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Rah Rah
Rah Rah 2009.jpgRah Rah performing in 2009
Background information
OriginRegina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Genresindie rock
Years active2006 (2006)–present
LabelsHidden Pony Records
Young Soul Records
MembersMarshall Burns
Kristina Hedlund
Erin Passmore
Joel Passmore
Jeffrey Romanyk
Past membersLeif Thorseth
Vanessa Benson
Dan Crozier
Samra Sahlu
Kyrie Kristmanson

Rah Rah is an indie rock musical group formed in 2006 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. They have toured extensively across North America and Europe. The band has released four full-length albums.


  • 1 History
  • 2 Current members
  • 3 Discography
    • 3.1 Albums
    • 3.2 EPs
    • 3.3 Remix albums
    • 3.4 Singles
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


The group formed as a three piece in 2006 made up of Erin Passmore (drums/vocals), Kyrie Kristmanson (trumpet/guitar/vocals) and Marshall Burns (guitar/vocals).[1] In 2006 they released the Songs for Pasquala EP independently. That same year the band performed at the Regina Folk Festival as well as Pop Montreal.[2]

By 2007 Joel Passmore (formerly of Despistado and Sylvie) had joined the band on bass along with Samra Sahlu on keyboards and Kristina Hedlund on violin. The five-piece recorded their debut full length Going Steady which was released in November 2008[2] on Young Soul Records.[3] Shortly thereafter Leif Thorseth, also formerly of Despistado, joined the band on guitar.[4]

In 2009 the band toured Canada extensively in support of the album. The group also began work on their next record with producer Kees Dekker (Plants and Animals) in Montreal.[5] This second full-length album, Breaking Hearts, was eventually nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award, for Rock Recording of the Year.[6]

In late May 2009 Rah Rah's song "Duet for Emmylou and the Grievous Angel" was available for free download on iTunes for a week. Also, the song "Tentacles" was available in Starbucks stores as the free download card of the week.[7]

The band underwent another line-up change in the fall of 2009 when Vanessa Benson (keyboards/vocals/bass) joined the group. Rah Rah was named "Best Alternative New Artist" and "Best New Canadiana Artist" on iTunes Canada's Best of 2009 list.[8] Rah Rah headlined the Whistler Live! stage during the 2010 Paralympic Games[9] and also performed at the Saskatchewan Pavilion.

In 2012 the group signed with Montreal's Hidden Pony Records. That year the band released their third LP, The Poet's Dead, which marked the debut of Jeffrey Romanyk on drums. The album was produced by Gus Van Go and Werner F. at the Boiler Room Studio.[1][10] In 2013 the album was longlisted for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize as well as nominated for a Juno Award for Best Alternative Album. It also won the WCMA for Independent Album of the Year.[11]

Also in 2013, the band, now a five piece, signed with German label Devil Duck Records and subsequently toured Europe.[12]

In 2015 the band released their fourth LP, Vessels,[13][14] again produced by the production team of Gus Van Go and Werner F.

The band has toured with such notable acts as Wintersleep, The Besnard Lakes, Land of Talk,[15] Yukon Blonde, Dear Rouge,[16] Plants and Animals, Said the Whale,[17] Two Hours Traffic,[1] Minus the Bear and The Elwins.

They have also performed at a number of festivals such as CMJ in New York City, NXNE and CMW in Toronto, SXSW in Austin, Texas,[18] Reperbahn Festival in Hamburg, Germany, Great Escape in Brighton, England, Halifax Pop Explosion, Pop Montreal, Supercrawl in Hamilton, Ontario, BreakoutWest, JunoFest and Sled Island in Calgary, Alberta.

The group has been noted for their energetic live shows which often feature some combination of giant balloons, piñatas, robot cats, Pop Rocks candy[19] and confetti.

Current members

  • Marshall Burns – guitar, vocals
  • Kristina Hedlund – violin, vocals, keyboard
  • Erin Passmore – vocals, keyboard, guitar, drums
  • Joel Passmore – bass, vocals
  • Jeffrey Romanyk – drums, guitar


  • Going Steady (November 18, 2008)
  • Breaking Hearts (June 1, 2010)[20]
  • The Poet's Dead (October 2, 2012)
  • Vessels (September 11, 2015)


  • Songs for Pasquala (2006)
  • The Sailors (March 22, 2011)

Remix albums

  • Rahmixes (2011)


  1. ^ a b c Krewen, Nick (20 March 2013). "Canadian Music Week: Hard work paying off for Rah Rah". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Rah Rah to stop by Montreal". The Monitor. Montréal: TC Transcontinental. 11 May 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Going Steady" (sound recording) / Rah Rah, Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada, AMICUS No. 37816582, retrieved 24 January 2013 
  4. ^ Miller, Aaron (13 May 2009). "From The Prairies To The Boat: Regina's Rah Rah Going Steady Across Canada". CityNews. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  5. ^ Boles, Benjamin (24 February 2010). "Rah Rah Regina: Life on the road suits these prairie rockers just fine". Now. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  6. ^ Hudson, Alex (30 June 2011). "The Pack A.D., Imaginary Cities, Brasstronaut, We Are the City Nominated for Western Canadian Music Awards". Exclaim!. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  7. ^ "Tentacles – Single of the Week". iTunes. 4 October 2009. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  8. ^ Book, Patrick (13 June 2013). "Regina's Rah Rah nominated for Polaris Prize". CJME. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  9. ^ "Weakerthans, Said The Whale, 54-40 Playing Free Paralympics Shows". Chart Attack. 9 March 2010. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  10. ^ "The poet's dead" (sound recording) / Rah Rah, Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada, OCLC 810127502, AMICUS No. 41269727, retrieved 23 January 2013 
  11. ^ Dedekker, Jeff (4 February 2014). "Regina's Rah Rah gets Juno nomination for The Poet's Dead". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  12. ^ "Rah Rah". DevilDuck Records. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  13. ^ Stanley, Laura (11 September 2015). "Rah Rah: Vessels". Exclaim!. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  14. ^ "Regina's Rah Rah embarking on another major journey". CBC News. 17 October 2015. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  15. ^ Hudson, Alex (9 September 2010). "Rah Rah Book Cross-Canada Tour, Play Shows with Land of Talk, Wintersleep, Besnard Lakes". Exclaim!. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  16. ^ Hudson, Alex (13 August 2015). "Dear Rouge and Rah Rah Team Up for North American Tour". Exclaim!. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  17. ^ Stewart, Jeanette (29 September 2011). "Regina's 'it' band takes party act around the world". The StarPhoenix. p. W26. 
  18. ^ Everts, Samantha (18 March 2011). "Rah Rah talks SXSW preparation". Aux. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  19. ^ Mithrush, Fawnda (17 June 2009). "Rah Rah Pop Rock indie poppers: Regina group shows off its sweet and sugary side". Vue Weekly (713: Works It). Edmonton: Postvue Publishing LP. OCLC 607410207. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  20. ^ "Breaking hearts" (sound recording) / Rah Rah, Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada, OCLC 732330635, AMICUS No. 37956973, retrieved 23 January 2013 
  21. ^ "Alternative Rock - October 30, 2012". 

External links

  • Official website
  • Rah Rah at CBC Radio 3

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