It looks like Winnipeg's G7 Welcoming Committee Records is transitioning away from releasing compact discs. In the label's latest newsletter they commented:
Like the stupid dodo bird and the idiotic long-horned bison, we happily announce the systematic extermination of the landfill-filling, toxic chemical-creating, warehouse shelf-sitting G7 CD. That's right, in recognition of our 10th anniversary, we are officially phasing out the compact disc as a medium for delivering our exclusive brand of extraordinarily ordinary music to the masses (all 50 of you).
This includes the entirety of our current catalogue of shiny plastic discs, which will be placed in a giant pile in the middle of Albert Street 1 year from now (on April 4th 2008) and burned in a funeral pyre. Or, if that proves environmentally questionable, we'll put the entire inventory - along with concomitant CD reproduction rights - up on eBay.
All future G7 releases will be available via remote viewing, cave paintings, and I suppose via high-quality digital downloads if neither of the first two are convenient.
The label launched a download store late last year, providing 320kbps quality sound and albums ranging from $4.99 to $9.99. The label released it's first digital-only releases last year with rarities from the Weakerthans' John K. Samson, Giant Sons, Painted Thin and Red Fisher.