ARTISTS

Moonstarr

Moonstarr is one busy cat. If he ain't on the phone holding things down on the business end for PTR, he's hunkered down behind closed doors over his synths, drum machines, and samplers to bang out mind-melding beats.

Citing musical influences as diverse as Underground Resistance , DJ Premier, Baden Powell, Zakhir Hussein and Sun Ra, Moonstarr's sound has continuously evolved with releases on such noteworthy labels as Sonar Kollectiv, Guidance, Twisted Funk, Planet E, MPS, Compost, Do Right! Music and his home, Public Transit Recordings. He collaborated on musical projects for indie s... Read More here...

LAL

LAL's music is the outcome of a deep and soulful collaboration between vocalist Rosina Kazi and Nick Murray (aka Murr). Carefully crafted beats, bass and samples bubble underneath an ethereal and melancholic voice positioning questions about social injustice, environmental poisoning, and rallying people together to fight the good fight. LAL's body of work, both musically and in the community, affirms their role as such an artist and their ability to succeed in their quest to challenge the world around us.

It took Rosina a year to convince the reluctant Murr to start making music with h... Read More here...

Voice

Don't look now, but music is changing. And I'm not talking about downloading or file-sharing, or emcees endorsing cowboy boots, or any of the usual "music is changing" line that writers get paid to pull out of their ass. The people who make our music are changing. How, you ask? Simple. They're becoming us. Or, we're becoming them. Whichever you prefer. You no longer have to be some kind of conflicted basket case, needled-up attention whore or adolescent horror story in order to succeed as a musician. All you have to do is make good music ‹ and you're free to be yourself. And Los Angeles-bred... Read More here...

Think Twice

Born and raised on the west coast of Canada, it wasn’t until moving to Montreal that
THINK TWICE began to make a name for himself. While studying music at Concordia
University, he met Spencer Miller aka GOLDEN BOY, and formed the hip-hop group
SPECIFICS. The two went on to take Montreal by storm, opening for acts such as
Blackalicious, and Common, and releasing their debut album LONELY CITY to critical
and commercial success.

As the producer of all but one track on LONELY CITY, the album served as an introduc-
tion to THINK TWICE’s signature sound - a soulf... Read More here...

More or Les

With the 2006 release of The Truth About Rap, Toronto emcee More Or Les dishes out another healthy serving of his trademark socially conscious alternative to materialistic “thug rap.” Says Scott C. of the Montreal Mirror, "More or Les is a real jack of all trades, crafting funky, sample-heavy beats backed with well-delivered cornball rhymes strictly for the haters." Serious one moment, joking the next, More Or Les commands audiences to think and shake it, never apologizing for his point of view or his stick-in-your-head rhymes.

The release of The Truth About Rap catches More Or Les ... Read More here...

Various Artists

Since the inception of our label has been been collaborating with different artists from many genres, from around the world.  Our compilations include Code:416 which was the blueprint of PTR, Metropass ep which featured the debut of LAL and Moonstarr's first wax release on PTR, Blue Night Network, the follow up to Code:416, and Scattered snares- Across the Tracks which was a Collaboration between PTR and Twisted funk (Marc Mac's Label). ... Read More here...

Maxelle

Maxelle a Toronto Based group circa 2000-2001 that brought together the passionate vocals of Natacha Labelle and the soulful production of Don Ray Simmons. They recorded the timeless track French Connection, featuring shuffling beat programming and Natacha's vocals en francais. The track was originally featured on PTR's blue night network CD release and the eventually made into a 12inch, with a montreal subway art as the cover and accompanying remixes and reinterpretations by PTR's Moonstarr and Nubian Mindz of the UK . ... Read More here...

Murr

Nick Murray, aka Murr is an accomplished composer and producer of Electronic music. As a member of the highly acclaimed band LAL and Juno award-winning trio Da Grassroots, Murr has always been on the cutting edge of the Toronto electronic music scene. He is well known for his unique multilayered sound that combines elements of hip hop, nu jazz and drum n bass into something fresh and different.
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iNSiDEaMiND

i With the definition of the word "DJ" continually expanding,  iNSiDEaMiND (Prof. Fingers & Steptone) emerges from Toronto as a two man scratch band, further stretching artistic boundaries by performing live original compositions with vinyl. The "scratch musicians", as they call themselves, bring forth a unique angle to what a pair of DJs/Producers armed with instruments called turntables can create. By developing outside the often limiting b... Read More here...

Nomadic Massive

ENGLISH, FRENCH, CREOLE, SPANISH AND ARABIC Nomadic Massive is a Montreal based collective of independent Hip-Hop artists who have come together in an effort to combine their energies and spread their music across borders. The crew is made up of independent artists who share a similar vision of music and life as well as a desire to travel and experience the cultures of the world through their art. Although this collective is new, its members have been working in the music community for many years as artists but also as educators, street-workers, producers and other community oriented roles. WH... Read More here...

Andy Williams

Andy grew up in Derbyshire, UK with obligatory Sunday family listening sessions fostering a resentment towards Jazz since it was such a fixation with his folks. His rebellion was through mainstream radio and TV, becoming a big fan of Top of the Pops but as years went by, it became clearer that it was all relative and Jazz was a maternal hub. Emigrating to Clarendon, Jamaica in 1974 and living there until 1976 was an eye-opener. His horizons were further expanded by the Soul, R'n'B, Funk, and early Disco carried by Miami broadcasts, not to mention late-night outings with Uncle Clive to hea... Read More here...

Vox Sambou

Inspired by the rhythms of Dancehall and Hip Hop, Vox Sambou started writing songs at the age of 14 in his home town of Limb in northern Haiti. Later studying in Port-Au-Prince, he began performing in various campuses of the nation's capital. He now lives in Montreal, Canada where he splits his life between his music (along side the ever-expanding international crew Nomadic Massive) and his position as Director of La Masion de Jeunes de La Cote-Des-Neiges (youth community centre). Vox Sambou chose to vocalize himself sincerely and positively to bring light to the injustices taking place worl... Read More here...

Sarah Linhares

Sarah Linhares began her love affair with music at an early age by singing in her church choir. Since then, her musical inspiration has been continually shaped by an obsession with electronic music, participating in gospel choirs, and performing and dancing to Afro-Brazilian Samba.

In 2006, this Portuguese-Irish Montrealer delved deeper into songwriting and vocal training. She has held an artist residency in a mountainside studio in Venezuela, participated in the invite- only 2007 Red Bull Music Academy, released her first solo EP in 2009 on Public Transit Recordings (garn... Read More here...