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Arts & Crafts and The pleasure of buying from a Canadian Music Label

I’ve told you lovelies before about how much I dig this Canadian label.  Not only do they have lovely bands on their roster like Dan Mangan, Belle Orchestre and Timber Timbre but they have great customer service.  Customer service and a record label?  Who knew?

I was looking for the first Dan Mangan CD for a friend in the UK and found HMV’s pricing ridiculous as it usually is.  Logging onto the the A&C website I happened to find ‘Postcards and Daydreaming’ priced at considerably less than that of HMV.  http://www.arts-crafts.ca/index-ie.php

So of course I popped that DM CD into my check out bag as well as Star’s first two albums (they are no longer on A&C – boo!) http://www.galleryac.com/.  When I proceeded to the check-out I noticed I could save on the shipping by actually going to their office on Richmond Street here in Toronto and picking up the CD’s myself.  Can you imagine?  Talk about reducing my carbon footprint.

Bundles I’d like for you to peruse when you have a moment (it’s nice to get a lil extra bang for your buck) are the following:

Cold Specks

Cold Specks Deluxe Bundle

Catalog # AC070-B003

Release Date: 22 May 2012

Label: Arts & Crafts

Audio Formats: CD, LP

Release date: May 22nd, 2012


Cold Specks Bundle

Cold Specks Bundle

I Predict A Graceful Expulsion

includes the Gallery AC Exclusive track “Grave Goods”.



– I Predict A Graceful Expulsion CD or LP

– Holland 7″

– Cold Specks Unisex Tshirt

– Cold Specks cotton tote bag

– Digital Booklet

– Instant MP3 download of the album on release day

– All Pre-orders receive an instant download of “Blank Maps” and Gallery AC exclusive “Grave Goods”


Dan Mangan

Postcards and Daydreaming

Catalog # FUM001

Label: File Under Music

Audio Formats: CD, MP3-320kbps, FLAC

Dan Mangan:  Postcards and Daydreaming

Dan Mangan: Postcards and Daydreaming

Postcards and Daydreaming is the debut album from 2010 Polaris Prize shortlist nominee, Dan Mangan. This album is a collection of folk driven tunes complete with beautiful string and horn arrangements. Fans of Bon Iver and The Wooden Sky will find commonalities in the downbeat yet hopeful music of Dan Mangan.


1.Not What You Think It Is

2.Unnatural Progression

3.Above the Headlights

4.Journal of a Narcoleptic

5.Don’t Listen

6.So Much for Everyone

7.Western Wind


9.Come Down

10.Some Place to Come Home to

11.Reason to Think Aloud

12.Ash Babe


Timber Timbre

Creep On Creepin’ On

Catalog # AC061

Release Date: 5 Apr 2011

Label: Arts & Crafts

Audio Formats: CD, LP, MP3-320kbps, FLAC, Apple-Lossless

Timber Timbre:  Creep On Creepin' On

Timber Timbre: Creep On Creepin' On

The follow-up to 2009’s self-titled release, multi instrumentalists Taylor Kirk, Mika Posen and Simon Trottier come together again on heartrending compositions that engage, transport and challenge.

Creep On Creepin’ On moves forward from the band’s eponymous album towards the realization of its ability to simultaneously invoke and disguise the most essential elements of pop and rock music with chilling authenticity.

Peeps, I wish more record companies did this.  The pricing, customer service, promoting the beauty within the artists sound and just keeping it real.  It’s so nice to know that I can support Canadian bands and their label truly cares about their customer (you and I) and how they get their brand message out in a sophisticated but also down home Canadian way.

Thank you Jenna for the lovely package and being so generous!  It’s always a pleasure doing business.

Mel xo