distribution only)
- Broken Social Scene
- Fleet Foxes (Mexican distribution only)
- Hayden (as of Us Alone)
- Los Campesinos! (North American distribution only)
- Metric (Mexican distribution only)
- Moby (Canadian distribution only)
- Yo La Tengo (Mexican distribution only)