June 16, 2009

Summer is just around the corner, and the warmer weather brings the festivals! NXNE is coming up soon and our Winnipeg locals Novillero and Edmonton comrades Hot Panda will be heading to the Toronto for some late night veggie dogs. Hot Panda Sat June 20@ The Horseshoe Tavern*CBC Radio 3 Showcase*NovilleroSat June 20@ The El MocamboCalgary's Sled Island (June 24-27) lineup is also looking promising this year and we've got more Mint bands than ever scheduled to perform! Nardwuar and the Evaporators are preparing for their summer split 7" release, A Wild Pear, with Mr. Andrew WK. The EvaporatorsFriday, June 26th10:55 PM@ The Plaza Theatre*all ages*Hot Panda are back from their UK tour with The Von Bondies and, weather permitting, will be tubing down the river before playing their late night showcase. Hot PandaFriday, June 26th9:15 PM@ The Plaza Theatre*all ages*Novillero are packing up their van, kissing their newborn babies goodbye and migrating West for the weekend. NovilleroSaturday, June 271:00 AM@ The Marquee RoomAnd our hardest working band, The Pack A.D. are driving back onto Canadian soil and looking forward to Tim Hortons' coffee, measuring distances in kilometers and the Sled Island festival, of course.The Pack A.D.Thursday, June 2512:00 AM@ The Palomino SmokehouseCalgary surf legends The Ramblin' Ambassadors will be there for the festivities as well. It's going to be good! The Ramblin' AmbassadorsThursday, June 25th 12:40 AM@ Broken City

The full Sled Island schedule is available here!

December 10, 2008

This year’s Mint Records Ridiculously Early Xmas party is over and after an action-packed night and tons of great music, we've managed to raise $1765 for the ALS Society of Canada.

The ALS Society of Canada is committed to supporting research towards a cure for ALS, supporting provincial ALS societies in their provision of quality care for persons living with ALS and building public awareness of ALS and its impact.

Thanks to Bella, Vancougar, the Awkward Stage, Young & Sexy, Hot Panda, The Ramblin' Ambassadors and Novillero for making this event such a success! As always, a special thank-you goes out to our generous prize sponsors, and of course to everyone who came out to the Cambrian Hall to join us!

November 21, 2008

Hey y'all, just in time for the gift givey season, Mint has teamed up with our pals at eMusic to offer a free seven-song sampler featuring tracks from The Pack A.D., Kellarissa, the Buttless Chaps, the Awkward Stage, Vancougar, Novillero and Hot Panda! All's you need to do is pop on over to this link and claim your sampler! Of course you need to have an eMusic account to access the download, but that's easy enough!

Time's limited so go get it today!


October 20, 2008

Aside from their really cold winters, Winnipeg has some good things going on. Especially when it boils down to their resident bands. Thanks to their friends, The Weakerthans, Mint’s mod-popsters, Novillero will soon be making their way across the sea to support the German indie rock sensation, Tomte on a tour that weaves throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland. It’s exciting stuff for our Winnipeg gentlemen.

Since their September 08 release, A Little Tradition, the band has toured Canada, played Pop Montreal and will soon be in New York for CMJ.

Listen to A Little Tradition here. And tell your far away friends!

05.11.08 Hannover Capitol06.11.08 Köln - E-Werk07.11.08 Essen - Weststadthalle08.11.08 Bielefeld - Ringlokschuppen09.11.08 Magdeburg - Factory10.11.08 Wiesbaden - Schlachthof11.11.08 Saarbrücken - Garage12.11.08 Bremen - Schlachthof13.11.08 OFF14.11.08 Dresden - Reithalle15.11.08 A-Wien - Arena16.11.08 München - Tonhalle17.11.08 Stuttgart - Theaterhaus18.11.08 CH-Zürich - Rohstofflager19.11.08 Erlangen - E-Werk20.11.08 Lingen - Alter Schlachthof21.11.08 Hamburg - Große Freiheit 3622.11.08 Hamburg - Große Freiheit 36 TBC

“Novillerro, Slaughter’s newest outfit, has put no such restriction on their sound, and the difference is immediately obvious. Keyboards, horns and other flourishes flesh out the arrangements, giving a full complement of textures to the band’s cleverly crafted rock.” – FFWD“Novillero's A Little Tradition shows what widespread experience and exceptional musicianship can really produce. The Winnipeg band's four members, each accomplished in separate past projects as well as boasting two full-length releases, cooperate seamlessly together to form an indie rock album that has very few flaws.” –

October 16, 2008

It has been a busy fall for Mint. Lots of bands on the road and lots of music conferences. Next up is our CMJ showcase will be on October 14th at Fat Baby (112 Rivington St - right in the heart of the Lower East Side) and will feature The Pack A.D., Novillero, Vancougar, The Awkward Stage and our newest signing Hot Panda (album out in February).

See you there!


December 5, 2007

2007 has been quite the year for us at Mint Records; we've signed some great new bands (Bella, The Pack A.D. & Vancougar), teared up when our beloved office plant, Myrtle II, passed on and celebrated many new releases. In early June, Brooke, Luke and Kathryn of Immaculate Machine released their sophomore Mint album, Fables. You should have seen CBC Radio 3 personality, Grant Lawrence's face when Brooke and Kathryn revealed that they translated their song "Dear Confessor", into Mandarin because of a cheeky comment he made on the air. Apparently, it was priceless. Remember meeting our lovely new band, Bella? Well, since then, they've released their dreamy Mint debut, No One Will Know, taken their first trip to CMJ and are growing up so very fast. Since recording her woodsy Nothing is Free, Carolyn Mark has been racing around America with her friends Po' Girl and collecting more delicious recipes for the Fresh Breath of Mint Zine. (Her butternut squash casserole from Ashland, Oregon has become an office favourite. Contact us if you'd like to know how it is made.) Ambitious Uncle Nardwuar has been busy too with Welcome to my Castle, his new DVD of fearless celebrity interview footage, his 20th anniversary on CiTR Radio, his retro shirtless floatie pen and his six (!!!) new videos from The Evaporators' new record, Gassy Jack and Other Tales. His energy is awe-inspiring. Since we last spoke, The Awkward Stage teamed up with Young and Sexy to produce a split 7-inch. P:ano's Nick Krgovich, stopped by with his solo One Woman Show before returning to his home in Burquitlam. And The Choir Practice is getting ready for some holiday carols at the upcoming Just In Time For Xmas Parties. If you're free in December, we would love to see you there. We're looking forwards to 2008. In January, we re-release The Pack A.D.'s Tintype. In February, Vancougar's "Obvious" b/w "Distance" 7-inch is out. And, there shall soon be surprises from Young and Sexy, The Ramblin' Ambassadors, Vancougar, The Awkward Stage, Novillero and many others. SXSW is coming fast too. This year, the Mint SXSW Showcase will be epic. If everything goes as planned, we could have six Mint bands (The Awkward Stage, Bella, Carolyn Mark, The Choir Practice, The Pack A.D. and Vancougar) migrating South and getting into all sorts of trouble – we'll tell you all about it next year! On that note, we wish you a happy holiday season and a exciting 2008!Love,Your Friends at Mint Records    Mint Releases in 2007

Click on the songs below for your free MP3 download:

The Choir Practice The Choir Practice - Red Fox

Nick Krgovich 7" - One Woman Show

Young and Sexy/Awkward Stage" Double A Side Series Volume 1 7" - Hello Sonny

Immaculate Machine Fables - C'Mon Sea Legs

Carolyn Mark Nothing Is Free - The 1 That Got Away With it

Bella No One Will Know - Camelot

The Evaporators Gassy Jack and Other Tales - You Got Me Into This, Now You Get Me Out

Nardwuar the Human Serviette Welcome To My Castle DVD

May 3, 2007

That's right! The summer issue of our little artist driven zine shall be out and in a record shop near you on (or around) June 1st. I'm not going to spoil it, but soon, secrets shall be revealed, comics shall be doodled and recipes shall be shared. Friends such as Carolyn Mark, Immaculate Machine, The Awkward Stage, Novillero and P:ano, to name a few, write 'em. Then, you read 'em. Hooray!

Also, we are still accepting advertising submissions. The deadline is May 25th. Heckle Shena for more details.