October 29, 2014

Yes, we know you are busy planning the perfect Halloween costume but guess what? The Mint Records Ridiculously Early Xmas Party is almost here! We'll be at The Electric Owl on Saturday, November 29th with our pals including Supermoon, Fake Tears, Hag Face (from Calgary), Jay Arner, Energy Slime, Duotang (from Winnipeg), Renny Wilson (from Edmonton/Montreal), DJ Duncan McHugh AND MORE! 

In addition to seven bands, we will be giving out extra special gifts to the first 50 people through the door. These gifts may or may not include fancy tote bags, new music and gift certificates from Zulu and Red Cat Records. As we are creatures of habit there will also be delicious POCKY

Tickets are $13 through Ticketfly and also available at Red Cat and Zulu Records. Mint will be matching the door cash and donating it to S.A.I.N.T.S. Animal Rescue. S.A.I.N.T.S. is a special place that caters to senior and special needs critters that aren't always adoptable.

In addition to our prize sponsors, Zulu, Red Cat Records and Pocky, we would also like to thank our radio pals, CiTR 101.9FM. Oh, and for up-to-the-minute party updates, we have a Facebook event up over here


October 20, 2014

It is that time of year again! We're carving pumpkins, bringing out our warmest sweaters and preparing to depart for a few more music festivals before the snow flies. For those of you heading to CMJ, we will be there with Monomyth! Please pop by one of these shows to say hello. 


10/21 - Pete's Candy Store, Riot Act Happy Hour (7:45pm)

10/24 - The Cake Shop, Break Thru Radio Party (1pm)

10/24 - Pianos, Planetary Group Party (4:30pm) 

Mr. Renny Wilson is also flying into Halifax for a Pop Explosion performance. Go and see this magical man! 


10/23 - Marquee Ballroom (9:30pm) 




September 8, 2014

That’s right, you heard us: we’re proud to be working with Energy Slime, the latest venture from Jay Arner and his bandmate/partner-in-crime, Jessica Delisle! Seamlessly slipping between diverse, even psychoactive, moods, this is a lighthearted and—dare we say—free-flowing outfit for the Vancouver mainstay. And we’re not talking the kind of goop you’d expect from Slimer or Powder Puff here, this is pure aural ectoplasm. Look for Energy Slime's New Dimensional in a record shop near you (or order it from us) on November 11th, 2014

May 22, 2014

Yep, it's that time of year again where we pile the Mint family into a van (or two if we're lucky) and swap coastal for cattle. Why on earth would we do that? For none other than the eighth edition of Calgary's Sled Island, of course!!

It's not like we're just bringing along a band or two either. This year we're having a whole freakin' showcase, and we've teamed up with our friends Super Moon (formerly Movieland) for good measure!


Friday, June 20th, 2014 at Commonwealth Bar & Stage (731 10 Ave SW) from 12:30 - 5:30 PM! FREE!


Jay Arner 4:30pm (Vancouver, BC - Mint Records)

Tough Age 3:30pm (Vancouver, BC - Mint Records)

Renny Wilson 2:30pm (Edmonton, AB - Mint Records)

Super Moon 1:30pm (Vancouver, BC)

Doors at 12:30pm

But wait! That's not all! Each of the bands will also have an official Sled Island evening showcase as well. Stay tuned to the facebook event for those details as they unfold, and don't forget to RSVP while you're there!


April 15, 2014

Big News! We at Mint are pleased to announce our latest signing, Monomyth, from Halifax, NS! Their Mint Records debut, Saturnalia Regalia! will be available to the masses on July 22nd. 

Monomyth is a crown jewel in the court of the crimson and clover. The Halifax four-piece carries on the hallowed East Coast tradition of janglophile pop with a smirking sense of humour, stadium-sized hooks, and starry-eyed harmonies from the barbershop of broken dreams. Though Saturnalia Regalia! shows a clear sonic lineage with the holy Halifax trinity of Sloan, Thrush Hermit and the Super Friendz (whose bassist Charles Austin assisted in this album’s production), Monomyth also invoke the amber-encased Americana of Big Star, pranksterish pop moves of The dB’s and The Soft Boys, Television’s tangled guitarmonies, MBV tremolo ’gaze, and the radiant ramble of Relatively Clean Rivers.

The band includes Josh Salter, Seamus Dalton, Graeme Stewart and Matt Peters. You may recognize some of them from Halifax's pop elite as they are also members of Nap Eyes, Psychic Fair and the excellent Moon. 

Now that we've piqued your interest, we've posted a teaser track, "Candleholder"  on Soundcloud over here. Stream away! And let us know what you think. 

Upcoming Dates:

4/19 - Halifax, NS @ Gus' Pub w/ Old and and Weird, Cat Bag and Wet Denim

4/24 - St Johns, NFLD @ The Ship w/ By Divine Right and Matthew Thompson

5/21 - Halifax, NS @ Gus' Pub w/ Sheer Agony

6/18 - Toronto, ONT - NXNE Craft Singles Showcase w/ Old and Weird, Each Other, Toronto Homicide Squad

February 24, 2014

Once again, we're unpacking our sunglasses and summer attire from storage and will be migrating South to the city of Austin, Texas for their SXSW festival. Are you going to be there too? Let's get heatstroke together! 

We're also planning a party! It's free, and unofficial, and you should come see some of Canada's finest bands in action! 

Thursday, March 13th, 2014
at HEADHUNTERS (720 Red River)
1-6pm! FREE! 

1:15 - TOPS (Montreal, QC - Arbutus)
1:55 - Calvin Love (Edmonton, AB)
2:35 - Sean Nicholas Savage (Montreal, QC - Arbutus)
3:15 - Pick A Piper (Toronto, ON - Mint Records)
3:55 - Jay Arner (Vancouver, BC - Mint Records)
4:35 - Tough Age (Vancouver, BC - Mint Records)
5:15 - The Pack AD (Vancouver, BC - Nettwerk)

Oh, and you should come early, there will be FREE TACOS and other surprises. 

We have a facebook event up over here, where we'll be posting up-to-the-minute updates. 

We'd also like to send a big THANK YOUUU to Exclaim! 


November 17, 2013

Hello Friends!!

We know it's still November, but our Ridiculously Early Xmas Party is back and coming up soon... 

Saturday, November 30th

The Ukrainian Hall (805 E Pender) 

Doors are at 7pm

This is a 19+ event, sorry!! 

Nardwuar and The Evaporators
Tough Age
Renny Wilson
Jay Arner
Chris Mastheim (aka Nick Krgovich of No Kids/P:ano/etc)
Fake Tears
Shawn Mrazek Lives!
DJ Duncan McHugh (host of Duncan's Donuts on CiTR)

Tickets are $10 in advance (available online at brownpapertickets or in-person at Red Cat and Zulu) or $13 at the door.

As per the Ridiculously Early tradition, there will be presents for the earliest people.

Partial proceeds go to support SAINTS, a sanctuary for senior/special needs animals and Girls Rock Camp Vancouver.

And lastly, we'd like to give our sponsors, CiTR 101.9FM and Phillips Beer a big thumbs up.

See you there!


September 12, 2013

Holy smokes! Jay Arner and his band are preparing to embark on their first tour of America. And they have a new video. Watch it here, and then tell your friends in Philadelphia to check him out!

Jay Arner's Upcoming Tour Dates: 

Oct 3 - Simply Delicious, Vancouver, BC *

Oct 4 - Heartland, Seattle, WA *

Oct 5 - Neato Burrito, Spokane, WA *

Oct 6 - VFW, Missoula, MT *

Oct 7 - Wild Joe's, Bozeman, MT *

Oct 8 - Pangea House, Minot, ND *

Oct 9 - TBA, Fargo, ND *

Oct 10 - Fuck Mountain, Minneapolis, MN *

Oct 11 - Observatory Studios, Chicago, IL

Oct 12 - The Shop, Pittsburgh, PA

Oct 13 - MakeSpace, Harrisburg, PA *

Oct 14 - Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, PA

Oct 15 - Brooklyn Rod and Gun Club, Brooklyn, NY

Oct 16 - TBA

Oct 17 - Pete's Candy Store, Brooklyn, NY (Riot Act Day Party) 

Oct 18 - Piano's, New York, NY (Planetary Group Day Party)

Oct 21 - TBA, Burlington, VT

Oct 22 - Divan Orange, Montreal, QC

Oct 23 - Gus' Pub, Halifax, NS (Halifax Pop Explosion) 

Oct 25 - Gus' Pub, Halifax, NS (Mint Records Day Party) 

Oct 27 - Thunder and Lightning, Sackville, NB

Oct 28 - Flask Lounge, Portland, ME

Oct 30 - Coco 66, New York, NY

Oct 31 - Paperhaus, Washington DC

Nov 1 - TBA, Baltimore, MD

Nov 2 - The Garage, Charlottesville, VA

Nov 3 - Pinhook, Durham, NC

Nov 4 - Green Room, Athens, GA

Nov 5 - The Other Basement, Nashville, TN

Nov 6 - TBA, Memphis, TN

Nov 7 - Circle Bar, New Orleans, LA

Nov 8 - Crown and Harp, Dallas, TX

Nov 9 - Museum of Human Achievement, Austin, TX

Nov 10 - TBA

Nov 11 - Burt's Tiki Lounge, Albuquerque, NM

Nov 12 - TLMS, Tuscon, AZ

Nov 13 - TBA, Flagstaff, AZ

Nov 14 - Katzen Culture Club, Los Angeles, CA

Nov 15 - TBA, San Francisco, CA

Nov 16 - Alibi, Arcata, CA

Nov 17 - Rontoms, Portland, OR

Nov 18 - Hollow Earth Radio, Seattle, WA

* with Cult Babies


August 1, 2013

Hello Internet!

We at Mint just wanted to let you know about our most recent collaboration. This time, we're partnering with the intrepid Ketamines, who are presently preparing to tour Canada with our pals Tough Age AND piecing together a collection of four 7" records that will be released on various labels. We'll be helping them get the fourth, and maybe final in the series, out this winter.

The artwork matches up to form a giant collage, made by scissor enthusiast and artist, Felix Morel of Montreal. COLLECT ALL FOUR. The other three are available from Pleasence Records, Leaning Trees Records and Hosehead Records or from the band on tour (go and see them already).

The Ketamines come from the prairie hinterland town of Lethbridge, Alberta, but presently call Toronto home. You can read more about them here.


The Ketamines on tour: 

Aug 14 - Toronto, Ontario at Parts and Labour %

Aug 22 - Hamilton, ON at This Ain't Hollywood *

Aug 23 - Toronto, ON at Imperial Lounge *

Aug 24 - Windsor, ON at Phog Lounge *

Aug 25 - St. Catherines, ON at Niagara Artists Centre *

Aug 27 - London, ON at Call the Office *

Aug 28 - Guelph, ON at Van Gogh's Ear *

Aug 29 - Kingston, ON at The Artel *

Aug 30 - Ottawa, ON at Gabba Hey! *

Sept 01 - Kitchener, ON at Uncross Your Arms Fest *#

Nov 15 - Toronto, Ontario at Silver Dollar - Mammoth Cave Anniversary Bash!


* with Tough Age # with Sam Coffey

% with Human Eye, Cellphone and Wrong Hole

July 8, 2013

BIG NEWS: Vancouver's Tough Age is the newest addition to the Mint Records Roster! Tough Age blends scrappy pop-punk with surf overtones and are influenced by obscure '60s CanCon singles, Guided By Voices, cats and comic books. On Friday, Jarrett K (Korean Gut, Apollo Ghosts), Penny Clark, Lauren Smith and Chris Martell, who is a drumming wizard, came by for drinks and made it official. We're thrilled to be working with them and will be releasing a full-length release this fall. 

Tough Age on Tour:

August 22 / Hamilton / This Ain't Hollywood
August 23 / Toronto / TBA
August 24 / Windsor / Phog Lounge
August 25 / St. Catharines / Niagara Artists Center
August 27 / London / Call the Office 
August 28 / Guelph / Van Gogh's Ear
August 29 / Kingston / The Artel 
August 30 / Ottawa / Gabba Hey!
August 31 / Montreal / TBA
Septeber 01 / Kitchener / Uncross Your Arms Festival 

*all dates with The Ketamines

You can stream some Tough Age demos, and a new song, on bandcamp here

And here is Korean Gut's "In My Socialist Choir" from our most recent CiTR Pop Alliance Compilation.