Opening Day Entertainment Group has emerged as the premier showcase for Canadian classical and jazz performers and composers. The label has already earned an enviable reputation for excellence – with multiple awards, a renowned artist roster, critically acclaimed recordings, celebrated producers and chart topping titles. It is also the home to Canadian Brass – the world’s most famous brass ensemble and legendary recording group.
Founded in 1993, the label group quickly became a favourite among critics and broadcasters, rapidly earning an enviable reputation for exclusivity and quality – accumulating numerous Juno nominations and honored with one Juno win. Since 2003, Opening Day has seen consistent positioning on the Billboard charts with best-selling titles and an outstanding track record with critics and consumers. Stretching over a broad definition of music, Opening Day Entertainment Group (ODEG) also supports artist management, publishing, design and distribution outlets. Our recording efforts are assisted by deep-rooted publishing relationships with Hal Leonard Publishing Corp. and Universal Music Publishing to ensure a world-wide reach .
Since its inception, ODEG has been on the fast track to cumulative success, with the Grammy®-nominated and Juno & Echo Award winning Canadian Brass leading the way with active touring and appearances worldwide, a broad based educational outreach and recording more than ever – as well as a triumphant return to the top of the Billboard charts!
Today Opening Day continues its tradition of recording the greatest artists of today. Along with a world-class roster, we also feature and promote award-winning and acclaimed composers and arrangers that includes R. Murray Schafer, Christopher Dedrick, Malcolm Forsyth, Howard Cable, Eric Robertson, Brandon Ridenour, Bramwell Tovey, Richard Walters, Michael Kamen and many more. These recordings represent not only wide-ranging repertoire but distinctive performance styles, writing and interpretations.
The Opening Day music and video catalog boasts recordings covering classical, classical crossover, jazz, pop, Christian and holiday as well as award-winning Canadian composers and indigenous Canadiana – traditional music, spoken word and humour all from Canada. We also feature a wealth of holiday music featuring traditional Christmas classics as well as newly composed yuletide treats. A special feature is the launch of our label imprint – Soloists of the Canadian Brass. Here we offer a perfect opportunity for listeners to experience some of the world’s finest brass virtuosi, who normally perform with Canadian Brass, in recordings of captivating solo projects and chamber music.
Opening Day prides itself by being on the cutting edge of technology giving consumers and fans multimedia airplay, downloads and streaming opportunities as well as digital applications via iPhone and other smartphone carriers. As new advancements in music presentation are developed, Opening Day is positioned to offer access to our artists and their catalogs of great music via these new digital platforms.
Opening Day is now one of the preeminent independent labels in Canada, nurturing gifted young artists as well as expanding and supporting the careers of all-time legends. We want to invite all fans and lovers of music to explore our website and experience the magnificent artistry and music within. As technology changes not only is Opening Day prepared to meet those challenges with digital music offerings but we feel CDs sales are still a critical ingredient in presenting music to music consumers. As we grow, we have more and more opportunities to not only create new music but also offer it to you in every imaginable way. We simply ask that you enjoy the music and the possibilities. With this website, Opening Day gives music lovers more options and more information than ever before, including sample music clips, video access, artist information, artist photos, press and reviews, tour information and so much more. It’s our commitment to music lovers to create a music experience that is like no other!
Opening Day Key Players
Dixon Van Winkle
Stuart Laughton, founder
Chuck & MB Daellenbach, directors