Toronto indie label Arts & Crafts was founded in 2002 by former Virgin Records executive Jeff Remedios and Broken Social Scene frontman Kevin Drew. It was meant only as a means for managing the band’s critical breakthrough, You Forgot It in People, but by the time they finished, they realized they had a platform for releasing the music of their friends. By 2005, the label was releasing music by non-BSS-affiliated bands, as well.
Today, Arts & Crafts is one of Canada’s most respected and widely recognized indie labels, responsible for the release of albums by bands such as Feist, Stars, Dan Mangan, Timber Timbre, Los Campesinos, and The Dears. Feist’s The Reminder won the Juno Award for Album of the Year in 2008.
Arts & Crafts is on Rdio, demonstrating taste beyond their own roster of Canadian and international artists. They’re constantly adding new and exciting artists to their collection, including their more recent signees, like Bishop Morocco, The Darcys, and Trust, whose new album TRST is their label debut. Follow Arts & Crafts on Rdio now for their latest Canadian and international additions, and listen to their “New From Arts & Crafts (2012)” playlist below.