(weewerk) is an independently owned/operated record label, artist management, and promotions company based in Toronto, Canada.
(weewerk) was founded in November 2002 as a series of art-and-music salon events organized by indie-rock defender Phil Klygo (Skull Geek, teenage USA recordings, Canadian Music Week) and visual artist / curator Germaine Koh in their Toronto apartment above the noteworthy indie music store, Rotate This, on Queen St. West.
The underground spirit of (weewerk)'s endeavours quickly drew a devoted and wide-ranging following. As an extension of their DIY ethos, (weewerk) helped the young alt-folk artist Great Lake Swimmers release their haunting self-titled debut album in March 2003, and were immediately heralded as a fresh new record label within the independent Canadian music world.
Up to the challenge, (weewerk) subsequently released records by The Barmitzvah Brothers and 2009 Polaris Nominee's Elliott Brood to resounding success in 2003/04.
Since then, (weewerk) has released 30 albums with 16 artists, featuring some of the most interesting Folk, Roots, Blue Grass, Alt-Country musical acts from Canada and beyond.
Selected press about (weewerk)
“It is now tougher for Canadian artist-run co-ops and indie record labels to make it since they are on the same playing fields with Sony BMG Canada and Universal Music Canada who also have artists applying for funding from FACTOR, VideoFACT and other Canadian Funding agencies. (weewerk) is one such indie label that has been able to keep up with the Canadian majors as well as maintain their artistic integrity.” – MuchMusic Blog
“Fittingly dubbed weewerk, given the small operating space, the series attracts a mixed crowd of people who would have little or no chance of encountering each other in their regular circles[... O]ne is always aware that one is inside somebody's home; an awareness that breeds a refreshing decorum and consideration... Clearly, [they are] trying to mix passive viewing events, such as screening and performances, with activities that require more attentive participation.” – The Globe & Mail
“Between the two of 'em, [Klygo and Koh] have given an awe-inspiring number of blood transfusions to the independent rock and visual arts communities in this city. But just in case you doubted their commitment before, the dynamic duo are doing something unprecedented to prove their mettle... With their new multifaceted weewerk initiative, Koh and Klygo are opening up their home to music and art fans across the city.” – NOW Toronto
“At heart, a city is just somewhere people gather, doing stuff... Two people who do are Phil Klygo, the Mohawk-adorned head of teenage USA recordings and Canadian Music Week, and artist-curator Germaine Koh. For the past year, the young couple has been holding events in their apartment on Queen Street West under the punning title, weewerk. In these monthly salons, bands perform, artists show, and there's playfully vital conversation on themes such as uncertainty, art and morality, humour [.] or guerrilla gardening. It runs on the same resolve you find in all kinds of Toronto events now - house concerts, amateur variety shows, the mayoral race - that we stop standing on the sidelines staring into the display case, and plunge in to be part of the action. It has spun off a weewerk record label, which first released the local-landmark-littered songs of Tony Dekker as Great Lake Swimmers, and is now putting out the second CD by one of Ontario's most enchanting bands, Guelph's Barmitzvah Brothers.” – The Globe & Mail