stand by me / venue change

October 20th, 2017

T’RONTO & ST. JOHN’S. We’ve moved venues. Details for both are below. As well as our cover of Ben E. King’s classic, Stand By Me. Enjoy xoxox HR

T’RONTO: We’ve moved the Dec 17, 18, and 19 shows to the Phoenix Concert Theatre! December 17 is now a Licensed / All Ages event. Dec 18 and 19 shows are Licensed 19+. If you want to purchase tickets, they go on sale Friday, Oct. 27 at 10 a.m. (Eastern Time). Limit to 4 tickets per order. If you’re an existing ticket holder, all tickets will be honoured, no action is required. Visit for ticketing info and details.

HOME: The December 22 has moved to Mile One! This will be a Licensed / All Ages event. December 21 at the Delta Ballroom will be Licensed 19+ and we are putting 250 more tickets on sale. If you want to purchase tickets for the Dec 21 show at the Delta Ballroom or the Dec 22 show at Mile One, tickets go on sale Friday, October 27 at 10 a.m. (Newfoundland Time). Limit to 4 tickets per order. All existing ticket holders will be contacted directly with options. Visit for ticketing info and details.

(also available on Apple Music / iTunes)

we’re taking our aging lives, and we’re waving a new goodbye, our arms open wide

October 13th, 2017


Just wanted to briefly take a tiny slice of an already full-to-bursting internet to fill you in on what’s happening in the world of Hey Rosetta! We thought we ought to drown out the rumour mill and speak from our own mouths for a minute. Cause we have so much love and respect for the community of supporters and friends and fans we’ve had over the years. Its been a dizzying ride. Dizzying like busy, but also more recently, dizzying like when the sand you’re standing on starts shifting and you’re not sure how to stand and act normal. A couple of us in our little family have decided they needed to leave the band and the mad cycle of it. And honestly not for a minute were any of us really surprised. It’s been an all-encompassing thing for over a decade, and don’t we all have this thirst for what we’re not at. And doesn’t life never wait. And despite all the movement and light and love there is on the road, or perhaps because of it, you begin to sort of exist beyond any sense of reality or responsibilty – to family, to friends, to self, to security, to art, to anything – and the pressures build up and pull at you and its kind of a miracle that 7 people can stay together and work single-mindedly towards one end for so long really, even something as beautiful and privileged and cool as making music.

And so all of this is to say we’ll be playing our last shows for the foreseeable future this December. We’ve been debating whether or not to do the annual St John’s Christmas shows, and we figure it’s sort of the same question as to whether you want to just fade out and ghost from the party, or whether you want to say goodnight to everyone and to hug and thank them all for such a time. We’re opting for hugs, and so will be playing our St John’s shows as scheduled, as well as a few shows in Toronto as there are lots of people to hug there too. If we could we’d travel the world hugging everyone that’s ever seen us live, or bought a record, or streamed a song, well we would, but that’s dreams.

But speaking of dreams we still have them and of a future together too, and see this break as a dose of reality and separation and stillness and stretching. And the music certainly won’t stop. So for the time being you can check out everyone’s projects beyond the band. Tim will still be writing and recording his songs, so look out for his solo release in 2018 and follow his tribulations on twitter / instagram at @heytimbaker. Phil is opening a brewery/cafe at the fire hall on Duckworth Street, downtown St John’s, which you can follow on twitter at @phillipmaloney & instagram at @bigdrumphill. Romesh will continue producing, mixing, playing, scoring and teaching under his moniker “tinyemperor” & “tinykingdomstudios” which you can follow on facebook, or instagram. Kinley is going to continue her solo work and activism and you can keep up with her on twitter / instagram at @kinleydowling. Mara is also continuing her solo work with her project Wunderstrands as well as helping run Girls Rock NL. Adam & Josh will both be busy teaching and playing and working and living and loving in St John’s.

Over 10 years ago now, Tim wrote “we’re taking our aging lives, and we’re waving a new goodbye, our arms open wide” – a song we’ve played on every tour since, and a song that seems to fit here again. It’s a song about leaving home and touring across the country and encountering so much more love and support and goodness than you ever expected. It’s about saying goodbye, but not by looking at what is lost, but by embracing what’s coming at you. So it’s our hope that you see this beautiful community we’ve made as not a dying thing but as a spreading and a living thing, and that you’ll come with us as we branch out and continue to do our things as individuals and that you’ll stand by us til we’re all back together again.


CBC Music Festival

January 27th, 2016


January 26th, 2016

We are thrilled to be nominated for seven ECMAs! Congrats to all the nominees! We’re looking forward to East Coast Music Week in Sydney, Cape Breton this April. You can purchase tickets here and join us.

Fans’ Choice voting happens right here.

Trish’s Song

November 12th, 2015

While in Villafranca del Bierzo, Spain at the end of September (playing at an amazing festival called “Evento Sarmiento”) we were fortunate enough to get into this old theatre and shoot a video for “Trish’s Song”.

We’d been hesitant to create a video for such an intensely personal piece, and long ago ruled out any sort of narrative ideas. But the ancient, echoey rooms of Europe brought the thought of an intimate performance video to life. This room in particular had such a beautiful feel to it – so rosy and ornate and Spanish and sort of wonderfully feminine. It fit the song perfectly, and despite a long day and a few technical troubles, the song sang effortlessly in the room, take after take.

We hope you enjoy it. And go tell your mother you love her. Wherever she is.

We’d also like to especially thank our incredible Spanish hosts and friends that helped make this possible: The Mayor’s Office of Villafranca Del Bierzo, Frodo Garcia-Conde, Antonio Leyva, Jose Alvarez De Toledo, Lucia Arroyo.