Nettwerk Records Canadian End Of Year Recap

As 2011 comes to a close, Nettwerk Music Group is excited to share a year-end recap of some significant milestones the label has achieved in Canada.

Toronto’s revered indie-folk/rock band Great Lake Swimmers saw their Juno-nominated album Lost Channels exceed 16,000 copies sold, bringing their career sales to nearly 30,000 albums in their home country. Meanwhile, Australian sibling duo Angus & Julia Stone, whose sophomore album Down The Way debuted at #118 on the Canadian Soundscan Album Chart, saw their album surpass 10,000 copies sold in Canada, with break-out single “Big Jet Plane” exceeding 11,000 in track sales.

Nettwerk has also been focused on expanding its label roster over the past 12 months with the addition of various up-and-coming Canadian talents, including Vancouver-based folk singer/songwriter Joshua Hyslop, Waterloo sibling trio Kidstreet, Toronto-born folk/rock artist Liam Titcomb and Vancouver-based electro synth-pop fivesome Young Liars.  More information on each artist is below.

“Since its inception over 25 years ago, Nettwerk has remained committed to the flourishing Canadian music scene,” says Nettwerk President Ric Arboit. “We’ve signed some amazing Canadian talent in the past months are excited to be redoubling out efforts in 2012.”

In addition to new albums from the aforementioned label roster additions, 2012 brings anticipated releases from some of Nettwerk’s most loved Canadian artists, including 2010 Juno-Nominees Great Lake Swimmers and Vancouver’s Frazey Ford (of the Be Good Tanyas). Angus & Julia Stone will also return with new music following the worldwide success of sophomore album Down The Way, and Grammy-nominated remixer/prdoucer Morgan Page will release his new single “Body Work,” a collaboration with Canadian indie duo Tegan & Sara.

Nettwerk Records New Signings:

Joshua Hyslop:
Joshua Hyslop is a Vancouver-based folk musician with a modern edge, pulling inspiration from artists like Ryan Adams, Iron and Wine and Sufjan Stevens. He finds song-writing inspiration from the people and relationships that surround him, writing about his experiences candidly to expose his own vulnerabilities, doubts, and conflicts. Hyslop has garnered much attention around his live shows, where he captivates audiences with his charming and genuine performances. He recently released his debut EP titled Cold Wind EP, which has already sold nearly 1,000 copies. Quickly becoming a favorite of the CBC, Hyslop stopped by their studios last month for a live performance on CBC Radio 2’s “The Drive.” Watch him perform the track “Cold Wind” here: http://bit.ly/tJBa41

Kidstreet:
This Waterloo-ON sibling trio recently released their debut album, Fuh Yeah. Made up of two brothers and a sister, the gifted young family of Karl Snyder (drums), Cliff (synth + guitar) and younger sister Edna (piano + vocal) are relatively new on the scene, but already turning heads with their unique form of synth-pop and wildly energetic performances alongside Dragonette, Girltalk, Thunderheist, Health and Rich Aucoin. Earlier this year, the band’s second single “Song” was handpicked by Ford Canada as the soundtrack to their 2011 TV commercial campaign. Watch their latest video for the track “Never Coming Back” from their debut album, Fuh Yeah here: http://bit.ly/uicdzy

Liam Titcomb:
The Canadian singer/songwriter was signed to Sony Canada when he was 15. Liam (now 23) has toured across Canada with established acts like Great Big Sea, Tom Cochrane, David Usher & Colin James. In 2006, he was nominated for the Canadian Radio Music Awards for Best New Group or Solo Artist (Hot AC) for his debut album on Columbia with Grammy-winning producer Bill Bottrell (Sheryl Crow, Michael Jackson). His sophomore album, Can’t Let Go, was recorded in Nashville with Jay Joyce (Patti Griffin, Derek Trucks) and released on Double Dorje Records, his own independent label. Liam has lived between Nashville and the UK over the past year, and is working on his third album. Listen to Liam’s rendition of the holiday classic “Silver Bells” here: http://bit.ly/stw8G6

Young Liars:
The newest addition to Nettwerk’s label, this Vancouver-based band, comprised of five multi-instrumentalists, is revered as an integral part of the ever-changing local soundscape, deftly experimenting with synth-pop, electronic and indie rock to create catchy indie pop hooks. Their first single, “Colours,” from their forthcoming debut full-length album, is out now. Listen to “Colours” here: http://bit.ly/rEwfds

Press contact: 

Danielle Romeo | romeo@nettwerk.com