Linus Entertainment Acquires Borealis Records Catalog

After 25 years running Canadian folk and roots music label, Borealis Records, its principles - Grit Laskin and Bill Garrett - have announced that as of Jan. 1, 2021 the Borealis catalogue will shift to the management of Linus Entertainment, a Canadian rights management company whose portfolio of labels includes True North Records, Stony Plain Records, The Children’s Group, and Solid Gold Records.

In a joint statement, Laskin and Garrett said of the transition, “We have partnered with Linus Entertainment for some 13 years in distribution and they have been our partners in the best sense.”

Geoff Kulawick, president and CEO of Linus Entertainment, said of the transition, “It has been a joy to work with Grit and Bill and their wonderful artists.  Taking on the responsibility of managing the Borealis catalog, which includes many ever-green musical gems of Canadian culture and folklore was a natural fit as we know the music well, so transition for the artists and our global distribution partners will be seamless.”

Laskin and Garrett continued, “We have been most fortunate in being able to work with a large number of very fine artists over the years. Their music has been a constant source of inspiration and the friendships made will be life-long.   Although we leave the business of running a record company behind we by no means will be leaving music.”

Laskin continues to craft high-end acoustic guitars and Garrett is in demand as a producer.

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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