Royal Mountain Records

Royal Mountain Records is a Canadian independent record label and artist-management company, based in Toronto, Canada.[1] The Royal Mountain roster currently consists of more than 30 active artists. including Alvvays, Mac DeMarco, and U.S. Girls.[2] Their alumni include PUP, Orville Peck and White Reaper.

Royal Mountain Records
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Country of originCanada
LocationToronto, Canada


Founded in 2009 by Hollerado front man Menno Versteeg and Adam “Bix” Berger, the label was originally intended as a means to self release Hollerado's debut Record in a Bag (RMR-001). It soon became a platform to launch the careers of other local Toronto artists such as PUP and Alvvays.[3] Upon the success of these releases, the label signed international acts such as Mac DeMarco, Metz and U.S. Girls, while continuing to support local artists such as Calpurnia [4] and Dizzy. Recent additions to the Royal Mountain roster include Shady Nasty, Bad Waitress, Ellis, KOKOKO!, Nap Eyes, and Wolf Parade. In 2018, it has was hailed by Now Magazine as one of the strongest rock record labels in Toronto.[5]

Mental Health InitiativeEdit

In 2019, Royal Mountain Records implemented a mental health fund for the artists signed to the label in order to provide $1,500 (non-recoupable) to put towards their mental health.[6][7] Royal Mountain is the first label to start a program like this.[2][8]

Current RosterEdit

Awards and AccoladesEdit

Juno Awards[9]Edit

Year Nominee/Work Award Result
2011 Hollerado Best New Group Nominated
2012 Hollerado - "Good Day At The Races" Video of the Year Nominated
2014 Hollerado - White Paint Recording Package of the Year Nominated
2015 Alvvays - Alvvays Alternative Album of the Year Nominated
Breakthrough Group of the Year Nominated
PUP - Guilt Trip Video of the Year Nominated
PUP - PUP Recording Package of the Year Nominated
2016 PUP - Dark Days Video of the Year Nominated
2018 METZ - Strange Peace Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year Nominated
Alvvays Group of the Year Nominated
Alvvays - Antisocialites Alternative Album of the Year Win
2019 Dizzy Breakthrough Group Of The Year Nominated
2019 Dizzy - Baby Teeth Alternative Album Of The Year Win
2019 U.S. Girls - In a Poem Unlimited Alternative Album Of The Year Nominated

Polaris Prize[10]Edit

Year Nominee/Work Award Result
2014 PUP - PUP Polaris Music Prize Longlist
2015 Alvvays - Alvvays Polaris Music Prize Shortlist
2016 PUP - The Dream Is Over Polaris Music Prize Shortlist
2017 Mac DeMarco - This Old Dog Polaris Music Prize Longlist
TUNS - TUNS Polaris Music Prize Longlist
2018 Alvvays - Antisocialites Polaris Music Prize Shortlist
U.S. Girls - In A Poem Unlimited Polaris Music Prize Shortlist

Much Music Video AwardsEdit

Year Nominee/Work Award Result
2017 PUP - Sleep in the Heat Video of the Year Nominated


  1. ^ "How this music boss is boosting his artists' mental health". Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  2. ^ a b "Toronto indie music label Royal Mountain steps up with a first — a fund for artists' mental-health needs". 2019-02-05. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  3. ^ "How Hollerado Are Doing Their Part To Make the Indie Label Machine a Little Nicer". Noisey. 2017-04-17. Retrieved 2018-10-22.
  4. ^ "Finn Wolfhard of 'Stranger Things' and His Band Calpurnia Sign to Royal Mountain". Retrieved 2018-10-22.
  5. ^ Hudson, Alex (2017-08-30). "How Royal Mountain became one of the strongest rock labels in Toronto". NOW Magazine. Retrieved 2018-10-22.
  6. ^ Ottenhof, Luke (17 May 2019). "How One Indie Label Is Combatting the Mental Health Crisis Among Musicians". Pitchfork.
  7. ^ "Therapy, meditation and rock 'n' roll". CBC News.
  8. ^ "Changing the tune on tortured artists and musicians' mental health". CBC News.
  9. ^ "See the Full List of 2018 JUNO Awards Nominees | The JUNO Awards". The JUNO Awards. Retrieved 2018-10-22.
  10. ^ "Nominees - Polaris Music Prize". Polaris Music Prize. Retrieved 2018-10-22.

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