Warner Music Group (WMG) moves its Canadian operations to The Well, a newly constructed building in downtown Toronto.
The office will house a performance space and recording studio, as well as dedicated songwriting spaces and workspaces for content creation.
Employees from record company Warner Music Canada, music publisher Warner Chappell Music Canada and A&R and marketing platform Sodatone will move into the premises in March 2023.
According to WMG, The Well is “the most ambitious mixed-use business in Canada” and is located in the King West neighborhood.
The complex is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified, which means it adheres to standards in areas such as carbon, energy, water, waste, transportation, materials, health and indoor quality.
According to Warner Music Group, the move is part of their Future of Work project and is intended to “refresh WMG’s global network of offices to accommodate the shift to hybrid working and the desire to have more creative spaces available for writing and rehearsals have, recording and performing music.”
The Well is located at 410 Front Street West in downtown Toronto.
The move comes shortly after Andy West was named executive vice president and general manager of Warner Music Canada (WMC).
In August 2021, Kristen Burke was named President of Warner Music Canada, following an international move at Warner Music following regional leadership changes in France, Australia, Scandinavia, Germany, LATAM and China over the 12 months prior to Burke’s Setting.
“This move puts us in the heart of downtown Toronto, a place where our artists and staff want to be.”
Kristen Burke, President of Warner Music Canada
Kristen Burke, President of Warner Music Canada, said, “This move brings us into the heart of downtown Toronto, a place where our artists and staff want to be.
“The world of work has become more flexible, so we could see our new office as a hub where people come together to meet, collaborate and develop our shared culture.
“And we’ve chosen a vibrant place that’s in the heart of a state-of-the-art complex that offers second-to-none amenities and seeks to build a true sense of community.
“This is a bold, ambitious move that comes as we also accelerate the expansion of our roster of Canadian artists, drawing from a broader range of genres than ever before.”
“Warner Chappell is home to some of Canada’s most celebrated global creators.”
Vivian Barclay, Warner Chappell Music Canada
Vivian Barclay, Managing Director, Warner Chappell Music Canada added: “Warner Chappell is home to some of Canada’s most celebrated global creators and we’re delighted that our songwriters here and around the world can stop by and use our lyrics facilities at a more affordable rate locations that are also fast becoming Toronto’s next creative hub.
“Moving to a new building like this means we’ve really been able to tailor the space to our needs and I know our staff are very excited about the move too.”
“We can work even more seamlessly with Warner Music Canada and Warner Chappell Music Canada to help them discover and sign incredible Canadian artists and songwriters.”
Jerry Zhang and Arjun Bali, Sodatone
Jerry Zhang and Arjun Bali, Co-Heads of Sodatone, said: “Sodatone helps WMG’s labels and publishers identify talent that creates a deep connection with their fans.
“Now we can work even more seamlessly with Warner Music Canada and Warner Chappell Music Canada to help them discover and sign incredible Canadian artists and songwriters.”music business worldwide
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