MapleCore was founded in 1999 by technology consultant Grant Dexter and Canadian music icon Andy Maize of Skydiggers, with a vision of using the internet to create opportunities for artists in a rapidly changing music industry. While other music companies viewed the internet as a threat, MapleCore’s founders saw its potential as a solution.
With that aim, the first line of business to launch was MapleMusic.com, an eCommerce site that now provides online stores for more than 800 artists. The success of this venture paved the way for the creation of award-winning record labels MapleMusic Recordings and Open Road Recordings. In 2004, MapleCore’s distribution arm was created, spurred on by experiences gleaned through the operation of the labels. Powered by the infrastructure of partner Universal Music Canada, with the added benefit of having its own passionate, dedicated staff selling to retail buyers, Fontana North has become Canada’s leading independent distribution company.
In the years since, MapleCore has strategically added further services to the fold – most recently a music publishing division and a ticketing company - which will allow it to grow beyond the music industry and into a complete entertainment services provider. This breadth of service puts MapleCore at the forefront of helping artists to succeed within the new reality of the entertainment industry, offering them the tools necessary to manage all aspects of their brand – in a way that is highly tailored to their needs.
We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund)
Nous reconnaissons l'appui financier du gouvernement du Canada par l'entremise du ministère du Patrimoine canadien (Canada Music Fund)