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Stomp Records 20th Anniversary Show featuring
The Real Mckenzies, The Brains, The Isotopes, Los Kung Fu Monkeys, Rude City Riot
Stomp Records Celebrates 20th Anniversary With National Concert Series.
Promises tomfoolery, shenanigans and good times for all.
THE REAL MCKENZIES
LOS KUNG FU MONKEYS
RUDE CITY RIOTS
It seems highly unlikely that a small independent record label like Stomp could survive for six months, let alone two decades. Founded in Montreal in 1994 with the goal of releasing, supporting and uniting Canadian ska bands, the odds were fully stacked against them... Luckily Stomp Records didn’t and still doesn’t give one single fuck about odds. Those early years saw some pivotal releases from Gangster Politics, The Kingpins, Flashlight, The Undercovers, Subb and of course label founders, punk-ska superheroes The Planet Smashers. Learning as they went along, the label blundered boldly ahead adding international bands like New York Ska Jazz Ensemble, Nicotine, The Toasters and Big D & The Kids Table to the ever-growing roster. Right around this time, the entire music industry decided to shit the bed with the advent of Napster and file sharing. Luckily again, Stomp was one of the first indie labels to embrace early DRM-free digital technologies and managed to get the music to the fans without any bullshit nonsense. With the help of an incredibly hardworking roster of dedicated bands, Stomp expanded by developing a full-service, in-house booking agency, press firm and management wing. As the label diversified so did it’s taste in music. Phenomenal bands from across the subcultures joined the family. The Real Mckenzies, The Creepshow, Belvedere, Bedouin Soundclash, The Dreadnoughts, Peacocks, The Brains, Saint Alvia, Down By Law, Ann Beretta and Snuff just to name a few.
I could go on forever. Instead, let’s do some (more) shameless bragging. Today, Stomp Records has released over 150 albums. You can find Stomp releases distributed in more than 230 countries. Stomp artists have (somehow) received a handful of Juno nominations including 1 win. There’s even a few gold and platinum albums hanging crookedly on the walls in the office. Musical alumni can be found in bands like Simple Plan, Walk Off The Earth, The Stills, Patrick Watson and Broken Social Scene. Past staff members have gone on to work at companies like iTunes, Vice, evenko and several mental asylums. The current crew is a shockingly talented bunch of misfits and ne’er-do-wells.
Looking back at everything that’s changed over the last 20 years, two things have remained constant. The love and support of the fans along with the dedication and hardwork of the bands. So what better way to celebrate surviving 20 years than to completely annihilate our collective livers with a series of knock-down-drag-out, raging parties across the country. Come join us at one of these insane shindigs so we can thank you in person!
+19 Doors: 8:00 PM
Tickets at door