Jim West, founder and president of the Montreal-based record label Justin Time Records, has been appointed a Member of the Order of Canada.
West was one of 85 new appointments for the month of June. He was recognized “for his contributions to the Canadian recording industry and for supporting and championing our country’s talent.”
West began his career in the 1970s working as a road manager for Mahogany Rush. He founded Justin Time Records in 1983 after hearing pianist Oliver Jones performing at a Montreal jazz club.
Over the last 39 years, Justin Time has become home not only to Jones but several other Canadian jazz legends including Ranee Lee, Diana Krall, Oscar Peterson, Rob McConnell and David Clayton-Thomas, along with hundreds of other recordings.
Throughout his career, West has been a keen promoter of jazz in Canada as well as a champion of Canadian arts and culture more broadly.