POSTED: FEBRUARY 5TH, 2003
Toronto ON (February 5, 2003) -- True North Records has signed Vancouver-based singer/songwriter Joel Kroeker. The award-winning musician will begin recording his first album for True North in March, which will be released and marketed in conjunction with Universal Music Canada.
"It's Joel's great songwriting talents and his unique sound that has led True North and Universal to express such an early interest in him," says Bernie Finkelstein, president of True North Records. "We are really excited about Joel and we are all looking forward to working with him."
Joel Kroeker first established himself in his hometown of Winnipeg and later Edmonton by performing in alternative rock, jazz, folk styled bands and classical ensembles. He has worked with such artists as Sarah Harmer, Hawksley Workman, the Cash Brothers, Sarah Slean, Andy Stochansky, the Cowboy Junkies and Colin James.
In 1999 Joel's independent debut "Naive Bohemian" reached #7 on the Canadian National Campus Radio chart. Its success also led to Joel being named Best New Recording Artist by the Alberta Recording Industry Association and to a nomination for SOCAN's Outstanding Songwriter of the Year at Prairie Music Week 2000.
Founded in 1969 True North Records is Canada's oldest independent record company. It has 38 JUNO Awards and 37 gold and platinum records to its credit, and boasts a catalogue of recordings by such Canadian artists as Bruce Cockburn, Stephen Fearing, Randy Bachman, NOJO, Rough Trade, Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, Lynn Miles, Murray McLauchlan and Zubot & Dawson. True North is distributed in Canada by Universal Music; Rounder Records in the United States; Revolver Music LTD. in the United Kingdom; IRD in Italy and Planet Distribution in Australia.