“613 Records” is the anti-label of Ottawa. In the tradition of Tony Wilson’s Factory Records, 613 promotes modern music from Canada’s capital region without the typical label tyranny of control, contracts, lawyers and percentages. What we do is very simple. We make records. We sell records. Whatever “records” happen to be and with all the support that such work requires. Our business model is one of sustainability and not infinite growth. We recognize the evil in corporate dealings and the anachronistic nature of a record label in the 21st century. And we are not in any way supported by any government grants or funding.
613 is the area that we represent.
We acknowledge our ‘area code’ is on unceded Algonquin Territory.
For love of money is the root of all evil; which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
In one’s words there should always be something to teach others. In one’s activities there should be something to serve as model for others. In the morning something should be done. In the evening something should be realized. At every moment something should be nourished. And in every instant something should be preserved.
There are no problems, no sorrows or errors; they join in the urging song that everything sings. This is the state of the angels, that spend their hours only singing the praises of the Lord. Just to lie savouring is enough life. Is enough.
You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
R. Buckminster Fuller
It is worth remembering that we have been through all this before. The “end of history,” “perfection,” and “finality” have often been proclaimed, always falsely. And with all the sordid continuities, an optimistic soul can still discern slow progress, realistically, I think. In the advanced industrial countries, and often elsewhere too, popular struggles can start from a higher plane and with greater expectations than those of the Gay Nineties and Roaring Twenties, or even thirty years ago. And international solidarity can take new and more constructive forms as the great majority of the people of the world come to understand that their interests are pretty much the same and can be advanced by working together. There is no more reason now than there has ever been to believe that we are constrained by mysterious and unknown social laws, not simply decisions made within institutions that are subject to human will–human institutions, that have to face the test of legitimacy and, if they do not meet it, can be replaced by others that are more free and more just, as often in the past.
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