Tegan and Sara Are Dying to Know Crockett and Tubbs

Calgary’s Quin twins are dying to know Crockett and Tubbs. Tegan and Sara were watching an episode of 80s stylish TV police drama Miami Vice which used Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight” as soundtrack. It inspired them in making the music video for their “Dying to Know” track off 2016 album Love You to Death. As neither of the sisters can drive, they got director Nathan Boey in Vancouver to shoot it using puppets in a white Lamborghini. The Quin dolls were custom made for the video. Have a look below.

Billboard Canadian Year-End Hot 100 Artists of 2016

justin-bieber-1Billboard has published a year-end chart for the Top 25 artists of 2016 based on the chart performance of their Hot 100 singles in Canada. While last year Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, and The Weeknd were 1, 2, and 3, this year The Biebs takes the crown followed by Drake and Ohio, U.S. schizoid pop duo Twenty One Pilots. Justin Bieber had the two biggest hits of the year and placed 4 more on the year-end Hot 100 for a total of six (three were as a featured artist). Drake also had six entries on the chart including the fourth biggest song of the year. Other Canadian artists making the Top 25 are Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd, and Alessia Cara.  Below is the list of Top 25 Hot 100 artists in Canada for the year 2016 with home-growners bolded in red. In parentheses are their positions in last year’s chart.

1. Justin Bieber (2015: 8th)
2. Drake (2015: 17th)
3. Twenty One Pilots
4. The Chainsmokers
5. Adele
6. Rihanna
7. The Weeknd (2015: 3rd)
8. Ariana Grande
9. Selena Gomez
10. Shawn Mendes (2015: 10th)
11. Lukas Graham
12. Sia
13. Mike Posner
14. Meghan Trainor
15. DNCE
16. Calvin Harris
17. Alessia Cara (2015: -)
18. Disiigner
19. Justin Timberlake
20. Fifth Harmony
21. Major Lazer
22. Zayn
23. Flo Rida
24. Daya
25. DJ Snake

Billboard Canadian Hot 100 of 2016, Year-End Chart

justin-bieber-sorryBillboard Canada has released the year-end top 100 singles of 2016 which are listed below. For the second time in the history of the Billboard Canada charts, a Canadian artist has topped the year-end chart, the first being Robin Thicke in 2013 with “Blurred Lines”. Justin Bieber tops 2016 with “Sorry”. He also captured the #2 position, with “Love Yourself”. A whopping 32 of the 100 involve Canadian artists which is way up from 21 last year. Canadian artists in the chart below are bolded in red. The Canadian charts are an accurate reflection of Canadian tastes in music, and the Top 100 songs were determined both from radio airplay and nationwide sales data. The drawback with year-end charts is that songs charting from the end of one year through beginning of the next will have their chart performance split between the two years. More year-end and other Canadian charts can be found here.

1 Sorry Justin Bieber
2 Love Yourself Justin Bieber
3 Cheap Thrills Sia
4 One Dance Drake
5 I Took a Pill in Ibiza Mike Posner
6 Stressed Out Twenty One Pilots
7 7 Years Lukas Graham
8 Don’t Let Me Down The Chainsmokers
9 Hello Adele
10 Closer The Chainsmokers
11 This Is What You Came For Calvin Harris
12 Work From Home Fifth Harmony
13 Work Rihanna Ft. Drake
14 Can’t Stop the Feeling Justin Timberlake
15 Cake By the Ocean DNCE
16 Panda Desiigner
17 My House Flo Rida
18 Cold Water Major Lazer Ft. Justin Bieber
19 What Do You Mean? Justin Bieber
20 Pillowtalk Zayn
21 Me, Myself & I G-Eazy/Bebe Rexha
22 Heathens Twenty One Pilots
23 Treat You Better Shawn Mendes
24 Roses The Chainsmokers
25 Hotline Bling Drake
26 Too Good Drake
27 Wild Things Alessia Cara
28 Ride Twenty One Pilots
29 Send My Love Adele
30 Into You Ariana Grande
31 Let Me Love You DJ Snake Ft. Justin Bieber
32 Starboy The Weeknd
33 Me Too Meghan Trainor
34 We Don’t Talk Anymore Charlie Puth
35 Just Like Fire Pink
36 Can’t Feel My Face The Weeknd
37 This Girl Kungs/Cookin’ On 3 Burners
38 Needed Me Rihanna
39 The Hills The Weeknd
40 Hands to Myself Selena Gomez
41 Dangerous Woman Ariana Grande
42 No Meghan Trainor
43 Stitches Shawn Mendes
44 Same Old Love Selena Gomez
45 Never Forget You Zara Larsson/MNEK
46 Lost Boy Ruth B
47 Like I’m Gonna Lose You Meghan Trainor
48 Middle DJ Snake
49 Close Nick Jonas
50 I Hate U I Love U gnash
51 Never Be Like You Flume Ft. Kai
52 Lean On Major Lazer/DJ Snake
53 Gold Kiiara
54 2 Heads Coleman Hell
55 Side to Side Ariana Grande
56 One Call Away Charlie Puth
57 Faded Alan Walker
58 Adventure of a Lifetime Coldplay
59 679 Fetty Wap
60 Light It Up Major Lazer
61 Perfect One Direction
62 The Greatest Sia
63 Don’t Mind Kent Jones
64 Sucker for Pain Various Artists
65 H.O.L.Y. Florida Georgia Line
66 Controlla Drake
67 In the Night The Weeknd
68 Kill Em with Kindness Selena Gomez
69 Hide Away Daya
70 Wildest Dreams Taylor Swift
71 Renegades X Ambassadors
72 Low Life Future Ft. The Weeknd
73 When We Were Young Adele
74 All in My Head Fifth Harmony
75 Let It Go James Bay
76 Pop Style Drake
77 Spirits The Strumbellas
78 On My Mind Ellie Goulding
79 Here Alessia Cara
80 Locked Away R. City
81 In the Name of Love Martin Garrix/Bebe Rexha
82 Luv Tory Lanez
83 See You Again Wiz Khalifa
84 Fast Car Jonas Blue
85 Broccoli D.R.A.M.
86 I Know What You Did… Shawn Mendes/C. Cabello
87 Focus Ariana Grande
88 Starving Hailee Steinfeld/Grey
89 Fireproof Coleman Hell
90 Lay You Down Easy MAGIC!
91 Lose Control Hedley
92 Where Are U Now Skrillex/Diplo/Justin Bieber
93 Might Not Belly Ft. The Weeknd
94 Hello Hedley
95 EXs & OHs Elle King
96 Wasted Time Keith Urban
97 Cheerleader OMI
98 Wherever I Go OneRepublic
99 Watch Me Silento
100 How Deep Is Your Love Calvin Harris & Disciples

Billboard Top 50 Albums of 2016 in Canada

adele-25Billboard Canada has released its year-end Top 50 albums chart. The number one album in Canada was 25 by Adele which was released in 2015. The top album by a Canadian was Purpose by Justin Bieber at #2, also released in 2015. Drake’s Views, at #3, is the top album released in 2016.  Fifteen or 30% of the 50 albums on the chart were released in 2016. This is a drop in half from last year; 30 of the Top 50 albums in 2015 were released in 2015. Compilation albums as old as 2004 appear in this year’s Top 50 chart. Thirteen of the 50 albums are by Canadian artists which is the highest number since 2013. In the chart below, we have included the release year for all albums. We have bolded Canadian artists in red to help your eyes spot them quickly.

1 25 Adele 2015
2 Purpose Justin Bieber 2015
3 Views Drake 2016
4 Blurryface Twenty One Pilots 2015
5 Beauty Behind the Madness The Weeknd 2015
6 Anti Rihanna 2016
7 A Head Full of Dreams Coldplay 2015
8 Made in the A.M. One Direction 2015
9 This Is Acting Sia 2016
10 Lemonade Beyonce 2016
11 Encore un soir Celine Dion 2016
12 Revival Selena Gomez 2015
13 Yer Favourites The Tragically Hip 2005
14 Traveller Chris Stapleton 2015
15 X Ed Sheeran 2014
16 When It’s Dark Out G-Eazy 2015
17 1989 Taylor Swift 2014
18 Dangerous Woman Ariana Grande 2016
19 Suicide Squad: The Album Various Artists 2016
20 Cleopatra The Lumineers 2016
21 Montevallo Sam Hunt 2014
22 Know-It-All Alessia Cara 2015
23 What Love Is All About Johnny Reid 2015
24 Handwritten Shawn Mendes 2015
25 21 Adele 2011
26 Ripcord Keith Urban 2016
27 Christmas Michael Buble 2011
28 Kill the Lights Luke Bryan 2015
29 If You’re Reading This… Drake 2015
30 Immoralized Disturbed 2015
31 Chaos and the Calm James Bay 2015
32 Fetty Wap Fetty Wap 2015
33 Nine Track Mind Charlie Puth 2016
34 VHS X Ambassadors 2015
35 Hello Hedley 2015
36 Thank You Meghan Trainor 2016
37 Blackstar David Bowie 2016
38 Lukas Graham Lukas Graham 2016
39 Title Meghan Trainor 2015
40 The Life of Pablo Kanye West 2016
41 Tangled Up Thomas Rhett 2015
42 My House (EP) Flo Rida 2015
43 Curtain Call: The Hits Eminem 2005
44 Greatest Hits Guns N’ Roses 2004
45 A Jann Arden Christmas Jann Arden 2015
46 Swaay (EP) DNCE 2015
47 Badlands Halsey 2015
48 Man Machine Poem The Tragically Hip 2016
49 That’s Christmas to Me Pentatonix 2014
50 Storyteller Carrie Underwood 2015

Headlines and Footdots: December 7, 2016

Carly Rae Jepsen’s B Gets an A From Idolator


U.S.-based music blog Idolator published its list, The 10 Best EPs of 2016. Carly Rae Jepsen’s Emotion: Side B is ranked #1. Editor Carl Williott states, “Liking Carly Rae Jepsen post-‘Call Me Maybe’ is a little like being a teen and wondering why your favourite band isn’t more popular. You wish they’d get the arena-filling crowds they deserve, but then you get a little older and think, ‘Ya know what, I’m glad it’s my little secret. I don’t want them to be pressured to pander to the taste-blind masses.’ Granted, Jepsen is famous, but she still feels like a pop secret. And so a year after releasing what was arguably 2015’s best pop album, she puts out throwaways from that project and the results are nearly as exhilarating — and even more ignored by the masses.”

Shawn Mendes to Play the 2017 JUNO Awards

Shawn Mendes may not have picked up any Grammy nominations but he is set to rock the JUNO stage for the third year in a row. CARAS recently confirmed him to play at the gala in Ottawa, April 2, 2017. He is the first confirmed performer. The Pickering, Ontario native made his Saturday Night Live debut recently with host Emma Stone, performing two tracks.

Jess Moskaluke vs. The Hacker


Country superstar Jess Moskaluke was not impressed nor her fans when hackers broke into and took over her Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter. They changed her Twitter handle and blocked all her followers. Team Moskaluke and the RCMP were on the case and managed to regain control. The downside is that 20,000 former Twitter followers had to be unblocked and fans must re-follow her.

iTunes Canada Picks and Stats for the Year


iTunes Canada has uncovered the best-selling music of 2016 as well as staff picks for the best works. Drake’s “One Dance” was the best-selling track of the year on the digital platform. It is also the staff’s favourite Anglo tune of 2016. Justin Bieber had the second most downloaded song from a Canadian artist; “Love Yourself” was 5th overall. iTunes staff chose “Les échardes” by Charlotte Cardin as the best Franco song of the year.

In terms of digital albums downloaded from iTunes, Drake’s Views was #1 and Justin Bieber’s Purpose (released in 2015) #2. iTunes staff picked Fred Fortin’s Ultramarr as the best Franco album. They sided with the Polaris group in favouring Kaytranada’s 99.9% as the best Anglo album.

The Canadian Music Blog as usual will be publishing lists of its picks for the best albums, EPs, songs, and music videos of 2016 later this month. Also to be unveiled later are the year-end Billboard Canada charts which we will put up on the site.

Courage My Love Puts the Stereo in Synesthesia


JUNO nominated Kitchener pop trio Courage My Love will be releasing debut LP Synesthesia next year under Warner Music, and single “Stereo” is, according to Nielsen Music, bubbling under the CHR airplay chart.

Michael Bublé Is Nobody but Platinum

Nobody but Me, the latest studio album from Michael Bublé has been certified platinum by Music Canada’s Gold and Platinum program for 80,000 units sold. Other 2016 Canadian albums with certifications thus far are La Voix IV (Various Artists) platinum, Views by Drake platinum, Man Machine Poem by The Tragically Hip gold, Encore un soir by Céline Dion double platinum, and You Want It Darker by Leonard Cohen gold.

New Music Video by Catherine Major

Adult contemporary ace Catherine Major has released a music video of track “Nos délicats” from her popular 2015 album La maison du monde which we embed below.

2016 Christmas Releases

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A number of Christmas albums have been released this tail end of 2016. This is a synopsis.

For those who dig something with true soul, Quebec’s powerhouse singer Mélissa Bédard gives Christmas standards the R&B treatment with pizzazz. The album is titled Ma liste de Noël. Man, can this gal sing! Find Franco versions of “What Child Is This?”, “Joy to the World”, “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”, and many more. Melissa was a Star Academy finalist.

Male tenor singing group Tocadéo continues Christmas classics on beautiful bilingual album Meilleurs Voeux. Find “Minuit, Chrétiens” (O Holy Night), “Blue Christmas”, and “Petit Papa Noël”.

To put some glee into the young ones, Ari Cui Cui delivers children’s music Christmas album Le Noël d’Ari Cui Cui. This one is Franco and very delightful.

JUNO nominated roots duo Madison Violet from Toronto do Anglo album Sleigh Bells in the Snow. This one’s a bit stripped down and raw for those who enjoy a measured pace delicately delivered. Find “Silver Bells”, “Deck the Halls”, and “The Christmas Song”. Very nice little record.

For those who love instrumental strings, Les Violons du Roy is a chamber orchestra based in Québec City and founded in 1984 by Bernard Labadie. The group has performed in Europe and The United States and won a trio of JUNO Awards. Symphonies des Noëls interprets seasonal-inspired pieces by a number of European composers of old. The album is just gorgeous. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, the wintry spirit of the classical music should hit the spot.

The big name release this year is of course Wonderland by Halifax-bred Sarah McLachlan. This is her second Christmas album and is, as one would expect, very professionally arranged. Hear her golden falsetto on “Angles We Have Heard on High”, “Let It Snow”, and “White Christmas”.

From Sarah’s hometown is indie-folk group Quiet Parade and holiday EP Christmas Through the Fog. The four tracks close with the band’s impressive original composition, “Heavy Winter”.

Last year, singer-songwriter Lesley Pike of Toronto delivered an album called November. This year, she releases atmospheric Christmas themed EP December.

Vancouver pop/R&B duo Dani and Lizzy who released debut album Work of Heart in September, release 3-track EP Just Like a Shooting Star. The first two tracks are holiday themed. The third is a live acoustic version of viral hit single “Dancing in the Sky”.

Happy holidays from Canadian Music Blog.

Canadians Nominated for 2017 Grammy Awards


The flagship music awards show of The United States known as the Grammy Awards unveiled its annual list of nominees for the 2017 gala this morning. There are 84 categories. A number of Canadian artists have picked up nominations; in fact, Drake has 8, though a few of these are as a featured artist. American R&B artist Beyonce, star of Mike Myers’ Austin Powers in Goldmember, leads the pack with 9. Justin Bieber has 4 nominations. There are some surprises. Toronto singer Kai receives a nomination as a featured artist. Vancouver electronic duo Bob Moses has two, and Ontario urban acts PartyNextDoor and Tory Lanez receive nods as well. Vancouver’s Darcy James Argue has a nomination in jazz. Nineteen85 is up for best producer. Both Yannick Nezet-Seguin and the ARC Ensemble have classical music nominations. Alberta’s Northern Cree is up for Best Regional Roots Music Album. Producer James Teej gets a nomination for remixing. Steven Lee Olsen co-wrote Keith Urban’s “Blue Ain’t Your Colour”, up for Best Country Song.

Below are categories for which a Canadian artist is nominated (bold in red).

The Grammys will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 12, at 8 p.m. ET.


25 — Adele
Lemonade — Beyonce
Purpose — Justin Bieber
Views — Drake
A Sailor’s Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson


“Hello” — Adele
“Formation” — Beyonce
“7 Years” — Lukas Graham
“Work” — Rihanna Featuring Drake
“Stressed Out” — Twenty One Pilots


“Formation” — Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyonce Knowles & Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyonce)
“Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)
“I Took A Pill In Ibiza” — Mike Posner, songwriter (Mike Posner)
“Love Yourself” — Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Justin Bieber)
“7 Years” — Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard & Morten Ristorp, songwriters (Lukas Graham)


25 — Adele
Purpose — Justin Bieber
Dangerous Woman — Ariana Grande
Confident — Demi Lovato
This Is Acting — Sia


“Hello” — Adele
“Hold Up” — Beyonce
“Love Yourself” — Justin Bieber
“Piece By Piece (Idol Version)” — Kelly Clarkson
“Dangerous Woman” — Ariana Grande


“Closer” — The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey
“7 Years” — Lukas Graham
“Work” — Rihanna Featuring Drake
“Cheap Thrills” — Sia Featuring Sean Paul
“Stressed Out” — Twenty One Pilots


“Tearing Me Up” — Bob Moses
“Don’t Let Me Down” — The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya
“Never Be Like You” — Flume Featuring Kai
“Rinse & Repeat” — Riton Featuring Kah-Lo
“Drinkee” — Sofi Tukker


“Come and See Me” — J. Brathwaite, Aubrey Graham & Noah Shebib, songwriters (PartyNextDoor Featuring Drake)
“Exchange” — Michael Hernandez & Bryson Tiller, songwriters (Bryson Tiller)
“Kiss It Better” — Jeff Bhasker, Robyn Fenty, John-Nathan Glass & Natalia Noemi, songwriters (Rihanna)
“Lake By the Ocean” — Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)
“Luv” — Magnus August Høiberg, Benjamin Levin & Daystar Peterson, songwriters (Tory Lanez)


“No Problem” — Chance The Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz
“Panda” —Desiigner
“Pop Style” — Drake Featuring The Throne
“All The Way Up” — Fat Joe & Remy Ma Featuring French Montana & Infared
“That Part” — ScHoolboy Q Featuring Kanye West


“Freedom” — Beyonce Featuring Kendrick Lamar
“Hotline Bling” — Drake
“Broccoli” — D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty
“Ultralight Beam” — Kanye West Featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream
“Famous” — Kanye West Featuring Rihanna


“All The Way Up” — Fat Joe & Remy Ma
“Famous” — Kanye West
“Hotline Bling” — Drake
“No Problem” — Chance The Rapper
“Ultralight Beam” — Kanye West


Coloring Book — Chance The Rapper
And the Anonymous Nobody — De La Soul
Major Key — DJ Khaled
Views — Drake
Blank Face LP — ScHoolboy Q
The Life of Pablo — Kanye West


Real Enemies — Darcy James Argue‘s Secret Society
Presents Monk’estra, Vol. 1 — John Beasley
Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music of the Beatles — John Daversa
All L.A. Band — Bob Mintzer
Presidential Suite: Eight Variations On Freedom — Ted Nash Big Band


Benny Blanco
Greg Kurstin
Max Martin
Ricky Reed


Broken Promised Land — Barry Jean Ancelet & Sam Broussard
It’s A Cree Thing — Northern Cree
E Walea — Kalani Pe’a
Gulfstream — Roddie Romero And The Hub City All-Stars
I Wanna Sing Right: Rediscovering Lomax In The Evangeline Country — (Various Artists)


“Cali Coast (Psionics Remix)” — Josh Williams, remixer (Soul Pacific)
“Heavy Star Movin’ (staRo Remix)” — staRo, remixer (The Silver Lake Chorus)
“Nineteen Hundred Eighty-Five (Timo Maas & James Teej Remix)” — Timo Maas & James Teej, remixers (Paul McCartney & Wings)
“Only” (Kaskade X Lipless Remix)— Ryan Raddon, remixer (Ry X)
“Tearing Me Up (RAC Remix)” — Andre Allen Anjos, remixer (Bob Moses)
“Wide Open (Joe Goddard Remix)” — Joe Goddard, remixer (The Chemical Brothers)


Corigliano: The Ghosts Of Versailles — James Conlon, conductor; Joshua Guerrero, Christopher Maltman, Lucas Meachem, Patricia Racette, Lucy Schaufer & Guanqun Yu; Blanton Alspaugh, producer (LA Opera Orchestra; LA Opera Chorus)

Handel: Giulio Cesare — Giovanni Antonini, conductor; Cecilia Bartoli, Philippe Jaroussky, Andreas Scholl & Anne-Sofie von Otter; Samuel Theis, producer (Il Giardino Armonico)

Higdon: Cold Mountain — Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor; Emily Fons, Nathan Gunn, Isabel Leonard & Jay Hunter Morris; Elizabeth Ostrow, producer (The Santa Fe Opera Orchestra; Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program For Singers)

Mozart: Le Nozze De Figaro — Yannick Nezet-Seguin, conductor; Thomas Hampson, Christiane Karg, Luca Pisaroni & Sonya Yoncheva; Daniel Zalay, producer (Chamber Orchestra Of Europe; Vocalensemble Rastatt)

Szymanowski: Krol Roger — Antonio Pappano, conductor; Georgia Jarman, Mariusz Kwiecien & Saimir Pirgu; Jonathan Allen, producer (Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House; Royal Opera Chorus)


Fitelberg: Chamber Works — ARC Ensemble
Reflections — Øyvind Gimse, Geir Inge Lotsberg & Trondheimsolistene
Serious Business — Spektral Quartet
Steve Reich — Third Coast Percussion
Trios From Our Homelands — Lincoln Trio


“Blue Ain’t Your Color” — Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey & Steven Lee Olsen, songwriters (Keith Urban)
“Die A Happy Man” — Sean Douglas, Thomas Rhett & Joe Spargur, songwriters (Thomas Rhett)
“Humble and Kind” — Lori McKenna, songwriter (Tim McGraw)
“My Church” — busbee & Maren Morris, songwriters (Maren Morris)
“Vice” — Miranda Lambert, Shane McAnally & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)

Canadian Hot 100, 6 December 2016

The Weeknd has pulled a Biebs. All 18 tracks off the Ontarian’s newly released album Starboy appear on the Hot 100. The album itself is #1, the 8th Canadian artist album released in 2016 to reach the top. With 43,000 units sold in its first week out, it is assured of gold certification. “Starboy” spends its second week at #1, “Party Monster” bounds into the Top 10 at #8, “I Feel It Coming” is at #12, and “Sidewalks” debuts at #14. Six albums in the Top 10 this week are from Canadian artists. Besides the aforementioned Starboy (#1) are Michael Buble’s Christmas (#5) and To Be Loved (#6).  Daniel Belanger’s Paloma debuts at #8.  Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker is #9 and Bobby Bazini’s Summer Is Gone #10.


More Canadian Hot 100 charts here…

Historical Charts here…


Nielsen SoundScan compiles weekly data on sales of digital singles from a comprehensive pool of Canadian retailers. Nielsen BDS compiles weekly data on spins of singles from 137 radio stations nationwide electronically monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These two charts are combined in the Canadian Hot 100 which is published by Billboard. Beginning 17 September 2014, Nielsen included streaming data from online services in determining the Hot 100.

Here we list all entries from the chart that are in whole or in part by Canadian artists.

The date of the chart corresponds to the release of Nielsen Music’s Canadian Update newsletter which is normally 10 days earlier than the date on the online Billboard chart.

We have used the artwork for the singles where we can. In the case where one doesn’t exist or is unavailable, we have used artwork for the album on which the song appears.


RK – Rank among Canadian artist entries
RE – Re-entry
NEW – New entry
CAT – Catalogue singles: old songs that re-chart
TW – This week’s chart position
LW – Last week’s chart position
PP – Peak position achieved
CE – Gold/platinum certification by Music Canada at time of chart’s publication
OR – Provincial origin of the artist
WC – Weeks on the chart
Red maple leaf – Canadian artist
Magenta maple leaf – Partly Canadian artist
Indigo maple leaf – Featured Canadian artist

New Releases 2 December 2016


Celebrated Montreal-based EDM duo Adventure Club has released the select party album to close out the year with a smash. Red // Blue is the title of the debut LP. It features a troupe of ear-massaging choice vocalists and includes a brilliant collaboration with DallasK. Red // Blue, as the title suggests, is as hot as it is super cool.  iTunes

No stranger to the Billboard Hot 100, whether teaming up with fellow Ontarian Alyssa Reid, drawing inspiration from Rockwell, or flying solo, the talented Virginia to Vegas, alias of Guelph’s American-born Derik Baker, has released his debut album, Utopian. If nothing else, the LP reminds us of his indomitable knack for crafting savoury EDM-inflected pop. We are very fortunate to have this ace a part of team Canada.  iTunes

Also from Guelph, ON is as yet to be crowned master of cool-groove R&B Elaquent. Worst Case Scenario is his latest LP. Mostly instrumental, it is filled with sumptuous beats and chillout vibes. Kick back, relax and enjoy this great work from this marvellous producer.  iTunes

Niagara Falls’ deadmau5 is back decking the electronic music halls with his eighth album W:/2016Album/. At times, spacey and others gritty, the mostly instrumental disc sparkles along with relaxed beats and atmospheric shimmers.  iTunes

Twin Sisters Dani & Lizzy Create a Work of Heart


As far as twin sister duos go, Tegan and Sara are not the only members of the club. Vancouver duo Dani & Lizzy released debut album Work of Heart in September 2016, and it’s just fabulous. From highly reputable label 604 Records, the disc contains a mishmash of pop, R&B, soul, and hip hop. Every song was composed by Dani and Lizzy. Though twins, their tastes in music are not necessarily the same. Lizzy finds herself drawn more to pop, EDM, and singer-songwriter, while Dani enjoys the urban music field.

Work of Heart contains a fresh version the duo’s buzz single “Dancing in the Sky” (see MV below) which has garnered 1.8 million YouTube views to date. The song is a soulful vocal tribute to some close friends they lost over time. The album has much more to offer than such delicious sentimentality. Glittering electropop banger “Detox” opens up a can of cool that sees chuck and jive grooves as in “Do It Again” and instant pop crush waves as in “Dive In”. Dani & Lizzy’s Work of Heart is a super fun record that will have you all smiles.  iTunes

Peter Peter Explores the Electronics of Reality

peter-peter-bien-reelSynthpop specialist Peter Peter (alias of Peter Roy) is back in top shape 2016 after his Polaris nominated album four years ago. The Quebec City native’s newest single is “Bien réel”, and he has gifted us with a music video which we have embedded below. You may find yourselves hypnotized at the start and then snapped out of it by an infectious dance beat later on. Never short of clever ideas, we will get to hear them all on Peter Peter’s upcoming third studio album, Noir Eden, set for release on February 24, 2017. In the meantime, enjoy this.  iTunes

Daniel Bélanger’s DIY Paloma Is a Hit

daniel-belanger-palomaTwo-time JUNO winner and multiplatinum Canadian recording artist Daniel Bélanger released his tenth album Paloma last week. It follows the Montrealer’s adventure into rockabilly territory with his last effort, 2013’s Chic de ville. The new album finds Bélanger at the helm of exquisite, heterogeneous rock. He penned all lyrics, wrote all songs, and played most of the instruments himself. As to be expected with any work from the master craftsman, Paloma’s expertly sculpted tunes are filled with captivating details and thrilling flourishes. Find an Ice Age’s skulk-folk, Losing it to Revolveresque meditation, a rousing Metamorphosis, instrumental Preaching, and other goodies in this nifty little disc.  iTunes

Carly Rae Jepsen Headlining New Year’s Eve Party on Parliament Hill


Parliament Hill will be ringing in the new year with class including a Peace Tower carillon concert and appearances by Olympic athletes. British Columbian multiple JUNO winner and multiplatinum sweetheart Carly Rae Jepsen will be headlining the New Year’s Eve bash as Canada heads into 2017 to celebrate its 150th birthday (sesquicentennial—remember that word). The December 31 party promises to fill the sky with a whole lot of fireworks. The Department of Heritage announced today that festivities will kick off at 7 p.m. local time. Events are set to rock the capital from three vantage points – Parliament Hill, the Alexandra Bridge, and Nepean Point. Everyone’s favourite hip hop crew Radio Radio is set to play at 9 p.m. followed by Albertan hot country star Brett Kissel at 10 p.m. Carly Ray Jepsen will close the night with a bang. A number of concerts and events in cities across the country are expected as well.

Canadian Hot 100, 29 November 2016

Five of the Top 10 albums this week are from Canadian artists. A reissue of Harmonium’s L’heptade leads the pack at #3. Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker is at #6, Bobby Bazini’s Summer Is Gone #7, and Michael Buble’s Nobody but Me and Christmas at #9 and #10 respectively. With the release of The Weeknd’s new album, he contributes two new tracks to the Hot 100: “Party Monster” #16 and “I Feel It Coming” #27. His “False Alarm” returns to the chart, and notably “Starboy”, after 10 weeks, hits #1. It is the fifth chart topper of 2016 involving a Canadian artist.


More Canadian Hot 100 charts here…

Historical Charts here…


Nielsen SoundScan compiles weekly data on sales of digital singles from a comprehensive pool of Canadian retailers. Nielsen BDS compiles weekly data on spins of singles from 137 radio stations nationwide electronically monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These two charts are combined in the Canadian Hot 100 which is published by Billboard. Beginning 17 September 2014, Nielsen included streaming data from online services in determining the Hot 100.

Here we list all entries from the chart that are in whole or in part by Canadian artists.

The date of the chart corresponds to the release of Nielsen Music’s Canadian Update newsletter which is normally 10 days earlier than the date on the online Billboard chart.

We have used the artwork for the singles where we can. In the case where one doesn’t exist or is unavailable, we have used artwork for the album on which the song appears.


RK – Rank among Canadian artist entries
RE – Re-entry
NEW – New entry
CAT – Catalogue singles: old songs that re-chart
TW – This week’s chart position
LW – Last week’s chart position
PP – Peak position achieved
CE – Gold/platinum certification by Music Canada at time of chart’s publication
OR – Provincial origin of the artist
WC – Weeks on the chart
Red maple leaf – Canadian artist
Magenta maple leaf – Partly Canadian artist
Indigo maple leaf – Featured Canadian artist