Back in 1991, live tapes intended only for personal use, soon turned into a small business now celebrating it's 25th year. Founder Jef Leeson
was part of the group 'Bushwacker'
that year & had a great sounding, 2-night live recording on his hands. The band was backing up the eastern Ontario singer Dennis Whitty at the time, & the reaction from Dennis & his management resulted in the negotiation and release of our first issue: the cassette tape 'Wanted: Live'
(at the time of this writing a special re-issue of that album is being prepped - watch for that!). Chancellor
was off and running.
Through the 90s, a few outside projects came our way, notably the first 2 years of releases by the renowned Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Championship
competition. Between those projects & producing many other artists' demos & writing sessions, the company stayed busy producing & releasing 3 (and co-producing a 4th) album for the band 'Ambush'
, for which Leeson was the original vocalist & bassist. 'Twer a busy time.
The turn of the millennium meant new growth for the company. Now able to focus on the increased demand for such services in the region, Chancellor
produced & either released or co-issued product by Colleen MacAlister
, Marlene Leeson
, Sacred Heart of Mary Church & Sacred Heart of Jesus Church Choirs
, Troy Thompson
& the first solo projects by Jef
himself, as well as other various artists' albums.
While our 25th anniversary was creeping up, it was still quite clear there's no reason to stop now.
A label, a production company, a studio - you name it, we've (probably) done it.