January 24, 2011

Larissa Loyva is a busy woman. In addition to her solo project Kellarissa (which literally translates to "in the basement"), we've heard her soaring vocals on noteworthy previous releases from P:ano, The Choir Practice and Gigi. This March, she will be traveling North America in Destroyer's touring band and preparing to release her sophomore Mint Records album, Moon of Neptune. She'll probably be sipping some delicious cocktails too. That said, we're excited! Moon of Neptune is a synth nerd's dream, inspired by ancient Egypt, breakups, films, Larissa's Scandinavian heritage and outer space. A limited supply of glossy black vinyl will be available (500 copies) from your friends at Mint Records on March 29th, 2011. 

Listen to "Passages" here.

Loyva’s creative scope, as well as the beauty of her voice, marks her as an artist to watch. - Exclaim! Side A: PassagesMoon of NeptuneSisuSatellites are SpinningNiagara

Side B: FlatlandsBlood + SandVagabondUndockOld Money  

December 8, 2010

We at Mint are pleased to introduce a new sound and a new signing, Vancouver's Geoff Berner, whose Mint debut, Victory Party, will emerge on March 8th, 2011. His openness to experimentation, spirited Eastern European klezmer influences, punk rock attitude and work with producer/mastermind Josh Dolgin (Socalled) resulted in an innovative, engaging and lively album full of surprises that we are proud to be part of.

An evening spent with Geoff Berner’s music is, in the words of the good Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, “a wild combination of menace, madness, and genius… fragmented coherence that wreaks havoc on the mind of any listener.” – Vue Weekly, Edmonton

View Geoff's tour dates here.

November 30, 2010

Attention LP lovers: time to break your piggy banks and roll some quarters. Mint just got in its first ever vinyl batch of the critically lauded debut solo album from Olivia "fanshaw" Fetherstonhaugh, known simply as "your next favorite band" by the folks at HeroHill. As you may already know, that debut, produced with a selection of Olivia's friends and former Minty collaborators, received a CD release in February of 2010. Yet, as the wait for this pressing has fostered the growth of ecstatic anticipation assured to be soon satisfied, the time to cop Dark Eyes on wax is finally upon us, restoring balance to the universe and peace of mind to its inhabitants. Specially remastered for vinyl by Bob Weston, this special 180 gram release promises to be that much more vibrant, ethereal, and lush than ever heard before, as connoisseurs of the LP format have come to expect. All the exquisite nuances of Olivia's breathy, lilting vocals and minimal, airy instrumentation will be noticeably present to even the least trained ear. This means that, to those of the insufferably analog ilk, this release is, for all intents and purposes, the first true issuing of the album called "haunting" by Exclaim and "beautifully crafted" by AllMusic. Check it out again for the very first time.

Oh - and before we forget, there is a new video too - watch it here. 

"Dark Eyes is an album whose quiet surfaces are deceptive; this music often seems calm on first glance, but there's a remarkable amount of energy and drama lurking below the surface, and on "Strong Hips," "Vegas," and "O Sailor," Fanshaw paints a powerful widescreen image with just a few boldly applied strokes of her musical brush. The compact scale of the production and arrangements on Dark Eyes at once draws in the listener and fills up the room despite the clean surfaces; Fanshaw has built a giant of an album out of little details, and it's one of the most audacious debuts of 2010." - Mark Demming, AllMusic

November 25, 2010

After a few Top Secret meetings at the Dairy Queen (Cold War style – with our backs to each other, Oreo Blizzards in hand) the news is out, we’re piecing together a benefit compilation with our pals at CiTR 101.9 FM. It features 11 of our favourite Vancouver bands and only 300 waxy 180g LPs will be pressed, silkscreened and numbered by hand. Proceeds from this limited edition gem will support CiTR. Each of the bands on the record was kind enough to donate their song (many tracks are previously unreleased!) and Stuart McKillop at Rain City Recorders donated mastering time. David Barclay of Nice Snacks contributed the artwork. To reserve a copy, please donate to CiTR. The release date is currently TBD - with luck, they will be back from the vinyl plant this January. We’re excited for this one. Hope you are too!  The CiTR Pop Alliance Compilation: vol 2Release date: TBD Tracklisting:Side A1) Apollo Ghosts - Validation!2) My Friend Wallis - Hiding3) Slam Dunk - Slow Dance4) Role Mach - Montana5) Kellarissa - FlatlandsSide B6) Fine Mist (featuring Nick Krgovich) - I Could Shout7) No Kids - He'll Have To Go (demo)8) fanshaw - Diana9) Watermelon - How I Came (demo)10) Shane Turner Overdrive - Age 25-29 Hairline11) Spring Break - Stephanie Meyer's 115th Dream

October 14, 2010

In less than a week, we'll be pacing up and down the streets of New York City for CMJ. If you care to join us, we'll be lurking in the background of these dramatically lit establishments. Hope to see you there!

Hot Panda

2:45pm, Oct 20th @ Fontana's (the Pirate Promotions day party)

11:00pm, Oct 20th @ Trash Bar

Carolyn Mark

1:00am, Oct 21st @ Kenny's Cataways

The Pack a.d. 

12:00am, Oct 21st @ Arlene's Grocery (M For Montreal party)



October 6, 2010

We're just a few short days from the release of Hot Panda's sophomore album, How Come I'm Dead?. To celebrate, the band is inviting fans, friends, and other bands to try their hand at remixing the album's first single, "Mindlessnesslessness". To sweeten the deal, we're offering to show off the best remix creation on our next Mint sampler compilation and a Mint prize pack. We'll post the runners up on too.

Now, what are you waiting for? Grab the song stems for the remix here and start working on your masterpiece. Send completed remixes to info@mintrecs by November 12th.  Oh boy!

September 21, 2010

Wow. Pop Montreal is coming up quick. In the spirit of all things noisy, handmade and fun we’ve joined forces with Canadian label comrades Out Of This Spark, Fuzzy Logic and Do Right Records to plan an outrageous, all-ages, free, Pop Montreal BBQ on Saturday, October 2nd at Notman House. There will be bands, beer and FREE food (including tasty bbq corn on the cob, handmade burgers and cupcakes galore). Heck, there might even be a celebrity-shaped pinata... We hope you can make it out!   Saturday, October 2nd (1 - 7pm)Notman House (51 Sherbrooke West)   featuring:   1:30 - 2:00 - The Whitsundays 2:15 - 2:45 - Hot Panda 3:00 - 3:30 - Dr. Ew (of The Bicycles) 3:45 - 4:15 - Maylee Todd 4:30 - 5:30 - The OOTS Family Band (featuring members of The D'Urbervilles, Forest City Lovers, Evening Hymns and friends) 5:45 - 6:15 - More or Les featuring Peter Project   Plus lots of prizes and another very special pinata.    Free food courtesy of Montreal-based culinary enthusiasts, 1000 Oysters.Sponsored by Exclaim! and CBCR3. Oh boy! 

June 18, 2010

Recorded by John Collins and David Carswell of JC/DC Studios (the New Pornographers, Destroyer, Tegan and Sara), the sophomore album from Edmonton's Hot Panda was captured mostly live off the floor, with few takes and overdubs. Officially titled How Come I'm Dead?, expect to discover a fresh dose of dreamy noise, circus freak dance numbers, heartbreaking country ballads with screeching metal guitar solos, lovely pop harmonies, psychedelic drones, and straight up pop/rock numbers when this album hits the streets on October 12, 2010. And yes, that is lead singer Chris Connelly's mother riding the camel on the cover.

June 18, 2010

Yes, you read right. Not only is your illustrious Canadian indie label throwing a kick-ass pinata party, but it's free to the public! Bring your sombreros and implements of destruction (or at least your ears) to Broken City at noon on July 1st. We're supplying the nachos, papier-mache effigies stuffed with goodies & prizes, and some of the freshest Mint bands today.The super cute Pocky has agreed to sponsor the day, so there will be chocolate (and maybe strawberry) covered cookie sticks for everyone!The day is looking like this:1:00 pm - Hot Panda will be playing songs from their upcoming sophomore album, How Come I'm Dead? (out October 12).2:00 pm - The Pack a.d. After playing over 150 shows in the last year, this gritty garage rock duo is not to be missed. 3:00pm - The Ramblin' Ambassadors. This band is made up of guitarist Brent Cooper (Huevos Rancheros) and some of the finest instrumental surf-rock the landlocked Calgary has ever known. For more information please contact

April 22, 2010

The Pack a.d.'s new album we kill computers is out on April 27th and the band is going on the road ...again. Their van, the Falcon, doesn't like the iPod hook up though. Maybe because it's 13 years old. Or maybe because 13 year old's, who are vans, seem to really like cassette tapes. Either way though, the band needs new music to listen to when they hit the road. So they are excited to announce The Pack a.d. Mix Tape Contest!

Here are the contest particulars and rules according to the band:

“Do you have an old mixed tape you would like to send us? Or the capability to make a new mixed cassette tape? We are down with all sorts of music and would love to listen to music you think we should listen to. If you have a burning desire to sit around for hours pouring your blood, sweat and tears into the Ultimate Mix Tape, just for us... or at least the desire to throw your old mix tapes into an envelope and mail them then we would be forever grateful. And you, in turn, can win some great prizes! However, we only want homemade tapes OK? So, no copies of Much Dance 2000 or the like, please... those jokes are really old... and only 99 cents at Value Village... and we already have those.”

Here is what you can win:

1st prize – a signed poster and CD, a signed cymbal, a vinyl copy of we kill computers as well as a Pack AD shirt and beverage cozy in a Mint tote bag.

2nd prize – a signed poster and CD in a Mint tote bag and a vinyl copy of  we kill computers

3rd prize – a signed poster and CD and a vinyl copy ofwe kill computers

Here is how you enter:

Simply send a cassette entry to the address below to arrive no later than May 21st. Then after the The Pack a.d get back from their European tour with NoMeansNo, they will take it on the road with them, pop it into the Falcon’s cassette deck and turn up the volume as they head across western Canada with The Sadies. The band will decide the winners and notify them at the end of the tour.

The Pack a.d.c/o Mint RecordsP.O. Box 3613, M.P.O.Vancouver, BC CanadaV6B 3Y6


Click here for a complete list of the Pack a.d.'s tour dates!