It’s hard to believe we now have an intern in our office that is as old as Kelp is. We’ve grown from our meagre beginnings hawking cassettes in Fredericton, NB into a company that handles management, label, and other services for artists.
New Country Rehab are in the air flying ready to begin the prairie leg of their North American tour in Winnipeg, Manitoba this evening. To celebrate the tour, we’ve released Lost Highway, a free EP available for download now via Bandcamp.
Measha took to the Glenn Gould Studio stage Saturday night with a cast of Canadian musical luminaries to pay tribute to Lou Reed. Led by Lou’s musical director Kevin Hearn (Barenaked Ladies), and backed by several of Lou’s band, the night featured Gord Downie, Ron Sexsmith, Hawksley Workman, Commander Chris Hadfield, Carole Pope, Kevin Drew, [...]
This evening, Measha embarks on a 10-date Ontario recital tour with pianist Topher Mokrzewski, performing a varied program including repertoire from the songbooks of Joni Mitchell, Duke Ellington and Brahms. We’re also happy to announce that Measha will also perform alongside Gord Downie, Ron Sexsmith, Carole Pope, Commander Chris Hadfield, Buck 65, Kevin Drew and [...]
New Country Rehab are back on the road, recovering from a short rest after their six-week, nine country Fall European tour. This week, they are hosting Boston pals Joy Kills Sorrow for four nights in Ontario/Quebec. Next week they will return to the US East Coast, before hitting Western Canada in March and returning for [...]
The following comes to us from Swanny’s main squeeze, Kristy Nease. WE HAVE BEEN KEEPING THIS A SECRET FOR 8 MONTHS I HAVE NO IDEA HOW!!! And now, Miss Nease: ///////// We’re so pleased to finally announce the release of You Got The Diamonds, a celebration of the many musics of Andy Swan. More than fourty Canadian artists & [...]
Kelp Records have rolled out toddler t-shirts and baby onesie just in time for the holiday season. Up to Dec 24th, we’ll be donating $3 from every purchase to the Ottawa Food Bank! Keep your eyes peeled at Ottawa craft sales or buy one now here in our store!
-with shows in ONTARIO / QUEBEC / ALBERTA / B.C.- EVENING HYMNS emerge from the studio in Mountain Grove, ON, fresh from tracking the followup to their Polaris Long List-nominated 2012 album Spectral Dusk. Bonnetta has left the painful reflection of Spectral behind for something quite triumphant and upbeat, certainly an Evening Hymns we have [...]
NEW COUNTRY REHAB’s “Ghost of Your Charms” is now out through AL!VE AG in Germany. Just in time for their upcoming European tour, NEW COUNTRY REHAB has a whole slew of dates for our friends overseas. Also, if you want to practice your German, check out this great review of the album care of Markus [...]
We’re pleased to announce that NEW COUNTRY REHAB’s “Ghost of Your Charms” is now available in the USA through Burnside Distribution (as well as digitally through iTunes). Press is already starting to roll in, including from No Depression, who called Ghost of Your Charms “easily my pick for best Americana album of 2013.” Read the [...]
Kelp releases the world’s first original double-sided record for the Fisher Price Music Box this week!
This week, Kelp Records will commemorate the Toronto edition of the International Label Market by releasing the world’s first original double-sided record for the Fisher Price Music Box format! Kp 073 includes versions of “My Number” and “Not There Tonight,” two tracks from HILOTRONS’ recent full-length release At Least There’s Commotion. Handcrafted in Surrey, UK [...]
Last night in Paris, COUSINS wrapped up their triumphant month-long European tour. Their first Eurotrip saw them play fourteen shows in seven countries in the span of three and a half weeks, including two jam-packed shows at The Great Escape festival. You’d think it would be time for a break. But true to COUSINS form, [...]
Halifax, Canada garage duo COUSINS hit London this week for two shows, followed by a weekend at THE GREAT ESCAPE in Brighton, marking the group’s first-ever trip to the UK. The band will continue on for select shows in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium to round out the month. Last week, Europe got its first [...]
Ottawa’s favourite instro weirdos The Flaps (Pat Lawlor, John Higney, Martin Newman, and Jamie Gullikson) have returned with the long anticipated followup to 2005′s self-titled debut. Again will see release on Kelp Records on CD/Digital formats on March 19th, 2013. In the (LONG) years since The Flaps’ debut, their “songs reminiscent of European B-movie soundtracks filtered through the proto-psychedelia [...]
Check out the brand new interactive HILOTRONS video map atatleasttherescommotion.com! Tour the National Capital region w Mike and friends, and watch them perform songs from the album. Guests include Jim Bryson, Jeremy Fisher, The Flaps, Geoffrey Pye and more! The map was a collaboration between illustrator Colin White, webbed out by Mat Dunlap and music videographers Southern Souls and local photographer Rémi Thériault. Thanks [...]
We’re chuffed to bits to welcome New Country Rehab (NCR) to the Kelp fold for their second album Ghost of Your Charms, due out March 5, 2013. The band that was described by UNCUT Magazine as “Canada’s answer to the Avett Brothers and Mumford and Sons” have been added both to Kelp’s label and management rosters. Ghost Of [...]
We’re super excited to offer this holiday time SPECIAL PRE-ORDER for the album. The record will not be out in stores until February 5th, 2013, but you can hear it all NOW by preordering. Once your pre-order is processed, you will be sent a digital download for HILOTRONS’ entire new album At Least There’s Commotion [...]
We are please to present a Christmas project Jim Bryson has been working on, with proceeds going to a great cause! Here’s a note from Jim on the recording of the album; Hello All: Well, we gathered, we hit record, we recorded more, we went home 15 hours later. Excited that the Instant Holiday Record [...]
OCTOBER 18, 2012 (Ottawa, ON) – Kelp is very proud to announce the release of the new HILOTRONS album “At Least There’s Commotion,” out February 5th, 2013 (CD, 180g vinyl, digital). The long-awaited followup to their Polaris-nominated “Happymatic” (2008), Commotion saw leader Michael Dubue return to Ottawa’s Bova Sound, working alone this time out with [...]
Photo by Andrew Carver Camp Radio will be rolling on down to the annual bash on the the east coast again this year! Check them out at The Seahorse Tavern (1665 Argyle St) on Tuesday, October 16th. Set times are as follows; 9:30pm • Miesha & The Spanks 10:30pm • Glory Glory 11:30pm • Camp [...]
Wednesday July 11, 2012 – (Ottawa, ON) - Ottawa gourmet sandwich bar & coffeehouse Pressed announced today that local record label and artist management company Kelp Records will assume talent booking duties for the 50-capacity venue in the Centretown West area, effective immediately. Pressed has quickly established itself in the neighbourhood as a go-to spot [...]
This past Sunday evening, we came together to watch some old timey magic, as Martin Short joined Measha to perform their version of the jazz standard “Misty,” (E. Garner / J. Burke) live at the Windsor Arms in Toronto. At times tender, at others gut-bustingly hilarious, this duet has the makings of a modern classic. [...]
After a busy march at SXSW, CMW and Junofest, Adam & the Amethysts are back on the road for Easter to play a slew of US dates up and down the Eastern Seaboard and into the US. From Boston to NYC to Columbus, and most points in between, A&A will be grinding the pavement and [...]
This weekend we welcome over a hundred bands to our fine city, as well as nominees for the 2012 Juno Awards. We are going to be hanging out at the Dom Polski most of the weekend, with a few great shows and even a few world renowned poster artists. Did we mention food? Come on down! We threw [...]