One Big Silence is a label started by Mike Haliechuk of Fucked Up.  The label started in the summer of 2010 in response to the growing number of highly creative but hardly successful local bands that had been developing in Toronto.  OBS gained acclaim after releasing the first singles of Austra and Diamond Rings, two artists who would go onto commercial and critical acclaim. The mandate of the label is to be a stepping stone for local bands between obscurity and success, and is modeled after labels like Factory where music is created by a close community of friends and professionals.