One dreary November Day in Montreal in 1985, Jan Jarvlepp and his composer friend John Winiarz were sitting in Ben's Delicatessen wondering how they could get their music heard. The CBC was was not broadcasting their music and record companies were not recording their music. Finally, the solution seemed to be to take matters into one's own hands by starting a record company. Thus, the Jarvlepp and Winiarz recording label was born - J & W Records. So they both decided to purchase some AKG studio microphones, Sony digital recorders and assorted cables and microphone stands and began making recordings of their works. The first release was a cassette called Chronogrammes (1986) with works by Winiarz on one side and works by Jarvlepp on the other. Solo cassettes by each composer followed. It was prohibitively expensive to release recordings in the new compact disk format at this time so initial releases were in the cassette format. CDs followed in the 1990s.