Playground – with The Harpoonist and The Axe Murderer


One band. One audience. One goal. Create a song together in an hour, then record it. In one take.

If there’s one thing that scares people more than public speaking, it’s public singing.

But maybe it doesn’t need to be like that. If you take a band with a plan and a room full of people ready to get outside of their comfort zone, magic can happen in less than an hour. Or at least that’s the idea behind Vancouver-based event series Playground.

On December 9th, Playground is holding its sixth event in a series that throws a band and an audience into a make-shift recording studio and gives them an hour to collaborate on a song together. At the end, they record the song – audio and video – with the only rules being that you leave your wallets at home and your egos at the door. A final video is then cut together, and released to the world for all to see.

The last Vancouver event saw Bend Sinister at Zulu Records…check out the video below:

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This time the local band will be the talented boys of The Harpoonist and The Axe Murderer.

To make things a bit more interesting, volunteer-run Playground has now teamed up with local restaurateurs The Cascade Company, who are providing funding to beef up both the video production and the elements that add to the audience experience.

It’s a free event with free booze (sorry, no minors) where everyone is part of the band. To get on the list for an invite to the next event, sign up at (Do this quick, they’re sending out the RSVP soon!)

OH! And the first training video is out. Watch Shawn and Matt teach you the piano part to their song The Sky Is Falling: