The Katherines

5 Quick Questions with The Katherines: Holiday Edition

The Katherines released one of our favourite pop albums of the year when To Bring You My Heart dropped in January. And now, as 2017 wraps up, these music making women from Canada’s west coast are getting in the holiday spirit.

Related: To Bring You My Heart, The Katherines Album Review & Feature

We caught up with Kate Kurdyak, Lauren Kurdyak, and Kaitlyn Hansen-Boucher for a holiday round of 5 Quick Questions to learn a little more about their favourites of the season – and we have two Christmas songs from The Katherines to share as well.

Hit play on Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, check out the Q&A, and then hit play again on White Christmas. Enjoy!

5 Quick Holiday Questions with The Katherines

Q) Did you have a favourite Christmas song when you were a kid?

KHB) O Holy Night
LK) River by Joni Mitchell
KK) Same as KHB

Q) Do you have a favourite Christmas song to play live?

KHB) River – Joni Mitchell
LK) Baby It’s Cold Outside female part with KHB singing the guy’s
KK) Baby It’s Cold Outside

Q) If you could partner up with any artist for a collaboration on a Christmas song, who would you choose?

KHB) Mathew V
LK) K.D. Lang
KK) Billie Holiday

Q) What is your favourite beverage for a holiday party?

KHB) Hot Apple Cider
LK) Matcha Latte
KK) Moscow Mule or a Hot Toddy

Q) If you could only have 1 dessert after Christmas dinner, what would you choose?

KHB) Milk and cookies
LK) White chocolate peppermint bark
KK) Hot salted caramel cookie bars with vanilla bean ice cream


1 month ago

To Bring You My Heart: The Katherines Album Review & Feature

The Katherines are always looking for a silver lining… and right now they’ve found one. With the release of their debut album, To Bring You My Heart (604 Records), these three young women from Vancouver are introducing themselves to the musical world with gusto.

To Bring You My Heart (TBYMH) travels through its 13 song tracklist. Offering driving music and vocals, dance party style anthems, and more layers than you’ll catch on your first listen. In fact, when I asked the girls what they would tell everyone to think about before they hit lay on the album, they keyed in on the layers and details of the record. Just beneath the surface, there and waiting for your ears, are strings and backing vocals and the kind of artistic minutia that rounds out all of the dimensions on the album.

When I sat down with The Katherines before their Toronto album release show at the Drake Underground we also talked about musical influences, current favourites, and a host of other topics that included, but were not limited to…

🍒 Navigating social media as artists, and as women.
🍒 The current political/social landscape giving artists an important opportunity to speak.
🍒 #2107Goals

Starting with the social media, The Katherines made it clear that they love the outreach and interaction with listeners and fans that social channels provide. But they also feel pressure to keep their feed from being more than just pretty selfies on a Tuesday or updates on how many cups of tea they’ve had today (4 btw, is the number of cups of tea Kaitlyn owned up to pre-show).

On the sociopolitical landscape we talked about artists and people of all kinds being the ones that will bring about change. We didn’t dive deep into policy, but we all agreed that the newly elected head of state south of the border (and the reality TV star/business man running for a leadership position in Canada) is only a symptom of what’s happening right now… and that’s why voices need to be heard!


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I asked the ladies to imagine themselves in December 2017 and to tell me what they’d like to look back on the year and see. Their #2017Goals include a cross Canada tour opening for an act that they both enjoy and admire. It would be their first coast-to-coast tour, and would also give them a chance to see the country for the first time. There’s also new music to be written, with a new perspective compared to the one that appears on TBYMH. Canadian Music Week (Toronto, April 18-23, 2017) is also on The Katherines’ to-do list, and we’re excited to hear more about that in the coming weeks.

I asked Kate, Kaitlyn, and Lauren about the music they love and has influenced them, and names like Neil Young, The Eagles, KD Lang, Leonard Cohen – and more contemporary acts like Mother, Mother, The Killers, Banks, Arkells and Coldplay were all mentioned with admiration and respect for the music they make and the live shows they put on.

With their first album, The Katherines have shown that they aren’t a one trick pony. They combine choral backgrounds, operatic influence, strings, rock and roll, and be careful you don’t spill your drink dancing vibes into one really fun package. The 13 tracks truly offer an opportunity for you to listen to a common narrative with tweaks to presentation – and gives 13 opportunities to connect to the music.

Having listened to the album and seen them live to play it, we can see the silver lining The Katherines have found. And we encourage them to hang onto it!

The Katherines’ To Bring You My Heart Tracklist

1. Cherry Lips
2. Ultra Violet
3. Better Off Now
4. Primitive
5. Heart On The Table
6. Minefield
7. T.B.Y.M.H
8. Blank Page
9. KiDS
10. You
11. Wrong Side Of The Bed
12. Tomorrow
13. Replay

The @katherinesband merch game is on point! #bandmerch #bandtshirt #thekatherines #girlpower

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Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from and Friends!

This year, to celebrate the holiday season, we asked some of our musician friends to send us pics and videos sharing their best wishes to you!

We would like to thank everyone that helped us out with this project, the artists and their teams, and we would like to thank all of you for enjoying the messages when you’ve seen them on social media.

Now, in case you missed any of them, here are a heap of wishes that we would love to pass on to you!

And from our team at, we would like to wish you Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and a safe and awesome New Year!

Dean Brody

Jessica Mitchell

Chad Brownlee

Madeline Merlo



Leah Daniels

Kansas Stone

The Lovelocks

River Town Saints

The Dead Love

The Hunter Brothers

Leaving Thomas

The Dead South

Andrew Hyatt

The Katherines

Mike Robins of Autumn Hill

Andrew Allen

Shae Dupuy


1 year ago February 2016 Playlist!

A new month is here… and we’re ready to fall in love with new music. And If you’re looking for some new tracks to learn and love in February, we’re here to help.

Check out our February 2016 playlist for some emerging talent, huge stars, and personal favourites.

If there are songs you think we should be adding to our playlist, because you LOVE them already – please leave a comment and let us know.

Check back in March to see what’s got our ears perked up then! February 2016 Playlist!

Maren Morris: 80s Mercedes

Jess Moskaluke: Take Me Home

When The Lights Go Down Toronto Jess-8076

The Katherines: Primitive

Autumn Hill: Mixtape

Autumn Hill

The Dirty Nil: Zombie EyedThe Dirty Nil Canadian Music Week 2014

Cam: Village

River Town Saints: A Little Bit Goes A Long Way

River Town Saints

Alive Through Memories: Keep Me Alive

Old Dominion: Snapback

Old Dominion Boots and Hearts 2015

Kelsea Ballerini: Peter Pan

Madeline Merlo: Whatcha Wanna Do About It

Justin Moore: You Look Like I Need A Drink

Justin Moore Boots and Hearts 2015

Mieke: Move On

Runaway Angel: Around The Bend

Dylan Scott: Crazy Over Me

Dylan Scott Boots and Hearts 2015 2

Tim McGraw: Humble And Kind

Keith Urban: Break On Me

Ian Thornley: Feel

Ian Fletcher Thornley at The Mod Club

Sia: Cheap Thrills

Weezer: King of the World

Weezer Riot Fest 2015


2 years ago

10 Performer Predictions for WayHome 2016!

The WayHome Music & Arts Festival is still a few months away… but we’re already getting anxious to find out who’s going to playing on the stages at Burl’s Creek this July.

Joshuan WayHome Art and Music Festival-9555And since we haven’t had a performer announcement yet, we figured it was time to make some guesses/predictions of our own!

We know that there’s a strong connection to Bonnaroo through Ashley Capps, so we’ve looked at the recently released list of performers that will hit Manchester, Tennessee and added some Canadian content, because we also know that Republic Live has a reputation for supporting home grown talent.

We have no idea if any or all of these 10 artists will be coming to Canada to play for us July 22, 23, 24… but we wouldn’t complain if we were right.

Leave a comment here or on Facebook to tell us who you think will be at WayHome 2016!

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

If there’s going to be a hip-hop headliner at WayHome in 2016 it just might be Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Last year we had Kendrick, and he owned the stage… in 2016 we would not be surprised to see Macklemore pull Bonnaroo and WayHome double duty!

Death Cab for Cutie

There never seems to be a lack of enthusiasm for Death Cab shows, and adding them to the WayHome lineup would be a clear indication that the team wants to give festival goers something to write home about.

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats

Hot as a pistol with Son Of A Bitch, Nathaniel Rateliff would be a great afternoon act on a side stage, much like Vance Joy was in 2015. Here’s hoping we’re right about that one, because the single is a sing along that we don’t wanna miss.

The Katherines

Some Canadian home grown from BC, these girls are making a name for themselves with a new single and video… there’s also a chance they hit CMW in Toronto this spring which would be a nice launch pad for a WayHome set.


If we’re talking about Canadian acts, let’s just go ahead and add Hollerado. As far as we can see they aren’t busy the weekend of July 22-24, so why wouldn’t they fit on a stage at Burl’s Creek?

Elle King

Elle King is on a lot of “ones to watch” lists for 2016, and it wouldn’t bother us to watch her live and in person this summer. Get ready to sing along to Ex’s and Oh’s!

The Arkells

Another Canadian mainstay… the boys from Hamilton love to perform, and they a bevy of fans in Ontario – we can imagine them up on stage getting the crowd fired up for a headliner after the sun goes down.


Young, but becoming a known commodity, Halsey looks to have a big year in 2016… and getting on stage at a festival with 40,000 people in attendance would be a pretty significant step in accomplishing that!

Father John Misty

There’s no shortage of love for what Father John Misty does and the music he makes. Already on the list for Bonnaroo, he could be another double duty performer at WayHome 2016.

Alessia Cara

With a 2015 debut album (Know-It-All), this Brampton native wouldn’t have far to travel to hit WayHome, and the local area crowd could be exactly what she’s looking for in the middle of the hottest time of year.

2 years ago

The Katherines – Video Release – Primitive


The Katherines are a Vancouver based female pop trio, but this isn’t your typical pop. Primitive has a dark sultry feel to it and while I’m sure the video plays a big role in that, it made me want to know more about the band. So… here we go!

The Katherines PrimitiveThe Katherines are sisters Kate and Lauren Kurdyak, along with Kate’s life long friend Kaitlyn Hansen-Boucher, the two met in preschool. They’re backed by Liam McKee Wright on guitar, Mike Young on bass, Jared Manierka on keys and Nik Pesut on drums. Recording on 604 Records they’ve joined a very successful artist roster and I think we’re going to be hearing a lot of them on the radio. Primitive is the band’s third single (unless you count 604 Records: Dear Santa: Santa Claus is Coming to Town) and it’s by far the darkest.

The video is directed by Stephano Barberis, whose name keeps popping up in my social media feeds lately, Primitive is an interesting video that marries up amazingly with the music. This song was co-written by Steve Bays who you may know from Hot, Hot Heat and Mounties and Charlie Kerr from JPNSGRLS and the collaboration brings a different feel to the trio’s sound.

While there are currently no tour dates listed on their website, we hope that changes soon and that Toronto is on their radar. Maybe we’ll see them at Canadian Music Week or who knows, maybe even at WayHome. I like what I see and hear and can’t wait to check them out live.

To find out more about The Katherines

Facebook: katherinesband
Twitter: @katherinesband
Instagram: @katherinesband
iTunes: the-katherines
YouTube: The Katherines


2 years ago
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