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Posted by on December 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

After the Curtain Falls, Patrick Norman Continues the Magic

Patrick Norman - Apres la tombee du rideauCanadian legend Patrick Norman, in celebration of his 45 years in music, has released his 29th album, Après la tombée du Rideau, and it’s profoundly beautiful. Although classified as country, a more accurate description would be 1970s soft rock compositional style, drenched in modern atmospherics, and sprinkled with cowboy country seasoning. Augmenting the sound are contributions by a legion of young greats like François Lafontaine, Marie-Pierre Arthur, and Marilou. Patrick is a multiplatinum artist and has been nominated twice at the JUNOs.  iTunes

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2014 in 2014 Albums, Albums

 

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Biggest Canadian Hits on the Hot 100 to Date

Billboard Canadian Hot 100From its launch in mid-2007 to the present time, we have ranked the 30 biggest hits by domestic artists on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 using a points system. Total points were determined by subtracting each weekly chart position from 101 and then totalling the results. Note that “Paralyzer” by Finger Eleven was already on the charts when the Hot 100 was launched and that “Rude” by MAGIC! is still on the charts. This is simply a current snapshot of chart success and gives an idea of the bigger Canadian hits in terms of both radio airplay and purchase since mid-2007. Click on the image to enlarge it.

All-time Canadian Hot 100

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2014 in Canadian Hot 100

 

Elliott Broods Over Work and Love

Elliott Brood - Work and LoveActive since 2004, folk pop trio Elliott Brood has released its latest LP, Work and Love. 2011’s Days Into Years won the JUNO Award for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year (Group). The new guitar driven album bubbles over with energy and has a more modern sheen to it. Guests on the work include Aaron Goldstein (pedal steel), John Dinsmore (bass), and Michael Louis Johnson (brass). We have embedded live performance of track “Jigsaw Heart” below. Work and Love is available in both standard and deluxe editions. iTunes

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2014 in 2014 Albums, Albums

 

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Canadian Hot 100, 29 October 2014

Top Canadian Entry by Chart - 2014-10-29 copy

Billboard Canadian Hot 100 - 2014-10-29 copy

The current Billboard Canadian Hot 100 is HERE

HOT 100 KEY

RK – CanCon rank
TW – This week’s chart position
LW – Last week’s chart position
RE – Re-entry
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 October 29, 2014 in 2014 Charts, Canadian Hot 100

 

Gosse and Kirby Among Winners at MusicNL Awards

Branna Gosse - AeraFrom the west coast of Canada, we salute our fine recording artists getting the rock and snowball rolling on the east coast. MusicNL has announced winners of its annual awards for 2014. A full list can be found at its website here. We feature a couple of them in this post. Brianna Gosse released a smashing debut album back in July called Aera. This young artist has a voice that sounds good in just about any genre of music which is why this LP, named album of the year by Newfoundland and Labrador’s music industry, is an eclectic mix of soul, reggae, jazz, AC, and traditional parlour pop. Aera is available on iTunes. Chris Kirby‘s “Leave of Absence” was named music video of the year. Check it out below.

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2014 in Domestic Awards, Miscellaneous Awards

 

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Roundup of Selected New Releases 28 October 2014

28 oct 2014 albums collage copy

Toronto JUNO-nominated band Die Mannequin releases one of the best rock albums of the year, Neon Zero, as it moves from the punk of its past to full-on modern rock. Montreal gold-certified artist, Stefie Shock, a former disc jockey, launches Avant l’aube, a danceable new wave treat. Hull, QC’s 8-time JUNO winner, Daniel Lanois, U2’s former producer, dishes out an experimental electronica blast titled Flesh and Machine. Montreal multiplatinum country rock legend, Patrick Norman gives us the beautiful Après la tombée du rideau.

Rumours of Glory is a box set from Ottawa folk legend Bruce Cockburn. It includes nine discs one of which contains rare and unreleased tracks. Also included is a concert video featuring three 2008 performances. The box set is intended as a companion to the new memoir book of the same title.

Valse 333 is an alternative effort from Julien Sagot. Ils chantent Louvain is a various artists compilation paying tribute to Michel Louvain’s six decades in music. Montreal DJ Dan Desnoyers serves his latest compilation of dance tracks, In da House 2015. Also from the city, Ought releases EP Once More With Feeling, an alt rock sizzler.

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2014 in 2014 Albums, Albums

 

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Up Before Dawn, Stefie Shock Keeps New Wave Alive

Stefie ShockMontreal gold certified male soloist Stefie Shock (Stéphane Caron) is a creative genius and has dabbled in various styles of music since he went from a disc jockey to a recording artist in Y2K. His new bilingual album Avant l’aube is essentially a new wave gem though he mixes in a few surprises. Those tired of male voices in falsetto or auto-tuned to a higher register will love his deep, authentic baritone. His voice is perfect for a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Everybody Knows,” and he tailors it into a dance floor smash with rhythm guitar, funky bass, and a sumptuous beat.

Stefie Shock - Avant l'aubeThe album version of “Want You To Want Me” is a clubified remix of the previously released single, which is one of our favourite songs of the year. Splendid “Joséphine” has been declared Song of the Week by iTunes. “Coups de fusils” is a wonderful electro-pop anthem echoing some of the grandeur of Alfa Rococo. Other standouts are the cinematic “Sondez mon âme,” 80s-themed “Madame rêve,” and video arcade celebration “Everything’s in Everything”. The album closer brings back the fun we had with 80s German band Trio. The album features the sweet backing vocals of Amélie Mandeville.  iTunes

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2014 in 2014 Albums, Albums

 

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Die Mannequin Signs Its Rebirth From the Ground at Neon Zero

Die Mannequin

Die Mannequin - Neon ZeroJUNO nominated Die Mannequin has just released one of the finest rock albums of the year. The Toronto band has smoothly slithered from the punk proclivities of its past into full on modern rock with plundering beats, measured synth touches, and loud, mangled metal guitars, all led by the shimmering vocals of Care Failure (one of our favourite singers by the way). The rock group invades the dance club from the mosh pit and re-rivets EDM as Evil Dance Metal. “When I started in music I was 14 and 15,” says Care, “and I kind of got stuck in this teenage punk hell of having to play the same songs for 10 years. I made this album because I want to kick down doors. I want to be able to really evolve and grow as an artist and not have to do the same old thing again.” Neon Zero bristles with high octane ecstasy and potent adrenaline throughout. This is what modern rock should sound like, and with this solid album, Die Mannequin one-ups nearly all other acts chugging out such tunes in 2014.  iTunes

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2014 in 2014 Albums, Albums

 

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2014 ADISQ Main Gala Felix Award Winners

Felix Trophy2014’s main ADISQ gala was held tonight honouring the best in Canadian Franco music. Most of the Félix Awards were handed out on Wednesday at L’Autre Gala, the winners of which are here. Below is a list of nominees in selected categories with tonight’s winner bolded in red. You can find a complete list (in French) of nominees and winners here. ADISQ is the music industry organization in Quebec that hands out awards named in honour of Canadian folk superstar Felix Leclerc. While awards are mainly given out to Quebec artists performing music in the French language, the industry also awards Anglo works from Quebec, Franco works from other provinces and internationally. The awards were created in 1979 in response to sentiment that the JUNO awards did not pay adequate attention to Francophone Canadian artists.

ADISQ OCTOBER 26 MAIN GALA NOMINEES AND FELIX WINNERS

SONG OF THE YEAR
Emmène-moi by Marie-Pierre Arthur
Sans regret by Brigitte Boisjoli
Le rendez-vous by Valérie Carpentier
Tout le monde en même temps by Louis-Jean Cormier
Comme on attend le printemps by Jérôme Couture
Mappemonde by Les sœurs Boulay
Les amoureux qui s’aiment by Les Trois Accords
On leur a fait croire by Alex Nevsky
Marie-Jo by Karim Ouellet
L’amour c’est pas pour les peureux by Vincent Vallières

ALBUM OF THE YEAR – ADULT CONTEMPORARY
L’été des orages : Valérie Carpentier
Serge Fiori : Serge Fiori
Les callas : Pierre Lapointe
Feutres et pastels : Lynda Lemay
Aimer les monstres : Émile Proulx-Cloutier

ALBUM OF THE YEAR – FOLK
Je poursuis ma route : Wilfred LeBouthillier
Mon Homesick Heart : Les Hay Babies
Le feu de chaque jour : Patrice Michaud
Ornithologie, la nuit : Philippe B
Roi de rien : Michel Rivard

ALBUM OF THE YEAR – POP
Fancy Ghetto : Alexandre Désilets
Sally Folk : Sally Folk
Pleurer pour rire : Kaïn
Himalaya mon amour : Alex Nevsky
Fabriquer l’aube : Vincent Vallières

GROUP OF THE YEAR
Kaïn
Les sœurs Boulay
Les Trois Accords
Marie-Eve Janvier et Jean-François Breau
Radio Radio

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Brigitte Boisjoli
Isabelle Boulay
Cœur de pirate
Lisa LeBlanc
Marie-Mai

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Daniel Bélanger
Serge Fiori
Éric Lapointe
Alex Nevsky
Vincent Vallières

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Valérie Carpentier
Sally Folk
Les Hay Babies
Klô Pelgag
Émile Proulx-Cloutier

COMPOSER OF THE YEAR
Jimmy Hunt
David Marin
Philippe B
Klô Pelgag
Émile Proulx-Cloutier

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2014 in 2014 Gala, Felix Awards

 

Doc Walker Cues The 8th

Doc Walker - The 8thPortage La Prairie, MB country band Doc Walker has been active since 1997. During the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 era, 11 singles have made the chart. Current membership is Chris Thorsteinson and Dave Wasyliw with Brent Pearen and Steve Broadhurst joining on tour. Aptly titled The 8th, the new album is just that. As one would expect from the veteran act, the LP is filled with gems including the smooth “Put It Into Drive”, classy “Western Wind” with spoken word segments, romantic “Park the Car”, party rock anthem “Shake It Like It’s Saturday Night”, salty ditty “That’s What I Call Love”, and catchy, string-infused closer “Celebration”. Doc Walker justifies its long-term presence on the country scene with this excellent work.  iTunes

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2014 in 2014 Albums, Albums

 

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Jenn Grant Twinkles In Compostela

Jenn Grant - CompostelaJUNO nominee Jenn Grant is from Lake Echo, NS, and began her recording career in 2005. Her fifth album Compostela is out now, inspired by a trip to Spain. Essentially adult contemporary enriched by an unorthodox approach and creative dabbling, there is much to be admired. Jenn went all out, inviting a legion of instruments to participate in the recording – the charango, congas, flutes, harps, lap steel, piano, violins, and the Wurlitzer. A number of fellows pop up on the disc as well including Sarah Harmer, Buck 65, and Ron Sexsmith.  iTunes

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2014 in 2014 Albums, Albums

 

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Jimmy Hunt Resurrects Chocolat and Makes Tss Tss

Chocolat - Tss TssAs progressive rock has been out of the loop for a while, it make take a few listens of this before the music burrows its way into the brain’s pleasure centre. Chocolat released album Piano Élégant in 2008 which was nominated by ADISQ for the Alternative Album of the Year. The band’s Jimmy Hunt went solo in 2010. In fact this past Wednesday, he won a pair of Félix awards. He is back at the chocolate helm, and new album Tss Tss sees the outfit flip over from the roots rock leanings of Piano Élégant to full-on synth inflected progressive rock, and it’s wonderful. Its energy never wanes and is surrounded by theatrical atmospherics, strong writing and ripples through the airwaves in a laser light jam. Superb album.  iTunes

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2014 in 2014 Albums, Albums

 

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Gold/Platinum Certifications August – October 2014

Certifications from 2014 - 08 - 25

For both albums and digital singles released from May 1, 2008 onwards, definitions are: Gold = 40,000 units sold, Platinum = 80,000 units sold, Double Platinum = 160,000 units, Triple Platinum = 240,000 units, etc. Prior to that, Gold = 50,000 units and Platinum = 100,000 units.

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Vogue Dots’ Mauka

VogueDots-MaukaBabette Hayward and Tynan Dunfield are New Brunswick duo Vogue Dots, now based in Halifax. Self-described as performing experimental pop, the sound is melancholy, melodic electronica with deep moods and dark ambiance. The pair has released 4-track EP Mauka, a strong followup from last offering Toska, released earlier this year. The new record is tightly structured with solid composition, and when Babette’s vocals smack the synth chill, the sonic landscape fills with frozen honey. It’s a great start and we’re excited for Vogue Dots’ future.  iTunes

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2014 in 2014 Albums, Albums

 

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Namedropper Oh Susanna

OH-SUSANNAOh Susanna is Suzie Ungerleider. She grew up in Vancouver, has been nominated for a JUNO twice, and began her recording career in 1997. Namedropper is her fan-funded sixth album released under Hamilton record label Sonic Unyon (under Sony). While undergoing treatment for cancer, her producer Jim Bryson suggested getting other artists to write its songs but only artists that Suzanne knew personally. She decided to make things more interesting by asking them to write songs that they would not normally associate with her music.

Oh Susanna - NamedropperSubmissions poured in. Two days after she contacted Ron Sexsmith, he sent her “Wait Until The Sun Comes Up”. Joel Plaskett delivered “Into My Arms”, Melissa McClelland “Mozart For The Cat”, and Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy “Dying Light”. More contributions were made by Royal Wood, Old Man Luedecke, Amelia Curran, and the Good Lovelies. In general, Oh Susanna shifts gears from past weep worthy alternative country into a more hearty roots sound. The songs on Namedropper are beautiful gems containing captivating stories perfectly delivered by Ungerleider’s sweet voice.  iTunes

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2014 in 2014 Albums, Albums

 

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