Pact covers U.S.

Toronto-based Linus Entertainment has aligned with New York-based Koch Records for U.S. distribution. Linus, which has released albums in its native country from such artists as Gordon Lightfoot and Ron Sexsmith, remains distributed in Canada by Universal Music.

The agreement with Koch takes effect Oct. 1, according to a label spokesperson, and Koch will also provide marketing services for Linus releases. The first Linus/Koch release will be a best-of from Quartetto Gelato title, "Favourite Flavours," due Nov. 9. Coming in 2006 are albums from Celtic artist Ashley MacIsaac and the debut from young Russian jazz singer Sophie Milman.

In 2007, Koch will begin distributing Linus' recently acquired catalog from Hypnotic Records, which has released metal titles by the likes of Voivod, Kataklysm and Razor.