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HILOTRONS return this weekend at WAKEFEST!
HILOTRONS return this weekend at WAKEFEST!

Ottawa favorites HILOTRONS have mostly been seen backing up silent movies for the past year or two, with few proper live performances as a band. That will change Saturday night at Wakefest in Wakefield, QC. Art thou prepared for sweaty dancing madness, young dragon warrior? (Yes, King Lorik!!). The weekend festival features a whack of [...]

JIM BRYSON & WEAKERTHANS hit OTTAWA this weekend!
JIM BRYSON & WEAKERTHANS hit OTTAWA this weekend!

JIM BRYSON & THE WEAKERTHANS are finally debuting their folk rock supergroup in town, after successful test drives in Winnipeg, and last weekend at the Wolfe Island Music Festival. The album tentatively titled “The Falcon Lake Incident” will be out later this fall, more details on that will be forthcoming very soon indeed. This weekend [...]

PAGE + DAVIS this weekend at Black Sheep!
PAGE + DAVIS this weekend at Black Sheep!

Chris Page will be joined by Edmonton’s Mark Davis for a very special CBC Bandwidth recording on Friday night at the Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield, QC. A perfect summer evening, perhaps kicked off with some Cheezy Luigi’s? Sounds ace to me. CHRIS PAGE + MARK DAVIS Friday July 22, 8:30pm Black Sheep Inn (Wakefield, [...]

BRYSON joins THE WEAKERTHANS at WINNIPEG FOLK FESTIVAL!
BRYSON joins THE WEAKERTHANS at WINNIPEG FOLK FESTIVAL!

JIM BRYSON and THE WEAKERTHANS project hits the stage If you are in Winnipeg, you are one of the lucky ones on the weather front. And also lucky on the music front as the WINNIPEG FOLK FESTIVAL is in full swing. If that’s your game, you can be among the first audiences of the new [...]

KELP RECORDS vs IRON MAIDEN at BLUESFEST on TUESDAY!!

“Iron Maiden can’t be fought! Iron Maiden can’t be sought!” – “Iron Maiden” by Iron Maiden (1980). As Ottawa Bluesfest opens on its Maiden voyage Tuesday night, Kelp Records is ready to prove this prose of old wrong. On the Subway stage, enjoy 3 hours of Ottawa’s finest, capped with a special “Kelp Records Revue” [...]

JIM in ELPHIN, BURNSTOWN and at OYSTERFEST this weekend!

Jim Bryson has a busy weekend ahead, with three stops around the 613. First off, on Saturday June 26th, it’s the 5th Annual Elphin Folk & Roots Festival out in Elphin, ON. A lovely community festival featuring Elphinites Jenny Whiteley and Joey Wright, and their pals Luther Wright, and Notre Dame de Grass, to name [...]

KELP heads for NXNE!!
KELP heads for NXNE!!

NXNE is on this week in Toronto, and we’ll be there to celebrate. Kelp returns to NXNE with a showcase on Thursday night at Clinton’s, followed by the return of our KELP BBQ on Friday at Global Village Backpackers (King/Spadina) from 12-6pm. Our pals at Beau’s are making the trip down the 401 as well, [...]

CHRIS PAGE runs back to SASKATOON (and other Western dates)!

Chris Page is heading west with Jill Zmud for a brief tour this very week! They’ll be taking Jill’s homeland by storm in the SK, as well as making the trek further west to join our pal Lorrie Matheson and the Saved by Vinyl crew for some shows. Here are the dates! Thurs June 3 [...]

AV / CFL SESSIONS TOUR NOW ON THE ROAD!
AV / CFL SESSIONS TOUR NOW ON THE ROAD!

Andrew Vincent + The CFL Sessions are heading west to Regina and back…hope you can catch them on these dates: Wednesday, May 26th, Toronto, The Tranzac Thursday, May 27th, Peterborough, Pitter Patter Festival at The Spill Friday, May 28th, Ottawa, Raw Sugar Saturday, May 29th, Sudbury, The Townehouse Sunday, May 30th, Sault Ste. Marie, House [...]

KELP 16 goes on tour!
KELP 16 goes on tour!

We’re very excited to be hitting the road with KELP 16 this year. Traditionally, we have a weekend of shows here in Ottawa. This year, we’re happy to announce that we’re including TORONTO and MONTREAL in the mix! We hope to see a whack of you out to these incredible shows…one of my musical heroes [...]

CHRIS PAGE’s “A Date with a Smoke Machine” out Tuesday!
CHRIS PAGE's

Chris Page’s new album “A Date with a Smoke Machine” will be in stores this coming Tuesday February 16th. We’ll be celebrating with a free in-store performance at Compact Music’s downtown location (190 Bank) at 12:30pm sharp. To celebrate this week, Page hosts Kelpcast 2, a jam-packed half hour of tunes that have inspired him [...]

ANDREW VINCENT heads to EUROPE!
ANDREW VINCENT heads to EUROPE!

Andrew Vincent is heading to Europe this weekend on a 3-week tour to celebrate the release of “Rotten Pear” in the UK on January 25th. Stops in the Netherlands, UK and both Irelands are included in the coming weeks, so we hope to meet a lot of you folks we never get to see in [...]

JIM BRYSON 10th ANNIVERSARY @ the BLACK SHEEP!
JIM BRYSON 10th ANNIVERSARY @ the BLACK SHEEP!

Jim Bryson celebrates 10 years at the Black Sheep this weekend. Hopefully you already knew this and got tickets…because they are all sold out now. You MIGHT have a chance to sneak in if you go really early to either show…this is all I heard. In any event, those of you on hand tomorrow and [...]

Kelp Introduces the “Blue Laurier” album!
Kelp Introduces the

Kelp is pleased to introduce the “Blue Laurier” series, whereby you the customer get a fabulous deal on a digital release, paying under $5 (pre-tax) for a full-length release. When a record gets Blue Laurier’d, it will come down in price temporarily, often to celebrate a rare reissue or draw attention to a back catalogue [...]

Kelp launches “Kelpcast” podcast series!

Been meaning to get this going for awhile, but here finally is the first episode of KELPCAST, a new podcast series we are launching with the Kelp crew. The episodes will vary in content and contributors, but we plan on trying to hold your attention for about 30 minutes each time with Kelp-relevant music and [...]

ANDREW VINCENT makes CBCR3 Bucky Shortlist!
ANDREW VINCENT makes CBCR3 Bucky Shortlist!

Thanks to your generous support and persistent voting, Andrew Vincent’s “Canadian Dream” has made the CBCR3 Bucky Award shortlist for “Most Canadian Song”! He’s up against four other great Canadian tracks, and you can vote now up to November 29th. The winners will be announced on December 9th….help us take AV all the way. Vote [...]

Andrew Vincent’s “Rotten Pear” in US stores today!
Andrew Vincent's

Andrew Vincent’s Rotten Pear is out in the USA today! Tell your American friends about the album you have come to love throughout 2009, why AV is regarded as one of the hottest bands in Canada, why AV is up for “Most Canadian Song” of the year on CBC Radio3, why AV is up for [...]

KELP ARTISTS UP FOR BEST OF OTTAWA 2009!
KELP ARTISTS UP FOR BEST OF OTTAWA 2009!

Ottawa Xpress, our weekly arts/variety magazine in town, has posted their nominees for the annual “Best of Ottawa” Reader’s Poll. We’re proud to see a few of the Kelp family on their once again…if you’ve got 2 minutes, please go and vote on their page right here. And vote often! Nominees from our crew include: [...]

YOWZAS! SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT RAW SUGAR!

This weekend the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals Conference is taking over parts of Ottawa. Well, mostly the Crowne Plaza hotel, but we are hoping to draw some of its artistic directors, booking agents, and musicians to mingle with our friends in an afternoon of music at Raw Sugar! Kelp presents YOWzas (yes indeed, a [...]

Kelp heads for Pop Montreal!

Kelp is heading to Pop Montreal this weekend! Our part in the festivities gets started on Thursday October 1st. We’re teaming up this year with Mint Records for a double-label-East-West showcase at Petit Campus, featuring our own Flecton Big Sky, Chris Page and Andrew Vincent, along with Mint’s Hot Panda and The Pack A.D. Friday [...]

WELCOME TO THE NEW KELP RECORDS SITE

The day has finally come! Kelp has joined the ranks of the 2.0sters. We hope you enjoy our new web site and find it easier to navigate. We are working towards providing more thorough content quicker, and you can expect a flood of audio and video here shortly. Your feedback is most welcome and we [...]

KELP RAINS DOWN ON BLUESFEST!

I have been busy killing spiders left and right here and doing a raindance, because tomorrow we would like you to actually come inside…Kelp artists this year are performing in the Barney Danson Theatre at Bluesfest. I know this is odd for a mostly-outdoor Bluesfest but work with us here… Andrew Vincent is up on [...]