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This Week’s Charts and a Surprise Hit for Jim Cuddy

Not much to report on the charts this week. Drake remains the captain of the Billboard Hot 100, as “God’s Plan” spends its 4th week on top. He is featured in BlocBoy JB’s “Look Alive” which debuts at #4. Also new is Calvin Harris’ “Nuh Ready Nuh Ready” which features Canadian outfit PartyNextDoor at #83. With radio dropping support for Hedley, “Better Days” takes a dive from #54 to #84. The band has withdrawn contention for the three JUNO awards for which it was nominated.

Canada is, as of this writing, up to 19 Olympic medals in the 2018 games. Music is heavily connected to one of them which we’ll talk about in a bit. Previously we listed our first 15 medals as follows:

Kim Boutin – Bronze – Short Track Speed Skating: Ladies’ 1,500m
Samuel Girard – Gold – Short Track Speed Skating: Men’s 1,000m
Justine Dufour-Lapointe – Silver – Freestyle Skiing: Ladies’ Moguls
Max Parrot – Silver – Snowboard: Men’s Slopestyle
Mark McMorris – Bronze – Snowboard: Men’s Slopestyle
Ted-Jan Bloemen – Silver – Speed Skating: Men’s 5,000m
Team Canada – Gold – Figure Skating: Team Event
Mikael Kingsbury – Gold – Freestyle Skiing: Men’s Moguls
Laurie Blouin – Silver – Snowboard: Ladies’ Slopestyle
Team Canada – Gold – Curling: Mixed Doubles
Alex Gough – Bronze – Luge – Women’s Singles
Kim Boutin – Bronze – Short Track Speed Skating: Ladies’ 500m
Team Canada – Bronze – Figure Skating: Pair Skating
Team Canada – Silver – Luge: Team Relay
Ted-Jan Bloemen – Gold – Speed Skating: Men’s 10,000m

The four latest are these:

Alex Beaulieu-Marchand – Bronze – Freestyle Skiing: Men’s Ski Slopestyle
Team Canada – Gold – Bobsleigh: 2-man
Cassie Sharpe – Gold – Freestyle Skiing: Ladies’ Ski Halfpipe
Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir – Gold – Figure Skating: Ice Dance

The latter medal won by Tessa and Scott made headlines around the world. It was the top headline at Billboard magazine this morning and made the front page of the BBC. Their final skate brought down the global house so to speak. One American from Texas launched the following Twitter tweet:

Following their gold medal win, the CBC aired a video montage of the couple through their skating years using Jim Cuddy’s “Pull Me Through” (2006) as soundtrack. As a result, the song currently sits at #1 on iTunes. We embed the montage video below for your enjoyment as well as the duo’s final performance for the gold medal win.

Gelsea Mae Launches New Single “Wildfire”

Canadian pop recording artist (and actress) Gelsea Mae has released new single: “Wildfire”. We caught up with her for an interview which we post below.

CMB: It has been nearly a year since your last single release – “Shoulda Known Better” which along with predecessor “Need You Now” generated some buzz around you as a recording artist. Could you highlight some of the successes you experienced with these songs.

Gelsea: “Need You Now” has continued being featured on top playlists by Spotify and Spotify Canada and spun on some radio stations across Canada including Virgin Radio, which I am very proud of. Both songs have also been placed on movie soundtracks, which I can’t talk about at the moment. Needless to say, both “Shoulda Known Better” and “Need You Now” have created an extremely positive platform for me as a newcomer and I am very grateful for the following that I have, who have continued to support me with my music.

CMB: You just released “Wildfire” on Valentine’s Day. Could you tell us a little about it – which came first, the lyrics or the music?

Gelsea: The lyrics, always.

CMB: And lyrically, what is the song about?

Gelsea: It’s about the exhilarating early stages of being in love, known as “The Honeymoon stage.” That crazy, passionate, kind of love that gives you that rush of adrenaline and excitement that feels uncontrollable. Like a “wildfire,” love is uncontrollable and in my experience, can happen very fast.

CMB: How would you describe the music in terms of the style or genre?

Gelsea: Top 40’s Pop/EDM. The Chainsmokers, Illenium, Zedd, Flume, Gryffin and Kygo, inspire me a lot on the producing aspect of things when i’m in the studio in terms of sound and vibe.

CMB: Any plans for a lyric and/or music video?

Gelsea: Yes, currently in pre production.

CMB: Behind every successful recording artist is often a good team. Could you mention some of the people behind the making of “Wildfire”.

Gelsea: A lot of people tend to think I have a big team behind me when i’m creating music, but once again, it’s just Ryan Stewart and I in the studio. I had a few sessions with other writers and producers, but it just didn’t feel right. I think Ryan really understands me as an artist and we’re really good at bouncing ideas off of each other and we just seem to click.

CMB: Are there any other planned releases in the near future?

Gelsea: I’ll be releasing another single called “High Again” on February, 25, 2018, my Birthday!

CMB: Besides working on new music, what else have you been up to this past year?

Gelsea: I’ve been busy filming. I shot 10 projects within the last year, 7 of them being Hallmark movies. I am grateful to be apart of the Hallmark family, playing Zoey on a series called “Darrow And Darrow.” I’ve also been busy traveling, blogging as an influencer and collaborating with a bunch of different companies. I recently just got back from a work trip to Bali and I look forward to traveling more this year.

CMB: Is there anything else you wish to communicate with your fans?

Gelsea: Stay tuned for more exciting news . . .

You can check out Gelsea Mae’s blog here
And of course don’t forget to grab a copy of “Wildfire” at iTunes
Stream on Deezer
Stream on Spotify

We Were Here with Lights

British electronic rock pioneer John Foxx (Ultravox) in singing about a dystopian future, presented us with songs like “Burning Car” on 1980’s Metatronic album. Fast forward to 2018, and Lights sets fire to one in the MV of her newly released pop banger single “We Were Here”. Lights has moved from synthpop to electronic rock to electropop, and now standard pop with comic books on her latest album Skin & Earth proving she can do it all. The song has entered the Top 50 at radio, one of the very few from a Canadian female. Lights has made some of the best and iconic Canadian music videos over the years. The “We Were Here” MV clocks in at 350,000 views in its first two weeks. You can find it at the usual platforms. The platinum recording artist has won a pair of JUNO awards and is up for a pair this year. She is currently on tour across the U.S. and Canada which winds up in early April.  iTunes

Stratford, Ontario Cuts the Ribbon to Exhibit Biebs

From boy busker to global pop superstar, Justin Bieber is honoured by his hometown of Stratford, Ontario with the opening of a dedicated exhibit at the town’s Perth Museum. While annual visitors normally number around 7,000, traffic is expected to rise dramatically until the exhibit closes at the end of the year. According to the museum’s general manager, the phone has been ringing off the hook with calls and emails originating from all over Canada, The United States, and from far off lands like South Korea, Spain, Italy, and Japan. “From Thursday to Sunday morning, I had about a thousand emails from either media outlets or fans, or people interested in coming here.”

Bearing the name Justin Bieber Exhibit — Steps to Stardom, inspired by his posting videos on YouTube of busking on the steps of the Avon Theatre a decade ago, the display features an assortment of items: his drum set, running shoes, stage outfits, a Stratford Warriors jacket from his junior hockey days, a letter from former First Lady Michelle Obama, and Ellen underwear, a take home gift after appearing on the popular chat show. The 60 pieces were provided by Bieber and his relatives, as well as other Stratford residents and fans. Through the year, they will be continually refreshed from the museum’s access to 125 Bieber items.

Justin was unable to attend the opening, as he was busy playing in the celebrity NBA all-star game in Los Angeles, USA Friday night. Last night he talked with high school junior Cameron Kasky who, in the wake of the Florida school shooting, is organizing March for Our Lives, a nationwide protest in the States March 24 to demand gun regulation and condemn American politicians’ acceptance of bribes from the country’s National Rifle Association.

Besides the exhibit, visitors to Stratford can also check out Bieber landmarks around town: the pop star’s former high school of Northwestern, the steps to the Avon Theatre from his busking days, his favourite eateries: candy shop Rhéo Thompson Candies, ice cream parlour Scooper’s, and “his table” at Madelyn’s Diner.

News and New Releases: February 16, 2018

Canadian Athletes Rock

A couple more Olympic medals from Canadian athletes were added to the tally yesterday as follows:

Kim Boutin – Bronze – Short Track Speed Skating: Ladies’ 1,500m
Samuel Girard – Gold – Short Track Speed Skating: Men’s 1,000m

They join 13 medals previously won as per below.

Justine Dufour-Lapointe – Silver – Freestyle Skiing: Ladies’ Moguls
Max Parrot – Silver – Snowboard: Men’s Slopestyle
Mark McMorris – Bronze – Snowboard: Men’s Slopestyle
Ted-Jan Bloemen – Silver – Speed Skating: Men’s 5,000m
Team Canada – Gold – Figure Skating: Team Event
Mikael Kingsbury – Gold – Freestyle Skiing: Men’s Moguls
Laurie Blouin – Silver – Snowboard: Ladies’ Slopestyle
Team Canada – Gold – Curling: Mixed Doubles
Alex Gough – Bronze – Luge – Women’s Singles
Kim Boutin – Bronze – Short Track Speed Skating: Ladies’ 500m
Team Canada – Bronze – Figure Skating: Pair Skating
Team Canada – Silver – Luge: Team Relay
Ted-Jan Bloemen – Gold – Speed Skating: Men’s 10,000m

Canada, in third place with 15 medals, has 5 gold, 5 silver, and 5 bronze.

Support for Hedley Pulled from Many Sides

Based on insinuations posted on social media where identity is concealed, where males can pose as females, where a single individual can, through the creation of multiple accounts, pose as many, support for Hedley has been pulled quickly on many fronts.

Watchdog Management and the Feldman Agency have both terminated their business relationships with the band. Both opening acts on the Cageless tour Shawn Hook and Neon Dreams have pulled out. Many radio stations have stopped spinning Hedley’s records.

The pop group will be continuing on with its tour with many fans refusing to be swayed by the defamatory rumours and gossip.

If such rumours are true, the repercussions would be unsettling and may serve as a catalyst for change. We have seen the consequences of society’s choice to accommodate alcohol consumption – marriage and family breakdown, millions of automobile deaths – and choice, since the 1960s, to revert back to the old ways of fornication – destabilizing human relationships and the foundation on which raising the next generation rests. Both are written off as justified in the so-called rock and roll lifestyle. Many male artists and bands promote alcohol consumption in their song lyrics and then use alcohol to take advantage of young women. How convenient. There is no doubt that such practices have happened and are still happening.

It is unfortunate too that speculation over Hedley’s affairs has resulted in division, pitting people into two camps of opposing opinions, something that would please the likes of Russia’s beloved Internet Research Agency.

Drake Comes Up with a New Plan

Drake has put smiles on many faces and maybe caused the odd teardrop to appear with his newly released MV for “God’s Plan”, the current number one single in the land.

Unnerved by a school shooting – the 290th in the U.S. since 2013 – an incident that killed 17, Florida was the recipient of something from Drake a little more practical than thoughts and prayers.

The video opens by saying that its budget was $996,631.90 and that Drake decided to give it all away to the needy. It shows him surprising local residents of the city of Miami with wads of cash. He tells shoppers that anything they buy in the store is on him. He donates $25,000 to a high school. And there are some other surprises. On Instagram he commented that it was “the most important thing I have ever done in my career.”

You can find and watch the video on the usual platforms.

New Releases

Not a huge amount but a fair number of new releases are out this week. Find the Canadian artist works in the table below.

TITLE ARTIST GENRE
Avant de crever Olivier Couture Rock
Fiesta Étienne Drapeau World
Grosso-Modo Séba et Horg Rap
Playing Chess Elise LeGrow Blues
Robert de Visée à Versailles Duo Baroque La Tour Classical
Room Inside the World Ought Alternative
Rule 62 Whitney Rose Country
Uncle, Duke & The Chief Born Ruffians Alternative
Weatherman Blaze Velluto Collection Alternative
Long Live the Night (EP) The Reklaws Country
The Projektor III (EP) Alex St. Kitts R&B
Le sens perd le nord (EP) Les DeadZ Alternative
Trouble (EP) Robby Johnson Country

Hedley Dropped from List of JUNO Performers

At Canadian Music Blog, we’re loving these Olympics.

Last off, we had 10 Olympic medalists as follows:

Justine Dufour-Lapointe – Silver – Freestyle Skiing: Ladies’ Moguls
Max Parrot – Silver – Snowboard: Men’s Slopestyle
Mark McMorris – Bronze – Snowboard: Men’s Slopestyle
Ted-Jan Bloemen – Silver – Speed Skating: Men’s 5,000m
Team Canada – Gold – Figure Skating: Team Event
Mikael Kingsbury – Gold – Freestyle Skiing: Men’s Moguls
Laurie Blouin – Silver – Snowboard: Ladies’ Slopestyle
Team Canada – Gold – Curling: Mixed Doubles
Alex Gough – Bronze – Luge – Women’s Singles
Kim Boutin – Bronze – Short Track Speed Skating: Ladies’ 500m

We can now add three more:

Team Canada – Bronze – Figure Skating: Pair Skating
Team Canada – Silver – Luge: Team Relay
Ted-Jan Bloemen – Gold – Speed Skating: Men’s 10,000m

Last night in women’s hockey, Team Canada took on the USA and beat them 2-1 despite being outshot 45-23 and stopping cold a penalty shot. During the CBC broadcast, Michael Bublé appeared in a live interview to voice support of our athletes, reminisce a little on performing at the 2010 Games in Vancouver, and promote the upcoming JUNO awards which he will be hosting.

The JUNOs announced yesterday that pop group Hedley, one of a few thus far booked to perform at the gala next month, has been scratched from the bill. The band, currently on tour, has been hit with allegations concerning unseemly conduct with female minors. Coincidentally, a joke about this kind of conduct from last year’s JUNO host drew criticism prompting an apology from organizers.

Hedley penned a Facebook statement calling the allegations “unsubstantiated” acknowledging that in the past members engaged in “a lifestyle that incorporated certain rock ‘n’ roll cliches,” but added “there was always a line that we would never cross.”

Hedley is nominated for JUNO Fan Choice, Pop Album of the Year, and Group of the Year.

Charts Update: February 13, 2018

The real heroes this week are our Olympic athletes. Previously we listed the first four medalists as

Justine Dufour-Lapointe – Silver – Freestyle Skiing: Ladies’ Moguls
Max Parrot – Silver – Snowboard: Men’s Slopestyle
Mark McMorris – Bronze – Snowboard: Men’s Slopestyle
Ted-Jan Bloemen – Silver – Speed Skating: Men’s 5,000m

We can add six more including three gold as follows

Team Canada – Gold – Figure Skating: Team Event
Mikael Kingsbury – Gold – Freestyle Skiing: Men’s Moguls
Laurie Blouin – Silver – Snowboard: Ladies’ Slopestyle
Team Canada – Gold – Curling: Mixed Doubles
Alex Gough – Bronze – Luge – Women’s Singles
Kim Boutin – Bronze – Short Track Speed Skating: Ladies’ 500m

Onto this week’s charts…

Drake and The Weeknd seemed to have experienced a religious vision judging by the song titles they are going with. Drake’s “God’s Plan” remains at the summit of the Hot 100, and The Weeknd’s “Pray for Me” debuts at #6. It is taken from the soundtrack of action adventure sci-fi feature film Black Panther. You won’t find much CanCon save for the lower portion of the chart. On a side note, perhaps due to the Olympics in South Korea, K-pop is being consumed in greater volumes, and Red Velvet’s “Bad Boy” debuts at #87.

On the Top Albums chart, Changing Colours from Saskatoon’s The Sheepdogs enters at #5. Milk & Bone‘s Deception Bay is at #22.

Only the top two on the emerging artist chart have songs in the Hot 100: Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine and Scott Helman.

Victoria Duffield’s Bouncing Back Is Just “Wow”!

Last time around we reported on how British Columbian platinum dance music recording artist Victoria Duffield was abandoned by her team and parted ways with Warner Music leaving her wondering what she was going to do next. As she reminded us:

“It’s been three years since my last album. I had vocal surgery, parted with my label, parted with my manager, wrote and recorded 100 songs, moved on from 100 songs, and couldn’t even remember the feeling of turning on the radio and hearing my voice. Three years is a lifetime in the music business. I started looking online for new career options.”

It turns out that a photoshoot in Toronto led to her hooking up with a couple of producers from the city – Gabriel Gallucci and TRVTH – and they formed a new team (her choreographer Luther Brown has remained loyal and is part of the new group).

“I was not quite ready to silence my creative voice. A week later, I flew to Toronto, met two guys who shared my musical vision, and I now have 10 songs that I’ve never been more proud of – and more importantly, I have never felt so good.”

The JUNO nominee disclosed on Breakfast Television that she had written 100 songs, but it was the new 10 that she selected to press onto her upcoming third album, an independent release entitled Day 1.

“I am calling the shots this time. No label, no manager, no problem. I’m doing this album my way. With new experiences, mindsets, feelings, and life stories, I’ve got a lot to share in my new music and have a new energy to back it. With my sights set on the world, I’m not asking for permission I’m just doing it. With a fresh start, it only made sense to call my album ‘DAY 1.’ I made a feel-good album because I’m all about that feeling of feeling good.”

The lead single, fresh onto the platforms, is entitled “Wow” and we embed the official lyric video below. As you can hear, Victoria has shifted her style in keeping with the current climate.

“The lead single ‘WOW’ is an important song to me to start my new chapter. Everybody deserves to have ‘wow’ people in their life who think they’re amazing. My song ‘WOW’ is about recognizing your worth, going after it, owning it, and not settling for anything less.”

While “Wow” certainly gives us a taste of the upcoming disc, Victoria elaborates further on the making of the new album.

“‘DAY 1’ was created in six weeks, riding the magic of the introduction of our power trio of Gabriel Gallucci, TRVTH, and me. All 10 tracks were curated and executed in one studio space, from initial project planning, songwriting, production, recording, mixing, mastering, and business strategizing. Coming in with a very strong idea of what I wanted, Gabriel and TRVTH caught on with the vision right away and things took off.”

Victoria also brought in some hot songwriters to add some pizzazz to the songs including Tyler Shaw.

“Co-produced by Gabriel and TRVTH, they were able to capture my essence completely. Led by my ideas of what I wanted to tell through each song, the three of us wrote the entire album, bringing in specific co-writers and musicians for certain songs to add flavour. With a focus on working with people who share the same positive and motivated outlook on life, the guys and I brought in writers Jonathan Pike, Tim North, Demetri James, and Tyler Shaw, and live musicians Tal Vaisman and Stacey Shopsowitz, who were all integral parts of making the album what it is. All 10 songs were then mixed and mastered by Gabriel, leaving me with a trademark sound that I describe as a “3D experience.” I’ve never been this excited about my songs and the sound of my music before. This project launch is just the start to our plans.”

Victoria expresses gratitude towards all her fans who have been with her since the beginning.

“As I begin a new chapter, I am grateful for all the support I received since I released my debut single Shut Up And Dance in 2011. The song garnered me a platinum award and a #1 video on Much was the most played song at radio by a Canadian artist for nine weeks straight and contributed to amassing more than 100,000 spins at radio.”

She also feels grateful for many more career highlights.

“MMVA and Juno Award nominations followed, as well as CRMA wins and three national tours, including one of my favourite accomplishments to date as the opening act for the Backstreet Boys. Now I’m ready to share my message and music with everyone through my third album, ‘DAY 1.'”

And now, without further ado, here is the lyric video for “Wow”.  iTunes

Adrian Underhill Wants to C U Again

Adrian Underhill launches his debut album C U Again. It is smooth, mellow R&B inflected adult contemporary with splashes of alternative. Adrian is originally from Vancouver but now based in Toronto via Montreal. Pastel grooves swish through the disc ever so naturally. The gentle earworm “I Want It All” harnesses a simple melody that is oh so catchy. “Cruel” flows along nicely before breaking out into a funky conclusion. “As I Think of Something Different” makes effective use of vocal harmonies, and “How to Make a Life Count” includes some dazzling keyboard work. Find pleasant reggae peppering on “I Could”. Adrian Underhill’s C U Again album is the surprise charmer of early 2018! Music video for album opener “Not Good Enough” embedded below.  iTunes

The Good Lovelies and Shapeshifters

Toronto roots harmony trio Good Lovelies consists of Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough, and Sue Passmore. The group won the JUNO Award in 2010 for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year. 2015 saw the release of the band’s last LP, Burn the Plan, and the good gals glide back with new album Shapeshifters. It opens with popular saccharine ditty “I See Gold”. The hooky melody of wistful “I Had a Dream” will carry you away while “When We Were Young” sounds as if Leonard Cohen wrote a song with Lennon & McCartney and decked it with the voices of angels. Other highlights are the earthy “Move Away Clouds” and the pensive “Daylight” co-written by Peter Katz. The music video for “I See Gold” is embedded below.  iTunes

New Releases for Valentine’s Day 2018

There are not many new releases this week; perhaps some were held off due to the big draw of the opening of the Winter Olympic Games. Speaking of the games, congratulations are in order to the following athletes:

Justine Dufour-Lapointe – Silver – Freestyle Skiing: Ladies’ Moguls
Max Parrot – Silver – Snowboard: Men’s Slopestyle
Mark McMorris – Bronze – Snowboard: Men’s Slopestyle
Ted-Jan Bloemen – Silver – Speed Skating: Men’s 5,000m

New music is out from Toronto newcomer Adrian Underhill; C U Again is a mellow mishmash of R&B, adult contemporary, and alternative. JUNO winning roots trio Good Lovelies contributes new album Shapeshifters. Two-time JUNO winning jazz pizzazzer Holly Cole is back with Holly. Folkifying the landscape is Games We Play from Jen Schaffer and The Shiners. New Brunswick’s The Olympic Symphonium describes the Beauty in the Tension in its alternative disc. And last but not least is very well-crafted Pulsing Colours from Saskatchewan singer-songwriter Ryan Hicks.

As always, we’ll pen some more in-depth reviews of a couple of these.

Grounders, Sipping Coffee, Prepares to Jam

Toronto alternative rock band Grounders gears up for a new album release on February 23 through Nevado. This is an early review.

A followup to the band’s solid eponymous LP from 2015, the upcoming Coffee & Jam sees Grounders effectively hone its delicious postpunk leaning style. From a palette of various sounds, the music is filled with captivating details. The disc was heralded by single “Bringing It In” (track #2) and opens with the groovy “Mickey Can’t Move” which ironically will get you moving. From the sound of it, the band had an absolute blast making this record. An anchored vocal style contrasts nicely with swaying and funky musical fun. Interspersed among the plucky jams like “Here It Comes Again” and (what a great title) “The Judge, The Cook, and The Clown” are smoother coffeehouse brews like “Perfect” and “The Bitter End”. Grounders’ Coffee & Jam is nothing short of a winner.  iTunes

Ontarians can look forward to seeing the band perform with The Wooden Sky across the province this month. Dates below.

Feb. 15 – St. Catherines, ON – Warehouse
Feb. 16 – Sudbury, ON – The Townehouse
Feb. 20 – Hamilton, ON – The Casbah
Feb. 22 – London, ON – Call the Office
Feb. 23 – Sarnia, ON – Paddy Flaherty
Feb. 24 – Oshawa, ON – Moustache Club
Feb. 25 – Peterborough, ON – Market Hall

Charts Update February 6, 2018

The Dow can’t make up it’s mind. Its name suggests it should keep going down. Perhaps they should rename it after Charles Bergstresser. After all, it’s a big stressor for many. An earthquake strikes Hualian, Taiwan. Western Canadian politicians are tossing oil and wine back and forth. And a sports car is sent into outer space (don’t ask).

In more palatable news…

Drake continues his reign atop the Billboard Hot 100 with “God’s Plan” and adds another into the Top 40 thanks to his feature in Migos’ “Want to Talk It” (#14). Jim Cuddy, favoured by Dr. Phil over Michael Bublé to host the JUNOs, debuts on the Top Albums chart at #3 with Constellation. “Soldier of Love” by Poesy (from The Launch) finds itself at #17 on Hot Digital. “Pray for Me” co-credited to The Weeknd appears at #25 on CHR, “Au Sommet” by 2Frères at #33 on AC, and Meghan Patrick now has her biggest hit – “Country Music Made Me Do It” which sits at #8 on Country Radio.

Quebec Group Arcade Fire Leads 2018 JUNO Nominations

With five nods, American-led, Montreal-based alternative group Arcade Fire leads the pack in the 2018 JUNO awards nominations which were announced this morning. The band is nominated for Album of the Year, Alternative Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Group of the Year, and Album Artwork of the Year.

With four nominations is novice Jessie Reyez from Toronto. The squeaky, fingernails down a chalkboard singer made the Hot 100 last year with “Figures” which peaked outside the Top 40 at #58 and went platinum. She’s up for Video of the Year, JUNO Fan Choice, Breakthrough Artist of the Year, and R&B/Soul Recording of the Year.

Though it failed to make the Canadian Hot 100, “Get You” by Oshawan newcomer Daniel Caesar was certified a gold single helping to secure for him three nominations – R&B/Soul Recording of the Year, Artist of the Year, and Album Artwork of the Year. For their work on his music, Daniel’s personnel are nominated for Producer of the Year and Recording Engineer of the Year.

Notably absent from the nominations is Drake whose album More Life was the only 2017 Canadian artist album to be certified multiplatinum by the end of the year. As with the U.S. Grammy Awards, Drake did not submit the album for contention.

Find nominations below in selected categories. You can view them all at the JUNO Awards website here.

THE 2018 JUNO AWARDS

Where:  Vancouver
When:  March 25
Host:  Michael Bublé
Performers:  TBA

SPECIAL AWARDS

Music Hall of Fame:  Barenaked Ladies + Steven Page
Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award:  Denise Donlon

SELECTED NOMINATIONS

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Revival, Johnny Reid
Nobody But Me, Michael Bublé
Safe Haven, Ruth B
Now, Shania Twain
Everything Now, Arcade Fire

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back, Shawn Mendes
I Feel It Coming, The Weeknd
How Far I’ll Go, Alessia Cara
Knocking at the Door, Arkells
Everything Now, Arcade Fire

JUNO FAN CHOICE
Jessie Reyez
Shawn Hook
Shawn Mendes
The Weeknd
Theory
Walk Off The Earth
Justin Bieber
Hedley
Arkells
Alessia Cara

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Ruth B
Shania Twain
Gord Downie
Daniel Caesar
Lights

GROUP OF THE YEAR
A Tribe Called Red
Arcade Fire
Alvvays
Broken Social Scene
Hedley

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Jessie Reyez
NAV
Virginia to Vegas
Allan Rayman
Charlotte Cardin

BREAKTHROUGH GROUP OF THE YEAR
James Barker Band
The Beaches
The Dead South
The Franklin Electric
The Jerry Cans

COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Game On, James Barker Band
Past the Past, Jess Moskaluke
Shake These Walls, Tim Hicks
Beautiful Freakshow, Dean Brody
Dear Life, High Valley

POP ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Skin & Earth, Lights
My Love, Ria Mae
Safe Haven, Ruth B
Hȏtel de Ville, Scott Helman
Cageless, Hedley

FRANCOPHONE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
L’étoile thoracique, Klȏ Pelgag
La science du Coeur, Pierre Lapointe
Almanach, Patrice Michaud
Nos Eldorados, Alex Nevsky
Paloma, Daniel Bélanger

DANCE RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Deeper, KAPRI
Closer, Nick Fiorucci
Almost Home, Sultan + Shepard
Get What You Give, Felix Cartal
Not Going Home, DVBBS

INDIGENOUS MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Here & Now, Indian City
The Fight Within, Iskwé
Sedna, Kelly Fraser
Medicine Songs, Buffy Sainte-Marie
PowWowStep, DJ Shub

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
LEAVING THE TABLE – Leonard Cohen
Christopher Mills
THE DRUGS – Mother Mother
Emma Higgins
VENUS FLY – Grimes
Grimes (Claire Boucher)
GATEKEEPER – Jessie Reyez
Peter Huang
KNOCKING AT THE DOOR – Arkells
Shane Cunningham & Mark Myers

ELECTRONIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Music To Draw To: Satellite, Kid Koala
Mass Manipulation, Rezz
Tenderness, Blue Hawaii
Someone Else, CRi
Two Hearts, Dabin

ADULT CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Revival, Johnny Reid
Nobody But Me, Michael Bublé
The Grand Hustle, Nuela Charles
Christmas Together, The Tenors
Rooted, Alysha Brilla

Éric Charland Says Grief Is Just a Season

Canada’s Éric Charland is relatively new at the game. He released an EP of raw sounding music in 2014, and now after four years returns with La tristesse n’est qu’une saison (Grief Is Just a Season), and we must admit we are at quite a loss of words because it is so good. Produced by Éric Goulet, it is a much richer effort than his previous disc: finely crafted, catchy, and coherent adult electropop. He reminds us a little of Jason Bajada – very pleasant to listen to. Here are five songs, all perfectly constructed and expertly delivered. It is very early in 2018, but Éric Charland has the frontrunner for EP of the year. What a wonderful little gem!  iTunes