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The Elwins play for keeps in 2015 and tour Canada

Hidden Pony Records is pleased to announce The Elwins’ sophomore record Play For Keeps will be released on February 24, 2015. They share the first single from the record, So Down Low, in the form of a lyric video to get people singing along.

Like most of the songs on Play For Keeps, So Down Low was written and recorded relatively close to the bands’ homes in Keswick, Ontario. You could probably draw a York region map on a napkin to the Keswick dock where lead singer Matthew Sweeney wrote the song chorus, trace a line to record producer Derek Hoffman’s mother’s house in Aurora where the vocals were recorded, and mark an x on the Keswick basement jam space where bass player Frankie Figliomeni locked in the bass line that keeps the song moving at a rapid pace. The map would be appended with stops in Toronto’s 6 Nassau Kensington Market studio where Travis Stokl’s drums were captured as well as the Toronto Annex “keyboard lair” where they got cosy in a friends’ tiny space to finish up the final flourish with Feurd’s keys.

The song is about feeling awful about things. It captures that feeling you have when you realized you really messed something up. We even threw King Kong in there, because sometimes you feel like no matter how hard you try to do the right thing you can still end up being a monster.”


The Elwins - So Down Low [Official Lyric Video]
The Elwins – So Down Low [Official Lyric Video]


Known for their high energy shows,The Elwins recently completed tours with Royal Canoe and Zeus. A Canadian tour for winter 2015 has now been announced, with stops in across the country.

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SASKATOON, SK Friday February 13 Amigos
CALGARY AB Saturday February 14 Commonwealth
KAMLOOPS, BC Monday February 16 TBA
VANCOUVER BC Tuesday February 17 Fox Theatre
KELOWNA BC Wednesday February 18 Fernados
GOLDEN BC Thursday February 19 Rockwater Bar & Grill
EDMONTON AB Friday February 20 Mercury
RED DEER AB Saturday February 21 Bo’s
LETHBRIDGE AB Monday February 23 The Slice
REGINA SK Tuesday February 24 O’hanlons
WINNIPEG MB Wednesday February 25 Park Theatre
TORONTO ON Sunday March 08 The Hoxton (release show) ^

Hidden Pony Records sign The Elwins

Re-release debut And I Thank You

New full length expected in 2015

Hidden Pony Records are pleased to announce the new signing of The Elwins to their roster. With a brand new full length album on the horizon for 2015, the label is ecstatic about the new partnership.

“Four of the nicest and talented humans decided to go for it, and we’re thrilled to ride shotgun. From the moment I first heard the new record, I knew I wanted The Elwins on Hidden Pony. This body of work is undeniable” said Parkside, President of Hidden Pony Records.
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Hidden Pony at NXNE!

We’re pumped to play a part in the awesome festival that is North by Northeast. NXNE is known for hosting emerging talent, “buzz bands,” and international acts in the heart of Toronto. Our own Jeremy Fisher and Said the Whale have been featured artists, and you bet the HP Club is back for more this year.

HBHP Poster Toronto

We’re celebrating our 5th birthday at the fest with our anniversary showcase#HBHP Toronto presented by Indie88. The afternoon at the Horseshoe Tavern features our latest signing, Royal Tusk, who just put out their upbeat debut EP Mountain. Rah Rah, Odds and The Danks are all aboard too. It’ll be an awesome day open to all NXNE delegates and music wristband holders. [Read more…]

HBHP NoiseTrade sampler

As part of our 5th Anniversary celebrations, Hidden Pony founder “Parkside” Mike Renaud has put together a free sampler featuring the first song that attracted us to each band on the label as well as that artist’s most “popular” or most recent song. Download the playlist below.

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Win a Royal Tusk Prize Pack – Mountain Out Now!


We’re excited to have Edmonton pop-rock outfit Royal Tusk join the Hidden Pony family for their upbeat debut EP, Mountain. You might even recognise frontman Daniel Carriere and bassist Sandy MacKinnon from the JUNO-nominated group Ten Second Epic. The veteran musicians are set to tour Mountain across the country from Toronto to Saskatoon this month. For fans, this is just one way to get to know Royal Tusk. Mountain is available now at royaltusk.com as well as in stores and online.


Recently, our friends over at Audio Blood trekked to High Park Dog Park with a couple of cameras to gauge some dog groupies’ reactions to Mountain. The dogs in attendance were taking in the morning sun when “Shadow of Love”, Royal Tusk’s debut single, started pumping.Between the track’s carefree take on lost love and the impeccable album artwork hanging from the trees, these dogs couldn’t get enough of it. Watch the video below to see what we mean. [Read more…]