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Hollerado performing at the Liberation Day festival in The Hague, 2014
Background information
OriginOttawa, Ontario, Canada
Years active2007–2019
LabelsRoyal Mountain Records, Arts and Crafts
Associated actsSam Roberts Band, Stella Ella Ola, Anyway Gang
MembersDean Baxter
Jake Boyd
Nixon Boyd
Menno Versteeg

Hollerado was a Canadian indie rock band from Ottawa, Ontario. Formed in 2007, the band consisted of Menno Versteeg (lead vocals, guitar), Nixon Boyd (lead guitar, backing vocals), Dean Baxter (bass, backing vocals) and Jake Boyd (drums, backing vocals). The band toured extensively, including time in North America, South America, Europe and China, playing with bands such as The Flaming Lips, Weezer, Fucked Up, Billy Talent, Black Lips and Passion Pit. They were nominated for the Best New Group Award at the 2011 Juno Awards.


Three of the four members of Hollerado grew up on the same street in Manotick, Ontario, a suburb of Ottawa. Hollerado later recorded and periodically lived in Montreal, Quebec where they gained attention as one of Montreal's "top up-and-coming bands".[1][2] The line-up includes lead singer and guitarist Menno Versteeg, lead guitarist Nixon Boyd, bassist Dean Baxter, and drummer Jake Boyd.[3] Since its inception in April 2007[4] the band has shared the stage with hard-rocker Andrew W.K. and Montreal's The Stills and Malajube, and was hand-picked by Jack White to open for his newest group, The Dead Weather.[5][6][7] The band has also played festivals such as SXSW, NXNE, Pop Montreal, Rifflandia Music Festival and Sled Island in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.[4][5][6]

In April and May 2009, the band accompanied The Stills and other Canadian indie rock delegates to the TransmitCHINA conference, an event established to promote cultural and musical exchange between the Asian and Canadian music markets.[8][9] Hollerado played the conference showcase in Beijing to kick off its two-week tour of China.[8]

Record in a Bag (2009)[edit]

In 2009, Hollerado self-released its debut album Record in a Bag as a free digital download.[10] Originally from the band's Demo in a Bag 5. EP,[11] In February 2010, music label Royal Mountain Records along with Arts & Crafts re-released Record in a Bag.[12] The album's lead single "Americanarama" drew press for its music video starring The Kids in the Hall comedian Dave Foley in a parody of American Apparel founder and CEO Dov Charney.[2][13][14] The album has been favourably compared to the music of Supergrass, Stephen Malkmus, and Weezer.[10][14][15] In 2010, Hollerado toured with Free Energy throughout the United States and Canada, as headliner in their home country and as support act in the US. Many of these concerts featured both bands on stage aiding each other in backup vocals on their own songs, and covers of Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young.

In 2011, the band was nominated for the Best New Group Award at the 2011 Juno Awards.

In December 2012, it was announced that Hollerado would be opening for Canadian alternative-rock band Billy Talent on their Dead Silence headline tour in April 2013, alongside Sum 41 and Indian Handcrafts.

Residency Tour[edit]

Hollerado performing at Burlington's Sound of Music Festival in 2011

In February 2009 Hollerado embarked on a 28-day "residency tour".[16] The band played "seven bars in seven cities seven days a week",[1] visiting T.T. The Bears in Boston, Piano's in New York City, Pipeline Gas Bar in Lacolle, Quebec, Casbah in Hamilton, Sneaky Dee's in Toronto, Cafe Dekcuf in Ottawa, and Barfly in Montreal.[13]

White Paint (2013)[edit]

On February 26, 2013, the band released their second LP, White Paint, leading with the single "Pick Me Up". The album "finds Hollerado sticking to their guns by packing their songs with instantly hummable choruses and six-string riffs aplenty," but although the band didn't opt for any huge sound changes for their second album, White Paint "is a more intricately wrought and emotionally complex record than the feel-good Record in a Bag".[17] The track "So It Goes", along with its accompanying video, garnered attention for its historical and emotional story that involved the sparing of lead singer Menno's grandfather's life during World War II.[18]

111 Songs (2015)[edit]

In January 2015 Hollerado began releasing tracks for their ambitious 111 Songs project, leading with the single "Firefly". The project stemmed from a release package ordered by fans of their previous record White Paint on which Hollerado has stated "as part of the deal we would write them a custom song. The idea was the person would send us their name and where they were from and two facts about themselves, and a few months later we would send them a song we wrote for them."[19] 111 Songs actually resulted in two years of work on the songs, dedicated to those fans and is stepping stone to the band's third full-length album.

Born Yesterday (2017)[edit]

On January 6, 2017, Hollerado's first single from their third studio album "Born Yesterday" was released.

In February and March 2017, Hollerado toured the UK with fellow Canadian pop punk outfit, Sum 41 on their "Don't Call It A Sum-Back Tour".

On April 14, the Born Yesterday album was released.

Retaliation Vacation and disbandment (2019)[edit]

On February 20, 2019, Hollerado announced via a press release that they would be parting ways after releasing one last self-produced album, entitled "Retaliation Vacation", and embarking on a final tour titled The One Last Time Tour.[20][21]

The band played their final shows on December 11, 12 and 13 at the Danforth Music Hall along with an exclusive final performance at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Canada on December 14, 2019.[22]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Juno Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2011 Hollerado Best New Group Nominated
2012 Hollerado - Good Day At The Races Video of the Year Nominated
2014 Hollerado - White Paint Recording Package of the Year Nominated


Sirius XM Indie Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2012 Hollerado Live Artist/Group Or Duo of the Year Nominated
2014 Hollerado Live Artist/Group Or Duo of the Year Won
2014 Hollerado Artist/Group Or Duo of the Year Nominated
2014 Hollerado - So It Goes Video of the Year Nominated


Edge 102 CASBY Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2013 Hollerado Favourite Sugar Beach Session Won



  • Menno Versteeg - guitar, lead vocals (2007–2019)
  • Nixon Boyd - guitar, vocals (2007–2019)
  • Dean Baxter - bass, vocals (2007–2019)
  • Jake Boyd - drums, vocals (2007–2019)



  • Demo in a Bag One (2007)
  • Demo in a Bag Two (2007)
  • Demo in a Bag Three (2007)
  • Demo in a Bag Four (2007)
  • Demo in a Bag Five (2008)


  • Record in a Bag (2009, re-released 2010)
  • White Paint (2013)
  • Born Yesterday (2017)
  • Retaliation Vacation (2019)

Other releases[edit]

  • Margaritaville 2: The Reckoning[28] (Compilation/live, 2011)
  • 111 Songs (2015)


Year Song Chart peak Album


2010 "Americanarama" 13 31 Record in a Bag
"Juliette" 6 10
2011 "Got to Lose" 18 37
"Good Day at the Races" 7 22 Margaritaville 2: The Reckoning
2012 "Pick Me Up" 3 18 White Paint
2013 "So It Goes" 5 23
2014 "Desire 126" 16 34
2015 "Firefly" 3 21 111 Songs
2017 "Born Yesterday" 3 6 Born Yesterday
"I Got You" 10 28
2018 "Eloise" 38
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.
"×" denotes periods where charts did not exist or were not archived.

See also[edit]


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