When I made my first recording, Elemental, in 1985, my label Quinlan Road was literally a street-level (and a kitchen-table!) enterprise. I sold copies of Elemental when I busked at markets and on street corners in Toronto, Vancouver, London and elsewhere. Soon, people were writing to me to order copies by post, and I would sit up at my kitchen table in Stratford, late at night, putting cassettes into parcels and sending them off across town, across Canada, and soon, around the world.
Many of the people who wrote to me to order copies asked me to tell them when I would be making another record, or playing a concert in their town. I began keeping a list of those names and addresses, and as Quinlan Road grew into an office with more and more colleagues, and my discography grew and my tour itineraries began to take in concerts not only in Canada but worldwide, we would send out catalogues and newsletters by post to the people on our mailing list.....
....Almost twenty years later, I’m astonished to see that there are now hundreds of thousands of people on that mailing list. In the years between my first recording and now, the Internet has grown and the World Wide Web has appeared, and we are able to reach far more people by email and by our website at www.quinlanroad.com than we could now afford to reach by post.
We hope that you will consider joining our community of friends, and we look forward to bringing you news of our endeavours in the coming months.
- Loreena McKennitt