Hey, 2013, Let’s PARTY!

It’s been nearly a year since Rain’s World got off the ground with a visit from Tokyo Police Club. When they came in for that episode, I’ll admit that I really didn’t know what we were going to do. Or how we were going to do it. All I had was a case of beer, a bunch of bread and cheese being cooked up by my sister Anne, and my friend Andrew holding a camera.

Fortunately, Dave, Graham and Greg of Tokyo made things easy and fun, and although the final video was a whopping 7-something minutes long, the first episode of Rain’s World was REAL! It was happening! It existed, and it was actually FUNNY.

I’d been so nervous to start a blog. Especially one focused on music. Because, let’s be honest: the internet probably doesn’t need a new music blog. But I felt like we had something new and different and special. And, I think we still do.

In 2012 we welcomed guests like the Darcys, Pack A.D., Brendan Canning, Parlovr, The Elwins, and so many more. 

2013’s first episode will be a band that’s VERY familiar to readers of this blog. Here’s a hint: their name starts with an “H” and they like horses. And balloons. And ostriches. Watch for that video, coming soon.

We have so many more bands to look forward to, too. Lots of your favourites. We’ve worked out some kinks and we’re going to try to speed up production and make sure episodes come out more consistently.

As always, if you are IN a band, or you represent one, or you know one, or you’re just a fan of one and would love to see them on the show, please contact me. 

And, as some final exciting news for the coming year, I will be hosting weekends on CBC Radio 3 indefinitely. I’d love if you’d come by and take a listen, we’re going to have the best time.

So, thank you, to the bands who have visited, to my wonderful and always flexible camera crew, my fantastic, hard-working, and endlessly accommodating editor, to all of my friends who have helped out, and of course, to Steam Whistle Brewing, who make so much of this possible!

But most importantly: THANK YOU. Thank you for visiting this site, for watching the videos, for following along, for being a part of Rain’s World, and supporting this project, for supporting me, and for supporting music in 2012.

Now, 2013… LET’S PARTY!

Love, Raina

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NEW BAND ALERT: Stella Ella Ola

Stella Ella Ola Burning Schoolhouse

Featuring Anne Douris, Nixon & Jake Boyd (of Hollerado) and Vince Rice, Stella Ella Ola is new and rad.

Perfect for summer, all of the members share vocal duties and are offering up a 4-song EP full of surf-y, garage-y, poppy jams recorded live off the floor by Tokyo Police Club‘s Graham Wright. 

You can download the EP for free at their Bandcamp page HERE, and stream the whole thing right here:

If you dig it, come see them live at Cine Cycle on Saturday, May 26th. They’ll be playing with Graham Wright, Danger Band and a super secret surprise guest!

You can check out Stella Ella Ola’s facebook page right HERE.