New album from Patrick Ballantyne available now!

Northwood Records recording artist Patrick Ballantyne released is new album “Calendar” today. A re-imagining of his ‘hit-a-month’ project, ‘Calendar’ is Mr. Ballantyne’s 3rd full length release and showcases the Canadian hit-songwriter’s wide songwriting range and musical influences.

“Calendar” is available now on the Northwood Records online store, as well as all major digital retailers and streaming platforms.

New Video: Cannons – Written On The Wall

A couple months ago I got call from Cannons asking me to come out and film their set at the ACC opening for Bon Jovi. How could I say no? It was a great night, made all the more awesome by the fact that I’ve know some of these dudes(and their manager) for about the 20 year mark now. The band played a great set to an enamoured crowd, and with the footage from the night I cut together this video for their song “Written On The Wall”…
Cannons(formerly Autumn’s Cannon) are a rock band from Ottawa, Ontario currently touring in support of their new EP.
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Songs From The Vault 2017

Northwood Music Presents its 5th annual CMW Showcase “Songs From The Vault”. 6 great singer-songwriters playing in a 100 year old bank Vault in downtown Toronto.
10:00pm – AHI
9:20pm – Ambre McLean
8:40pm – Luke Nicholson
8:00pm – Abigail Lapell
7:30pm – Rebecca Rain
7:00pm – Preetam Sengupta

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Enter The Haggis – One Last Drink

After completing an 7 video project where we helped Enter The Haggis make a video for every song from their new Broken Arms EP, we decided why stop there? One of ETH’s move fan favourite songs for years has been “One Last Drink”, but they never had an official video for the tune. And so, here we are; Enter The Haggis “One Last Drink”.

CMW 2016

We’re please to announce our Canadian Music Week Showcase, the 4th instalment of “Songs From The Vault”.

This years showcase features songs in-the-round with Ambre McLean, Patrick Ballantyne and Luke Nicholson with an opening set by Rebecca Stephens. Show starts at 8pm in The Vault at One Kine West, Saturday May 7th.


New Music From D’eve Archer

We’re very pleased to announce our first release with D’eve Archer. D’eve is a long time friend of Northwood, and we’re proud to be working with this musical powerhouse!
Please check out Archer’s first single with Northwood, “You Are On My Mind” below…

New Music From Patrick Ballantyne

New music today from Patrick Ballantyne. It’s a double whammy this month with not just one but 2 singles in Patrick’s “Hit-a-month” song series!

Patrick Ballantyne Interview

Patrick Ballantyne recently did an interview with Canadian Beats Magazine. Below is an except – read the full article here: Canadian Beats.

First of all, congratulations on signing with Northwood. What made you decide to sign with them? Were you looking to be signed with a label, or did it just happen?

Patrick Ballantyne: There was a fair amount of happenstance, actually. I’m a big fan of Ambre McLean, who is also with Northwood. She and I worked on a new song recently and we got to chatting about Northwood. One thing led to another and here we are! I wasn’t really looking for a label, but Matt Connell at Northwood is prepared to help me get material out in a very supportive way. My main music gig is songwriting but I really enjoy recording. This will give me an opportunity to release music that might otherwise stay in my basement!

Patrick is certainly a great addition to your roster of artists. What made you decide to add him to your label? What do you look for in new artists?

Northwood Records: Here at Northwood, we’re always on the lookout for new artists that will enrich the fabric of the label. We’ve been familiar with Patrick catalogue for some time, and more recently had the chance to be a part of the co-writing process between Patrick and one of our other artists. It was shortly after that, that Patrick began telling us about his interest in releasing some new material, one song at a time. The renewed interest the industry has given to releasing “singles” has been an interest shared by Northwood Records since it’s inception; serving both the future’s demand for consistently fresh material, and music’s past golden age of hit songs delivered on 45’s. It was this discussion that ultimately led to the partner ship between Northwood and Mr. Ballantyne, and we are very excited for the chance to be working with him.

Do you have any advice for artists trying to break out onto the Canadian music scene?

PB: Be aware of trends, then go in the opposite direction. Chasing what is popular will leave you frustrated, so be your own person. What makes you unique as an artist is YOU, so refine YOUR art, not what you think others want from you.

NR: With the constant changing state of the music industry, one rule has and always will outshine any other – make good music. Focus on that first and the rest will come.

You’ve been named Best Songwriter of 2014 by Now readers, how did you feel when you heard this? Did you expect it at all?

PB: Extremely humbled and thrilled. When you see Ron Sexsmith, for example, among the other nominees, honestly, I was thrilled to just be mentioned with him. Winning was certainly not expected.

You’ve written with many names in Canadian music. Are you continuing with that or are you focussing more on your own projects?

PB: My main focus will always be working with other artists, and contributing what I can to their careers. Northwood Records has graciously given me an avenue to release songs that haven’t yet found a home elsewhere.

How was the fan reaction to ‘Days of Rain’?

PB: The feedback has been amazing. Those that commented all seem to select different favorites…a song that moved them in some particular way, or resonated with them at a particular point in their life. The album is best listened to, and was designed to be listen to, as a whole. Some songs flow into the next with a break. As a kid, I enjoyed putting the headphones and getting lost in an album. I tried very hard to create that same vibe with ‘Days of Rain’. Clearly, however, in an era of ITunes and downloading single songs, it can be tough to find time to listen to an entire album from beginning to end. I think it’s worth it though!

Why have you decided to revamp Patrick’s older music and re-master ‘Days of Rain’? Is there going to be anything extra added to the newer versions of the albums?

NR: This was actually more Patrick’s idea than anything. Anybody who has every made a record(even ones that they are immensely proud of…) knows about the collection of little regrets, or lists of “things I would have done differently if I had the chance”. Patrick saw this as his chance to change some of those 20/20-hindsight issues, and we were happy to help him seize the opportunity. Beyond these types of little enhancements, each one of his older albums has been bundled with a never before heard bonus track.