A Ballantyne Valentine


In an era where many independent artists opt to go alone rather than sign with a label, the new alliance of Patrick Ballantyne with Northwood Records reflects a shared synergy not often found between labels and artists, and the most salient ingredient is their mutual love of songwriting.

Patrick Ballantyne was recently named “Best Songwriter of 2014” by Now Readers. He is an established songwriter, having written with Canadian staples like Big Sugar and The Trews as well as emerging artists like Tim Chaission and Meredith Shaw. Northwood Records believes in giving artists flexibility and freedom to explore their craft, while being supported by a tribe of fellow creators.

Northwood is a label that holds a high appreciation for the art of the song. Patrick Ballantynes experience and achievement in this area is superseded by one thing; his own appreciation for the craft of songwriting.” ~ Matt Connell (President, Northwood Records)

The alliance “re-introduces” Patrick’s back catalogue. His eponymous album has been reformatted to improve the musical flow, while his second release “Days of Rain’ has been re-mastered by Mark Plancke. Both albums will also feature a bonus track from the original album sessions.

Northwood offers a tremendous amount of freedom to fully express myself as a songwriter and recording artist. I could ask for nothing more!” says Patrick.

Patrick will release his first single under the Northwood Records banner on February 13th.  “She Loves A Man” — a light hearted, rockabilly via Dylan number that somehow reflects both its release date of Friday the 13th and Valentines Day! It will be available through the Northwood Records store (store.northwoodrecords.com) as well as the usual digital retailers.

CBC Music Awards – Our Picks

CBC Music AwardsCBC has announced the opening of nominations for their CBC Music Awards, with 10 categories or fan-based awards.

You can nominate bands on the CBC Music Awards homepage, or via Twitter by tweeting @CBCMusic, with the name of the band, the #CBCMusicAwards hashtag and the hashtag of the category for which you want to nominate them. Click here for all the details on voting and a full rundown of the categories.

We’ve weighed in on our choices, and have come up with a list of 10 artists from all the great acts that we have worked with either directly, indirectly, or are just fans of, that we feel are most deserving in each category. If you agree with our picks, be sure to send them out a vote, tweet or ‘share’ yourself!

Here’s our picks:

“Top of the Class Award” for artist of the year: #artist
“Earworm of the Year Award” for best song: #song
“I Left Home to Buy This” Award for album of the year: #album
“Proof You Heard Them First Award” for rising star: #risingstar
“Best Reason to Buy a Concert Ticket Award” for best live show: #liveshow
“Homegrown Hero Award” for best independent artist: #indie
“Best Way to Spend Three Minutes on YouTube Award for best music video: #video
“Most Likely to Follow You Back Award” for best fan engagement: #fan
“Heart of Gold Award”: #heartofgold
“Wish You Were Here Award” for best international artist: #international

Enter: Jubilee Riots

We’re very proud to be working Jubilee Riots on their brand new album. Some of you out there may already know these guys as “Enter The Haggis”. With a new name, and a revamped sound, Jubilee Riots bring forth their stellar new record, “Penny Black”.

Penny Black is available as of TODAY in stores and online everywhere.


The band created a collection of tracks that they could perform start to finish on a late night dance tent stage at festivals; an album with an energetic pulse that would be impossible to sit still and listen to. It was that juxtaposition of upbeat party grooves with meaningful lyrics based on very personal stories that became the focus of the project.

Ambre McLean’s “Me” Out Now…

The new Ambre McLean album has arrived! “Me” is the first of a series of 3 recordings to be released over the next year.

Get your copy now at one of these fine

“Me” on iTunes(Can)…

“Me” on iTunes(usa)…

“Me” on Bandcamp…

“Me” on Google Play…

More stores to be added soon!