Thank you to our 2019 NL RPM Challenge sponsors:
City of St. John's, MusicNL, Rocket Bakery, Quidi Vidi Brewing Company, Long & McQuade, Sound Symposium, Girls Rock NL, and Out of Earshot 

St. John's Finish Line Event • Friday, March 1 🏁

Live from Rocket Bakery & Fresh Foods in the Orbit Room eating area, Renee Sharpe will be hosting the RPM Challenge finish line in St. John's from 5:00-6:00pm (Friday, March 1). Come down, hand in your CD, and we'll crack open the submission box! This will also be streaming on Facebook Live, so check The Renee Sharpe Show page for that closer to 5pm.

St. John's NL Listening Party Kickoff • Sunday, March 3

We'll kick off the Newfoundland & Labrador listening party here at the Quidi Vidi Brewing Co. Taproom from 6pm until 9pm where we'll be kicking off the NLRPM radio stream, playing RPM music all March. No cover at the event!



It is a cold, dark time in Newfoundland & Labrador. Although January has been defeated, limited daylight and weather continues to drive most citizens inside, where they eat chips and watch Netflix until May Two-Four.

Evading the dreaded winter doldrums, hundreds of inspired musicians have established a secret tradition in this remote ice world:

Record an album of original music in the month of February, just for fun.

The RPM Challenge — a creative challenge to anyone to record an album of original music in the month of February — has turned into a big deal in our province. Newfoundland and Labrador has one of the biggest turnouts for this annual international event, averaging more than 100 albums from the province every year. Why so successful? It's not a contest, it's free, and it's open to anyone.

More than 1,000 Newfoundland & Labrador albums have been recorded as part of the annual challenge.

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want to hear RPM albums?

More than 1,000 albums from NL have been recorded so far, and many of them are online. Click here to spin the RPM Album Roulette wheel for a listen.

This album would absolutely, positively not have happened if it weren’t for the pressure of the challenge. Thanks to my unfortunate nature of not being able to let go of imperfections, I have never been able to release an album before, even without a deadline.
— Laura Jean Fraser, Borealis Prize nominee

For people who have never written or recorded their own music it can be a very empowering, thrilling experience, and in some cases RPM has been a gateway into participating in the music community beyond the Challenge
— Mathias Kom of The Burning Hell

I think the camaraderie of having so many of your peers chugging along in the challenge with you helps spur you on.
— Danielle Hamel of It Could Be Franky, MusicNL winner

Recording ten songs in the shortest month of the year just seems impossible, but when you know that so many people are doing it in their own little home base, it makes you realize that it’s not just some pipe dream.
— Bekah Sims

Our 2019 poster by Amery Sandford

Our 2019 poster by Amery Sandford