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Normal 0 false false false FR-CA JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:'Table Normal'; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:''; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US; mso-bidi-language:EN-US;}'Who’s your favorite punk band?” is a classic interview questionwhen one applies to Dare To Care. And the reason for that is not just to tally pointsfor the universal survey opposing the scenes of New York in 1975, Washington inthe Reagan era, and California in the 1990s. This question embodies the cultureand the distinctive do-it-yourself vision that has shaped the work ethic of thecompany. Naked N’HappyAnd Friends Live At L’X, Dare To Care Records first releasein April 2001, documented both former trumpeter Eli Bissonnette’s band and thecommunity that evolved around l’X, the all ages punk venue. This desire to do thingsamong friends remains the independent record label’s mainstay to this day,although Eli is now less of a trumpeter and more of a president. The company initially only consisted of Eli and Hugo Mudie, thensinger for The Sainte Catherines. Today, around 20 employees work for thelabel, some of whom have been members of the team for almost a decade. In itsbeginnings, Dare To Care Records donated one dollar for each record sold to humanitariancauses, a stance echoed in the very name of the company. Time has not spoiledthis philosophy, and the company keeps making significant charitable donations everyyear. The aforementioned success first began in the hardcore punk scenesof Montreal and America, with leading bands such as The Sainte Catherines,Fall Out Project, La descente du coude, and Suck La Marde. Despite all opposition, the latter sang in French, and thisgreatly inspired Malajube to do the same on their first album, Le comptecomplet, released in February 2004. Critically acclaimedinternationally, this album not only marked a diversification of genres for thelabel, which then promptly signed We Are Wolves and Pawa Up First, but it wasalso its first commercial success. Thanks to Malajube, many other artists decided to sing in French,and this led the people of Dare To Care to create a second label, Grosse Boîte,in 2007. Grosse Boîte signed talented artists from all genres, from Tricot machine’spost-chanson and Avec pasd’casque’s cosmic folk to Bernard Adamus and Canailles’ dirty folk, throughJimmy Hunt’s gentleman rock in solo and psyché garage with its band Chocolat aswell as Fanny Bloom and Les sœurs Boulay’s soft pop. The label’s hard work was recognized once again with the worldwidesuccess of Cœur de pirate, butalso with the success gained through the years by Dare To Care’s extendedfamily of around 55 artists who are regularly celebrated by the industry, asevidenced by 30 Félix Awards, 22 GAMIQ Awards, as well as a number of Polaris Prizeand SOCAN’s ECHO Prize nominations. A lot to display on the office’s fireplace,if there was one. Always at the forefront, Dare To Care launched in 2013 its digitalrecord label, Sainte Cécile, which promotes quality independent artists such asCarl-ÉricHudon, Nicolet, Jesuslesfilles, Maybe Watson, Li’l Andy, and Orkestar Kriminal,among several others. In 2016, we celebrate 15 years of Dare To Care Records. This istheir punk rock.


Louis-Pierre Bourret-Parenteau

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