Thanks to Maya Miller of The Pack A.D., September 18th is now officially known as "Bella Day" at Mint Records. Today, Bella's sparkling debut, No One Will Know, is out and about. So Happy Bella Day! Celebrate accordingly.

And don't forget. If you live in the US, September 18th is also "Carolyn Mark Day." Similar to Thanksgiving, Canadians celebrate "Carolyn Mark Day" early. Carolyn's latest, Nothing is Free is out everywhere today.  

Alright, it's time to unveil your most embarrassing, horrific and unflattering photos. You know, that lovely snapshot you've untagged on Facebook, the one that documents the exact moment when your 16th birthday party went downhill. Or that horrific high school yearbook photo, you know the one, with the hair and the braces and that sweater your mom picked out… It could even be something funny that happened on your fancy new computer's Photo Booth application, as long as it makes you cringe!

To help ease the pain, the most unflattering picture will be rewarded with an Awkward Stage prize pack that includes a copy of the band's new album, Slimming Mirrors, Flattering Lights (out June 10th) as well as some other treasures. And, for added emotional scarring, we'll post your photo here on mintrecs.com! Email your photos to info@mintrecs.com!

To get you inspired, here are some incriminating shots we've discovered of the Minties…

Have you heard about our Double A-Side 7” Series? Think that’s a mouthful? Well, on May 15th, Volume 1, featuring unreleased treasures from The Awkward Stage and Young and Sexy, kicks off the party. The series is limited to the 500 and, for the serious collector, includes a fun Mint Records merit badge! Keep your eyes peeled for future records in the series; they shall include surprise non-labelmate appearances.

We’re celebrating the start of this series with a night on May 25th at the Railway Club (579 Dunsmuir Street) with our chums, Young and Sexy, The Awkward Stage and The Huge Manatease. You should come.

May 15th also marks a 7” release date for P:ano frontman, Nick Krgovich’s One Woman Show.

Pop Quiz:

What do you get when you add four ladies, one pair of cat eye glasses, East Vancouver, a crate of old records and a minivan named Maple Syrup?

A. A rock 'n' roll cocktail of one part retro pop, and one part attitude.

B. The latest band to sign to Mint Records.

C. Vancougar.

D. All of the above.

The correct response is, indeed, D. All of the above.

Now watch out! The girls of Vancougar are out to get you. Eden Fineday, Becca Stewart, Megan Johnson and CC Rose (The Cinch, Pink Mountaintops) are back from touring the US and are tearing up JC/DC Studios (New Pornographers, Tegan and Sara, Bella), recording Canadian Tuxedo, their Mint debut and the followup to their Scratch Records release, Losin' it Look for it in early2008!

The Western Canadian Music Association award nominations are in. And not one - but three of our Minty comrades' releases are up for awards!

Carolyn Mark - Nothing is Free
(Outstanding Solo Roots Recording)

The Evaporators - Gassy Jack and Other Tales
(Outstanding Rock Recording)

Immaculate Machine - Fables
(Outstanding Independent Album)

And, Mint is up for an industry award - Independent Record Label of The Year. We've got our fingers crossed for our friends. And, if you happen to be in Edmonton October 16 - 19, be sure to pop by and say hi. Our Ramblin' Ambassadors and Buttless Chaps shall be performing at the WCMA festivities. Hot dog!