by carl wilson

A Blow To The Three Gut


Word comes this morning that Three Gut Records, one of the primary sources of the Toronto indie rock explosion, will cease operations after the Oct. 11 release of the new Constantines record, Tournament of Hearts. Three Gut has been the home of such bands as the Cons, Royal City (the likely-defunct band that has included Aaron Riches, Jim Guthrie, Leslie Feist, Nathan Lawr and more), Jim Guthrie, Gentleman Reg, Sea Snakes, Cuff the Duke and lately Oneida. It has its origins in the unexpected genius spirit of Guelph, Ontario, and it was founded by Guthrie and the sparkly-fantastical Tyler Clark Burke, soon joined by the intrepid Lisa Moran, around and about the year 2000. The two women, who quickly assumed supervisory roles, harvested gorgeously produced and packaged sheafs of surprising and infectious music which sprouted between the orderly rows of expectation, not to mention bushels of art-rock parties and other compost mulch of community motivation. They served as inspiration and model for Arts & Crafts, Paper Bag and Blocks and all the other family-project-meets-feisty-entrepreneur labels that have bloomed here in recent years. Tyler left about a year-and-a-half ago to concentrate on her own artwork (which continues to grace 3G releases) and Lisa has carried on but understandably wants to explore other options. There will be commemorative parties and champagne toasts and tears. I just want to express my gratitude and admiration for what Three Gut's accomplished. This town (and country) would not be the same without them.

News | Posted by zoilus on Monday, June 13 at 1:01 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (6)



The RC compilation is in the works. Definitely.

I'm not sure about Jim, but Reg has had a pretty good relationship with Broken Social Scene & Arts and Crafts. Reg hasn't mentioned anything to me about it, so it's only speculation on my part.

Posted by Five on June 14, 2005 8:28 PM



this is not a sad occasion at all, i don't think. three gut had a great run. even though i sometimes wished lisa would have taken on more bands, i'm glad she didn't. they stayed small and home-made and it was a good party.

i wonder what's going to happen to jim and reg. what i've heard of jim's new stuff is great. i hope some smart label offers to work with him.

Posted by owen on June 14, 2005 2:18 PM



reliable word has it that jim is working on a royal city rarities compilation, however, whether it's online-only or an actual disc. in the meantime, check out his nifty new site at

Posted by barclay on June 14, 2005 11:47 AM



It definitely is sad. So many great records over the past five years, many I wish we could have put out. Thanks to Lisa for helping bring so much great Canadian music into the world!

Posted by sp on June 14, 2005 8:59 AM



this is sad. three gut, we love you!

Posted by dan on June 13, 2005 2:38 PM



!!! :( :( !!!

Posted by Sean on June 13, 2005 1:12 PM




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