Rah Rah (band)

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Rah Rah
Rah Rah 2009.jpg
Rah Rah performing in 2009
Background information
Origin Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Genres indie rock
Years active 2005 (2005)–present
Labels Hidden Pony Records
Young Soul Records
Website rahrahband.com
Members Marshall Burns
Kristina Hedlund
Erin Passmore
Joel Passmore
Jeffrey Romanyk
Leif Thorseth

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


The group formed as a three piece in 2005 made up of Erin Passmore (drums/vocals), Kyrie Kristmanson (trumpet/guitar/vocals) and Marshall Burns (guitar/vocals). In 2006 they released the Songs for Pasquala EP independently. The band performed at the Regina Folk Festival[1] 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.

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.[4]

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.

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" in iTunes Best of 2009 list. Rah Rah headlined the Whistler Live! stage during the 2010 Paralympic Games and performed at the Saskatchewan Pavilion. The group has been noted for their energetic live shows which often feature Pop Rocks candy[5] and confetti.

In 2012 the group signed with Montreal's Hidden Pony Records. The band released their third LP, The Poet's Dead, in 2012 on Hidden Pony.[6] In June 2013, the album was longlisted for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize.

The band has performed with such notable acts as Wintersleep, Mother Mother, Plants and Animals, Said the Whale, Bedouin Soundclash, Library Voices, Minus The Bear and DD/MM/YYYY.

Current members[edit]

  • Erin Passmore - Drums/Vocals/Keyboard/Bass
  • Marshall Burns - Guitar/Vocals
  • Joel Passmore - Bass/Vocals
  • Kristina Hedlund - Violin/Accordion/Keyboard/Vocals
  • Jeffrey Romanyk - Drums/Keyboard/Guitar
  • Vanessa Benson - Keyboards/Vocals/Bass



  • Going Steady (November 18, 2008)
  • Breaking Hearts (June 1, 2010)[7]
  • The Poet's Dead (October 2, 2012)
  • Vessels (2015)


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


Year Song Chart peak Album

2012 "Art and a Wife" 43 The Poet's Dead
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.


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