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Bubblegum and Bobby Bazini

Bobby BaziniHot, young Canadian soul singer Bobby Bazini has one of the five best-selling Canadian albums of the year and one of only three number ones. Gold disc Where I Belong, produced by Grammy winner Larry Klein and recorded at Bob Dylan and Marvin Gaye’s old stamping grounds, is a roots music tour de force with smatterings of blues rock, folk, country, and of course soul. We have embedded below the MV for popular track, “Bubblegum (I Can’t Stop This Feeling)”. Bobby is currently on tour States-side and recently played at Ottawa Folk Fest. For those of you who like turntables, his album will be available in vinyl soon.

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Posted by on September 20, 2014 in 2014 Songs, Songs


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Between Colours Lies The Wilderness of Manitoba

The Wilderness of Manitoba - Between ColoursToronto’s The Wilderness of Manitoba was nominated for a JUNO thanks to its previous album and now has released its fourth: Between Colours. The group’s only surviving member since the beginning is vocalist and guitarist Will Whitwham. Joining him on the new LP are vocalist and violinist Amanda Balsys and bassist Wes McClintock. What we have is a desirable turn-taking of male and female lead vocals and a less roots and more progressive overall sound, or we can say a blending of folk rock and dream pop. Besides top-notch production, what makes this album a standout is very solid songwriting which pulls the listener into the disc without losing its grip. Guests on the album include Rush’s Alex Lifeson. Between Colours comes highly recommended. Live performance of track “Leave Someone” embedded below.  iTunes

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Posted by on September 20, 2014 in 2014 Albums, Albums


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Propofol’s Debut LP, Le Banquet

Propofol - Le BanquetAfter performing at festivals in Canada, Mexico, and Europe, Montreal duo Propofol has launched debut album, Le banquet, a feast of punk-peppered electronic rock. Drummer Jonathan Gagné and bassist + vocalist Marie-Anne Arsenault have delivered a superb LP. The two have slipped into the spirit of the music and sound like they are enjoying themselves plentifully. The tracks burst with energy and contain a plethora of hooks and shocks. We have embedded MV for track #2 “Commando” complete with delicious grimaces and other facial expressions. iTunes

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Posted by on September 19, 2014 in 2014 Albums, Albums


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Canadian Hot 100, 18 September 2014

The big news this week is that the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 and Emerging Artists charts are incorporating Canadian streaming data compiled by Nielsen Entertainment, as part of the formulas that go into determining the rankings, in addition to digital tracks sales via Nielsen SoundScan and airplay data through Nielsen BDS. We’re not sure what to think of this, though it really isn’t our place to say. We do see that with the new chart formulas, nine songs by Canadian artists dropped off the Hot 100 from last week’s chart which is unprecedented. Also, of the meagre 21.5 Canadian songs on this week’s chart, all but two of them fell in chart position from last week.

The only two Canadian songs on the Hot 100 that bettered their chart positions from last week are “Up We Go” by Lights and “Life of the Party” by Shawn Mendes. Nickelback has a new song on the charts joining its “Edge of a Revolution”, that being “What Are You Waiting For?”. “You and Me” by Americanadian duo You+Me debuts on the Hot 100 at #48. The Canadian half is Dallas Green a.k.a. City and Colour. He and American songstress Alecia Beth Moore a.k.a. Pink will be releasing album Rose Ave. October 14. Shawn Mendes has dethroned Kiesza on top of the Emerging Artists chart. New on the Billboard Canadian Albums is Death From Above 1979 at #3 with The Physical World.

Top Canadian Entry by Chart - 2014-09-18

Billboard Canadian Hot 100 - 2014-09-18

The current Billboard Canadian Hot 100 is HERE


RK – CanCon rank
TW – This week’s chart position
LW – Last week’s chart position
WC – Weeks on the chart
PP – Peak chart position
OR – Provincial origin of the artist
CE – Gold/platinum certification by Music Canada
G – Gold certification (40,000 units sold)
P – Platinum certification (80,000 units sold)
xP – Multiplatinum certification
🍁 – Canadian artist
🍁 – Partly Canadian artist
🍁 – Featured Canadian artist

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Posted by on September 18, 2014 in 2014 Charts, Canadian Hot 100


We Go Home and Listen to Adam Cohen

Adam-Cohen-We-Go-HomeMontreal’s Adam Cohen began his recording career in 1998 and three albums later was on the cusp of calling it quits. Talked into giving it one last shot, he wrote the songs of album Like a Man, performing them on nylon string guitar with beautiful orchestration. That album garnered a JUNO nomination, gold certification, and sent Adam packing on a world tour. Fully tapped into the creative channel and inspired by the surroundings of the Greek Island of Hydra, Cohen wrote a new batch of songs and has released them on new album We Go Home which has landed in the iTunes Top 10. The tracks on We Go Home are more diverse in both arrangement and delivery capturing various moods. He says that while the last album was about him finding his voice, the new work has him raising it. We’re happy to listen.  iTunes

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Posted by on September 18, 2014 in 2014 Albums, Albums


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Roundup of Selected New Releases 16 September 2014

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Music fans should find something dig-worthy in this week’s Canadian releases. Here’s a roundup of 10 of them.

Montreal duo Propofol has filled a void with LP Le Banquet. The two perform electronic rock but in a more punk-leaning fashion and with sultry female vocals to boot; this is a very delicious jam. Another winner is Between Colours, the latest album from The Wilderness of Manitoba who describes its music as dream pop meets folk rock. Montrealer La Bronze has dazzled the folks at iTunes; track “La jeunesse féline” has been named Single of the Week (grab it here). Headbangers can revel in the new EP from Nanaimo, BC’s The Body Politic; the music on Egressor is described as progressive metal. Country music fans will no doubt be impressed with the debut EP from Vancouver duo Austin Belle which includes catchy title-track “Just Drive“.

Multiplatinum Bruno Pelletier is back. This time he has teamed up with Guy St-Onge to cover hit songs from the movies; this is actually a bilingual work. Raton Lover is a new 4-member rock band from Quebec City. Check out its self-titled album for some good tunes. Another great rock release this week, leaning more towards the roots side, is The Union from Kingston, ON’s The Glorious Sons. For those of you hungry for something a bit more lightweight sonically and beautiful, Montreal singer-songwriter Adam Cohen has released We Go Home deservedly earning a Top 10 iTunes placement. Finally, let’s not forget our northern artists: Lowell hails from the good ol’ Yukon and has launched her debut alt-rock album which is just fab.

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Posted by on September 16, 2014 in 2014 Albums, Albums


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The Brothers B Are Just Passing Through

The Breithaupt Brothers - Just Passing Through IIIn what is to surely become an award winning album, the Breithaupt Brothers (lyricist Jeff and composer Don), have delivered Just Passing Through. As a songwriting duo, the brothers are drawing comparisons to The Gershwins and Cole Porter. A while back, the pair noticed that artists like Natalie Cole and Rod Stewart were performing Great American Songbook standards, i.e. covering songs 50 to 100 years old with modern production, and they wondered why no-one was writing new songs along the same vein. Just Passing Through: The Breithaupt Brothers Songbook Vol. II does just that. The style of music ranges from easy listening to jazz, capturing the spirit of music from three-quarters of a century ago, but these are new compositions recorded with modern state of the art equipment.

Catchy music, heart invigorating lyrics, and meticulous arrangements need to be delivered by great voices which is why the brothers have a who’s who of Canadian vocal talent to deliver the tracks. Don and Jeff painstakingly found the ideal vocalist for each track. Check out these names: Ron Sexsmith, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Marc Jordan, Sophie Milman, Sarah Slean, Ian Thomas, Jackie Richardson, Heather Bambrick, Kellylee Evans, Monkey House, Patricia O’Callaghan, Laila Biali, Tyley Ross, Denzal Sinclaire and for something really fun, how about Paul Shaffer! The album was apparently 10 years in the making, and the fruits are simply delicious. Just Passing Through has such an authentic feel, you will think this is some remastered recording from ages ago. The album is yet another testament to Canadians being the best in the world when it comes to jazz.  iTunes

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Posted by on September 15, 2014 in 2014 Albums, Albums


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