Publishing quality Canadian music writing.
Shine: How a MuchMusic Compilation Came to Define Canadian Alternative Music and Sell a Zillion Copies examines the creation and cultural impact of Big Shiny Tunes, the legendary Canadian compilation record released by MuchMusic in 1996. Big Shiny Tunes left a massive cultural imprint on Canada, one that can be found in cover bands, tribute nights, YouTube playlists, and used record bins from coast to coast. For a generation of Canadians, Big Shiny Tunes represented a unifying time when one disc stretched across genres and musical tastes and ultimately led to a transition towards personal curation in pop music. Through extensive interviews and criticism, Shine dives into the era of the compilation, the album’s origins, its status as the ultimate gateway record, and its still unfolding influence on Canadian music—one track at a time.
Started in early 2013 by two childhood friends, Joshua Kloke and Adam Kesek, Eternal Cavalier Press is an independent publishing house dedicated to quality Canadian music writing.
With an emphasis on aesthetics and stories from both sides of the stage, Eternal Cavalier Press gives a voice to musicians and fans that have long needed one. Based in Toronto, ECP publishes books exclusively by Canadian authors. Taking cues from artist-focused record labels that began as a means to distribute unknown bands including Arts & Crafts, You’ve Changed, Mammoth Cave and Castleface, Eternal Cavalier Press was created with music-loving readers in mind.