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9.10.2015: Lithium Magazine Feature

Lithium Magazine Feature

"(W)e unintentionally wrapped days at exactly 11:11. We ended up with 11 shoot days in total without planning it... the movie really just started making itself." - Robb Johannes

Thanks to Vanessa Markov at Lithium Magazine for the feature on 11:11 including interviews with director R. Stephenson Price and Paint's Robb Johannes.

11:11 makes its theatrical debut during the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on Friday, September 11 (yes, tomorrow!).

Details are on the Tour page, and RSVP on Facebook HERE.

9.9.2015: TIFF Gala Setpember 15

TIFF Gala

"So now we're in the film business," jokes Paint guitarist Jordan Shepherdson in the forthcoming documentary series on the making of 11:11, on the dawn of the film's Friday theatrical premiere in Toronto. We may as well prove that statement to be true.

Paint wil be performing at Filmerge's TIFF Gala on September 15 at Toronto's Studio Event Theatre (SET).

Details are on the Tour page, and RSVP on Facebook HERE.

9.5.2015: 11:11 Geeks & Beats 11:11 Preview

Geeks & Beats Article

Thanks Geeks & Beats for the writeup and preview of Paint's September 9 show at The Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto plus the 11:11 screening on September 11 at The Royal Cinema.

Tickets and info for both events are on the Tour page.

8.23.2015: Goodbye to Rancho Relaxo (blog post)

Rancho Relaxo Goodbye

Toronto's Rancho Relaxo is not only where Paint got its start, but where countless friendships, musical alliances, and partnerships took shape. On August 29, one of the music community's central hubs closes its doors for good.

Read this blog by Robb on some of the most memorable performances from the Rancho stage.

On August 29, Robb will be playing an intimate solo set to open the final show at Rancho Relaxo. More details and RSVP HERE.

8.11.2015: 11:11 Theatrical Screening (Toronto) September 11

11:11 Theatrical Screening

We are excited to announce that 11:11 will be making its theatrical premiere at the famous Royal Cinema in Toronto on Friday, September 11, during the 40th Annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with cast and crew.

Tickets and info are on the Tour page, and RSVP on Facebook HERE. TIFF passes will be honoured at the door for free admission.

Keep an eye out for ticket giveaways, contests, and the launch of the making of 11:11 documentary series on Paint's Official YouTube Channel in the coming weeks.

Paint will also be taking the stage at the world famous Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto on September 9 to whet your appetities. A limited amount of free passes to the 11:11 screening will be available at the show. Details on this show are also on the Tour page, and RSVP on Facebook HERE.

7.22.2015: 11:11 official site and VHX store

11:11 Official Site

The official 11:11 film website is up now via Stratasfear Productions.

There, you can rent or buy an instant digital copy of 11:11 with the option of adding commentary, bonus features, and Based on Truth and Lies (EP/soundtrack), and 76-page digital booklet on an exciting platform called VHX.

7.20.2015: Where We Are Today on Bandcamp

Where We Are Today on Bandcamp

Fans of the Bandcamp platform can now purchase the "undeniable brilliance" (The Argosy) of Paint's 2011 sophomore album, Where We Are Today.

Digital albums include digital PDF artwork, the 30-minute Where We Were in April making of the album documentary, and the option of adding Capsulated: Music Videos on DVD, which features music videos for all 10 songs on Where We Are Today plus bonus features.

Visit Paint's Bandcamp page for all the options!

7.2.2015: 11:11 behind-the-scenes photos, every Thursday at 11am

11:11 Behind-the-scenes Photos

Beginning today, and every continuing every Thursday at 11am Eastern Time, 11 new behind-the-scenes photos from the making of 11:11 will go up on Paint's Official Flickr Photostream.

Starting Tuesday, July 7, and continuing every Tuesday at 11am Eastern Time, episodes of a documentary on the making of 11:11 will be launched on Paint's Official YouTube Channel.

11:11 and the Based on Truth and Lies EP/soundtrack are available now!

7.1.2015: Neil Young & Crazy Horse Tribute July 4

Neil Young & Crazy Horse Tribute
Photo by Joe Mac / Midnight Matinee

Last year, on July 4, the Toronto music community hosted "Canada Day on Independence Day" at Rancho Relaxo, where various members of the music community joined forces to pay tribute to Canadian artists. Paint's Robb Johannes took part in a Toronto indie super group called "Prisoners of Rock 'n' Roll" to pay homage to Neil Young & Crazy Horse with members of The Rathburns, The Stormalongs, A Nothern Drawl, and Another City.

The event was a raucous affair and we're excited to announce that this year, the Canada Day on Independence Day show returns to the Ranch, and the Prisoners will take the stage again, featuring members of Paint, The Stormalongs, and Rulers of the Moon.

A recent appearance by Robb and 11:11 director R. Stephenson Price on Time Bandits affirms the ongoing love and respect for Neil & The Horse in reviewing their quintessential classic album, Ragged Glory, in addition to his old episode of "By The Numbers" discussing last year's tribute.

Visit the Tour page for more info and RSVP on Facebook.

6.17.2015: "Moral of the Story" acoustic at Mediazoic



Another in-one-take acoustic performance by Robb and Jordan, filmed by our man R. Stephenson Price, from Mediazoic's Hogtown Hang series. This one is "Moral of the Story," a song from the Based on Truth and Lies EP/soundtrack from the film 11:11 on DVD -- both of which are available now!

6.16.2015: "It's Over (and Over)" acoustic at Mediazoic



Thanks Mediazoic and our dear friend director R. Stephenson Price for capturing Robb and Jordan in this single-take acoustic performance of "It's Over (and Over)," a song only ever heard live (and in a very electro format), as part of their Hogtown Hang series.

6.2.2015: 11:11 and Based on Truth and Lies Available TODAY!

11:11 and Based on Truth and Lies Release Day

Two years in the making, we are proud to announce that TODAY, 11:11, the black-and-white narrative film (directed by R. Stephenson Price) and the accompanying soundtrack/EP Based on Truth and Lies (produced by Ian Smith), are officially released!

Based on Truth and Lies digital EPs ordered through Bandcamp will include a 76-page expanded digital booklet from 11:11, with additional options to order 11:11 on DVD and digital copy.

11:11 DVDs ordered from The Official Paint Store include Based on Truth and Lies and digital booklet download codes.

Other outlets will be selling Based on Truth and Lies in the coming weeks. Updates will be announced right here.

All pre-orders from IndieGogo and Paint's web store are in shipment processing!

Behind-the-scenes videos, interviews, and photos will be released every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the summer beginning June 9 on Paint's Official YouTube Channel and Paint's Official Flickr Photostream.

Many thanks to everyone who attended the exclusive Toronto release party for 11:11 and Based on Truth and Lies on May 29. Photos are up HERE.

Theatrical screenings of 11:11 will be announced soon!

Watch the 11:11 Trailer HERE.

We are eternally grateful to you the fans for making this film possible through IndieGogo and the Government of Canada through the FACTOR program.

5.29.2015: Feature on Time Bandits Podcast

Robb and 11:11 director R. Stephenson Price appear on the award-winning Time Bandits podcast, humoursly talking about 11:11, as well as reviewing Neil Young & Crazy Horse's quintessential classic album, Ragged Glory, and giving a critical review to the film Flatliners.

Listen HERE.

5.27.2015: 11:11 and Based on Truth and Lies Bandcamp pre-orders

Based on Truth and Lies

In advance of Friday's release show in Toronto and the official June 2 release date, 11:11 DVDs and digital copies and Based on Truth and Lies digital soundtrack EPs are available for pre-order now at Paint's Bandcamp page -- in addition to right here at The Official Paint Store.

4.30.2015: 11:11 and Based on Truth and Lies release date!

11:11 Release

It's been a long two years but we are excited to finally announce that 11:11, the black-and-white narrative film we have been working on with director R. Stephenson Price (Stratasfear Productions / The Indie Machine) and the accompanying soundtrack/EP Based on Truth and Lies, will be released on DVD and digital audio on Tuesday, June 2.

We will be celebrating the release in Toronto on Friday, May 29 at the historic Great Hall. Info and ticket links are on the Tour page, and RSVP on Facebook HERE.

11:11 DVDs will include the Based on Truth and Lies download codes. Pre-orders are available now at The Official Paint Store.

Watch the 11:11 Trailer HERE.

Release previews and more info will be going up regularly in the coming weeks.

We bring this news with many, many thanks to you the fans for making this film possible through IndieGogo and the Government of Canada through the FACTOR program. We are excited to share with you our most ambitious and exciting project to date!

4.15.2015: Canadian Music Week Showcase May 8

(dis)PLAY #FACTORfunded

Paint will be showcasing at Canadian Music Week for the 5th time on Friday, May 8, 9:00pm at Handlebar in Toronto with their so-called "sister band," Canvas.

Advanced tickets can be purchased at CMW.net.

See the Tour page for details and RSVP on Facebook.

3.17.2015: FACTOR funded once again!

(dis)PLAY #FACTORfunded
Photo by Joe Mac / Midnight Matinee

We are proud to announce that our upcoming concert DVD, (disPLAY), will be funded by FACTOR through the government of Canada!

Set for fall release, (disPLAY) joins the forthcoming 11:11 film and Based on Truth and Lies EP/Soundtrack (available now for pre-order at The Official Paint Store) as one of TWO scheduled releases by Paint this year to have the #FACTORfunded distinction. Not many bands can say that.

Thank you for your ongoing support!

3.13.2015: An Evening With Paint, April 2

An Evening With Paint

Making up for some lost time in Toronto, we have a special treat for hometown fans: on April 2, we will be playing an intimate show at the newly-revamped Tennesee, featuring three sets of acoustic and electric material spanning Paint's entire catalogue.

Did we mention the show is also free to attend?

See the Tour page for details and RSVP on Facebook.

3.3.2015: Spur-Of-The-Moment Shakespeare Benefit Tonight!

Spur Benefit

The Spur-Of-The-Moment Shakespeare Collective was founded in March 2010 with the Shakespeare-On-The-Subway Project. Originally created to break down economic barriers and provide opportunities for emerging theatre artists to hone their craft, the SOTMSC has become an ever-growing network of emerging artists from multiple disciplines sharing their love for the bard everywhere but on a stage.

TONIGHT, Paint returns to the stage for the first time in 2015 for a performance at the Spur-Of-The-Moment Shakespeare Collective's 5th birthday party, and the history between Paint and Spur is long and close. Not only are we both about the same age (our debut album came out 5 years ago last year), Spur co-founder and director Victoria Urquhart has played leading roles in Paint's "Boomerang" music video and upcoming 11:11 film.

All the more, Paint drummer Devin Jannetta recently appeared in this Spur video as his recurring Detective Slick Shepard character:



...and the ongoing comedy featuring Victoria Urquhart as an obsessive Robb Johannes fan:



It all happens at Rancho Relaxo, 300 College Street, Toronto. See the Tour page for details and RSVP on Facebook.

1.21.2015: Keiko Goes to NAMM

NAMM 2015

Many music folks may be aware of something called the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM). Well, our very own bassist extraordinaire Keiko Gutierrez will be down at NAMM this year representing.

Follow @paintband on Instagram for her photos and updates!

1.12.2015: Future Is The Future: Gender-neutral clothing

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Toronto's Natalia Manzocco has launched a gender-neutral clothing store called Future Is The Future, which has gotten some recent accolades in places such as NOW Magazine and The Toronto Star. And yes, that's our very own Robb Johannes showing off some digs.

Visit Future is the Future now!

11.11.2014: 11:11 Trailer, Website, DVD and soundtrack pre-orders



We couldn't let November 11 happen without making a major announcement about 11:11, the film that we've been hammering away at for over a year with director R. Stephenson Price (with whom we previously worked on "Boomerang," "Where The Fans Are Alright," and other videos and documentaries), as well as recording the soundtrack with producer Ian Smith once again.

At last, we present the first glimpse into 11:11 with the above-posted trailer.

And we're excited to announce that the 4-song EP soundtrack for 11:11 will be titled Based on Truth and Lies. View tracklisting HERE.

Pre-order 11:11 on DVD at The Official Paint Store.

Orders will ship in early 2015 and include a digital download of Based on Truth and Lies with expanded artwork and liner notes.

Visit the 11:11 website for synposis, cast and character listings, and news. The site will be regularly updated with behind-the-scenes photos, performance clips, and special features in the coming months.

This whole project would not be possible if not for your contributions to last year's IndieGogo campaign as well as the government of Canada through the FACTOR program. We're eternally grateful and looking forward to delivering a completed 11:11 film and Based on Truth and Lies EP to you in 2015!

* Please note that if you contibuted to our IndieGogo campaign, you don't need to place an order for 11:11 -- you've already bought it. IndieGogo orders will get priority delivery when the project is complete.

10.29.2014: Thank You, Toronto! (from Robb -- Not Ford)

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"Being mayor would be like a vacation from fronting Paint" - Robb Johannes

Monday's Civic Election in Toronto witnessed a record 64.2% voter turnout, a Ford-free mayoral seat, and a 12th place finish of 65 mayoral candidates for Robb Johannes -- unprecedented for a grassroots campaign.

Read Robb's closing thoughts on running for Mayor of Toronto HERE.

Looking forward to being just a rock 'n' roll band again -- but then again, when has a social conscience ever not been present with Paint?

10.7.2014: TWiMFeST Showcase October 23

TWiMFeST

Two of Toronto's most innovative and dedicated independent promoters, Two Way Monologues and The Indie Machine, have joined forces in launching the first (hopefully) annual TWiMFeST in St. John's October 17-18 and Toronto October 23-26.

We are proud to announce that Paint is one of TWiMFeST's featured acts with a showcase October 23 at The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar) in Toronto.

Show details and ticketing information are on the Tour page, and RSVP on Facebook HERE!

10.6.2014: "A visual and aural assault of the senses"

Paint - Photo by Angel H Marchini - Back 2 Basics
Photo by Angel H. Marchini / Back 2 Basics

"Opening with a sense of the dramatic, Robb Johannes walked on stage as the introduction to 'The Feast' was playing and immediately demonstrated the sort of enigmatic stage craft that is sadly lacking in many bands today... a visual and aural assault of the senses."

Thanks to Danger: Canadian Content for the review of Paint's August 28 tour opener at The Supermarket in Toronto.

Full text is on the Press page.

10.2.2014: Concert Film Taping TOMORROW!

Concert Film Taping

"The new music is the truest expression of what this band is, and how music can bring people together." - Robb Johannes (full interview with Addicted Magazine HERE)

Six years of Paint's career are culminating into one night: tomorrow, we are filming and recording our show at The Cameron House (408 Queen West, Toronto) for a concert DVD and live album.

The show is free to attend but you'll be able to make donations at the door that will help complete post-production and release in the following ways:

$5: Digital album
$10: Digital album + digital concert film
$20: DVD + digital album
$40: DVD + digital album + Where We Are Today and Can You Hear Me? CDs
$60: All of the above + Can You Hear Me? 5th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (digital) + Capsulated DVD + Paint t-shirt
$100: All of the above plus your name in the film's credits
$200: All of the above + a producer credit
$500: All of the above + a private Paint show at your home

Details on the Tour page, and RSVP on Facebook HERE.

9.17.2014: "A dose of social activism with your music": Barrie Examiner Article

Paint - Photo by Angel H Marchini - Back 2 Basics
Photo by Angel H. Marchini / Back 2 Basics

"Survival is a big topic we write about: survival, adversity and how much hope the human will has to come out on top and still be beautiful" - Robb Johannes

Much appreciation to Susan Doolan of the Barrie Examiner for exploring some of the many sides of Paint in advance of Saturday's show at the Clarkson Pub in Barrie.

Full text is on the Press page.

9.16.2014: Kingston Reschedule

Many apologies to our fans in Kingston, Ontario but next Thursday's show at Clark Hall Pub has had to be rescheduled to December 4 at The Mansion.

Details on the Tour page.

9.13.2014: Beyond five years: 570 News (Kitchener) Article

Paint - Photo by Angel H Marchini - Back 2 Basics
Photo by Angel H. Marchini / Back 2 Basics

"The last five years for Paint have really been about trying to be as great as we were when we first started (which I'm proud to say we are now), so celebrating the fact that we're still a band and that our first record is still exciting to listen to is a pretty special thing." - Robb Johannes

Thanks to Care Finch / On That Note for the entry on the 570 News Blog about last night's show in Kitchener -- including working with producer Ian Smith, getting FACTOR funding, and a hint about the eventual release of 11:11.

Full text is on the Press page.

9.12.2014: The imagination of the audience: Waterloo Record Article

Paint - Photo by Joe Mac - Midnight Matinee
Photo by Joe Mac / Midnight Matinee

From the school of U2/Nirvana with lush bits of Psychedelic Furs, Pulp and Suede-like Brit Pop, Paint's music palette is infectious. Rife with striking jangling guitars, melodious riffs, and pounding bass, the band's solid soundscape serves as the consummate backdrop for Johannes' impassioned intelligent vocals.

Thanks to The Waterloo Record for the toughtful and detailed interview with Robb in advance of tonight's show at Cork Hall in Kitchener.

Visit the Press page for full text.

Details on the Tour page.

9.8.2014: New Paint T-Shirts!

Paint T-Shirts -- Brand New!

At last we have new t-shirts! Paint UK Underground T-Shirts (in womens's and unisex cuts) are available now for $25.00 CAD each including shipping and handling!

Order now from the Paint Store. All online orders will begin shipping Monday, September 15.

9.5.2014: Napanee Previews

Paint - Photo by Angel H Marchini - Back 2 Basics
Photo by Angel H. Marchini / Back 2 Basics

"It's not just about going to see music, it's about being part of something bigger than yourself" - Robb Johannes

Thanks to The Greater Napanee News as well as the Napanee Beaver for the previews of Saturday's stop at the Waterfront River Pub:

A creative force within the highly-competitive Canadian music scene... intelligent, well-crafted, melodic alternative rock (with) a healthy dollop of 1980s arena rock for good measure... truly a refreshing change from the formulaic, uninspired melange that currently dominates the airwaves these days, and demonstrates that they are creative artists who are always striving to be true to themselves and unafraid of letting its musical roots show.

Visit the Press page for full text of both articles.

Details on the Tour page.

9.2.2014: Concert Film Taping October 3 in Toronto!

Paint - Concert Film October 3

Often cited as "best live act in Toronto," we are excited to announce that on Friday, October 3, we will be filming and recording our show at Toronto's Cameron House for a live album and concert DVD release.

Admission is free, but donations will get you digital downloads of the album, DVD and audio combo packs, free Paint merch, your name in the credits, and access to exclusive online content.

Be there, be loud, and let's make some history together!

Details on the Tour page and RSVP on Facebook HERE!

8.30.2014: "Boomerang" at Hamilton Film Festival Sept. 28



We are proud to announce that the music video for "Boomerang," directed by R. Stephenson Price, is an official selection at the Hamilton Music and Film Festival.

Film screenings take place Sunday, September 28 at The Factory (228 James St. N., Hamilton). Ticket details to come at HMFF.com.

8.21.2014: New Merch Alert

Paint Stickers and Buttons -- Brand New!

Hot off the presses, some brand new Paint UK Underground logo stickers and 1" buttons are available now for just $2.00 CAD each including shipping and handling!

Order now from the Paint Store.

8.12.2014: Can You Hear Me? 5th Anniversary Deluxe Available NOW!



Thanks for your pre-orders, or if you were waiting until now to order, the Can You Hear Me? 5th Anniversary Deluxe Edition is officially downloadable on Paint's Bandcamp site for $5.00 CAD or more by donation.

Enjoy!

8.5.2014: "By the Numbers" episode 6: founding members on record shopping



As an extension of their recorded retrospective discussions on next week's Can You Hear Me? 5th Anniversary Deluxe Edition release, episode six of "By The Numbers" briefly features a reunion between founding members Robb Johannes (in Toronto) and drummer Matt Laforest (in Vancouver), discussing record shopping in Portland, Oregon.

Listen to episode 6 and previous "By The Numbers" episodes on Paint's SoundCloud.

7.31.2014: Queen Street Fest Review

Paint @ The Bovine Sex Club, 3.20.2014 (Queen Street Festival)
Photo by Angel H. Marchini / Back to Basics

"You could be forgiven for just watching Robb's vocals and Morriseyesque movement on stage all night, but Paint are the sum of all parts not just one."

Thanks to Danger!!! Canadian Content for this found review of Paint's Queen Street Festival performance. Read the full review HERE.

Plenty of other reviews and features are archived on the Press page.

7.29.2014: Can You Hear Me? 5th Anniversary Deluxe Pre-Order + Tracklisting



Pre-orders and tracklistings for the Can You Hear Me? 5th Anniversary Deluxe Edition are available now on Paint's Bandcamp site.

The 51-track, 5-"disc" digital compilation, which includes the original studio album, unreleased demos, live performances, interviews, and expanded artwork and liner notes, will be available on Tuesday, August 12 -- all for the mere (and fitting) price of $5.00 CAD.

In the meantime, check out the trailer posted above!

7.15.2014: FACTOR Funded for the soundtrack to 11:11

FACTOR Funds 11:11

As you know, we've been busy at work with director R. Stephenson Price (who previously directed Paint's "Boomerang" music video) on a black-and-white narrative film written by Robb Johannes called 11:11, which was graciously made possible thanks to your contributions to our IndieGogo campaign from last fall.

Of course, a major part of 11:11 is the soundtrack, comprised of four brand new Paint songs and soundscapes. The trouble in paradise to fund the recording with producer Ian Smith (who worked with Paint on Where We Are Today) was partially resolved this week.

We are proud to announce that FACTOR, through the government of Canada, has offered assistance in the completion of the 11:11 soundtrack!

This is a giant leap forward for us and this project, and we wouldn't have been able to get here without you. Much love, and looking forward to what's next.

7.7.2014: Can You Hear Me? 5th Anniversary Deluxe Edition - August 12

Can You Hear Me? 5th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

Some fans wrote us recently and said, "Can you believe that Can You Hear Me? is going to be five years old this August?" The thought hadn't occurred to us.

Consequently, it's been a time of reflection and retrospective on our debut LP, how far we've come, and the level of greatness we've continued to strive for, and until recently, have felt we haven't had since Can You Hear Me?, which has been our most critically-acclaimed release:

"All killer, no filler... destined for arenas" (Soundproof Magazine)

"Picture perfect" (102.1 The Edge)

"5 stars" (Youthink Magazine)

"Perfect blend of classic rock crunch and contemporary rock smarts" (The Record)


We are proud to let you be the first to know that on August 12, 2014, we will be releasing a deluxe 5-year anniversary edition of Can You Hear Me?

The expanded 5-"disc" digital compilation will include unreleased songs, demos, live performances, interviews (both from prior to Can You Hear Me?'s release and retrospective interviews with original members from Vancouver: Robb Johannes, Matt Laforest, and Paula McGlynn), and expanded artwork and liner notes.

Can You Hear Me? 5th Anniversary Deluxe Edition will be released exclusively through paintband.com to start. More details, pre-order information, and previews will be launched this month.

We would neither still be a band that's outlived most independent acts, or be able to release this special edition of our album if not for you. Thank you for your ongoing and undying support!

6.30.2014: "By the Numbers" episode 5: on Neil Young



Episode five of "By The Numbers" briefly surveys the far-reaching career of Neil Young in light of Robb's "Prisoners of Rock 'n' Roll" supergroup that will be doing a one-off performance at this Friday's CanCon Tribute Show in Toronto.

Listen to episode 5 and previous "By The Numbers" episodes on Paint's SoundCloud.

6.26.2014: Neil Young & Crazy Horse Tribute July 4

Neil and the Horse
Photo courtesy of CBC Q

Paint's Robb Johannes, as a lifelong die-hard Neil Young fan, has assembled a Toronto indie supergroup called "Prisoners of Rock 'n' Roll," who will, for one night only on Friday, July 4, perform a set of Neil Young & Crazy Horse songs as part of a "Canada Day on Independence Day" tribute night at Rancho Relaxo in Toronto.

Prisoners of Rock 'n' Roll (whose name is derived from a track on the 1987 Neil Young & Crazy Horse album Life) are: Robb Johannes on vocals, Erik Kolomayz of The Rathburns (a band long-praised by Paint) on bass, Mike Scarlett of A Northern Drawl and Colin James Gibson of The Stormalongs on guitars, and Steve Finn from Another City on drums.

This will truly be a be a night to remember.

More details on the Tour page and RSVP on Facebook HERE!

6.16.2014: "By the Numbers" episode 4 and happenings this week



Robb takes some time in episode four of the "By The Numbers" podcast series to discuss North by Northeast's controversial "45-day radius clause," which resulted in the creation of the Soundtrack of the City Music Series (which will feature a performance by Paint ths Friday, June 20 at Cherry Cola's, at 11pm), as well as his involvement in the post-punk band Rulers of the Moon, in which he will make his live debut this Saturday, June 21, 10pm at Rancho Relaxo (fittingly enough, as an NXNE showcase!).

Listen to episode 4 and previous "By The Numbers" episodes on Paint's SoundCloud.

6.11.2014: "Fans First": RiffYou.com Feature Interview

riffyou
Photo by Joe Mac / Midnight Matinee

We had a show recently in Toronto where I was pretty awfully sick and didn't have most of my upper vocal register. The audience crashed the stage and wailed along with me -- and to songs that haven't been recorded/released yet. Experiences like that are humbling and beautiful, and we don't take them for granted for a second.
-Robb Johannes

Thanks to the kind folks at RiffYou.com for chatting with Robb about Paint's journey to the present, the road ahead with the 11:11 film, the ongoing reciprocal relationship with fans, and what famous musicians he'd love to discuss songwriting with.

Read the full article HERE.

There are plenty more reviews, features, interviews, and quotes on Paint on the Press page!

6.10.2014: "By the Numbers" podcast episode 3



Episode three of the new podcast series, "By the Numbers," features Paint's Robb Johannes and Jordan Shepherdson reflecting on some of their favourite records by the bands Air Traffic and the Smashing Pumpkins.

6.2.2014: "By the Numbers" podcast episode 2



Episode two of our new podcast series, "By the Numbers," is up now.

Hosted by Robb Johannes, episode two discusses the 11:11 film and its uniquely Canadian character, with reflections on the controversial proposed expansion of Toronto Island Aiport and municipal political will.

5.28.2014: Want to be Paint's permanent bass player?

bassist wanted

Hi friends, many of you may be familiar with us, especially if you follow this page. What you may not know is that Devin Jannetta, Jordan Shepherdson, and Robb Johannes have been operating effectively as a trio without a permanent bass player for almost two years now. It's been working just fine to have friends sub in on the regular (if you've been following our activity or coming to our shows) but it's time we got a permanent partner and contributing member.

If you may be, or may know anybody who may be, interested in joining a band constantly referred to as the best live act in Toronto, and one of Canada's hardest working indie bands, please spread the word, and email us at thepaintband@gmail.com! Thanks!

5.20.2014: "By the Numbers" podcast series debut



We're excited to announce a new podcast series called "By the Numbers," where we'll be talking about music, politics, and conversations amongst ourselves and with other artists.

Episode one features Robb Johannes discussing punk rock, Ian Curtis, The Sex Pistols, and Malcolm X.

"By the Numbers" will, for now, be exclusive to Paint's Soundcloud.

Enjoy!

5.19.2014: Website v 6.0 is live!

Welcome to the newly made-over paintband.com, in the theme of the 11:11 film.

We hope you like the site!

4.15.2014: Queen Street Festival Review by T-MAK World

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Photo by Steve Mallinson / T-MAK World

"Paint's songs are highly-polished, smooth, and radio-friendly... Frontman Johannes is running for Mayor of Toronto and we wish him well." -- thanks to T-MAK World for the review of last month's Queen Street Festival performance at The Bovine.

More on the Press page, and read the full T-MAK review and view photos HERE.

4.12.2014: Fridays Live Interview and Acoustic Performance

paint ryersonian
Photo by Angela Glover / The Ryersonian

Thanks to the team at Fridays Live by the Ryersonian in Toronto for an insightful interview with Robb Johannes, including an acoustic performance of the Johannes and McGlynn-penned unreleased song "Bonfire of Vanities" to be included in the upcoming 11:11 film.



4.8.2014: One month to another Canadian Music Week

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Even though we've become somehwat staples to the festival circuits the past 5 years, it's always a time to reflect on how grateful we are that you all have helped us get this far.

We're proud to announce Paint will be returning to Canadian Music Week once again this year with a showcase on Thursday, May 8, 10:00pm at Rancho Relaxo, presented by Two Way Monologues.

Single-event admission is $10 at the door (or buy advanced tickets HERE), or free with a CMW wristband.

More details on the Tour page, and RSVP on Facebook.

4.7.2014: Robb Johannes sightings in new Balconies video



Thanks and congratulations to our friends The Balconies on their brand new music video for "Boys and Girls" -- in which you can catch a number of Robb Johannes sightings (and check out some screen captures on @paintband's Instagram).

robb in the balconies video

4.6.2014: "Did That Rathburn A Little?" (blog post)

erik rathburns bass

And I almost never say this about another band, so take this to heart: The Rathburns are a band that makes me just want to pack up my shit and go home.
-Robb Johannes


In praise of Toronto band The Rathburns, read a blog by Robb at Paint's Weblog.

4.5.2014: "Kurt Cobain Was My Elvis" (blog post)

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On this, the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death, Robb reflects on Nirvana's lasting influence. Read at Paint's Weblog.

3.26.2014: I On Music Interview



Many thanks to host Care Finch our friends at I On Music in Kitchener for this in-depth video interview and feature on Paint's past, present, and future, music, and business -- including live concert footage, music video clips, and behind-the-scenes documenary snippets from Paint's extended catalogue.

The 25-minute television episode was filmed outside Little Bean in downtown Kitchener before Paint's Capsulated DVD release show in November.

3.11.2014: 11:11 Party Scene Shoot March 15

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We're busy at work on the 11:11 film that was made possible thanks to your kind contributions to our IndieGogo campaign! We've been posting behind-the-scenes photos to the @paintband accounts on on Instagram and Twitter as we've been working with director R. Stephenson Price (who previously directed Paint's "Boomerang" music video).

We have a very special offer for anyone in the Toronto area.

On Saturday, March 15, we'll be filming the party scene for 11:11, and thought we may as well just host an actual party and do a bit of filming on the side. It's set in the summer (but is filmed entirely indoors in an apartment) so why not wish this prolonged winter away by pretending?

RSVP on Facebook for all the info.

3.2.2014: Music City North Festival March 20

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Music City North, aimed at building community and raising awareness of the music scene in Toronto, will present the Queen Street Festival March 20-23.

We are excited to announce that Paint will be part of this year's festival, appearing March 20 at The Bovine Sex Club, presented by Two Way Monologues.

Visit the Tour page for more details, and RSVP on Facebook HERE.

2.20.2014: Robb Johannes on The Smiths

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Today The Smiths' debut record turns 30. Same Page wrote a feature on the article and asked some Toronto artists to reflect on what The Smiths have come to mean to them over the years, including our very own Robb Johannes.

"Morrissey once said that most popular music at the time (and still now I would say) would insult the intelligence of its audience by catering to populism and watered down messages. The Smiths, on the other hand, gave their audience credit for being intelligent and discerning people. As a result, not only could The Smiths incorporate a greater intellect into their music, but their small and highly devoted fanbase felt like they were a part of a mutual exchange of ideas. The line between the audience and the performer disappeared, and given my own roots in punk, I highly admire that. It's surely made its way into Paint's ethos as a "pop" band."
- Robb Johannes

Read the full article HERE.

Similar commentaries in this mini-documentary on Paint called "Where The Fans Are Alright" from November:



Happy 30th to The Smiths and happy (what would have been) 47th Kurt Cobain. Your lives were so short but you left us with so much.

2.19.2014: Congratulations Andre Dey!

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Much love to our old faihtful drummer Andre Dey, who became a father this week. Congrats, 'Dre!

Throwing back to Where We Were in April, catching some Andre's moments with Paint in the studio recording Where We Are Today:



1.27.2014: Congratulations Joe Mac!

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Last week, our dear friend Joe Mac was honoured by Ontario Roller Derby for being an all-star photographer. In addition to derby, the majority of Paint's live photos since 2011 have been taken by the one and only Joe Mac.

"I almost consider Joe Mac to be the 5th member of Paint. He's been with us through everything, and his action photography in roller derby is why he can capture this rock band so frighteningly on stage. Congrats friend, this is well-deserved." - Robb Johannes

1.24.2014: The PSA is out!

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Never a band to shy away from its principles, Paint frontman Robb Johannes announced from the stage at Lee's Palace last night that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's politics and public image have alienated and saddened Torontonians so much that it is not simply enough to vote against him. Rather, every Torontonian should go the extra step and run against Ford to send a clear message that Toronto deserves better on election day, October 27.

Read Robb's platform at robbnotford.com, and visit The City of Toronto Elections Website to find out how you can also get involved.

1.9.2014: Returning to stage in Toronto in Style at Lee's Palace Jan. 23

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Holidays are over, and Paint returns to stage in Toronto on January 23 at the one and only Lee's Palace.

A special note to this show, it is our singer Robb Johannes' birthday and he plans to make a "very special Public Service Announcement" on this night.

Visit the Tour page for more details, and RSVP on Facebook HERE.

12.29.2013: Velvet Rope Magazine Anniversary Show Jan. 11

We are proud to announce that Paint will be performing at Velvet Rope Magazine's 2-Year anniversary party on Saturday, January 11 at Little Bean in Kitchener.

Visit the Tour page for more details, and RSVP on Facebook HERE.

11.26.2013: "Boomerang" Music Video and Capsulated DVD Out Today!



At last, the day has arrived! "Boomerang," written and directed by R. Stephenson Price is OUT NOW on Paint's YouTube Channel.

"Boomerang" is included in the Capsulated: Music Videos DVD, graciously made available because of your contributions to our IndieGogo campaign. Capsulated is officially available today at the Paint Store.

There are three remaining release events this week in Kingston, Ottawa, and Montreal. Visit the Tour page for more details.

11.20.2013: "Where The Fans Are Alright" (mini documentary)



Only two days left in Paint's IndieGogo campaign! Beginning with a tribute to The Doors in Europe 1968, "Where The Fans Are Alright" looks at Paint's relationship with its audience through fan testimonials at shows.

11.18.2013: Official Documentary: The Making of "Boomerang"



Joining Where We Were In April in the Paint documentary catalogue, The Making Of "Boomerang" features interviews with the band, cast, and crew, and captures events from the shooting of Paint's tenth and final installment of the ambitious Video Album Project that will be featured on the Capsulated: Music Videos DVD (to be released November 26).

Paint: The Making of "Boomerang" was photographed by Clarence King and edited by R. Stephenson Price.

Check the Tour page for all the dates on Capsulated release events in the next two weeks, beginning this Thursday in Kitchener.

Help us recoup costs from the "Boomerang" video shoot through our IndieGogo campaign!

11.13.2013: "Boomerang" behind-the-scenes photos

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Official behind-the-scenes photgraphy from the "Boomerang" music video shoot by Alexa Pavliuc are up on Paint's Official Flickr Photostream.

"Boomerang" was directed by R. Stephenson Price and will be included in the Capsulated DVD compilation set for release on November 26.

Check the Tour page for all the dates on Capsulated release events in the next two weeks, beginning next Thursday in Kitchener.

11.4.2013: "Shattered Hearts" (live) video



Available in its entirety for the first time ever, "Shattered Hearts" is an unreleased and as-of-yet unrecorded song from Paint, performed live in October 2013 at our residency at C'est What?, filmed by R. Stephenson Price.

The clock is running on our IndieGogo campaign aimed at helping us get into the studio to record our next E.P., which will invlude this song and a short film to accompany the tunes. Thanks so much for your time, consideration, and support!

11.1.2013: Capsulated DVD trailer



A project four years in the making, Capsulated is a DVD compilation of all 14 music videos from Paint's catalogue plus bonus features. It will be available November 26 and is now available for pre-order at the Paint Store.

We will be doing a six-date release tour at the end of this month:

11.21: Kitchener @ Little Bean
11.22: Toronto @ Measure
11.23: Guelph @ ANAF
11.28: Kingston @ Clark Hall Pub
11.29: Ottawa @ Zaphod Beeblebrox
11.30: Montreal @ O Patro Vys

See the Tour page for more details.

Capsulated also falls under the IndieGogo campaign that is on for another three weeks!

10.28.2013: "Boomerang" music video (trailer)



The tenth and final piece of the Video Album Project, written and directed by R. Stephenson Price, will be released on November 26, 2012.

"Boomerang" will be included in the Capsulated DVD compilation that is now available for pre-order at the Paint Store. Release date for the DVD is also November 26, though there will be a release party November 22 at Measure in Toronto. See the Tour page for more details.

More music videos are up on Paint's Official YouTube Channel.

10.17.2013: Once film soundtrack performance Oct. 23

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Amidst our Tuesday residency at C'est What? this October, Paint will making a very special appearance next Wednesday, October 23 at the Rivoli in Toronto, performing songs by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová from the film Academy Award and Grammy Award-winning film Once with piano and string accompaniment.

Read THIS BLOG by Robb on how the project came about.

Check the Tour page for more details.

RSVP on Facebook.

9.23.2013: IndieGogo Campaign Starts Now!



Starting today, Paint has begun an IndieGogo campaign to raise funds for the following endeavours:

* The production and recording of Paint's next EP (!);

* The production of a black-and-white narrative film to accompany the EP;

* Completion of the Capsulated DVD compilation of all 10 music videos from Where We Are Today plus bonus videos from Can You Hear Me? and special features; and

* Completion of the "Boomerang" music video, which is currently in post-production;

As a notoriously hard-working band, we've never been shy in pointing out that when it truly comes down to it, the line between audience and performer has never been more blurry than it is now. We are eternally grateful for your ongoing role in shaping the narrative of Paint, and are reaching out in this time of need to help us complete a number of exciting projects that we are currently undertaking.

Specific details on the campaign, as well as donation options, can be explored on Paint's IndieGogo Page.

Many thanks, and looking forward to the next couple months!

9.10.2013: Music Video 9/10 on 9/10 - "If The Walls Could Talk"



Part 9/10 of the Video Album Project released on 9/10. "If The Walls Could Talk" is a protest video of sorts, examining public-private behaviour, particularly with respect to socio-political decision-making.

"If The Walls Could Talk" will be included in the Capsulated DVD compilation that is now available for pre-order at the Paint Store. Release date for the DVD is November 26.

More music videos are up on Paint's Official YouTube Channel.

9.3.2013: Fall Tour Dates, Capsulated DVD Release, and more...

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Happy September! First things first, check out the Tour page for our complete fall schedule, including the following stops:

9.11: Toronto @ The Horseshoe Tavern
9.26: Waterloo @ Maxwell's Music House
9.27: Barrie @ The Clarkson Pub
9.30: Toronto @ Cherry Cola's
10.1: Toronto @ C'est What?
10.8: Toronto @ C'est What?
10.15: Toronto @ C'est What?
10.22: Toronto @ C'est What?
10.23: Toronto @ The Rivoli**
10.29: Toronto @ C'est What?
11.21: Kitchener @ Little Bean
11.22: Toronto @ Measure***
11.23: Guelph @ ANAF
11.28: Kingston @ Clark Hall Pub
11.29: Ottawa @ Zaphod Beeblebrox
11.30: Montreal @ O Patro Vys

* taping of The BobCast with Robert Segarini
** performing songs from the film Once
*** Capsulated DVD release party

We're excited to be back at C'est What? in Toronto's St. Lawrence Market every Tuesday in October. This will be Paint's third annual month-long stay at C'est What?, also memorable for this court case we fought (and won) against Rob Ford and City of Toronto for anti-postering.

And, as we shot the "Boomerang" music video last weekend (see some behind-the-scenes photos on Instagram with more to come), we are proud to announce that the Video Album Project is complete! "If The Walls Could Talk" will be released on Tuesday, Sept. 10 on Paint's YouTube Channel, followed by the compilation and release of "Boomerang," the remaining 9 videos from Where We Are Today, and bonus vides from Can You Hear Me? and behind-the-scenes featurettes onto the Capsulated DVD -- which will be released November 26, preceded by a release party in Toronto on November 22 at Measure. In the meantime, you can pre-order Capsulated at the Paint Store. Check out full details on Capsulated HERE.

Happy days ahead!

8.30.2013: Unsigned Radio Podcast up now

Thanks to Big Things Productions and Unsigned Radio on CIUT 89.5FM in Toronto for the podcast feature on Paint from August 17, you can download the podcast HERE and forward to the 50-minute mark -- but do listen to the rest if you have time, there's some great other acts on the itinerary as well!

Have a wonderful Labour Day, everybody, and we have some very exciting announcements coming your way after the long weekend!

8.23.2013: "Boomerang" video shoot live Tweets Aug. 25

Paint will be shooting "Boomerang," the tenth and final installment of the Video Album Project this Sunday with director R. Stephenson Price of The Indie Machine. Follow @paintband on Twitter and Instagram for live commentary and behind-the-scenes photos.

8.14.2013: "Home/Stand By Me" live at Rancho Relaxo (video)



Memories from TWMFEST at Rancho Relaxo, 6.29.2013.

More videos are up on Paint's Official YouTube Channel.

8.6.2013: Music video double-shot: "Let Go" and "Vampires"



"Let Go," part seven of Paint's Video Album Project, is assembled from the Sid Davis 1951 trilogy of fear-based propaganda films aimed at youth (Name Unknown, Boys Beware, and Girls Beware), which took a controversial, conservative, anti-homosexual and anti-feminist standpoint on emerging civil liberties in America.



An experiment in minimalism and a nod to Andy Warhol's films, "Vampires" becomes part eight of the Video Album Project.

"Let Go," "Vampires" and other Paint songs are available on iTunes, CDBaby, and the Paint Store.

More videos are up on Paint's Official YouTube Channel.

7.29.2013: New Blog Post: "Behind Every Band..."

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In gratitude of Matt Hughes, who has lifted Paint up through some pretty difficult times into a much more rosey and fruitful place. Read at Paint's Weblog.

7.25.2013: A little cameo



Catch a Robb Johannes cameo in The Indie Machine's production of the latest Goodnight, Sunrise video for their song "The Honeymoon Is Over."

You didn't hear it from us, but The Indie Machine is in the works of developing a music video for Paint's song "Boomerang" in August. Just saying...

7.5.2013: New Blog Post: "On Freddie Mercury and the Empowerment of Indians..."

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An introspective journal on Robb's (and Freddie Mercury's?) ethnic heritage in the bigger picture of race and rock 'n' roll. Read it on Paint's Weblog.

7.1.2013: "There is a rock god out there": NxNE 2013 recap

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Photo credit: Joe Mac

"The band that wants to change the world... There is a rock god out there," says Joe Mac in response to Paint's NxNE 2013 set at Magpie. Read the full article HERE.

Also, check out new interview and spotlight on Paint with Hye's Musings, reflecting on Paint's live experience, plans for a new EP, and other insights.

More articles, interviews, and reviews are on the Press page.

6.28.2013: !earshot20 broadcast June 28

!earshot20 is a nationally-syndicated broadcast that features the Top 20 charting albums in Canada from !earshot's campus radio charts. On Friday, June 28, they will broadcast a feature interview with Paint's Robb Johannes. Visit Local 107.3FM for schedules and online streaming options.

6.19.2013: TWMFEST Show June 29

Paint is honoured and humbled to be performing as part of TWMFEST on Saturday, June 29 at 11pm.

Over the past seven years, Two Way Monologues has put on over 2000 shows at Rancho Relaxo in Toronto, including AWOLNATION, Dinosaur Bones, The Darcys, Whale Tooth, and Paint's first ever show as a band in Toronto in July 2009 (and many appearances since, such as the critically-acclaimed NxNE 2012 showcase and special events like the Pearl Jam vs. Nirvana and David Bowie vs. Iggy and The Stooges tribute shows).

In addition to being a concert venue, Rancho Relaxo has also become a community hub of sorts, where on any given night members of Toronto's music community can be found checking out each others' shows, visiting friends, and building what have become lifelong friendships, band partnerships and collbaorations, and tightly-knit community connections. For many musicians in Toronto, Rancho Relaxo has been their version of Cheers -- Paint included.

In marking the end of Two Way Monologues' reign booking the Ranch, June 27-29 will be host to TWMFEST, a 3-night celebration of the music community in Toronto and an honour of Dan Wolovick's work as one of the cities most loyal and dedicated promoters before moving on to his new home at The Handlebar in Kensington Market.

Tickets for TWMFEST are $10 for a single-night admission, or $20 for a 3-night pass.

More details on the Tour page, and RSVP on Facebook.

5.27.2013: "Get up and dance, or go out and change the world..."

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Photo credit: Joe Mac

A new three-page article in Vol. 20 of Guitar Justice Magazine with some words from Robb about band names; money, fame, and music schooling (or lack thereof); and a new genre called "Classic Rock of The Future."

More articles, interviews, and reviews are on the Press page.

5.23.2013: Next stop, NxNE (all because of you)...

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We are proud to announce that, by popular demand, without a new record to promote, Paint will be appearing at North by Northeast for the 4th year in a row, June 16, 10pm at Magpie. This year we owe it solely, entirely to you the fans. Thanks for your continuing support!

Details on the Tour page.

5.19.2013: A Couple of Blog Posts

Putting aside the plight of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford as his current debacle is still in-progress, there are two new blog posts by Robb Johannes on Paint's Weblog: 1. On labour, unions, and media; and 2. On Malcolm X Day (May 19).

Enjoy! And see you at the Bovine on Wednesday, Toronto!

4.23.2013: A few things...

We're proud to be playing our first show at home in Toronto since early March in support of Camp Oochiegas, which offers year-round programs for children living with cancer. It all takes place on May 8 at The Drake in Toronto.

More details on the Tour page. RSVP on Facebook.

A couple recent blog posts worth mentioning: 1) thanks for all the support and traffic in response to this blog on Logan Smith's battle against the racist response to the Boston Marathon tragedy on the internet; and 2) another blog on rock 'n' roll's survival mission in 2013.

And those of you who are on Vine and into the 6-second video clips: our drummer Devin's got a hilarious account going: "Devin Ray."

4.9.2013: "Home" music video, the one you cooked for us.



Part six of the Video Album Project is a textual compilation of fan responses to the question "What does the word 'home' mean to you?" on sheets at the Paint merch table.

Thanks to everyone who took part in this experiment. Your words made us laugh, gasp, cry, and smile.

"Home" and other Paint songs are available on iTunes, CDBaby, and the Paint Store.

4.3.2013: "Home" music video coming April 9

The sixth installment in the Video Album Project is for the live show staple, "Home." The video is a complilation of fan replies to the question: "What does the word 'home' mean to you?" filled out Paint's merch table over the course of many, many shows across Canada. Needless to say, it's our poem to you. Using your words. Thank you, this one would notbe possible with you all!

Look for it on Paint's Official YouTube Channel next Tuesday, April 9th.

3.26.2013: A little Pantifesto on the side...

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A creative blast inspired by Paint's resurgence has produced a Robb Johannes punk side project called Pantifesto. Their new album, and Other Essays, is available as a free download on Bandcamp.

Read a blog by Robb about the band's emergence HERE.

3.18.2013: New Blog Post, "Fun With Numbers"

Robb's comments on the two-year project of assembling Paint's setlist and gig history, accompanied by photos and videos, for the Press page is up on Paint's Weblog.

3.15.2013: Horsehoe Review

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Photo credit: Catherine Lacbay

Thanks to Buying Shots for Bands for their continuing support and generosity, this time noting from Paint's March 2 show at the Horseshoe Tavern, "(Robb Johannes) has undergone his fair share of trials and tribulations and the sense of jubilant strength comes through in their music." Truer words have hardly been said!

This and more reviews are on Press page.

3.6.2013: Modraphelia Fashion Show This Saturday

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We are very excited to be partnering with our friends at Modraphelia to perform during their fashion runway show this Saturday, March 9, at the 22nd Annual British Isles Show at the International Centre in Mississauga. Showtime is 2pm.

Details and ticketing information are on Tour page.

2.28.2013: Album Giveaway for Horseshoe Show This Saturday

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We're feeling generous in light of opening up for our dear friends The Cheap Speakers' album release show this Saturday at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto.

The first 50 people through the door* will get a free copy of their choice of 2011's Where We Are Today or 2009's Can You Hear Me? -- so get there early! (Paint is up at 10 sharp)

Details on the show are on Tour page.

RSVP on Facebook.

* While supplies last. There's 25 copies of each album up for grabs.

2.12.2013: New Blog: "Show Me a Nicer Band..."

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A new blog post by Robb reflecting on Paint's long-standing allegiance with The Cheap Speakers, in anticipation of March 2's show opening for The Cheap Speakers' Switches & Levers album release show at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto. Read HERE.

Details on the show are on Tour page.

RSVP on Facebook.

1.18.2013: Rivoli Feb. 1 promo video



Our very own Robb Johannes got together with Brent Miller from Jetcoaster to give you 7 reasons why you should attend the show Friday, February 1st at Toronto's legendary Queen West venue, The Rivoli.

Everything you need to know is on the Tour page.

RSVP on Facebook.

12.30.2012: We can be Bowie, just one last time.

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By popular request, we will be donning the Thin White Duke outfits for the third (and final) time in honour of David Bowie's 66th birthday: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at Cherry Cola's in Toronto.

More details on the Tour page.

RSVP on Facebook.

12.18.2012: New Blog Post: "Bowling for Twitter"

Commentary on the social media response from outside Newtown, Connecticut. Read on the Blog.

12.17.2012: Live @ C'est What? 11.27.2012 audio stream on SoundCloud

Check out SoundCloud for a limited time to stream the entire November 27 closing night of Paint's residency at C'est What? (or use the Widget below)



Photos from the night are up on Paint's Official Flickr Photostream.

Thanks for all of your support this year!

11.19.2012: C'est What? week 2 review and photos

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A review from T-MAK World of Paint's second residency show at C'est What? says: "Paint is a compelling original band... Singer Robb Johannes at times evokes (R.E.M.'s) Michael Stipe... He has an easy charisma and confident swagger... The band played some new songs on Tuesday that will win over the band's ever growing fan base."

And more photos from the talented Joe Mac are up on Paint's Official Flickr Photostream.

RSVP on Facebook or visit the Tour page for details on the remaining two shows.

Other reviews of albums and shows past can be read on the Press page.

11.12.2012: New blog post: "A picture is worth another four years..."

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Last Tuesday, at the opening night of Paint's November residency at C'est What? in Toronto, Barack Obama was confirmed President of the United States in the middle of Paint's set. Read this blog by Robb, commenting on this photo Joe Mac, taken at the exact moment when victory was communicated to the band from the audience.

And Happy Birthday Neil Young. We wouldn't exist without you.

11.9.2012: Residency show #1 article and photos

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Chronicle from Joe Mac on the first residency show says: "Paint is still the star of the night. And they may not realize the constant travel on the road has led to an easy confidence and given them a bit of that hippy hippy shake on stage. And we did mention moves like Jagger [but not in shades of maroon]." (read more HERE).

First batch of photos are up on Paint's Official Flickr Photostream.

RSVP on Facebook or visit the Tour page for details on the remaining three shows.

11.7.2012: Preview of November Residency in Syncopated Sound

In a feature on Paint's C'est What? residency in Toronto this month, Syncopated Sound says: "Paint have established themselves as one of the city’s great classic rock inspired bands."

Details for the three remaining Tuesday residency shows are listed on the Tour page.

It's safe to say you can probably expect photos to be posted each week on Paint's Official Flickr Photostream as well.

11.5.2012: "Crisp, confident, and inspirational": new album review

A year onwards and reviews are still rolling in for Where We Are Today. The latest, from Stylus Magazine in Winnipeg, says: "Paint is a band full of fight and passion... crisp and confident... (Johannes') inspirational lyrics reflect with a nice leftist political flare... (and) are where Paint's second LP could set them apart from other bands."

This and other reviews are on the Press page.

10.1.2012: C'est What? residency in November

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Last February, Paint stage tested in-progress material for what eventually became the album Where We Are Today, over a weekly Tuesday residency at C'est What? in Toronto. The month-long residency also resulted in a court case against Rob Ford and the City of Toronto for anti-postering charges, which the band and C'est What?'s management successfully overturned (details/refresher HERE).

We are proud to announce that every Tuesday in November 2012, Paint will be back at C'est What? to share new and old songs, joined by a stellar cast of musical and comedy guests.

Details on the Tour page.

RSVP on Facebook.

9.27.2012: Horseshoe Reviews and Photos

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Thanks to Hanging at the Back for referring to Paint as "One of the best bands in Toronto" in a recent preview of this week's show at the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern for 102.1 The Edge Nu Music Nite, as well as Joe Mac for calling Paint "Rockstars and entertainers with a sincere change-the-world-with-heart attitude."

And some excellent photos by Joe Mac and Mikey Riot can be viewed on Paint's Official Flickr Photostream.

9.11.2012: Return to the Horseshoe Tavern Sept. 25

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A while back, thanks to all of your votes, Paint won the 102.1 The Edge Indie Onilne, and were featured on The Edge's Indie Hour with Dave Bookman, accompanied by a live show at Edge Studios. We are excited to announce Paint will be back for a free show at the Horseshoe Tavern on Tuesday, September 25 for The Edge Nu Music Nite, for the first time since the Indie Online victory. It is a very special occasion indeed and we look forward to seeing your faces out for the celebration.

Details on the Tour page.

RSVP on Facebook

9.11.2012: "Gastown" Music Video



Halfway through the Video Album Project! Number five is up now, an experiment in minimalism.

You can buy "Gastown" and other Paint songs on iTunes, CDBaby, and the Paint Store.

9.7.2012: "Gastown" video to launch Sept. 11

Installment number five in Paint's Video Album Project, "Gastown," a minimalist ode to Andy Warhol and Neil Young, will be released on Tuesday, September 11 on Paint's Official YouTube Channel. Check back next week!

8.23.2012: Back to Bowie Sept. 7

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Excited to announce that by popular request, the David Bowie set that Paint performed back in January on the Duke's birthday is making a second appearance on stage Friday, September 7 at Rancho Relaxo in Toronto.

RSVP on Facebook and follow @paintband on Twitter for hints of what the setlist is going to be.

8.1.2012: "The Making Of She Leaves" up now



Thanks for making "She Leaves" Paint's most-viewed music video after just 4 days! Check out this companion piece of behind-the-scenes footage, photographed and edited by Clarence King.


7.27.2012: "Toronto is Awesome" Interview with Robb

Freddie Mojallal with the web magazine Toronto is Awesome took some time to chat with Robb about the "She Leaves" video, Paint's love of Toronto, and social justice in music. Read it HERE.


7.25.2012: "She Leaves" Music Video



The fourth installment of the Video Album Project is up now, directed by John Du and starring Lily Pontieri. Special thanks to Devin Jannetta for his cameo as Slick Shepard.

In the week leading up to the release, a gallery of behind-the-scenes photos was also added to Paint's Flickr Photostream.

A "Making Of" documentary will be released soon. Check back, will ya?

You can buy "She Leaves" and other Paint songs on iTunes, CDBaby, and the Paint Store.

7.18.2012: "She Leaves" video to be released July 24

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The fourth installment in Paint's Video Album Project, "She Leaves" will be launched Tuesday, July 24 on Paint's Official YouTube Channel.

Between now and then, a few behind-the-scenes photos will be released daily on Paint's Flickr Photostream (the first bunch are up now), and a "Making Of" documentary will follow.


7.13.2012: Unreleased song with tickets for July 25 show

Attending Paint's July 25 showcase for the Harris Institute of Toronto will get you a free compilation album featuring an unreleased acoustic version of "End of the Reel."

The show is happening at the Garrison. Check the Tour page for more details, and RSVP to the show on Facebook.


6.17.2012: North by Northeast Review + HMV video

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Andrew Horan with North by East West asks in response to Paint's North by Northeast Showcase, "Why Toronto's Paint hasn't broken through to a wider audience is a complete mystery and their top notch set at Rancho Relaxo proved why. Singer Robb Johannes played like was at a venue twice its size."

More reviews from past and present are on the Press. page.

Also, check out a lo-fi fan video from Paint's in-store acoustic set at the HMV Superstore at Yonge and Dundas in Toronto:



Thanks to everyone who made this NXNE our best yet. Much love to you all!


5.13.2012: NxNE Preview / HMV In-Store

Thanks to Two Way Monologues for a preview of bands performing at Rancho Relaxo during North by Northeast, including Paint (showcase is Friday, June 15 at 11:00pm). Read HERE.

Paint will also be doing an acoustic in-store performance at the HMV Superstore at Yonge and Dundas in the heart of downtown Toronto on Saturday, June 16 at 3:33pm. Check the Tour page for all the info.


5.10.2012: Reflections on Waterloo

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Ontario's Kitchener/Waterloo region has a special place in Paint's heart, namely because significant parts of the new album, Where We Are Today, were recorded there, during which time the band made a second home of sorts in K/W (remember the documentary Where We Were in April). More so, the city of Waterloo has always been kind and supportive, especially Maxwell's Music House.

A new review in Velvet Rope Magazine comments on Paint's March 28 set at Maxwell's: "Paint is well-tuned...with the precision of a mature and seasond band... the future is all theirs for the taking." Read the full article HERE.

There was, however, one unfrtunate occurrence last time Paint passed through town, chronicled in this article in the Waterloo Record, where cash, t-shirts, financial records, and some personal clothing items were stolen after the show. Thanks to the kind folks in Waterloo for all their help on this, and any further into can be directed towards the Contact page.


5.8.2012: "In Disguise" Music Video



The third installment of the Video Album Project is up now, based on public domain footage from the 1936 cult classic Reefer Madness.

You can buy "In Disguise" and other Paint songs on iTunes, CDBaby, and the Paint Store, where you can also download the video for 3G phones free.

4.27.2012: North by Northeast Showcase Announcement

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Proud to announce that Paint will be once again returning to North by Northeast, June 11-17 in Toronto. Showcase is Friday, June 15, 11pm at Rancho Relaxo, presented by Two Way Monologues and The Indie Machine.

Ticketing information TBA, and all details will be up here on the Tour. page.

We couldn't be doing this again without your ongoing support, so thank you!

4.10.2012: Show Review from Kingston

Kingston Music Reviews, in response to Friday's show at the Merchant, says: "Right from their first song I just went holy f*ck why didn't (Robb put down the guitar) a couple years back, Robb's live performance throughout the first song made their songs explode in comparison... He looked so natural on stage from his opening note (and) it didn't take Robb anytime at all to pretty much take full control of the audience and the stage. I have never seen him so alive before than what I saw tonight." Read more and view photos HERE.

Keep an eye out for tour photos, blogs, and a documentary in the coming weeks, and thanks for making this tour the most memorable and enjoyable in Paint's history!

4.8.2012: Interview from Kingston (Video)



Thanks to Matt Hartwick from Kingston Music Reviews for the constant support. He caught up with Paint after soundcheck last Friday at the Merchant Tap House. Watch the interview above or visit YouTube.

4.1.2012: Canadian Music Week Review

Buying Shots for Bands on Paint's Canadian Music Week showcase: "Intensely dynamic frontman Robb Johannes worked the crowd and had the early arrivers quickly clapping along. Juxtaposed with their powerpop hooks, there is a darker edge to many of their songs... It's the live performance that adds a greater depth to the band and breaks them out of the mold of being just another pretty pop band."

Read the full review HERE.

3.27.2012: Brant News Article / Canadian Music Week Videos

A new detailed feature on Paint by Lauren Baron of the Brant News on touring, and the role of musicians as more than simply entertainers. Read the full article HERE.

And here's videos of "Girl in a Frame" and "Strangers" from Paint's acoustic session at the Garrison in Toronto for Canadian Music Week. Electric versions to come!





A few things to keep an eye out while we're on tour (aside from the obvious shows):

* Wed, 3.28: "End of the Reel" premiere on CJAM, 5:00-6:30 p.m. EDT (stream HERE).
* Sat, 3.31: in-store performance at Grooves Records, London ON
* Mon, 4.2: on-air interview on Trent Radio, 6:00 p.m. EDT (stream HERE).
* Wed, 4.4: interview and acoustic performance on CHUO, 1:00 p.m. EDT (stream HERE)

Anything else that comes up will be announced through Facebook and Twitter, as we'll be on the road and unable to post to the website. Because yes, we do it ourselves!

3.26.2012: Waterloo Record Feature Article / Keep Tabs on the Road

Thanks to Patrick Finch with the Waterloo Record for an in-depth interview with Robb Johannes on Where We Are Today's roots in Ontario's Kitchener-Waterloo region, relationship with producer Ian Smith, the value of touring and social media, and the band's future. Read the full article HERE.

Don't forget Paint's Spring 2012 Tour begins this week in Waterloo, Ontario. Full details are on the Tour page, and specific events can be found on Facebook. The band will also be updating on Twitter and Facebook throughout the tour, keep an eye out. And see you soon!

3.19.2012: Tour Starts in 2 Days! Rehearsal Sneak Peak Video



Visit the Tour page for all the details. And as a special treat, here's a rehearsal video of "If The Walls Could Talk" filmed 3.18.2012.

3.6.2012: "End of the Reel" music video



The second installment of the Video Album Project is up now.

You can buy "End of the Reel" and other Paint songs on iTunes, CDBaby, and the Paint Store, where you can also download the video for 3G phones free.

2.29.2012: "End of the Reel" video coming next week

A while back we announced the Video Album Project, in which every song on Where We Are Today would be accompanied by a music video. Video #2 is ready to go, for none other than "End of the Reel." It will be launched next week. Two more videos are in queue as well. Stay tuned.

2.20.2012: Tour Promo Shots Are In

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Paint's fourth collaboration with Jason Guitard, a bit of an ode to Anton Corbijn, is up on Flickr, and in the Paint Gallery. Enjoy!

2.19.2012: Rare Rehearsal Video and Photos for Tuesday's Show



Tuesday's show at the Supermarket in Toronto will be a unique event, not only with Paint as the musical guests for the Geoff Hendry & Associates comedy show, but the band will perform a semi-acoustic set, upright bass and all.

Watch a very rare and intimate rehearsal video (above) of Paint working on "End of the Reel" in an acoustic format. Some photos are up as well.

More details on the show are on the Tour page. RSVP on Facebook HERE.

2.15.2012: New Blogs Posted

We've had some requests for more blog postings. Thank you! Here's one on blogging and another on The Grannys, courtesy of Robb. Be careful what you wish for...

2.12.2012: On the Road Again

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We are proud to announce Paint will be back on the road again this spring, beginning with a showcase for Canadian Music Week 2012 on March 21 at the Painted Lady in Toronto.

From there it's onto:

3.28: Waterloo ON @ Maxwell's
3.29: Strathroy ON @ Duke of Earl
3.30: Windsor ON @ Milk
3.31: London ON @ Black Shire
4.2: Peterbrough ON @ The Spill
4.3: Montreal QC @ L'Escogriffe
4.4: Quebec City PQ @ L'Agitee
4.5: Ottawa ON @ Zaphod Beeblebrox
4.6: Kingston ON @ The Merchant
4.7: Toronto ON @ The Silver Dollar

Waterloo through London will be co-headlining with the lovely Katlina Cowan. Details are on the Tour page.

More dates are being added, and you'll hear all about them right here. Looking forward to seeing you all once again!

1.23.2012: "Girl in a Frame" music video



A while ago this video was shot and we are pleased to unveil it to you and add some cheer to this gloomy winter.

Remember you can pick up the single, and other songs on iTunes. Also, download the video for 3G phones free at the Paint Store.

1.4.2012: Album Review from Kingston

A kind review of Where We Are Today from Matt Martwick at Kingston Music Reviews: "Never striving to settle on anything less than to captivate your attention... Robb's vocals reign supreme throughout." More at the Press page.

12.26.2011: David Bowie Tribute Show Jan. 8

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As a band committed to original music, it's always a rare and fun treat when Paint plays a show in honour of one of their favourite artists. Back in July there was the Pearl Jam vs. Nirvana show (which you can watch HERE), and on January 8, 2012, the band will be part of a David Bowie 65th birthday tribute show at the Garrison in Toronto. RSVP on Facebook here.

12.20.2011: 12 Questions With Robb Johannes / Holiday Food Drive

Thanks to the kind folks at 12 Questions for asking Robb about music, virtue, dogs, and headstones. Read the full interview HERE.

Also, Robb will be performing a rare solo set along with several other Toronto frontpeople for a special Food Drive at Rancho Relaxo this Thursday, Dec. 22. RSVP on Facebook here.

11.29.2011: A Small Victory

We are happy to report that on Monday, Robb Johannes of Paint and Tim Broughton of C'est What? had the City of Toronto's anti-postering charges dropped! Read this blog to get all the details.

While we do celebrate the small victory of a single case, wider struggles around the legality of postering, in spite of Supreme Court decisions that have affirmed the value of postering as a fundamental right, do require proactive involvement of artists and promoters in Toronto.

The show on Dec. 8 will thus be a victory celebration!

11.21.2011: Congratulations Michael Chambers!

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A well-deserved "Engineer of the Year" award for Michael Chambers (pictured above on the right) at the 2011 Hamiton Music Awards. We had the great pleasure of working with Michael on Where We Are Today at Catherine North Studios earlier this year. The proof is int he records, congratulations Michael!

11.15.2011: Anti-postering show December 8

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As you may recall, back in February 2011, Paint played a month-long residency at C'est What? in Toronto. Months later, the City of Toronto under Rob Ford's "anti-graffiti" crusade, fined C'est What? for posters promoting Paint's shows.

Robb Johannes of Paint and C'est What?'s management are contesting the charges with the city and will be in court on November 28 at 1:00 p.m.

On December 8, Paint will be returning to C'est What? with the always lovely Mittenz and Darren Eedens for an anti-postering awareness show. Depending on the outcome of the November 28 hearing, this show will either act as a victory celebration or a fine fundraiser. Stay tuned to see which!

Details on the show are on the Tour page.

RSVP and spread the word through Facebook HERE, and we really looking forward to seeing you out to support something that does affect all of us!

Read a backrounder on the case in the NOW Magazine, as well as the blog by Robb Johannes that started it all.

10.10.2011: Video Album Project

Surely Paint has developed a reputation over the past two years of being road warriors, and we look forward to resuming active touring and live performance in 2012. In the meantime there will be a few live shows that we'll inform you of, and we will be embarking on an ambitious Video Album Project: every song on Where We Are Today will be made into a music video and presented on Paint's Official YouTube Channel one by one in the coming months. We will be collaborating with several independent filmmakers along the way, and if you are reading this and happen to be one (or know of one), get in touch and we can discuss further!

10.6.2011: Indie Week and Canadian Music Week, more press, etc.

Thanks to all the old friends, new friends, and beautiful strangers who lent us their ears, hearts, and sometimes homes from Windsor, Ontario to Windsor, Nova Scotia. The pleasure was entirely ours and we look forward to seeing you all again. A collection of photos from Paint's Where We'll Be 2011 Tour is up on The Official Paint Flickr Photostream now.

Some new reviews of Where We Are Today: "4 STARS: A cohesive collection of songs" (The Fulcrum), and "The vocals and instruments come together like a Jim Creeggan and Billy Corgan love child, powered by a Kings Of Leon aesthetic... A punk-rock bash out of drums and energized vocals" (The Dalhousie Gazette). Read more in the Press section.

We are proud to announce Paint will be playing Indie Week 2011 on October 13 at the Underground Garage in Toronto. Details on the Tour page. Also, Paint will be appearing at Canadian Music Week 2012 as one of the first round of artist selections!

Where We Are Today can now be purchased in physical CD on CD Baby, as well as independent retailers across Eastern Canada.

9.28.2011: Acoustic performance and interview

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On one day off during the tour, Robb and Andre swung by the Harris Institute in Toronto to do an acoustic performance of "Girl in a Frame" and an interview about songwriting, touring, smashing gear, and local delicacies. A transcript will be posted soon but for now visit HERE to listen.

9.27.2011: Reviews from the Road

The critics keep on speaking!

Julia Rogers at The Argosy in Sackville NB says, "Where We Are Today is an exciting blend of catchy pop rock and stellar lyrics... (a) soul-satisfying 10-song compilation... (with) undeniable brilliance."

An interview with Jessica Willms at The Fulcrum in Ottawa gives some of the band's history and the process behind making Where We Are Today.

And Joe Mac of Midnight Matinee, on Paint's Toronto stop at the Hideout, exclaims: "Paint have a penchant for effusive pop, catchy tunes and crafty words that evoke picturesque imagery."

Visit the Press page for more, and don't forget to check out the photo and setlist archive from past shows on the Tour page.

9.13.2011: Live and album reviews

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Thanks to Nadia Elkharadly with The Examiner for the glowing review of Paint's Toronto album release show at the Hideout: "Intelligent people making incredible music, Paint will surely be making headlines in the music scene, sharing their thoughtful lyrics and addictive tunes with fans for a long time to come."

Visit the Press under "Live Reviews."

Also, Ryan Bromsgrove with The Gateway, in reviewing Where We Are Today, says: "Johannes sounds like he's in total control of the music, effortlessly slipping between mild exasperation to yearning to demanding -- all on just one track ("Boomerang") -- perfectly complemented by the flexible guitar work in the background. The lyrics and vocals never dwell upon one emotion or style for too long, skilfully avoiding the deadly fate of boring the listener. Start to finish, the album sounds right."

More to come as we are on we're on tour all month, but also note that since we do manage our own website, it's easier for us to update Facebook and Twitter while we're on the road. Stay in touch, cool?

9.6.2011: Where We Are Today... AVAILABLE TODAY!

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Where We Are Today, Paint's new album, is now available on CD here at the Paint Store and digitally on iTunes.

It's been quite the journey to get here and we are humlbed to share this album with you. Don't forget we're on tour all month in support!

8.30.2011: Where We Were in April (Official Documentary)



Filmed in April 2011 at Catherine North Studios and The White House, Where We Were in April captures an intimate and in-depth look at Paint in the studio working on their forthcoming album, Where We Are Today. Photographed and edited by Tyler Cardy and Robb Johannes, the documentary is streaming now on Paint's Official YouTube Channel.

A limited-run DVD of the film can be purchased in the Paint Store

8.29.2011: New song clips

Use the LISTEN button above to hear the last three audio teasers from the new album: "Boomerang," "Let Go," and "Vampires."

Where We Are Today will be available next Tuesday, September 6th on CD and mp3.

Check back tomorrow for an important documentary announcement!

8.23.2011: "Girl in a Frame" single available now!

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"Girl in a Frame," the first single from Where We Are Today, is now available for sale on iTunes. Click HERE to buy.

Help spread the word about the single by inviting people to this event on Facebook.

Also, as we've been adding teaser clips from the rest of the album, use the LISTEN button above to hear two more: "She Leaves" and "Gastown."

The entire album will be available on CD and digital sellers on September 6. Pre-orders can be made HERE.

The final batch of studio photos from album recording sessions are up on Paint's Flickr Photostream.

8.22.2011: In Honour of Jack Layton

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This morning our nation lost of its brightest stars and true patriots. Today we mourn the passing of federal NDP leader and Toronto-Danforth MP Jack Layton to cancer. This is a tremendous loss for Canada and Robb and Andre's local community in Toronto. Mr. Layton was a passionate and genuine man deeply committed to his country and its people. A rare bird and shining spark of hope in an ominous landscape. Condolences to Olivia Chow and the rest of Mr. Layton's family.

8.18.2011: "Girl in a Frame" advanced video review

The music video for "Girl in a Frame," the first single from Where We Are Today has been reviewed by The Blanket Reviewer: "Visually, it's simple, it's fun and the fact that it's representative of my city and the cool/diverse people in it, makes me proud to be from Toronto."

Read more on the Press page.

8.17.2011: NOW Magazine article on postering in Toronto

Thanks to Ben Spurr of NOW Magazine in Toronto for discussing the recent postering injunction against C'est What? with all involved parties, including Robb Johannes of Paint. Read the article HERE. A court date for the formal hearing has been set for November 28.

8.15.2011: "Girl in a Frame" single announcement, new audio clips and photos

"Girl in a Frame," the first single from Where We Are Today, will be available for sale on iTunes August 23.

Behind-the-scenes photos from the video shoot are on Paint's Flickr Photostream.

Also, use the LISTEN button above to hear audio clips from two more songs from the album: "Home" and "In Disguise."

Last but not least, 10 new studio photos from album recording sessions are up on Paint's Flickr Photostream.

Happy Monday!

8.12.2011: SURPRISE! Secret Show Tonight at the El Mocambo

Not a surprise anymore, Paint will be on stage tonight at the El Mocambo (464 Spadina, Toronto), 9:30 sharp set time. You can get in for free if you RSVP "Attending" to this event on Facebook. Not to give away any more secrets but you'll probably never see a Paint show like this one again. Come to the El Mo and find out why.

8.11.2011: New Blog Post, "A Small Cost to Posting Bills"

The City of Toronto under Rob Ford's direction recently fined a local venue for posters promoting Paint shows. Robb's written a blog with more info and an open call to musicians and artists to join him and the venue management in court on August 15th.

Visit Paint's Weblog to read.

8.8.2011: New Song Clips, Photos, and Documentary Announcement

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Have a listen above to clips from 2 more songs from Where We Are Today: "End of the Reel" and "If The Walls Could Talk."

There are also two more sets of photos for your enjoyment: 1) The next batch of in-studio photos from the Where We Are Today (Click HERE); and 2) behind-the-scenes photos from the "Girl in a Frame" music video shoot (Click HERE)

And last but certainly not least, Tyler Cardy and Robb Johannes have completed a 30-minute documentary entitled Where We Were In April, which presents an intimate, raw, and insightful look at Paint in the studio working on the new record. The documentary will be officially launched on Tuesday, August 30 on Paint's Official YouTube Channel.

8.1.2011: Listen to "Girl in a Frame" now! (plus more photos)

Use the little "LISTEN" button in the top left corner to hear "Girl in a Frame," the first single from Where We Are Today. Each week between now and the album's Sept. 6 release, we will be uploading clips from 2 different album tracks.

And of course, we will continue to release 10 new photos from the studio each week as well. This week is no different. Visit The Official Paint Photostream on Flickr for the latest shots (the ones at the end).

Pre-order Where We Are Today here at the Paint Store.

7.29.2011: Pearl Jam vs. Nirvana videos up



Thanks to everyone who attended Two Way Monologues' "Pearl Jam vs. Nirvana" Tribute Night at Rancho Relaxo in Toronto. As a special treat, you can watch Paint's renditions of "Corduroy," "Hail, Hail," "Down," "Better Man," and "Leavin' Here" on The Official Paint YouTube Channel. A rare glimpse at a band so focused on playing its own music, having an out-of-body experience for one special night.

7.28.2011: Exclusive Premiere of "Girl in a Frame" single tomorrow

Visit www.soundfm.ca from any computer in the world (or CKMS 100.3 in Waterloo) on Friday, July 29 between 12noon and 2:00p.m. EDT to hear "Girl in a Frame," the first single from Where We Are Today, for the first time. The single will be accompanied by an interview with Robb and Mandy from North by Northeast. Thanks to SoundFM for their continued support and we look forward to sharing the first sneak peek of the album with you all!

Audio and video clips will be released soon, stay tuned...

7.25.2011: Studio Photos, Next Round

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Visit The Official Paint Flickr Photostream for the latest round of 10 behind-the-scenes photos from the Where We Are Today recording sessions. More will go up next Monday. Also, expect some shots from the "Girl in a Frame" music video shoot and some audio clips very soon!

7.20.2011: Casting Call for music video

If you find yourself free in Toronto on Saturday, July 23 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Paint will be shooting the first music video for the Where We Are Today album in and around the Annex. Email thepaintband [at] gmail.com if you're interested in being one of 20-some-odd people running with the band through the streets.

7.18.2011: Next Round of Studio Shots

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Ten new photos the Where We Are Today recording sessions are available now on The Official Paint Flickr Photostream. Check back next Monday for more, and other updates in between.

7.11.2011: More Studio Shots

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As promised, 10 more photos from Paint's Where We Are Today recording sessions are available now on The Official Paint Flickr Photostream. More will go up next week!

7.8.2011: Photos from Pride at the Bovine

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Shots from July 2 at the Bovine in Toronto for Pride 2011 are up now on The Official Paint Flickr Photostream.

7.5.2011: New Blog Post, "The Artist Looked at the Producer..."

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With an obvious nod to Neil Young in its title, Robb has written a first blog with some reflections on the band's relationship wit producer Ian Smith during the recording of Where We Are Today. Visit Paint's Weblog to read.

7.4.2011: Welcome to the New Website

Welcome to www.paintband.com, our new internet home!

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We are proud to annouce that our new album, Where We Are Today, will be available in stores and online September 6, 2011.

Where We Are Today was produced by Ian Smith at Catherine North Studios (City and Colour, Feist, Gord Downie), and mastered by Joe Lambert in Brooklyn, NY (Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Social Distortion, Bright Eyes, The Trews).

Over the next 2 months we will be revealing 10 new behind-the-scenes photos on Paint's Official Flickr Photostream each week (the first batch is available now), as well as exclusive audio previews, and Canadian tour dates.

Pre-order Where We Are Today right here at the Official Paint Store.

6.29.2011: Toronto Pride Show This Saturday

Excited to announce that Paint will be playing this Saturday (July 2) at the Bovine Sex Club in Toronto as part of Pride 2011. Visit the Events page for more info.

6.7.2011: And the new album title is...

Those subscribed to Paint's monthly newsletter will have gotten word through the wires already, but we are pleased to publicly announce that the forthcoming September release from Paint will be titled:

Where We Are Today

Stay tuned in the coming weeks as we reveal album artwork, launch a new website, provide exclusive album previews, behind-the-scenes photos and videos, and much more.

Sign up for Paint's monthly newsletter to recieve advanced notices, special offers, and other goodies.

6.1.2011: North by Northeast Showcase Announcement

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We are proud to announce Paint will be returning to North by Northeast on Sunday, June 19 at 11:00 p.m. at The Hideout in Toronto. Ticketing information is in the Events. Thank you for your continued support!

5.26.2011: Canadian Music Week Interview Transcript



Before Paint's showcase at Canadian Music Week 2011, Robb and Mandy sat down with Paul McGeown from CKMS 100.3 FM (SoundFM) for an intimate and entertaining conversation about the music industry, Paint's past, present, and future, on the dawn of the band heading into the studio to work on the new record.

Read in the Press section under "Interviews/Transcripts."

5.25.2011: Another Silver Dollar Show Review

Rachel Gordon at Buying Shots for Bands comments on Paint's harmonies, pop hooks, and indie rock egde in response to the band's set at the Silver Dollar in Toronto

Read in the Press section under "Live Reviews."

5.20.2011: Silver Dollar Show Review

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Dave Robson at The Take Media says, "Paint tore up the stage... Managing to balance pop hooks and indie melodies with a harsh, grungy edge... a relentlessly tight set," in response to Paint's show last week at the Silver Dollar in Toronto

Read in the Press section under "Live Reviews."

4.13.2011: Surprise Show and Radio Appearance

Catch Robb performing a rare solo set at The Boathouse in Kitchener on Thursday, April 14 with the amazing Spirits (Spirits' Ian Smith of course has been producing Paint's new record, and this is to celebrate the wrapping of Robb's vocal tracking!).

Also, visit www.soundfm.ca on Friday, April 15 at 12noon EDT for an interview and on-air acoustic performance by Robb, discussing the recording process and what to look forward to in the coming months from Paint.

4.2.2011: Keep up-to-date on Studio Happenings

Keep an eye on Paint's Facebook and Twitter pages in the coming weeks for up-to-minute updates on the recording process. More detailed blogs on the Paint Blog will follow in due time.

3.7.2011: Drake Show Review

Thanks again to Joe Mac at Midnight Matinee for another generous review, this time of Paint's opening slot for France's Revolver at the Drake Hotel March 3 in Toronto: "With self-assuredness Paint ploughed through their setlist with a go-for-broke attitude... The room was filled with Paint’s towering anthems and keening guitars."

Read in the Press section under "Live Reviews."

3.1.2011: It's Official: Paint is going into the studio in April!

You heard it here first: Paint is officially heading into the studio in April to record the much-anticipated follow-up to Can You Hear Me? with producer Ian Smith at Catherine North Studios (City and Colour, Feist, Gord Downie). Nothing more needs to be said. Expect regular studio blogs and updates in the coming weeks!

2.28.2011: Residency Week #4 Review and Indie Solo Feature

The final C'est What? show rings out with journalist-in-residence Joe Mac (of Midnight Matinee)'s summary: "Paint have these songs that have this maddening ability to stick in your head... Behind Paint’s ring and chime of guitars is a rhythm and pulse that comes from the spirit of independent and imaginative rock."

Read in the Press section.

On another note, thanks to the kind folks at Indie Solo, who will be featuring Paint as their artist of the day on Wednesday, March 2 as part of their Canadian Music Week preview. For 24 hours, Paint will be the main banner artist on the Indie Solo Website and you will be able to download "Strangers," the flagship single from the Can You Hear Me?i album, for free during that period as well!

2.21.2011: Residency Week #3 Review: "Can Paint be the next U2?"

Week #3 at C'est What? has brought some glowing feedback from Joe Mac at Midnight Matinee, notably that "Paint's music can be an exclamation point to the world," and begs the question: "Can Paint be the next U2?"

Read in the Press section under "Live Reviews."

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Also, visit the Midnight Matinee site for a cute love-in piece on Robb Johannes and Sarah Smith of The Joys.

2.18.2011: February 22 show to Stream Live on the Internet

Tuesday, February 22nd is Paint's fourth and final show of their month-long residency at C'est What?, and we have a special treat for folks outside Toronto: the show will stream live on the internet!

Visit www.cestwhat.com and click on the phrase "click here" on the right-hand side of the window to listen beginning at 9:15 p.m. EST with comedy by Bridget Tobin and a set by Hamilton Trading Co.

Paint will play from 10:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. EST.

Post your comments on Paint's Facebook page in real-time the night of the show, and happy listening!

2.15.2011: Residency Week #2 Review

Thanks again to Joe Mac at Midnight Matinee for the review and photos of Paint's second residency show at C'est What?: "Paint have an exceptional sense of the pop and the (new) wave steeped in the root of the hallowed order of Factory (Records) made music and Manchester, even before Madchester took hold."

Read in the Press section under "Live Reviews."

2.8.2011: Videos, etc. DVD Available Now!

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Videos, etc. is officially out today! The DVD contains all four music videos from the Can You Hear Me? album singles ("Strangers," "Don't Blow Me Away," "A Gentle Art," and "Madonna"), plus the first six episodes in the "A Day in the Life" documentary series.

The only place to buy it, aside from at shows, is right here at the Paint Store for $12.00 CDN (includes s/h). Videos, etc. is NTSC/Region 1 encoded (USA/Canada).

Preview videos on The Official Paint YouTube Channel.

2.6.2011: Residency Week #1 Review

Thanks to Joe Mac at Midnight Matinee for the review and photos of Paint's first residency show at C'est What?, noting that "the sound of Paint was as ebullient and chimey as ever with ringing guitar and harmonies and vocals hallmarking their Edge-inflected sound."

Read in the Press section under "Live Reviews."

2.1.2011: Tour Poster Prints now for sale in the Paint Store

Previously only available at the merch table at shows, individualized 11x17" colour tour poster prints by Paint's design team of Clarence King and Andre Dey can now be ordered online in the Paint Store for $15.00 CDN (includes s/h).

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Have a look at the above posters and many, many more on Paint's Official Flickr PhotoStream

1.29.2011: "A Day in the Life," (pt. 6)



Your perfect roadside companion to the "Madonna" video, "A Day in the Life" (pt. 6) captures behind-the-scenes footage from their "Madonna" music video shoot; rehearsals for acoustic shows in late 2010; preparing demos for new album pre-production; and a new slew of touring, travel, and injury footage. The latest installment in the ongoing series was once again photographed and edited by Tyler Cardy.

Watch it on Paint's Official YouTube Channel.

1.28.2011: "Madonna" music video released today



Visit The Official Paint YouTube Channel to see the video for "Madonna," the fourth single from the Can You Hear Me? album.

The video for "Madonna" was produced by Broken String Productions. Directed by Ashley Hallihan. Photographed and edited by Jacob Madigan. Concept by Robb Johannes and Rachel LaGroix. Starring Tori Morency, Carly Chalom, Jodi Haynes, and Jacob Madigan. Paintings by Cass Germann. Filmed on location in Toronto, Ontario.

The video is also available as a free download for 3G cell phone users at the Paint Store.

Buy the single on iTunes.

1.23.2011: Reviews of Horseshoe Tavern Shoe in Toronto

Thanks to Joe Mac at Midnight Matinee for calling Paint "worthy of all the attention going around them."

Thanks Also to the Lonely Vagabond, who raves: "Combining UK-flavoured pop-jangle with an indie-rock swagger, this is an ode to hook-driven gems with splashes of exuberant energy, soaring melodies, and a star-crossed retro spirit."

Read both here in the Press section.

1.4.2011: February Residency at C'est What?

As Paint follows up a very successful 2010 with some great shows for 2011, we are proud to announce that every Tuesday in February Paint will be appearing at C'est What? (67 Front Street East, Toronto), each week with a special musical and comedy guest. The residency will be a great chance to hear some brand new material as the band gears up for the studio and a new album release in 2011. More info on this and other shows on the Events page.

11.15.2010: Hamilton Music Awards Showcase This Friday

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We are proud to announce that Paint will be playing a showcase as part of the 2010 Hamilton Music Awards this Friday at 11:20 p.m. at The Underground in Hamilton (41 Catherine St. N.). Tickets are $6 at the door, the show is 19+. More info at the Events page -- and don't forget we're in Kingston on Thursday and Windsor on Saturday. Thanks so much for your undying support as we wind down a very successful year of touring.

10.27.2010: Fall Tour Dates

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A little lighter of a schedule this fall but look for us in your town.

10.29: Waterloo ON - Maxwell's (Halloween show)
10.30: Toronto ON - Mitzi's Sister (Halloween show)
11.4: Toronto ON - The Central (acoustic set)
11.11: Toronto ON - C'est What?
11.12: Peterborough ON - The Ossia
11.18: Kingston ON - Clark Hall Pub
11.19: Hamilton ON - The Underground
11.20: Windsor ON - Milk (all ages show!)

All the details and links to Facebook events are on the Events page.

10.18.2011: "A Day in the Life," (pt. 5)



The fifth installment of the ongoing video series captures highlights from Paint's Spring 2010 Tour from Windsorthrough Montreal and behind-the-scenes footage from their "Madonna" music video shoot, including some live audio of three brand new unreleased songs: "Vampires," "In Disguise," and "End of the Reel." Watch it on Paint's Official YouTube Channel.

"A Day in the Life," (pt. 5) was edited by Tyler Cardy, filmed by Tyler Cardy, Robb Johannes, and Rachel LaGroix. Still photos by whoever had the camera and poster images by Clarence King. Live audio for "End of the Reel" was recorded by Graham Wallace live at Velvet Underground in Toronto Sept. 18, 2010.

9.27.2010: Live Review From Kingston

It was an honour to finally play for Matt Hartwick of Kingston Music Reviews, who has been a great supporter of Paint for some time now. Read what he had to say about Robb's vocals and Mandy's footwork at Kingston Music Reviews, or read it here in the Press section (under "Live Reviews").

9.9.2010: S0me Lovely Press From the Tour Thus Far

Thanks to K106.3 FM in Sarnia for all the interviews and double-shots lately, as well as Lindsey of The Lance in Windsor for a great article and interview with Robb Johannes. Read it in the Press section.

9.1.2010: Keep in Touch with Paint on Tour!

As the September Tour kicks off tomorrow in Niagara Falls, be sure to stay in touch with Paint on Facebook and Twitter with updates from the road. Of course this site will be updated also with photos, event news, and the like.

See you soon!

8.13.2010: September Tour Dates

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Hello lovely folks, the moment(s) we've all been waiting for have arrived. Paint is colouring the fall with a tour across Ontario, along the shield and into Montreal.

9.2: Niagara Falls ON - Yanks
9.3: Sarnia ON - Paddy Flaherty's
9.4: Bayfield ON - Black Dog
9.9: Hamilton ON - Corktown
9.10: Windsor ON - Phog Lounge
9.14: St Catharines ON - The Mansion House
9.15: Brantford ON - Liquid Lounge
9.16: London ON - Moon Over Marn
9.17: Kitchener ON - The Boathouse
9.18: Toronto ON - Velvet Underground
9.23: Kingston ON - The Mansion
9.25: Montreal QC - Bar St-Laurent II

Finer details and links to Facebook events are on the Events page. A general event for the entire tour on Facebook can be found HERE.

A full, and ongoing collection of individual posters for every show by Clarence King can be enjoyed on Paint's Official Flickr Photostream.

Can't wait to see you, and do please pass events along to folks you may know in any of the cities we'll be visiting.

Press and media inquiries:
Emily Feist, Public City
Email: emily [at] publiccity.ca

8.10.2010: And the fourth single is...

"Madonna" will be the fourth single from the Can You Hear Me? album. Listen to the song in its entirety on MySpace and Facebook. Buy the single on iTunes. Check back shortly for behind-the-scenes photos from the video shoot for "Madonna," and expect the video in early September, just in time for Paint's End of Summer tour.

7.22.2010: Prize-winning Photo of Paint

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Congratulations to Paint's multi-talented manager Rachel LaGroix, whose photo of Paint performing at C'est What? on March 19, 2010 has been selected for inclusion in the 12th annual Google/Schmap!! guide to the city of Toronto. Kudos Rachel!

7.15.2010: "A Gentle Art" music video released today



Mosey on over to The Official Paint YouTube Channel to see the video for "A Gentle Art," the third single from the Can You Hear Me? album.

The video for "A Gentle Art" was photographed and edited by Tyler Cardy with makeup by Mary L. Starring Ashley Hallihan and Dennis Allcock. Filmed on location at C'est What? and Abbey Lane, Toronto.

The video is also available as a free download for 3G cell phone users at the Paint Store.

7.13.2010: Road Dog Show Interview in video and transcript form

Paint's insightful and entertaining interview on The Road Dog Show (SoundFM / CKMS 100.3 Waterloo), discussing music and personal growth, song-craft, touring, and fighting with the cops, is available in abridged and unabridged text formats on the Press page (under Interviews/Transcripts) as well as on The Official Paint YouTube Channel in two parts (Watch Part 1 // Watch Part 2).





6.30.2010: Behind-the-scenes photos from "A Gentle Art" video shoot

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Visit our Flickr Photostream for behind-the-scenes photos from the video shoot for "A Gentle Art."

6.23.2010: "A Day in the Life," (pt. 4) and More NxNE Press

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The fourth installment of the ongoing video series captures highlights from Paint's Spring 2010 Tour from Sarnia through Montreal, including some live audio of two brand new unreleased songs: "She Leaves" and "Let Go." Watch it on Paint's Official YouTube Channel.

"A Day in the Life," (pt. 4) was shot and edited by Tyler Cardy with still photos by Rachel LaGroix and poster images by Clarence King.

And on the NXNE press stream, thanks to Shawn Conner at Guttersnipe News for noticing the cupcakes and Mandy's "Can You Hear Me?" guitar solo in his review of Paint's NXNE set. Visit the Press page (under "Live Reviews") for the full text.

6.20.20101: More NxNE Press

As though being featured in Day 2's video recap was not enough, AUX TV has included clips from Paint's NXNE showcase at Velvet Underground in their Day 4 video recap (watch at 4:05). We are truly grateful that of 650 bands to choose from, AUX TV was kind enough to pick us up twice. Watch video here.

6.18.2010: Some NxNE Press

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Thanks to our friend Jay Nadler at Indie Love Radio for catching up with Robb at the Hyatt Regency in Toronto yesterday for day one of North by Northeast. We hope to have audio of the interview soon but in the meantime check out some photos of the encounter at The Official Paint Flickr Photostream, or the NXNE Photostream on Flickr.

Also, check out AUX TV's video recap of day two of NXNE and watch for an appearance by Robb at 5:14 speaking about the significance of NXNE: watch video here.

Remember, Paint's NXNE Showcase is fast approaching. Saturday. June 19, 9pm at Velvet Underground (510 Queen Street West) 19+, $10 at the door or free with an NXNE wristband. Visit the Events page for more info.

* The news does go back further than this. If for any reason you are interested in acquiring older archived news, please get in touch and we would be happy to assist you.