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Connecting Ottawa Music! Full Report Out Now

Kelp Music (formerly Kelp Records) is so pleased to present an excellent report profiling Ottawa’s music industries.

ANDY SHAUF @ SXSW // PREVIEW ON NPR: ALL SONGS CONSIDERED

NPR All Songs Considered previews the best of what to watch for at SXSW 2015. Andy Shauf will be in Austin with his full band playing: MAR 18 – Sledgehammers (503 E 6th St; 6th and Neches) // 10PM – M for Montreal + Exclaim! MAR 19 – Maggie Mae’s Les Paul Room (512 Trinity […]

Surprise! Measha as the first ever Q host + performer!

Sometimes secrets are hard to keep. This secret sure was. Measha made a spectacular appearance as a guest host on CBC Radio Q yesterday. She did an outstanding job as the first ever host AND performer (on the same show) of Q, and the production team were blown away by her competence as a host, […]

MEGAPHONO // Andy Shauf Album Launch // Measha’s Songs of Freedom // NCR Tour

MEGAPHONO is nigh I’m not sure why, but we decided to launch a music showcase festival in Ottawa in the middle of winter in the middle of the week. But we’re feeling good about it. MEGAPHONO kicks off Tuesday Feb 3 at 12:00pm with Mayor Jim Watson at City Hall Council Chambers. Our esteemed Mayor […]

Andy Shauf’s new video “I’m Not Falling Asleep” Premieres on NPR

Andy Shauf’s latest video was lovingly edited by Mike Dubue (HILOTRONS) using old film stock from the Saskatchewan Archives Board’s Department of Agriculture produced between 1920 and 1922. The scenes depict typical moments in Western Canadian life at a pivotal point in Canadian history: a girl suffering from tuberculosis; new immigrants landing in the Canadian […]

NEW COUNTRY REHAB DAKOTA CLASSIC COVERS RESIDENCY

UPDATE 01/05/2015: FACEBOOK event link DECEMBER 17, 2014 ~Repost from our friends at The Bluegrass Situation~ “Look out Canada! The Bluegrass Situation is headed to the frosty northern metropolis of Toronto with our friends, New Country Rehab. The outlaws in NCR will be hosting a cover-themed residency every Wednesday night in January 2015 at The Dakota […]

CBC Music present their 12 song Christmas Tribute featuring Measha!

Catch this live version of “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” recorded in studio for CBC Music. Part of a 12 song CBC Christmas tribute, other tracks will be released over the holidays by artists Nikki Yanofsky, Michael Kaeshammer, Hey Rosetta!, Moist, the Barenaked Ladies and more. The east coast part of the Christmas cross-Canada […]

MEGAPHONO showcase festival FEB 3-5 2015

PRESS RELEASE // Nov 28, 2014   MEGAPHONO Music Showcase Festival Aims to Raise Profile of Ottawa’s Rich Music Scene Ottawa, ON – A brand new music showcase festival entitled MEGAPHONO is launching in Ottawa this February, focused on shining a light on the region’s musical talent, and growing new opportunities for Ottawa’s music scene. “It’s an exciting time […]

INTERNZZZZ> It’s the most wonderful time of the year

KELP MUSIC / MEGAPHONO:   We’re looking for a few fireballs who love music to help us out in our Ottawa HQ. Kelp Music is an Ottawa-based music company that provides a range of services to artists including management, label services, event promotion, publicity, and grant-writing. MEGAPHONO is our sister organization, focused on spreading the […]

Measha “Christmas” out today!

UPDATE! Order now from our store! It truly seems Christmas does come earlier and earlier each year. This year we are so excited about the release of Measha Brueggergosman’s album “Christmas” out on Warner Music Canada today. With a busy schedule ahead tending to media this week, Measha may be coming close to you soon as […]

Hamburger Helper: Biting into the German Music Market

Germany boasts the 3rd largest music market in the world, second only to the US and Japan. With scads of huge cities short distances apart and rabid fans with a reverence for music who don’t mind paying for it, Germany is as close as it comes to paradise for a touring band or artist.

Take the survey! Ottawa-Gatineau Music Survey Launched

We need your input to build a profile of the region’s music sector.

NEW COUNTRY REHAB video “Lost Highway” premieres on CBC Music // Fall tour dates!

Toronto, Canada’s NEW COUNTRY REHAB return to the US this month for a busy fall of dates supporting their latest album Ghost of Your Charms, including appearances at Nashville’s Americanafest and Raleigh’s Wide World of Bluegrass. The latest video is for Ghost track “Lost Highway” premieres exclusively today on CBC Music and is directed by Juno-award winner Christopher Mills (Blue […]

Measha announces Christmas album; signs with Warner Music Canada

… Kelp is stoked to share WARNER MUSIC CANADA’s press release…. IN A CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS Juno Award-winning Singer’s first holiday album to be released in the Fall   Tuesday, July 22, 2014 – form immediate release   Warner Music Canada is thrilled to announce that they have entered into a partnership with Juno award winning […]

R.I.P The Flaps LAST SHOWS EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THE FLAPS are playing their last shows ever this weekend.

The Pink Ghosts / Blankets! Now Streaming on Exclaim!

The Acorn’s The Pink Ghosts and Blankets! EP are now streaming on Exclaim.ca, along with a great review of the releases. You can listen online here.

ANDY SWAN’s “Ottawa” the next Kelp vinyl reissue!

We’re jus’plain chuffed to announce that yet another classic Kelp release is coming to vinyl for the very first time! Andy Swan’s Ottawa was his first album made in our fair city, holing up at Little Bullhorn with Jarrett Bartlett, John Higney (The Flaps), Rolf Klausener (The Acorn) and Jon Bartlett. Laid to 2″ tape, the result was a warm, […]

Andrew Vincent’s “I Love the Modern Way” coming to LP!

As part of our Kelp 20 reissue series, we’re pleased to announce the first vinyl release of Andrew Vincent’s 2003 summer classic “I Love the Modern Way.” Modern Way was a memorable Ottawa album in the 00′s, and one can’t help but be transported back to the smoky basement of the Hi-Fi on Rideau when […]

Kelp 20 parties set for Toronto & Ottawa!

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 drop Lost Highway EP // Hitting Winnipeg tonight

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 joins Chris Hadfield, Emily Haines, Gord Downie, Ron Sexsmith in tribute to Lou Reed!

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, […]

Measha recital tour begins tonight!

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 […]

NCR Rollin’ Down the Road!

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 […]

ANDY SWAN CELEBRATED IN SONG!

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 & […]