Constellation

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Constellation Records is an influential Montreal, Quebec independent record label known for its contributions to post-rock and its strong anti-capitalist stance. It is most famous for releasing the albums of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Silver Mt. Zion, and Do Make Say Think

The label was founded in 1997, operating out of a loft in Montreal’s inner city. Its founders had intended to begin by providing a live performance space for the musicians of Montreal’s thriving underground music world, with the label to follow, but bureaucratic difficulties put an end to this plan, and the stage was skipped. Instead, the label and the live performance series—entitled Musique fragile—began concurrently. The label later moved to larger quarters in Montreal’s Mile End district where it resides as of 2004.

Constellation was fiercely anti-corporate, anti-capitalist, and anti-globalist; its mission, according to its founders, was to “enact a mode of cultural production that critiques the worst tendencies of the music industry, artistic commodification, and perhaps in some tiny way, the world at large.” It also hoped to recover and rebuild an independent music ethic that it saw as commodified and corporatized. To this end, Constellation tried to avoid selling its music through large corporate chains such as HMV and Virgin Records, preferring instead to deal directly with small and local businesses.

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