Kelp Record’s 20 Anniversary: Jim Bryson playing Firewatch


Kelp Records, one of the most important record labels in Ottawa history, is celebrating its 20th birthday this year.

The celebration will be held at St. Alban’s Church in Ottawa on May 31 and will feature a bunch of amazing bands from Kelp’s roster. Kelp 20‘s absolutely stacked bill includes, The Acorn, Jim Bryson, HILOTRONS, Andrew Vincent, Evening Hymns, Chris Page, Recoilers, Andy Swan, Banditas and Rhume.

Ottawa Showbox and Dan Rascal went to visit the very talented Jim Bryson in his home studio to chat with him about Kelp and film him playing. Watch Bryson play “Firewatch” off Where the Bungalows Roam, the first album he released with Kelp.

Tickets to Kelp 20 can be ordered online at, or in person in Ottawa at Vertigo Records and Compact Music (both Bank locations).

A great big thank you to Craig Allen Conoley at Dan Rascal for all the video work.