Royal Mountain Records
Royal Mountain Records is a Canadian independent record label and artist-management company, based in Toronto, Canada. The Royal Mountain roster currently consists of more than 30 active artists. including Alvvays, Mac DeMarco, and U.S. Girls. Their alumni include PUP, Orville Peck and White Reaper.
|Royal Mountain Records|
|Country of origin||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. 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  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.
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. Royal Mountain is the first label to start a program like this.
Awards and AccoladesEdit
|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|
|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|
|2017||PUP - Sleep in the Heat||Video of the Year||Nominated|
- "How this music boss is boosting his artists' mental health". Retrieved 2020-05-02.
- "Toronto indie music label Royal Mountain steps up with a first — a fund for artists' mental-health needs". thestar.com. 2019-02-05. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
- "How Hollerado Are Doing Their Part To Make the Indie Label Machine a Little Nicer". Noisey. 2017-04-17. Retrieved 2018-10-22.
- "Finn Wolfhard of 'Stranger Things' and His Band Calpurnia Sign to Royal Mountain". exclaim.ca. Retrieved 2018-10-22.
- Hudson, Alex (2017-08-30). "How Royal Mountain became one of the strongest rock labels in Toronto". NOW Magazine. Retrieved 2018-10-22.
- Ottenhof, Luke (17 May 2019). "How One Indie Label Is Combatting the Mental Health Crisis Among Musicians". Pitchfork.
- "Therapy, meditation and rock 'n' roll". CBC News.
- "Changing the tune on tortured artists and musicians' mental health". CBC News.
- "See the Full List of 2018 JUNO Awards Nominees | The JUNO Awards". The JUNO Awards. Retrieved 2018-10-22.
- "Nominees - Polaris Music Prize". Polaris Music Prize. Retrieved 2018-10-22.