September 18, 2007

Thanks to Maya Miller of The Pack A.D., September 18th is now officially known as "Bella Day" at Mint Records. Today, Bella's sparkling debut, No One Will Know, is out and about. So Happy Bella Day! Celebrate accordingly. And don't forget. If you live in the US, September 18th is also "Carolyn Mark Day." Similar to Thanksgiving, Canadians celebrate "Carolyn Mark Day" early. Carolyn's latest, Nothing is Free is out everywhere today.  

September 10, 2007

We love our Minterns. Minterns typically tackle a variety of projects, many that contribute to promoting upcoming albums and tours. Minterns also help maintain peace and ballance in the office. Sure, it’s not 100% glamorous, but, there are several perks to Minterning. Minterns will make interesting new friends. Minterns will probably be sent to a show or two. Minterns will sample a release or two before they hit the streets. Everyone wins. Ideally, we would like a student who needs to complete a practicum in order to graduate. If that person possesses their own laptop, is detail oriented, can work independently and has some background knowledge or interest in the music biz, that is a bonus! We ask that our Mintern is available for at minimum of 24 hours a week (spend four six-hour days a week in the office). The duration of our Mintern’s stay is dependent on their course requirements. This is an unpaid temporary gig and a terrific opportunity to learn about the complexities of Canada’s music industry. Please send cover letters and resumes to

September 5, 2007

Our tiny fridge is - um, make that WAS - full of Jack Daniels, Pabst Blue Ribbon and Coors Light; something wicked must be brewing in the Mint Records office. Only seconds ago, Mint Records signed on one of the most hardworking, coffee-fueled, howling, growling duos to come out of Vancouver. The Pack A.D..

Yes, the Pack A.D. are a duo. But do not expect a stripped down drum and guitar outfit. And, yes, the Pack A.D. are two women. But do not expect “girly” music. The Pack A.D. blends traditional blues and rock, with the focus on rhythm guitar, solid drum lines and singing straight from the gut.

So, watch out. The Pack A.D. are on the prowl, touring across Canada with their roaring self-released debut, TinType. Catch them if you can.

September 5, 2007

We love Tuesday new releases. And, If you just can't wait until September 18th for Bella's sparkling debut, No One Will Know, stop by MapleMusic and pre order your copy today.

And, if you're not out to build your cd collection, the record is digitally yours via iTunes. "Give it a Night" is iTunes' Free Single of the Week. Download it here.

If you missed Bella's Vancouver show with the lovely Brunettes, be sure to check out their upcoming tour dates; they just might be visiting a city near you!



August 16, 2007

Holey smokes! They’ve passed the test!

Yes, it was originally a 1993 release, but, cub’s cuddlecore classic, Betti-Cola is back on the college charts! This week, Betti-Cola is sitting pretty at #89 on the CMJ Top 200. Neat!We’re still crazy about Lisa M, Lisa G, Robynn and Valeria’s catchy songs about chinchillas, Motel 6 and flaming red bobsleds. We’ve even re-mastered added bonus tracks and re-released Betti-Cola and Come Out Come Out into the world. Catch 'em if you can!


August 10, 2007

It started innocently enough with plans of having a night out to celebrate's recent renovations. Then, our talented friends, Cloudsplitter (Ida Nelson and Dave Gowans), Shane Nelken (of The Awkward Stage), Veda Hille, Paul and Lucy (of Young and Sexy) and Victoria's dark lord of the squeezebox, David P. Smith stepped in. Now, we've got ourselves a special acoustic evening booked. So come visit us on August 16th at The Main (4210 Main St.), and visit our Fancy New Website at It'll be fun. We promise. Who: Cloudsplitter, Veda Hille, Shane Nelken, Paul and Lucy and David P. Smith.

What: Friends of Mint, unplugged!

Where: The Main (4210 Main St.)

When: 10:00pm on Aug 16th, 2007

Why: Because is here and out of control! Or, because Dave Gowans had a plan that evolved into a big acoustic evening of fun. You choose.

August 9, 2007

That's right, we're on the lookout for ambitious friends in far away cities and exotic distant lands. Friends who are involved in their local music scene. Friends who are interested in joining our secret society. Friends who can help spread the joys of all things Mint. (And by joys, I mean posters, zines and other Minty goodies.) 

How does one get involved?

It's easy. Just send a quick note to Shena. Tell her a little about yourself. Tell her your hopes. Tell her your dreams. Tell her why you deserve to be a part of Team Mint. Soon after, she will write you back. Possibly with more questions, a Minty Mission or a little life advice.



August 7, 2007

As of today, only 42 more days remain until Bella's Mint debut, No One Will Know, is out. Yes, we can't wait for September 18th to come, and to share that warm and fuzzy feeling, we're going to let you in on a little secret.

You can download "Give it a Night" (the first single) from No One Will Know here!


July 30, 2007

Hey! You! Here's your chance to advertise your band/company/radio show/stuff in our fancy Mint fanzine!

If you haven't seen it yet, we've been printing Fresh Breath of Mint for two years now and our Fall '07 issue (number 7 to be precise) is coming out soon. Now, Why would I want to be involved, you may ask yourself...

Well, in Johnny Cusack's High Fidelity fashion, here are our top 5 reasons:

5) Fresh Breath of Mint is Fun! Who wouldn't want their ad sitting next to Carolyn Mark's recipe for potato salad?

4) We work really really hard to get FBOM to you, the music fan! And so do our record shop friends, distributors, non-music store pals, touring bands, campus radio stations, and our lovely street teamers across the country.

3) And, FBOM is consumed rapidly by music fans across the country. Just ask our friend Aaron, at KMA.

2) And, it is not just in consumed rapidly in our country, FBOM has been sighted in other countries too! We've previously distributed copies at SXSW (12,000 copies!!) and other conferences and events (such as Mint shows).

1) We've got big plans for our next issue! Along with our regular mail-outs, 6,000 copies shall be released into the wild at CMJ.Fresh Breath of Mint #7 is due out on October 1, 2007, and we are anticipating a split run for this 64-pager: a minimum of 9,000 copies in the USA and 9,000 copies in Canada. (Interestingly, for Issue #6, we had intended to make 4,000 copies of a 40 page issue, but demand was such that we made 12,000 and expanded it to 56 pages!)

Here are some ad rates for our Fall Issue (number 7):

full page (5.5" wide x 8.5" high) CAD $250 + gst1/2 page (5.5" wide x 4.125" high) CAD $150 + gst1/4 page (2.625" wide x 4.125" high) CAD $100 + gst1/8 page (2.625" wide x 1.937" high) CAD $50 + gstbooking deadline: August 25, 2007artwork/payment deadline: August 31, 2007format:

PDF, EPS, TIF, or JPEGIllustrator AI or EPS300 dpi greyscale -- please allow for newsprint dot gainIf you have any questions, please email Shena.

July 12, 2007

Have you gotten a Fresh Breath of Mint this summer? Well, once you do, you'll learn the secret to Carolyn Mark's Ultimate Salad, get some sound advice from our resident rocktologist/cremationist, Shane Nelken, of the Awkward Stage, giggle over Nardwuar's interviews and oogle some comics created by our friends in Immaculate Machine. And, it gets better. Our little Fresh Breath of Mint zine is not only awesome, it's free! If you can't find one at your local record store, we'll send you one. Just send a nice note here. We'll help you out.

And, if you're really really keen. We're always on the lookout for Minty allies to help spread the freshness around their one-horse towns. Yup. That's right people, we love our Minty correspondents. Interested? Ask Shena how you can help.