About us

About Us

Founded in 2002, Paper Bag Records has worked tirelessly to become one of North America’s leading independent record labels and continues to establish itself as an indie-powerhouse around the world. We’re proud to be based in Toronto, one of the most exciting and talent-rich music scenes in the world and we take it upon ourselves to serve up some of the best new music this city has to offer. We believe strongly in moving great Canadian music forward for the world to hear.

Back in the day, Paper Bag Records helped release Broken Social Scene’s “You Forgot It in People”, Stars’ “Heart”, and Tokyo Police Club’s “A Lesson in Crime”. Broken Social Scene’s album went on to win a JUNO Award, not bad for the label’s first year in business.

Paper Bag Records has been through a number of transformations over the years. We’ve assembled an incredible and ever-growing team of artists who continue to write sensational music and tour the planet. Our roster to date includes: Austra, Born Ruffians, CFCF, Cuff The Duke, Elliott BROOD, PS I Love You, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Slim Twig, Winter Gloves, Woodhands, You Say Party, and Young Galaxy to name a few. Get a feel of our artists by checking out Paper Bag Records’ “Downloads” and “Videos” pages.

2012 is set to be our best year yet. We’re celebrating our 10th anniversary and, best of all, we’re looking forward to even more music as we add Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, The Luyas, Moonface, and JUNO Award winner Tim Hecker to the Paper Bag family! Sit tight and keep your ears to the ground for more information… or, to make your life easier, you can just sign up for our newsletter and be the first to know what’s happening.

From all of us at Paper Bag Records, thanks for your undying support!

Contact

955 Queen Street West, Suite 116
Toronto, ON
M6J 3X5

Email: info@paperbagrecords.com

Licensing

Please visit our licensing page to inquire about using songs by PBR artists in your project.

What’s your Demo policy?

We here at Paper Bag Records are always looking for new tunes to play on the office stereo. If you’d like to forward along what you’ve been working on, please send physical CDs to the office address above or send a link to your music to info@paperbagrecords.com — we prefer links over the super huge files that jam up our email inbox, please.

Just a note, we do listen to everything that comes through our office, but due to the nature of our workload we can’t respond to everything we receive. Include your contact information along with your music—if we fall in love, you’ll be hearing from us!

Press Resources

If you are a press outlet and wish to receive promo copies please email info@paperbagrecords.com (Subject ‘Press Request’) with the details of who/what/where etc. If you’re looking for press kits and photos, you can find these on the corresponding artist page

Who distributes Paper Bag Records?

We work with the partners listed below but we also deal with stores directly on occasion (i.e. imports). If you’re a store email info@paperbagrecords.com. If you’re not a store please visit our our online shop.