New Single/ New Merch!

Hey everyone!

Did you miss our radio debut of ‘Panic’ on Live 88.5fm and CHUO? Check out the new single below:

We are really looking forward to our show in Ottawa this coming Friday. We will be playing more brand new music from our upcoming EP! We will also have brand new buttons, stickers and t-shirts! Check out the new design by Daniel Martelock:

Make sure you make it out to Zaphod’s this Friday to get one of these! After the show, we will be spending the immediately subsequent days in the studio working on another track with Jordon Zadorozny. Stay tuned for more info on release dates and parties in your area.

Toronto! Dont miss us with You vs Me at Velvet Underground March 16th!

See you all soon!

Matt, Mik, Rob, Jay

News and Show Update!

That’s right, Toronto! Hearts&Mines and You VS Me! live @ Velvet Underground March 16th! Want tickets now? Click HERE or scan this QR code with your smartphone: 

We will spend the remainder of the weekend recording more new material with James Robertson who co-wrote Enough Of This!

We regret that the show on Jan 20th in Ottawa has been cancelled due to venue closure. The show has been rescheduled to February 28th at Zaphod Beeblebrox in the Byward Market! We will be sharing the Stage with RIKERS, Pretty Young Thing and Arms of the Girl!

That’s all for now, be safe everyone!

Rob, Matt, Jay, Mik

2011: A Year In Review | 2012: What’s To Come

What an amazing year! We have had an absolutely incredible time in 2011 and we owe you all some thanks. With your support, in 2011 we:

-Released our debut full-length album, Find Your Way

-Wrote, recorded and released our new single Enough Of This which is now in rotation on LiVE 88.5

-Won $40,000 in the LiVE 88.5 Big Money Shot

-Played over 50 shows across Ontario in cities including Ottawa, Toronto, Bracebridge, Kingston, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo and Peterborough

-Played numerous University radio shows including CKCU and CHUO

-Appeared on A Channel Morning three times and Rogers Daytime twice

-Appeared on Clarence Street Live

-Supported numerous charities including WaterCan, Breast and Prostate Cancer Research and the Ottawa Arts

-Began working on our new EP

We could not have done any of this without your help. Thank you all so much for telling your friends and family about us and bringing them out to shows.

Below we have posted a little treat we have been hanging on to for quite some time. Matt, Jay and Josh recorded an acoustic version of Complicating Matters back in the summer of 2009 during the Pictures On Silence sessions. Feel free to download and share as we celebrate how far we have come since then!

What’s to come for 2012?

Hearts&Mines kicks of the year at the LiVE Lounge on January 20th with a few surprises. We will be hosting RIKERS and are looking forward to giving them a warm welcome!

Dan Martelock has been hard at work on new merch, so stay tuned for new designs!

A music video is in the works with Tom Shock!

Also, we will be continuing to work on our new EP and plan to work with various producers which may include Jordon Zadorozny, Mike Langford, Eric Eggelston and James Robertson. We are very excited about the new material and can’t wait to give you a first listen. If you can’t wait, make sure you check out a show this year! Speaking of shows, we are currently planning a Canadian tour, which may find us in your hometown this spring/summer/fall! Want to make sure we are planning to come? Send Eric an e-mail at EMWmusik@gmail.com with a venue suggestion and we will work hard to get to you.

The word of the year is tour. The bus is full of diesel and the boys are ready.

See you all soon.

Studio Update | Show Friday

Hey!

So here we are up in the beautiful Ottawa Valley at French Kiss to track and produce “Panic” and “Chasing Dreams” and to work on some more new material. It’s nice to be back working with Jordon Zadorozny.


Yesterday, Matt started the day on scratch tracks for guitars and vocals. Jay dropped in the drum tracks in no time. With us having worked on these songs over the last two months in preparation of the Big Money Shot, Jay finished up quickly. Next we started working on a little acoustic secret that you will all find out about soon! We finished up the day with Rob who dropped in the bass and baritone tracks. The mixes are sounding incredible!

Today Jordon, Jay and Matt had a writing session and have started working on a song which is tentatively titled “Fast Times.” We recorded a demo today and who knows, we might just give it a trial at the next show…

Tonight, Michael’s is in to record strings, keys and synths. Tomorrow it’s all vocals, and we can’t wait.

This Friday, catch Matt and Rob for an acoustic performance at Club Saw at the Arts Court in Ottawa. Head down for 8pm.

Stay safe over the holidays, everyone!

-Hearts&Mines

Thank-you | Upcoming Shows | News

Hello Everyone!

We are incredibly honoured, proud and excited to announce that we are the first runners-up in the 2011 LIVE 88.5FM BIG MONEY SHOT and recipients of $40,000 of development funds! We are also excited to announce our very good friends, The Love Machine, took the grand prize and walked away with $50K! As you know, the grand finals took place Friday, November 18th at St. Brigid’s in Ottawa, ans what a great night it was! Shawn Scallen and Eric Wehrle ran a flawless night and Wall Sound did an amazing job on light and sound. We’d like to thank Bryan Ruckstuhl for tracking the entire night for your future enjoyment! The venue was absolutely stunning inside and out! Check out some of the shots Shaughn Anderson took that night:

And now, here are some of our faves from our performance:


What an incredible night! So, what else is going on? Well, if you missed our appearance on Clarence Street Live, Tom Shock’s hilarious new show on Rogers Cable 22 Ottawa, there is a re-run at 10:30pm, Tuesday! We play some new songs acoustically and do an interview with our pal, Chelsea Miller! We had a great time doing it, and we think it’s pretty obvious!

What’s up, Toronto!? We will be down at the Rancho Relaxo, 300 College at Spadina, on December 2nd and are playing with the venerable Mother Leads and Will Conquer! It’s always a blast at the Rancho, especially when Dan Wolovick and Two-Way Monologues are putting on the show! Doors are at 9, so get there early and have a Molson Stock Ale and a shot of Jameson with us! Click here for the facebook event.

We will be playing an acoustic show at Rooster’s Coffeehouse, Carleton University, on Nov 25th in support of WaterCan, Please come check it out!

Hearts&Mines is beginning to track our sophomore full-length album in early December. We are excited to get the brand new tunes out to you! You have been loving them live, we just can’t wait to hear them recorded. Check in with us on facebook often for updates!

Thank you all again for your continued support and we look forward to sharing further successes with you!

-Matt

Big Money Shot Grand Finals Nov 18th 2011

November 18th has Hearts&Mines pitted against Ottawa’s best bands for an additional $50,000! We love and respect all of these bands and are delighted and privileged to be among the top 6! The night kicks off at 8pm at St. Brigid’s at the corner of Cumberland and St. Patrick in Ottawa. Please arrive on time as space is limited and all bands have great draw! This going to be an absolutely huge night, so if you are in Ottawa, don’t miss it!

 See you there!

-Matt, Rob, Jason, Mik

Southern Ontario Tour Dates Announced!

We are on tour with Down In Ashes and Silvergun & Spleen October 23-27 in Southern Ontario!

The dates and venues are as follows:

Oct 23 – Kitchener / Maxwell’s Music House

Oct 24 – Hamilton / The Casbah

Oct 25 – Kingston / Merchant Tap House

Oct 26 – Peterborough / Underdog

Oct 27 – Toronto / The Rivoli

All shows are FREE and we will head line the show in Kingston.

Thank you all for your continued support! We have been busy writing new material and anticipate getting back into the studio before year end! This means you will have a new album sooner than any of us anticipated! We can’t wait to have you out to a show for a preview!

See you soon,

Matt

Great News! BMS winnings at $20K!

Thank you all so much for your support in this year’s Big Money Shot! It was announced this morning on LiVE 88.5 fm that Hearts&Mines will be advancing to Stage 4 of the Big Money Shot! This means we will be touring with other amazing local acts and working with live performance producer Tom Jackson! We are so thankful to NewCap and LiVE 88.55 for all of their support over the last two years. We are proud to announce we will be playing Nov 4th for Stage 4 finals, location TBA.

We have had an absolutely incredible experience so far and look forward to what is to come. Thank you all for your continued support! Stay tuned as our new single ‘Enough Of This’ will soon be available on iTunes and most other reputable digital distributors.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Matt, Jay, Rob, Michaël

Hearts&Mines Play For $10,000

Hey Everyone!

As most of you know, last year’s LiVE 88.5 Big Money Shot made us $5,000 richer, allowed us to go on a small tour, record an album and hook you up with some great t-shirts. This year, we have already won $10,000 and on Thursday, September 8th 2011 we will be playing to double our winnings! Want to help out? Here’s what you can do:

1- Join us at the LiVE Lounge main stage (Capital CIty Music Hall) on September 8th and tell them you are with the Hearts&Mines Army. Enjoy a great night of music!

2- Go to the Live 88.5 facebook page and like it. Then click on the ‘Videos’ tab, find our new song ‘Enough of This’ and like it too. Please have your friends do the same!

3- Keep spreading the word about Hearts&Mines. Everything helps. If you love our music and our message, don’t keep it to yourself!

All of these things will make a big difference for us and we really appreciate everything you do for us! Make sure you visit our merchandise table at our shows to pick up a hard copy of our new disc as well as a Daniel Martelock designed t-shirt! They look great and now come in ladies sizes!

So, here’s what we have been up to. We have been back and forth from Toronto over the last few weeks recording, doing photo shoots, getting media advice and plain old hanging out with Two Way Monologues‘ Dan Wolovick and the Rancho Relaxo‘s Adam Wagner. Great people! We recorded a song with Terry Brown who has produced Rush, Alannah Myles, The Who, MGB and many other great Canadian and international acts. We had a great time with him and Russ Mackay and we look forward to future projects with them. We spent a day at Dave Beatty’s studio (Fefe Dobson, Nelly Furtado). Our photos turned out great and we look forward to sharing them with you! We made great friends and contacts and are super excited about what the future has in store for us!

This contest has done wonders for us and the Ottawa music scene. We are so grateful for everything we have been offered, given and for all of which we have worked so hard. We have found great friends in all the bands, especially The Love Machine and Liam Lloyd. Please, support all local music and check them out!

Thank you for your continued support. We love you and need you just as much as you love us. Together, we can make history.

Dan Martelock Concert Poster

Our friends Dan Martelock and Tanya Sprowl of Phive Design produced this incrdible poster for our upcoming show! Check them out and we will see you at the show! Look forward to limited-edition T-shirts featuring Dan’s art! Click his name for his upcoming art shows and more art!