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MD to perform at Balaclava Blackout event on Friday the 13th!

Mannequin Depressives is proud to be playing along side The Browns, Detached Objectives and The Stevedores on Friday, June the 13th at the "Balaclava Blackout" event at the Lord Nelson (1020 8th Ave. SW, Calgary). Tickets are $13 at the door or $10 in advance (available from Sloth Records). You can check out the Facebook event here..

Made in Calgary: the 1980s exhibition

Mannequin Depressives plays live at the Glenbow Museum (130, 9th Avenue SE) on Saturday September 14th, 2013.

Doors: 7PM.

This is a pay-what-you-can, all-ages event.

June 26, 2012 - MD officially playing Terminus event on July 1st at Dickens!

There was debate, and there were issues to contend with, but we can now say with 100% confidence that Mannequin Depressives WILL be playing live on Sunday, July 1st at Dickens Pub as part of the Terminus event!

If you don't know about the event, check out the Facebook page here. So many good bands playing, I don't even know where to begin!

July 28, 2011 - MD live with Tekhnotron & DJ Science on Aug. 10th!

Mannequin Depressives will be performing live at Quincy's (609 7th Ave SW, Calgary AB)
on Wednesday, Aug. 10th along with special guests Tekhnotron and DJ Science. Doors at 8 PM
with the show starting at 9 PM. $10 cover at the door. See ya there!

The official Facebook event can be found here...


Oct. 26, 2010 - MD confirmed to open for SLICK IDIOT on November 13th in Calgary!

Mannequin Depressives will be opening for none other than SLICK IDIOT at Dicken's Pub on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13th (for those of you who don't know, Slick Idiot features ex-members of the legendary industrial band KMFDM - En Esch & Gunter Schulz)

When: Saturday, Nov. 13th.
Where: Dicken's Pub, 1000 9th Ave SW, Calgary AB.
Doors are at 9:00 PM.
Tickets are $15 in advance from Dickens & Sloth, or $20 at the door.

We're quite excited about this one, and hopefully you are too! Check out the official Facebook invite here...



Mannequin Depressives will be headlining at The Republik on Thursday August 12th, with special guests Hydraulic Empire and Mindkontrolultra! This show's gonna be awesome! A great way to jump start the weekend a day early!

When: Thursday, August 12th
Where: Republik, 219 17th Ave SW, Calgary AB
Doors @ 8PM
Cover is $7

Check it out! Call in sick Friday if you have to!


May 31, 2010 - MD Live In The Great Outdoors!

Mannequin Depressives will be opening the first night of this year's CJSW Summer Concert Series by playing a half hour set on Saturday, June 5th, at 6:45 PM, outdoors at Olympic Plaza in beautiful downtown Calgary (as long as no really insane weather rains on our parade).

Other bands scheduled to play include "The Lions", "Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?" and "The Polyshores". This should be an awesome way to kick off the summer so come check it out! It's free!

You can check out the official Facebook event page here...


April 9, 2010 - Makin' Some Noise

Our latest release now available on CD Baby and iTunes - INCORRECT MECHANICAL ALIGNMENT - is a compilation of "experimental soundscape" and "noise" works we've recorded over the last few years. Some of the material is from re-worked variations of previously released tracks, while much of it is actually sourced from raw improvised recordings that have never been released before... until now!

Full audio clips will be available on the "Listen" page soon, and brief audio clips can also be heard on the CD Baby and iTunes pages.


Feb. 2, 2010 - New Music On Our Free Downloads Page!

"99-09", the latest release on our Free Downloads page, is a retrospective compilation featuring many of our more well-known tracks along with some personal favourites. Click here to check it out!

Please Note: To all of you who've already registered on our site, we regret to inform you that there was a system error that caused the loss of our registration data :(. However, signing up at FREE Music Downloads for our newest online content will serve to re-register you!


  -Rod & Russ (it was his fault)

Jan. 24, 2010 - CDBaby Donating to Haiti Relief

The earthquake and its aftermath in Haiti have touched all of our lives. Many in the CD Baby family have already contributed as individuals, but we wanted to do more to help the victims of the horrible earthquake tragedy.

Starting on Monday, January 25th and continuing for two weeks, we will donate $1 from every CD sale through the CD Baby website, and $1 from every download sale over $8.99, to the American Red Cross and to Mercy Corps, a Portland-based relief organization with a large presence in Haiti. With your help, CD Bay hopes to raise tens of thousands of dollars.

We also urge you to consider making your own direct donation if you haven't done so already. Together, we can make a difference.

Mercy Corps donation form
American Red Cross donation form
Or text 'Haiti' to 90999 and a $10 donation will be charged to your phone bill.

On behalf of all CD Baby employees, I thank you for helping out during this time of great human tragedy in Haiti.

Brian Felsen
CD Baby President


This Saturday, Jan. 23 2010, our own Scott "Smoth" Johns will be making some strange noises at the Epcor Center in downtown Calgary, as part of the "Soundasaurus Experimental Sound & Media Festival". He will be performing in the lobby area at 7:30 pm, just after Liminal State's performance (assuming all things are happening on schedule). Both of these performances will be rad, as will this entire festival.

For ticket prices and more information on this festival, check out...

There's also a Facebook page at...


Oct. 23, 2009: Support CJSW & Mannequin Depressives!

October 23rd marks the beginning of the 25th Annual CJSW Funding Drive, and every year CJSW hosts a band challenge as part of the Drive. For every $50 pledged and paid in a band's name during the Funding Drive (paid before November 20th) the band is entered into a draw for a day of recording time in a big time studio!

Here's how you can help:

  1. Phone 403-220-5000 the week of Funding Drive (October 23-30th) and make a pledge. (If you pledge this Sunday night Oct. 25th between 10:30-11:30PM during Turing Radio, you can win cool Mannequin Depressives swag too!)
  2. When you go into CJSW to pay your pledge (located in room 127/312 MacEwan Hall at the University of Calgary) tell them you want to pledge for Mannequin Depressives.
  3. If you don't live in Calgary you can also pledge online at The payments go through PayPal and you can make a note that you'd like your pledge to go toward Mannequin Depressives.
  4. For every $50 pledged in our band's name we'll get an entry into the draw. Remember, the draw is on November 20th so get your pledge in soon!

Remember, you don't have to necessarily pledge a lot! Every little bit counts and it all adds up!

More info about the CJSW Funding Drive:
CJSW, or the University of Calgary Student's Radio Society, is a non-profit organization. The annual fundraising campaign generates the capital required to keep the station broadcasting to the greater Calgary area at 4000 watts (and on-line to the world), 365 days a year. Funding Drive donations are essential in keeping up with the ever-changing world of radio, including helping to cover the cost of streaming on-line radio and improving and maintaining the FM signal.

All pledges over $25 also get some great swag with their pledges. This year you can get a CJSW Friends card, a one-of-a-kind CJSW t-shirt, a sweet 2-disc CD compilation with live sessions from CJSW 90.9FM, CJSW apron, ice cream scoop and much more.

If you have any questions check out the CJSW website at or phone the CJSW office at 403-220-3902.

Oct. 18, 2009: Why can't I find a GOOD quality non-special edition version of Star Wars?

As you may have noticed, we've made a few minor changes / improvements to our website here. The Listen page now features audio players that play the album in their entirety, and we've just started a page at flickr to handle the overflow on our Images page.

Also, we've added a single for download on our Free Music Downloads page. It's for the song "Break" and it features both the original and the new revisited versions (as well as a few other tracks). More additions will be made to the Free Music Downloads page soon, so check back!

And now, for your viewing pleasure, one of my favorite MD moments caught on video... it's us blowing the power at The Warehouse right in the middle of performing the song "Break".

(PS: I'm sorry that the title of this post really has nothing to do with the post itself. It's just something that's been bugging me lately and I couldn't think of anything else to use as a title for this entry)


June 13, 2009: MD to play live at The Underground!

On Friday, July 3rd, MANNEQUIN DEPRESSIVES will be performing live at The Underground (733 - 10th Ave SW, Calgary Alberta) as part of Datalink's live performance series. Doors at 9PM. Other bands performing include THE RABID WHOLE, IVARDENSPHERE and SANGSARA. This is gonna be a wicked show, so don't miss it! And, as always, I'm obligated to point out that The Underground is a private club for members and invited guests only, so you need to have a membership or get signed in by a member... or you can buy your own membership.


May 6, 2009: "reCycle" is out now!

After a slight delay, our latest release, "reCycle" is now available online at CD Baby, and it should be up and running at iTunes and other digital retailers soon! Click here to check it out!


April 10, 2009: "reCycle" CD release / listening party in Calgary!

(First, here's the short version for those of you who don't wanna read so much text...)

CD release / listening party for the new MD release on Friday, April 17th at The Underground! You should come! It'll be fun! Dress all crazy like! Act all crazy like! Dance all crazy like!

(...and now for the "proper" version of this announcement)

The latest release from Mannequin Depressives, "reCycle", is a compilation album featuring remixes, B-sides and other previously unreleased material (including two remixes by releveleR). The album will be released earlier in Calgary on April 17th, and will be available to the rest of the world on May 1st.

There will also be a CD release / listening party in Calgary on Friday, April 17th at The Underground (733 - 10th Ave. SW). Doors at 9 PM. Tracks from the album start at 10 PM, with hard beats from DJ Kosmonaut and DJ Astroboi to follow. $5 cover at the door. (Remember, The Underground is technically a private club for members and invited guests only... so if you're not a member, find a member to sign you in, or you can buy a membership at the door.)

The version of the album that will be sold at the release party is actually a slightly different version than the one that will be available on the net on May 1st. The "Calgary Edition" will be a limited edition, hand-numbered version featuring a different opening track and alternate packaging to the international version.

So yeah, to make a long story short... CD release / listening party on Friday, April 17th at The Underground! You should come! It'll be fun! Dress all crazy like! Act all crazy like! Dance all crazy like! Wooohooo!!!


March 16, 2009: New MD Release in April, Summer Gigs, Nice Shoes

Summer's just around the corner! You can smell it in the air! At least... I think that's what I'm smelling. Maybe that's the Avenue Diner? No... wait... that's definitely summer coming.

And this summer we're going to try and make up for all the gigs we didn't get to play last summer. Nebulous' injury has healed nicely and he's good to go (actually, we were thinking we'd have to put him down and replace him with the Nebulous-bot 3000 that Russ & Scott built, but fortunately Nebulous pulled through. Now we have this stupid robot here and we don't know what to do with him).

And in other news: Mannequin Depressives will be releasing a compilation CD entitled "reCycle", featuring remixes, B-sides and other previously unreleased goodies from the past few years (in fact, we found so much cool stuff while compiling this, don't be surprised if a second volume appears in the not-too-distant future)!

The album will be released this April and there will also be a CD release / listening party to go along with it! More details coming (as soon as we get them all sorted out).

Ciao for now,


January 2, 2009: Announcing MDTV - The Official Mannequin Depressives YouTube Channel

We just whipped together a YouTube channel for Mannequin Depressives... so now you have a quick and convenient way to find all of your fave MD clips (okay, so we really only have a bit of live footage so far, but there's more on the way)!

Check it out at...

December 12, 2008: Happy Holidays!

Sorry for the lack of updates lately, but we've all been quite busy as usual (I feel like all of my entries should start with that sentence... yeesh). Things are going well and we have lots planned for the new year (I can't be too specific yet since we're still working on the details... let's just say we have "several projects in various stages of production")

The new album is doing quite well digitally thanks to CD Baby and iTunes (a definite sign of the times), and it seems to be doing exceptionally well in Russia (didn't see that one coming... perhaps it's time to start thinking about that world tour). Locally the album is also doing quite well... speaking of which, we now have it available in the local section at Hot Wax (and of course it's also still available at Megatunes, Play, Melodiya and Sloth), so if you're a Calgarian living or working near any of those places, you can always swing by and pick up a copy of "Girls Are Evil" as a stocking stuffer!!

Speaking of stocking stuffers, I still need to finish (make that, "start") my Christmas shopping... oh well, I've always been told that I work best under pressure.

Ciao for now, and if we don't get a chance to drop you all a line again, "Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!"



Yeah. Since we just put out a new album, you'd think we would be playing some gigs to support it over the summer. Well, that was the plan, until keyboard player Jared "Nebulous" Brookes damaged himself by completely seperating his left achilles tendon! To quote Neb's MySpace blog, "the friggin' thing popped right off during a Kendo match". BUT, he can be re-built (like the six-million dollar man), and once he's fully functional we WILL be doing some more gigs.

In the mean time we're working on some remixes and some new stuff. Also, Scott "Smoth" Johns will be performing with Broken Paws at The Soda this Tuesday night (June 17), doing some experimental stuff with audio and some video (to be honest, I'm not sure what it is, so come out and check it out with me). Also, Kat from CJSW's Turing Radio will be doing some DJing along with DJ Kosmonaut (with whom I DJ with at the Underground on the first and third Thursdays of the month for the Datalink night).

GREETINGS TO "R! SOCIETY"... a couple of cool synthpop dudes I met at the EMC birthday bash on Thursday night. Don't be surprised if we do some gigs with guys in the future!

  Until then...

March 20, 2008: Girls Are Evil is out now!

Our new album is officially released and available online at CD Baby, and it should be available on iTunes soon. To order it from CD Baby, click here (they have it available as an actual CD, or as a digital download).

If you live in Calgary, you can also pick it up at Sloth Records or Megatunes... and it should also available at Play (downtown location) and Melodiya by the end of the week. It's also gonna be available at our CD release party, which is tonight at The Warehouse! The only place where you can get exclusive MD buttons.

Be the first on your block! Get 'em while they're hot! ...and any other cheesy sales-pitch phrases I can think of.


March 16, 2008: Girls Are Evil excerpts Now Online

Our new album, "Girls Are Evil", comes out this week! Go to our Listen page to hear excerpts to tide you over until the album's March 20 release, when you can buy online (or at select retailers).

And don't forget to come to the CD release party this Thursday, March 20 at The Warehouse nightclub (731 10th Ave SW, Calgary AB). Doors are at 9PM (more details below).

  -Rod & Russ

CD Release Party for Girls Are Evil - March 20, 2008

The CD release party for our new album, "Girls Are Evil", will be taking place on March 20 at The Warehouse (731 10th Ave SW, Calgary AB). The cost is $8 in advance (advance tickets available from Megatunes, Sloth, and The Warehouse). Doors are at 9:00 PM.

This is gonna be a night jam-packed with awesome music, featuring live bands playing on both floors - upstairs at The Warehouse and downstairs at The Underground - including:

  • -Fritz Helder & The Phantoms
  • -Mannequin Depressives
  • -Phonotactic
  • -Thee Thems
  • -The Funfuns
  • -Beneath These Idle Tides w/ Morgan Greenwood (of Azeda Booth)

This show is on a Thursday (March 20), BUT it's a long weekend that week (Good Friday), so come on out, see some wicked bands, and party it up with us!

March 20 is also the day of the Vernal Equinox, so come out and party for that reason too!

NOTE: The Warehouse is a private club for members and invited guests of members. If you don't have a membership, come in with someone who does so they can sign you in... although, I think most of you out there already have memberships, and for those who don't (and don't know anyone with one), they're not that expensive and they get you into some sweet shows!

Jan. 27, 2008: Official Release Date Announced for the new MD Album

The new album by MANNEQUIN DEPRESSIVES entitled "Girls Are Evil" will be officially released on March 20, 2008. We'll also be doing a CD release party at The Warehouse (731 - 10th Ave. SW, Calgary AB) on that date too, which will include live performances by MANNEQUIN DEPRESSIVES (obviously), as well as BENEATH THESE IDLE TIDES w/MORGAN GREENWOOD, PHONOTACTIC, and more! Further details to come (once we get it all sorted out).

We'll also be posting some sample excerpts from the new album, so check back soon!

Jan. 7, 2008: New Album to Manufacturing!

The new album is being sent to the manufacturer this week, so it won't be long until it starts showing up at stations nationwide. We're still on track for a March, 2008 release date. Stay tuned!

Left Spine Down w/ MD @ the Underground

The August 6th show with Left Spine Down was a wicked ol' time! We definitely enjoyed meeting LSD and their fearless crew of wildmen (for the record, Nebulous misses his Pac Man lunch box, too).

Best of luck to LSD on the rest of their tour.



A big THANK YOU to everyone who came out to the show last night at the Soda. We had fun, hope you did too! Mike & Richard of EMC did a great job organizing (thanks to the mgmt. @ the Soda too, for letting us in a bit early for sound check), and lots of people went home with door prizes. We're sure the next 3 years will be even bigger for EMC!


Celebrate Summer with MD @ The Soda June 21st!

Now it's time for us to let our hair down and have some fun!

As a "thank you" to everyone who has supported us during the Emergenza Festival (and spent way too much money on tickets to see us play 20 min sets), MANNEQUIN DEPRESSIVES will be playing a free full-length show along with on Thursday, June 21st at The Soda (211 12th Ave S.W., Calgary, Alberta) at 9 PM.

This show is also to help celebrate Electronic Music Calgary's third anniversary! It's gonna be a party and a half, so come on out!


Emergenza Calgary Final Update!

The final show for Emergenza in Calgary was lots of fun and the crowd was awesome (amazing to get that much energy off you guys so early in the night). We did not end up winning, but we did do quite well (the crowd voted us into the top 6, and from there the judges picked the final winner). Congrats to "United We Fall" for winning the Calgary round! Good luck in Vancouver!

A big thank you to everyone who came and supported us on this show and all of the previous shows leading up to this (you're all so bloody awesome - I can't even think of the right words to describe how much you all rock!) And again, to all of you that wanted to be there to support us but couldn't make it, we know you were with us in spirit!

I have to say, we really enjoyed playing these shows with Emergenza. We got to meet a lot of awesome people and bands (and we also managed to snag a few new fans along the way too!)

Well... now it's time to organize some proper shows (where we can play for more than 20 mins)... and I guess we should get back to work on that promised second album too!

Stay tuned...
   -Rod & the MD boys

Emergenza Round 2: Thanks Everyone!

We had a blast playing in round 2 of the Emergenza Festival on Friday... although the power outage that happened half way through the set was kind of annoying (I hope you all enjoyed the beat box and squeaky squid solo... along with the bad jokes).

Despite the power outage, we still managed to come in as the second highest voted band of the night. Thank you so much to all of you who came out and supported us yet again! Because of you, we're moving on to the third and final round for Calgary. This time, 10 bands will play and ONLY ONE will move on to the next city (which is Vancouver).

The next round will actually be upstairs at The Warehouse on a Saturday (June 2nd), which will be a nice change -- The Underground is nice and all, but the stage is just a bit small for my taste -- and maybe the power outage was because they didn't have enough juice for our lights!

Thank you again to all of you who came out! (And thanks to those who wanted to come out but couldn't make it. We know your thoughts were with us.)

More to come...
    -Rod & MD boys

Emergenza Round 2 @ The Underground

Mark your calendars for Friday April 6, 2007 to see Mannequin Depressives live at The Underground. We placed first in Round One, gathering the most audience votes -- so we plan an even higher energy show this time around. Those who attend will be the first ever to hear the new single Victim of Circumstance from our upcoming album!

For tickets contact Rod via our Myspace page.

Emergenza 2007 - Round 1!

Round one of the Emergenza battle of the bands was a success, and Mannequin Depressives are moving on to round 2. We enjoyed playing the show and also enjoyed taking in the sights and sounds of the other bands (who all played fantastic sets as well). Well done, everyone, and thanks to all those who came out so see us play.

Stay tuned for the Calgary semifinal in April. Be sure to bookmark the Emergenza Calgary Show Schedule and check often as the April show dates draw near.

-Russ & Rod

MD @ Emergenza 2007!

MD will be playing a short set on Jan. 12, 2007 at The Underground Nightclub (731 10th Ave SW - Calgary), playing with some of the the best bands in Calgary, as part of the Emergenza Tour.

This is like a "battle of the bands" type of thing. Eight bands play on the first night and four of them will move on to the next stage. As far as we know we're the only electronic band participating in this event, so this should be interesting :-). The ranking is based on crowd response, so come on out and make some noise!

Cost at the door is $18. If you're in the Calgary area, get in touch with us and we'll get you advance tickets for only $12. Just send us an email at and include "tickets" in the subject line.


Back To Work You Slackers!

Summer is over, and now it's time to get back to work. We basically took the summer off this year. Last winter was a pretty busy one for us and we decided we deserved a break, dammnit! OK... maybe we're just lazy bastards. We really meant to get work done. We needed to "make contacts" and "network" (aka. go out and get drunk w/people a lot).

Our latest single, "Sweet Disease" is slated for its official international release in November, and our second album (which is, as yet, untitled) should be out early next year. So there's a lot to look forward to.

Scott, put down the vodka and get back to work.


The Morning After...
The Feb. 25th show at the Warehouse Nightclub in Calgary was a huge success -- we had a great time opening for The Birthday Massacre, as well as hanging with them after the show! We wish them the best on the next leg of their tour. Pics of the show to be posted ASAP on our Images page. Check back soon.
MD + Birthday Massacre Live @ the Warehouse, Feb. 25

Come see Mannequin Depressives this Saturday, February 25th at the Warehouse Nightclub! We are pleased to have the opportunity to open for The Birthday Massacre. Doors open at 7PM, 18+. Tickets available at TicketMaster, Sloth Records and MegaTunes.

Come on down and enjoy Calgary's premiere alternative and electronic music scene!

November 02, 2005: Word spreads...

We're pleasantly surprised to hear that our new single, "Sweet Disease", has spread as far as Boston! We got an email from DJ Synthetic:Love requesting copies of the single.. apparently it's being well-received at his club. Off to the post office we go!

October 30, 2005: New Single Released: "Sweet Disease"

The official version of Our new single, "Sweet Disease", has gone out to select DJs and radio stations around the world in anticipation of the release of our second album.

Check out some clips in the 'Listen' section, and don't forget to register for a chance to win your own advance copy!

August 24, 2005: Testing the waters...

Russ's mission to drop off some special preview editions of MD's new single "Sweet Disease" in Seattle's excellent Musicwerks shop is accomplished, we'll hopefully see him again in a while when he's back from holidays. Then it's back to the studio to finalize "Sweet Disease" and a new track, tentatively entitled "Guilty"...

August 20, 2005

In preparation for our new single, we have commissioned remixer and musician extraordinaire Karl Mohr to produce alternate versions of selected songs from our upcoming album.

Karl's special touch is sure to result in some magic which we'll eagerly share with everyone once it's done.

March 15, 2005: Still at it...
We're still at it. Our philosophy when making music is to take our time, and get it right -- as time goes on, it seems that each album is tougher to make than the last. Why? Because, the more you learn, the bigger the universe becomes. Watch this space...