March 14, 2016
Whether you’re aware of it or not, you’ve definitely, as a Canadian music fan, been exposed to the work of Last Gang Records. The recording, publishing, and artist management firm has been a mainstay in the national music scene since 2003, and has helped launch the careers of artists like Metric, Death From Above 1979, and Holy F*ck, and they’re continue to work with some of Canada’s most exciting newcomers as well: indie rockers Moon King, producer Harrison, and pop star Lights are all part of their current roster.
So it stands to reason, then, that co-founder Chris Taylor knows a thing or two about Canadian music. Canadian-born international media corporation Entertainment One thinks so, and this past week they decided to make Taylor the president of their music division (aptly titled Entertainment One Music). Billboard reports that Taylor will, “oversee music operations globally and lead strategic growth initiatives across music licensing, publishing, label and distribution, supervising teams in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville and Toronto.”
Last Gang Records will also be joining Taylor on the new endeavour, joining eOne as part of its roster of imprints. It’s incredibly likely the partnership will add a lot of strength to Last Gang’s already strong presence, as eOne’s global connections allow it to make bigger moves and widen its scope in the international music industry. NOW Magazine reports that the addition of the firm is a strategic move genre wise as well, as traditionally eOne has been heavy with metal, hip-hop, R&B, and gospel, and Last Gang focuses primarily on alt-rock and electronic acts.
In Other News:
- Toronto’s NXNE is going to look very different this year
- The Winnipeg Folk Festival announced their 2016 lineup
- St. John’s, NFLD festival Lawnya Vawnya announced their lineup
- No more big tours for Canadian prog rock legends Rush
- Toronto’s experimental arts showcase Luminato adds to its 10th anniversary event