Toronto's Outside Music Launches New Label Next Door Records

Jenna Ledger
Charlotte Cornfield

Toronto's Outside Music, a label and long-running independent distributor carrying over 100 labels from Canada, the U.S. and Europe, has launched another imprint, Next Door Records.  

The first release is Charlotte Cornfield's The Shape of Your Name, her third full-length album due April 5, featuring collaborations with members of Broken Social Scene and Leif Vollebekk.

Formed in 2001, Outside Music also encompasses artist management and publishing. Early releases included The Sadies' album Stories Often Told, The Super Friendz' Love Energy, and the Billy Bragg compilation Must I Paint You A Picture.

Of this new brand, Evan Newman, Outside Music's managing director, says, "We have accomplished a lot for our artists at Outside Music and we felt it was the right time to establish a new label to foster the great amount of talent coming from both from Canada and abroad.

"Our goal is to be recognized in the marketplace as a trusted name that can be relied upon for musical quality, and to be regarded by artists as a trusted ally and partner in their careers," he added. "Next Door Records aims to become a label known for releasing quality albums that will endure throughout time, by quality artists who possess integrity, ambition, and a desire to better the world through music."

The press release also states that Next Door Records will focus on diversity, aiming "to help bring recognition and representation to under-represented groups in the Canadian creative industry."

"Andrew," the first single from Cornfield's album, dropped Jan. 18.


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