• The Lemon Squeeze
  • Said The Whale – hawaiii
  • The Danks
  • Rah Rah

Parkside’s Influential Albums

Parkside shares an awesome part of our 5th anniversary plans: the chance to score vinyl copies of the albums that influenced him the most. Find out what they are and how you can win them below.

As part of our 5th anniversary celebrations, we’re going to be gifting some people at our party and doing some contests with some awesome swag. Our friends at Universal Music Canada were kind enough to give us some vinyl from their vaults to include. I got to pick six titles that were influential to me growing up and I wanted to give a little history as to why I chose these artists and albums. Here we go. [Read more…]

The #HBHP Mixtape

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Now is just the beginning. This June, Edmonton rockers Royal Tusk will release their debut EP – Mountain. Made up of six-tracks produced by Gus Van Go and Werner F (The Stills, Said the Whale, Hollerado), Mountain delivers a taste of what is to come from this new pop-rock group.


Bringing together Daniel Carriere and Sandy MacKinnon of two-time JUNO Award nominated group Ten Second Epic and recognized Edmonton rockers Motorbike James, J. Eygenraam and Kurtis Schultz, Royal Tusk is no stranger to the climb. Taking its first step to the top, the band will release its first single, “Shadow of Love” on May 26, kicking off the new EP with an upbeat vibe and catchy lyrics. Preview the track online here.

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Hamilton-based indie label, Hidden Pony Records is celebrating its fifth birthday with same day, back-to-back shows (Toronto afternoon at The Horseshoe Tavern and Hamilton evening at This Ain’t Hollywood) on Friday June 20 – during NXNE 2014. Featuring sets from some of the label’s current roster including; 2014 Juno nominated indie-rock collective, Rah Rah, new Hidden Pony pop-rock signing, Royal Tusk and veteran management clients, Odds – with the daytime addition of the critically adored The Danks (at the Toronto show only).

The daytime Toronto show at The Horseshoe will be open to all NXNE wristbands and delegates, and the Hamilton gig at This Ain’t Hollywood is free to first arrivals, in addition to guest listed media, music industry, friends and family. There will be special HBHP (Happy Birthday Hidden Pony) prizing at both shows, with a VIP gifting lounge in Toronto as well as unique art pieces specially curated for the party and reflecting the album art and titles of some of Hidden Pony acts– courtesy of artists Annie Webber and Coco Guzman.

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RAH RAH Announce headline tour in Western Canada & Europe + video for “The Poet’s Dead” premiering today

“The Poet’s Dead, the Regina sextet’s third full-length, is the band at its best. It’s filled with natural hooks, a charming lightness … and possesses the confidence of a band that’s mastered its craft.” – The Grid

Regina, SK’s beloved indie-rock collective, RAH RAH announce select headline dates in Western Canada, as well as a run of European dates set for early this year. The group continues to ride the wave of their 2012 released, critically acclaimed and widely decorated album, “The Poet’s Dead” (Hidden Pony Records).  In late 2013, Rah Rah won “Independent Album of the Year” at the Western Canadian Music Awards. “The Poet’s Dead” was also long listed for the coveted Polaris Music Prize last year. Rah Rah were voted Best New Canadian Band and Best New Alternative Band by iTunes Canada in 2009. The band’s songs have also been featured as iTunes Download of the Week and Starbucks Pick of the Week.

Today, Exclaim!.ca are premiering the band’s newest video for title track The Poet’s Dead. The band can be found in a cluttered basement, along with mascot and touring companion (their animatronic cat) James Brown.

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