President – Secret City Records Canada
Justin West is the President of Secret City Records and Secret City Publishing, both of which he founded in 2006 in Montreal, Canada. On top of overseeing all Secret City’s strategy and day-to-day operations, he is also extremely active within the industry, working alongside his peers to help shape and protect the industry of and for tomorrow.
Justin currently sits on the board of directors of MERLIN, a global digital rights agency for the world’s independent label sector, and is the Chair of the board of directors of the Worldwide Independent Network (WIN), a global body focused on the creation, development, and coordination of independent recording industry trade associations around the world. He is also currently on the executive boards of directors of both the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA), a trade association representing Canadian independent music companies, and the Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent On Record (FACTOR), a public/private partnership that administers funds to provide assistance toward the growth and development of the Canadian music industry, and sits on the board of directors of ADISQ, a trade association representing independent music companies in the province of Québec in Canada. In the summer of 2016, Justin was the sole representative from the music industry appointed to Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly’s “Expert Advisory Group”, which is tasked with providing advice and ongoing feedback as the Canadian government examines how to strengthen the creation, discovery, and export of Canadian content in a digital world.
Justin has been immersed in music all his life and spent many of his summers as a teenager working with various record labels, learning the business along the way. In 2004, Justin completed a Bachelor of Commerce with honours from McGill University, only to quench his thirst for music and entrepreneurship with Secret City shortly after.
Today, Secret City is home to such artists as Patrick Watson, The Barr Brothers, Alexandra Stréliski, Leif Vollebekk, Basia Bulat, Braids, Owen Pallett, Suuns, and many more.