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 […]

Ghost of Your Charms now available in GERMANY!

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 […]

NEW COUNTRY REHAB head for US; “Ghost of Your Charms” now available stateside!

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 […]

COUSINS announce fall tour with The Dodos and summer festival dates!

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, […]

COUSINS hit London, UK & The Great Escape!

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 […]

THE FLAPS rise from the ashes with AGAIN!

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! 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 […]

HILOTRONS pre-order available NOW!

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 […]

Jim Bryson – Instant Holiday Album

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 […]

KELP announces details for HILOTRONS’ “At Least There’s Commotion”

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 […]

Camp Radio @ HPX!

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 […]

Measha & Martin Short perform “Misty”; “I’ve Got a Crush on You” now on iTunes!

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. […]

ADAM & THE AMETHYSTS back in the U-S-S-A!

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 […]

KELP welcomes Canada to Ottawa & JUNOfest!

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 […]


ON SATURDAY FEB 18TH, Kelp presents an all-day event sure to chase away the winter blues. THE WINTER WARMER starts at 11am, and will see local chefs pairing delicious street food-inspired plates with ales from local breweries. Our own ADAM & THE AMETHYSTS and CHRIS PAGE will hit the stage in the afternoon to provide […]


Monday night in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Juno award-winning and Grammy-nominated singer Measha Brueggergosman takes to the stage at the historic Seahorse Tavern to record a brand new musical offering. Over three intimate evenings (and two concerts later this week in her hometown of Fredericton, New Brunswick at the Cedar Tree Cafe), audiences will enjoy an eclectic mix of […]

Silents Is Golden

Film POP & Hilotrons will present Silents is Golden, a night of silent films brought to life with live musical scores from Ottawa’s Hilotrons. Old-film aficionados and YouTube maniacs and everyone with eyes and ears are invited to come discover The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (dir. Robert Wiene, 1920, Germany) along with a collection of […]

Adam & the Amethysts go West

Dear friends and family in western Canada, This month, Adam and the Amethysts return to singer Adam Waito’s hometown-of-his-youth – Thunder Bay – to kick off a new string of tour dates leading them west. It has been a year of milestones for Montreal’s Adam & The Amethysts. Since signing to Kelp Records and releasing […]


The day has finally come….Adam & the Amethysts release “Flickering Flashlight” on 180g made-in-Canada LP, CD and digital today! We kicked off the celebrations early with the brand new video for “Dreaming,” the somnambulant, swim-heavy track that ends the album. Yuula Benivolski directed and edited a wondrous b&w journey around Toronto Centre Island, viewable right […]