Aquarius Records was founded during the legendary summer of '69. The label took the '70s rock scene by storm with April Wine, the celebrated Canadian hard rockers who released dozens of albums and sold millions of records over three decades.
Then came the '80s and along with it arrived a new breed of music. Aquarius hit a nerve when it signed Corey Hart, a young Montrealer who would go on to sell millions of albums and chart singles in the Top Ten in both Canada and the US.
Aquarius expanded its horizon during the '90s. Not only did the label sign its next bona fide star, Sass Jordan, but it was also instrumental in launching the French label Tacca Musique (Kevin Parent, France D'Amour). Furthermore, Aquarius entered the licensing field and this led to the development of popular Canadian artist Bif Naked, as well as greatest hits packages by Canadian stalwarts Men Without Hats and The Stampeders.
As that decade drew to a close, Aquarius was enjoying great success with Serial Joe and in 2000 signed a deal to release another Ontario band, Sum 41. All of the Sum 41 albums have gone Platinum in Canada, having sold in excess of 100,000 copies. Two of Sum 41's records, Does This Look Infected? and Chuck, have reached Double Platinum and All Killer, No Filler achieved Triple Platinum status. Sum 41 is without a doubt one of Canada's most commercially successful bands, garnering attention and acclaim worldwide.
Aquarius has adapted to the Digital Age by creating genre-specific imprints such as Arts & Crafts International (with Toronto's Arts & Crafts label and management company), Plateau Records, [Good Fences Music], Moving Units (Urban), and Mensa (country). All the while, Aquarius' rich catalogue reflects its wealth of both current and classic independent Canadian talent. The addition of several Canadian musicians, such as Toronto rockers Danko Jones, up-and-coming Montreal native Lindsay Robins, Vancouver singer-songwriter Jeremy Fisher and hard-rock quartet Brown Brigade, to the label's roster clearly attest to that.
Aquarius takes great pride in the wonderful and innovative talent it has been associated with over the decades. Here's to many more decades of great music!