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Art Department – Biography

Art Department emerged as a visionary collaboration between Kenny Glasgow, the legendary techno/house icon from Canada, and Jonny White, the rising star and owner of Canada’s No.19 label. Individually, Kenny and Jonny have earned international acclaim for their innovative and cutting-edge productions, establishing themselves as forward-thinking underground producers in North America. Kenny boasts a rich history dating back to the late 80s, with notable releases on labels like Narcotic, Jinxx, Method 11/11, and Turbo. Meanwhile, Jonny’s esteemed No.19 Music label, coupled with his rapidly growing discography, catapulted him to the forefront of the global music scene.

Despite their deep friendship and influential presence in Toronto’s electronic music community, it wasn’t until 2009 that Kenny and Jonny joined forces in the studio. The catalyst was Damian Lazarus, who enlisted their talents to remix Riz MC for his prestigious Crosstown Rebels Label. The outcome was a completely fresh sound that ingeniously combined elements from both artists, resulting in a futuristic and raw underground masterpiece. This marked the inception of Art Department—an exciting new idea brought to life.

Fuelled by their initial success, the duo dedicated themselves to expanding upon their innovative sound. Their focus shifted towards creating a live DJ/vocal performance that showcased Kenny Glasgow’s distinct and sublime vocals, reminiscent of his earlier work on records like “Pressing On.” Before long, Damian heard the fruits of their collaboration and wasted no time in offering them a deal with Crosstown Rebels, encompassing multiple singles, remixes, and a highly anticipated full-length album slated for release in early 2011.

The momentum continued to build as Art Department took the stage for their first-ever live show at the Crosstown Rebels Get Lost event during the 2010 WMC. The room was packed to capacity, and they performed alongside a stellar lineup of 17 artists from the label. DJs, promoters, and partygoers hailed their performance as groundbreaking and pivotal, making it one of the standout shows of that year’s WMC. Will Saul, the head of Simple label, lauded their live show as the most awe-inspiring since the introduction of Mathew Johnson’s music. The following night, Art Department delivered a mind-bending DJ set at Jamie Jones and Lee Foss’ Hot Natured party, solidifying their residency with the highly esteemed Hot Natured brand

Backed by unwavering support from the rebel crew and an exciting release schedule that includes collaborations with Seth Troxler, Jamie Jones, and Soul Clap, it is clear that Art Department’s journey will continue to unfold as yet another chapter of inspiration in the story of these talented Canadians.

After five years together in which they released two LPs and dozens of singles and remixes, Art Department announces its separation.

Kenny Glasgow with a press release in 2015, confirmed that he will be leaving the group to pursue music as a solo artist.

His other half, Jonny White, will continue to produce and perform under the Art Department moniker.

“This kind of project is like a creative marriage and after five years we just feel like there’s more we need to do in other areas,” says Glasgow in a statement today. “Having already released a solo album, I have felt a strong need to follow that up and explore that side of my production.”

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