Nominations Out for the 2019 ADISQ Gala

Three ADISQ galas will take place next month honouring the best music made in the province of Quebec. Felix awards will be presented on October 23rd at the first gala which will be hosted by well-known recording artist Pierre Lapointe. The same day, Claudine Prévost will do the honours in the industry gala. The grand gala will take place October 27th, hosted by Louis-José Houde. Nominations have been announced, selected ones are as below.

THE FIRST GALA

ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Choses Sauvages — Choses Sauvages
La hiérarchill — Jérôme 50
Les choses extérieures — Salomé Leclerc
La nuit est une panthère — Les Louanges
C’est pas la qualité qui compte — Qualité Motel

ANGLOPHONE ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Working Class Woman — Marie Davidson
Window in the Sky — Alex Henry Foster
Matt Lang — Matt Lang
Now — Jesse Mac Cormack
Freewheelin’ Walking — The Brooks

ALLOPHONE ALBUM OF THE YEAR

The Ballad of the Runaway Girl — Elisapie
Miwa EP — Nomadic Massive
Scott-Pien Picard — Scott-Pien Picard
La vraie nature – chansons par Pilou — Pilou
Mishta Meshkenu — Florent Vollant

CRITICS’ CHOICE ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Le sens des paroles — Alaclair Ensemble
ZayZay — FouKi
Les choses extérieures — Salomé Leclerc
La nuit est une panthère — Les Louanges
INSCAPE — Alexandra Stréliski

CLASSICAL LARGE ENSEMBLE ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Requiem — Artistes variés
Ana Sokolovic : Sirènes — Ensemble contemporain de MTL (ECM+) et Véronique Lacroix
Sibelius 1 — Orchestre Métropolitain, Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Chopin : concertos 1 et 2 — Charles Richard-Hamelin, Orchestres Symphonique de Montréal, Kent Nagano
Mathieu : concerto no.4 en mi mineur – Rachmaninov : Raphsodie sur un thème de Paganini, op. 43 — Jean-Philippe Sylvestre, Orchestre Métropolitain, Alain Trudel

CLASSICAL SOLOIST OR SMALL ENSEMBLE ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Gabriel Fauré : Intégrale des mélodies pour voix et piano — Artistes Variés
Schubert: Octuor en fa majeur, D. 803 — Les solistes de l’OSM
John Dowland : Lachrimea — Les Voix Humaines, Nigel North
Schubert : Winterreise — Philippe Sly, Le Chimera Project
Beethoven : Sonates pour violon et pour piano no.6, 7 et 8 — Andrew Wan et Charles Richard-Hamelin

COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Pascal Allard — Pascal Allard
Ma maison favorite — Paul Daraîche
Quand qu’on s’est rencountry — La Famille Day
La fureur de vivre — Karo Laurendeau
Arrière-saison — Renée Martel

INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR

La disparition des lucioles — Philippe Brault
Reverie — Flying Hórses
Déconstruction — Sef Lemelin
INSCAPE — Alexandra Stréliski
Projections — Julie Thériault

JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Stay Tuned! — Dominique Fils-Aimé
Ground Midnight — James Gelfand Trio
Quintessence — Jazzlab Orchestra
Dreams and Other Stories — Josh Rager
Consecration — Rafael Zaldivar

BEST-SELLER ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Délivrance — Éric Lapointe
Après — Fred Pellerin
À jamais — Ginette Reno
Survivant — Souldia
INSCAPE — Alexandra Stréliski

ELECTRONIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Hotline Miami II EP (édition deluxe) — Das Mörtal
Working Class Woman (Instrumentals) — Marie Davidson
Make It Last Forever — Millimetrik
Superficial — Ouri

WORLD MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Zoubida — Ayrad
EMERIKA — King Abid
Zig Zag Zydeco Zoo — Le Winston Band
Kaleido Stropico — Roberto Lopez
Rapadou Kreyol — Wesli

COVERS ALBUM OF THE YEAR

La Renarde, sur les traces de Pauline Julien — Artistes Variés
La Voix 2019 — Artistes Variés
Serge Fiori, Seul Ensemble — Artistes Variés
Quand les hommes vivront d’amour — Les Prêtres
Que les fêtes commencent! — Guylaine Tremblay

ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Supernova — Caravane
Délivrance — Éric Lapointe
Ton corps est déjà froid — Pierre Lapointe et les Beaux Sans-Cœurs
Viens avec moi — Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire
Beaucoup de plaisir — Les Trois Accords

TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Territoires — Le Vent du Nord
Notre album solo — Le Vent du Nord et De Temps Antan
Chouïa — Les Grands Hurleurs
Portraits — Sophie & Fiachra+ André Marchand
Tentations — Yves Lambert Trio

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

La famille — Alaclair Ensemble
Cinq à Sept — Koriass
La nuit est une panthère — Les Louanges
Nous après nous — Les Soeurs Boulay
Pour toi — Ariane Moffatt
Magasin à 1$ — Seba et Horg

THE GRAND GALA

ADULT CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR

C’est la fin du monde à tous les jours – Lou-Adriane Cassidy
Et Voilà — Robert Charlebois
À Jamais — Ginette Reno
L’origine de mes espèces — Michel Rivard
Petite plage — Ingrid St-Pierre

FOLK ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Disparition — Guillaume Beauregard
Hélas Vegas — David Marin
Dans le noir — Safia Nolin
Après — Fred Pellerin
Retour à Walden — Richard Séguin

POP ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Perfecto — Bleu Jeans Bleu
En cas de tempête, ce jardin sera fermé — Cœur de Pirate
Papillon — Lara Fabian
Elle et moi — Marie-Mai
Petites mains précieuses — Ariane Moffatt

RAP ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Le sens des paroles — Alaclair Ensemble
ZayZay — FouKi
La nuit des longs couteaux — Koriass
Tout ça pour ça — Loud
Survivant — Souldia

INDIGINOUS ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Elisapie
Maten
Matiu
Shauit
Florent Vollant

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Lou-Adriane Cassidy
Jérôme 50
Les Louanges
Sarahmée
Alexandra Stréliski

COMPOSER OF THE YEAR

Emmanuel Dubois / Compositeurs variées pour La nuit des longs couteaux de Koriass
Salomé Leclerc pour Les choses extérieures de Salomé Leclerc
Vincent Roberge / Vincent Roberge, Félix Petit, Simon Saint Hillier pour La nuit est une panthère de Les Louanges
Ariane Moffat pour Petites mains précieuses d’Ariane Moffatt
Alexandra Stréliski pour INSCAPE d’Alexandra Stréliski

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR

2Frères
Alaclair Ensemble
Bleu Jeans Bleu
Les Cowboys Fringants
Les Trois Accords

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Cœur de Pirate
Lara Fabian
Marie-Mai
Ariane Moffatt
Ginette Reno

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Marc Dupré
Éric Lapointe
Hubert Lenoir
Loud
Fred Pellerin

SONG OF THE YEAR

Léo Gagné — 2Frères (Amélie Larocque)
Tu trouveras la paix (pour Renée Claude) — Artistes Variés (Stéphane Venne)
Des p’tits bouts de toi — Roxane Bruneau (Roxane Bruneau)
Fous n’importe où — Charlotte Cardin (Daniel Bélanger)
Dans la nuit (avec Loud) — Cœur de Pirate (Béatrice Martin, Simon Cliche / Béatrice Martin)
Tout le monde — Corneille (Corneille, Sofia de Medeiros / Corneille)
La tempête — Marc Dupré (Marc Dupré, John Nathaniel, Amélie Larocque)
Pitou — Les Louanges (Vincent Roberge / Vincent Roberge, Félix Petit)
Ouvre tes yeux Simon! — Les Trois Accords (Simon Proulx / Les Trois Accords)
Fallait y aller — Loud (Loud / Ruffsound, Banx & Ranx, Ajust & Realmind)

Four New Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named

Four new inductees join the growing roster of the Music Hall of Fame. Bobby Curtola, a teen idol and superstar of the rock-a-ballad in the early 1960s, was named posthumously, which is unfortunate. Originally from Thunder Bay, Bobby passed away three years ago in Edmonton. His string of hits includes “Hitchhiker” and “Fortuneteller”. British Columbian rock band Chilliwack, known for a slew of hits including “My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone)”, receives an induction as well. Andy Kim who recently received a star on the Walk of Fame is the third. He is partly responsible for the classic “Sugar Sugar” by The Archies. But Kim also scored his own hits like “Baby, I Love You” and “Rock Me Gently”. Finally, we have alternative country outfit Cowboy Junkies. The group’s collection of radio hits includes “Angel Mine”. There are still a number of very famous acts not yet inducted. Best-selling rock band Trooper comes to mind. The induction of the four slayers will take place at Calgary’s Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, on October 27.

Céline Dion’s Courage Out November 2019

Queen Céline will be releasing her 27th studio album November 15, 2019. The work is entitled Courage, and four songs from the disc have been made available for digital download: “Flying on My Own”, “Lying Down”, “Courage”, and “Imperfections”. This is the Canadian superstar’s first English language album in six years; Loved My Back to Life came out in 2013. The French language Encore un soir graced 2016. When album sales were at their peak, Dion managed over 30 million copies per album worldwide for Falling into You (1996) and Let’s Talk About Love (1997). Céline’s world tour to promote the new album was launched today in Quebec City. Songwriters on the Courage tracks include David Guetta, Sia, Lauv, and Canada’s own Stephan Moccio.

Haviah Mighty Finds $50K Polaris Prize on 13th Floor

Judges for the 2019 Polaris Music Prize decided to honour women in rap by presenting Brampton’s Haviah Mighty with the $50,000 cheque for her album 13th Floor. Her work was chosen by 11 people and announced at the annual gala held as usual at The Carlu in Toronto attended by about a thousand. The album was deemed a mightier work than the other nine shortlisters: Dominique Fils-Aimé’s Stay Tuned, Elisapie’s The Ballad of the Runaway Girl, FET.NAT’s Le Mal, Jessie Reyez’s Being Human in Public, Les Louanges‘ La nuit est une panthère, Marie Davidson’s Working Class Woman, PUP’s Morbid Stuff, Shad’s A Short Story About a War, and Snotty Nose Rez Kids’ Trapline. For being shortlisted, these nine each received a cash prize of $3,000. This was the 14th installment of the prize which began in 2006.

13 September 2019 Releases: The Glorious Sons, Lenni-Kim…

JUNO award winning rock band The Glorious Sons heralds this week’s releases with new album A War on Everything. Triple nominee Bruno Pelletier teams up with the symphony in Sous influences featuring his delicious vocals. Fans of electronic music can check out the superb Butterfly Arcane from Nathan Micay. This weeks sees much in the realm of singer-songwriter, folk, and roots music. You can’t go wrong with Leeroy Stagger who serves his latest LP, Strange Path. In the pop field, teen sensation Lenni-Kim returns with EP 18. Check out these and more in the table below.

TITLE ARTIST GENRE
A War on Everything The Glorious Sons (JW) Rock
All the Love Songs Lied to Us Li’l Andy  Country
Butterfly Arcane Nathan Micay Electronic
Changer de trottoir Raton Lover S-S/Folk
Chansons rassembleuses Nikamu Mamuitun S-S/Folk
Don’t Save Me Derin Falana Rap
Evangeline Gentle Evangeline Gentle S-S/Folk
Fear Begonia Alternative
Home Made Satan Chastity Rock
La belle epoque La Verdine Jazz
Moth nor Rust II Jon Brooks S-S/Folk
Parallel Line Paper Beat Scissors S-S/Folk
Prelude Felixe Alternative
Sous influences Bruno Pelletier (JN) Orchestral
Strange Path Leeroy Stagger S-S/Folk
18 (EP) Lenni-Kim  Pop
Mood (EP) 11:11 R&B/Soul
The Hardest Years Yet (EP) Alone I Walk Pop Punk

Tenille Townes Cleans Up at the 2019 CCMA Gala

Grande Prairie, Alberta’s Tenille Townes took Calgary by storm during the city’s hosting of the 2019 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) awards tonight. The gala was co-hosted by Dallas Smith and American achy breaky man Billy Rae Cyrus. Tenille’s #1 country radio hit “Somebody’s Daughter” took both Single of the Year and Video of the Year. And for this Top 30 US country hit, Tenille and her co-writers snatched the Songwriter(s) of the Year award. Townes picked up a fourth trophy for Female Artist of the Year. Find all award recipients below.

“Somebody’s Daughter” has picked up more than 2.3 million views.

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Paul Brandt
Dean Brody
Tim Hicks
Brett Kissel
Dallas Smith (Winner)

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
The Fall – Dallas Smith
Feels Like That – The Reklaws (Winner)
The Journey BNA Vol. 2 – Paul Brandt
Love A Girl – Tebey
New Tattoo – Tim Hicks
State Of Mind – Hunter Brothers

FANS’ CHOICE
Gord Bamford
Paul Brandt
Dean Brody
Tim Hicks
Hunter Brothers
James Barker Band
Brett Kissel (Winner)
The Reklaws
Dallas Smith
Guylaine Tanguay

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Lindsay Ell
Jess Moskaluke
Meghan Patrick
Guylaine Tanguay
Tenille Townes (Winner)

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
High Valley
Hunter Brothers
James Barker Band
The Reklaws
The Washboard Union (Winner)

INTERACTIVE ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Lindsay Ell (Winner)
Aaron Goodvin
James Barker Band
Brett Kissel
Nice Horse

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Paul Brandt
Dean Brody
Tim Hicks
Brett Kissel
Dallas Smith (Winner)

RISING STAR
Shawn Austin
Jade Eagleson (Winner)
Eric Ethridge
JoJo Mason
Sons of Daughters

ROOTS ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion – Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion
Both Ways – Donovan Woods (Winner)
Heart Of Glass – Jessica Mitchell
Juliet – Dan Davidson
What We’re Made Of – The Washboard Union

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Criminal – Lindsay Ell
Dive Bar – Gord Bamford
Good Together – James Barker Band
Somebody’s Daughter – Tenille Townes (Winner)
Walls Come Down – Meghan Patrick

SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR

Brett Kissel, Seth Mosley, Brad Rempel
Song: Cecilia (Performed By: Brett Kissel)

Gord Bamford, Bart Butler, Brice Long
Song: Down (Performed By: Gord Bamford)

James Barker, Todd Clark, Gavin Slate, Travis Wood
Song: Keep It Simple (Performed By: James Barker Band)

Corey Crowder, Jess Moskaluke, Jared Mullins
Song: Save Some Of That Whiskey (Performed By: Jess Moskaluke)

Barry Dean, Luke Laird, Tenille Townes
Song: Somebody’s Daughter (Performed By: Tenille Townes) (Winner)

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Camouflage – Jess Moskaluke
Criminal – Lindsay Ell
Feels Like That – The Reklaws
Somebody’s Daughter – Tenille Townes (Winner)
Walls Come Down – Meghan Patrick

Sep 6, 2019 Releases: Alessia Cara, Meghan Patrick…

We begin our summary of this week’s releases by expressing our thrill and pride for Canadian tennis star Bianca Andreescu winning the Women’s U.S. Open against the formidable Serena Williams 6-3, 7-5. This is the first time in history that a Canadian has taken the title.

JUNO award winner Jane Bunnett & Maqueque jazzifies the landscape with LP On Firm Ground / Tierra Firme. Alessia Cara, another JUNO trophy recipient, contributes EP This Summer. Check out track “October” for something good. Country music champ and JUNO nominee Meghan Patrick also opts for an extended play record – Wild as Me. JUNO nominated group Rheostatics present album Here Come the Wolves this week. A new single has come out from Grimes entitled “Violence”.

Also worth consuming is alternative album Et si j’étais à des années-lumière from Cédrik St-Onge; “Demain” alone deserves a spin. Lovers of synthpop will find something to savour in Nuits plurielles from Bronswick. Find these and more in the table below.

TITLE ARTIST GENRE
Courtepointe Manon Bedard Country
Crawl Jom Comyn Alternative
Drew Thomson Foundation Drew Thomson Foundation Rock
Et si j’etais a des annees-lumiere Cedrik St-Onge Alternative
Existence sur la liste  Benlo S-S/Folk
Guts Eamon McGrath S-S/Folk
Here Come the Wolves Rheostatics (JN) Alternative
La mort des etoiles Les soeurs Boulay S-S/Folk
Le messager Samian Rap
Nuits plurielles Bronswick  Alternative
On Firm Ground / Tierra Firme Jane Bunnett & Maqueque (JW) Jazz
Soft Landing Sandro Perri Alternative
Tant que j’respire Taktika Rap
Frienemy (EP) Northsidebenji Rap
Mood AF (EP) Laraw  Pop
Passion (EP) Mark Clennon Alternative
Platnet4 (EP) a4 Rap
This Summer (EP) Alessia Cara (JW) R&B/Soul
Wild As Me (EP) Meghan Patrick (JN) Country
Ya Ya Ya Ya (EP) L’Indice Alternative

New Releases 30 August 2019: Big Wreck, The Reklaws…

Closing out August are 17 major Canadian artist releases bringing our 2019 tally to 352 LPs and 126 EPs. Among this week’s standouts are JUNO nominees Big Wreck and The Reklaws. The former is a rock band fronted by the talented Ian Thornley and the latter a country music sisbro duo. Their albums are, respectively, But for the Sun and Freshman Year. Both are first rate. Other standouts this week are electropop specialist Rosemary Fairweather and her second collection of Heavenly songs. Lovers of dream pop are in luck as newcomer Bodywash launches debut disc Comforter. Check out these and more in the table below.

TITLE ARTIST GENRE
À côté d’ la track  Broch’à foin  Folk
Ast’heure  Les Frères à Ch’val  Folk
But for the Sun Big Wreck (JN) Rock
Comforter Bodywash Dream Pop
Felicity Hologramme  Electronic
Freshman Year The Reklaws (JN) Country
Heavenly: A Second… Rosemary Fairweather Electropop
How Do We Stay Here? Close Talker Alternative
Onze Marie-Ève Laure  S-S
Tel quel René d’Antoine  AC
Une minute Véronique Labbé  Country
 Trèdou  (EP) Vendou  Pop
Effervescence (EP) Selci Alternative
Kalsey Kulyk (EP) Kalsey Kulyk Country
Quand je serai grand… (EP) Larche S-S
RSVP (EP) RSVP Pop
Zoklo (EP) Obia le chef  Rap

Shawn Mendes Wins a Pair at the 2019 VMAs

Canadian recording artist Shawn Mendes picked up a pair of MTV Video Music Awards last night at the ceremony in the US state of New Jersey. The trophies were for the music video for “Senorita” with Cuban singer Camila Cabello in the Best Cinematography and Best Collaboration categories. The MV has accumulated more than half a billion views and shows Mendes in a Fonzarelli outfit on a motorcycle and Cabello in Terminator waitress attire. The two performed the song at the gala, while Mendes also performed his Yvonne Elliman namesake “If I Can’t Have You”. “You Need to Calm Down” by US singer Taylor Swift was named Video of the Year. Since the annual gala’s launch in 1984, only one Canadian has won the latter award: Neil Young for “This Note’s for You” (1989).

The number of viewers of the VMAs has plummeted from a peak in 2011 of 12.4 million to only 2.25 million in 2018 with this year’s numbers not yet released. The yearly Much Music Video Awards (MMVAs) in Toronto were not held in 2019, and it is unclear whether they have been put to permanent rest.

August 16-23, 2019 Releases: Socalled, Fred Fortin…

Find below a table of new Canadian artist releases from the past two weeks which includes discs from JUNO nominees Fred Fortin and Socalled.

TITLE ARTIST GENRE
Frugal Biliwald  Alternative
Mental Health Rae Spoon Alternative
Primal Prayer Beverly Glenn-Copeland World
The Second Season Socalled (JN) Soundtrack
Iris pollues Marie Onile  S-S/Folk
Long Story Short Ian Kelly S-S/Folk
Microdose Fred Fortin (JN) S-S/Folk
Re-Birth Obuxum R&B/Soul
Roman-savon Mathieu Berube Alternative
La main de Dieu (EP) We Are Wolves Alternative
Sign Up (EP) Bad Child Alternative
When the Weeds Bloom  (EP) Eager Dance  Alternative
Careful Women (EP) Rebekah Hawker Country
Phase (EP) Baggies Rap
Wine (EP) Emily Reid Country

New Releases Early August 2019: Electric Youth, Drake…

The wait is over! Having dropped one of the finest albums of the decade, 2014’s Innerworld, Ontarian duo Electric Youth is back with new LP Memory Emotion. Bronwyn and Austin were busy a couple of years ago putting together the soundtrack for film Breathing, having become credible with their contribution to the soundtrack of Ryan Gosling’s Drive (“A Real Hero”). The new album is simply superb.

Raptors fanatic Drake dusted off some songs from the attic to present them in a Care Package to his fans. Theses were cuts that were shelved as they did not quite make … the cut.

Also notable … pop slayer Kayla Diamond dons her Henley with EP Dirty Laundry and JUNO nominee The Franklin Electric endeavours to get In Your Head with a shiny new disc.

Find these and more releases from August 2 – August 9 in the table below.

TITLE ARTIST GENRE
Care Package Drake (JW) Rap
Really Well Mauno Alternative
Sirène & Matelot  Sirène & Matelot  S-S/Folk
Transistor Sister, Vol. 2 Shotgun Jimmie Rock
Hard Time Jeremie Albino Country Blues
Hard to Say, Not Knowing Little You, Little Me Punk Rock
Memory Emotion Electric Youth Electronic Pop
Need You HMLT R&B
Diamonds & Dust (EP) Owen Barney Country
Dirty Laundry (EP) Kayla Diamond Pop
In Your Head (EP) The Franklin Electric (JN) Alternative

New Releases July 2019: Keys N Krates, Rezz, Sum 41…

New singles are all the buzz today. Among the high-profile artists dropping them are Alessia Cara (“Ready”), Chocolat (“Fou fou fou mon minou / Heavy”), Tegan and Sara (“I’ll Be Back Someday”), and Majid Jordan (“Caught Up”). Pop star Alyssa Reid is featured in new country track “Somebody Like You” from up and comer Owen Barney.

Oshawa’s Lennon Stella is featured in “Takeaway”, a track from global hitsters The Chainsmokers. It has scaled up to #5 at iTunes. The legend who is Buffy Sainte-Marie is included on the soundtrack for upcoming blockbuster feature film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The song in question is “The Circle Game”.

Some JUNO winners dropped albums in July, notably hard rock band Sum 41 with Order in Decline, EDM outfit Keys N Krates with A Beat Tape for Your Friends, and Beyond the Senses (EP) from Rezz, a more experimental offering from her. JUNO nominees dropping discs are rapper Tre Mission with Orphan Black and metal group Metz with Automat. Find these and more Canadian artist releases below.

TITLE ARTIST GENRE
A Beat Tape for Your Friends Keys N Krates (JW) Dance
What We Say in Private Ada Lea Alternative
Order in Decline Sum 41 (JW) Rock
Planetary Clairvoyance Tomb Mold Metal
Acadian Dream Cy S-S/Folk
Orphan Black Tre Mission (JN) Rap
Who Is the Baker? Laura Barrett S-S/Folk
Friday Monkey House Jazz
Black Dove (EP) Amaal R&B/Soul
Binary Garden (EP) Auras Metal
Automat (EP) Metz (JN) Metal
Saudade (EP) Chris LaRocca R&B/Soul
Beyond the Senses (EP) Rezz (JW) Alternative
Sweet Dreams till Sunbeams (EP) Neon Dreams Pop
Freddie Future (EP) Freddie Future Alternative
Sea Shells (EP) Soviets, Chaix & Jeff Spec Rap
Sonoglyph Pt. 1 (EP) Kotek Alternative
Into the Light (EP) Chris Assaad S-S/Folk

Gold/Platinum Certifications: These Two Tracks Reach 8x Platinum

It has been a while since we posted updates on gold and platinum certifications from Music Canada. Two singles have achieved 8x platinum status over the past several months: “Body” by Loud Luxury and “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd. The latter’s album Beauty Behind the Madness has reached the quintuple platinum mark. Other highlights include classic 80s number “My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone)” from British Columbian rock group Chilliwack going platinum. Find below a hefty table of the newest certifications, sorted alphabetically by artist. See if the table includes any of your favourites.

TITLE ARTIST CERTIFICATION
INSCAPE Alexandra Stréliski GOLD ALBUM
Alexisonfire Alexisonfire PLATINUM ALBUM
Old Crows / Young Cardinals Alexisonfire PLATINUM ALBUM
This Could Be Anywhere… Alexisonfire Gold Single
Young Cardinals Alexisonfire Gold Single
High Noon Arkells PLATINUM ALBUM
Knocking At The Door Arkells Platinum Single
Walls Fall Down Bedouin Soundclash Gold Single
Ballerina Belly Platinum Single
What You Want (ft. The Weeknd) Belly Gold Single
Hit & Run Big Sugar GOLD ALBUM
Anthem Brett Kissel Gold Single
Shine A Light Bryan Adams GOLD ALBUM
Two Punks In Love bülow Gold Single
Fly At Night Chilliwack Gold Single
My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone) Chilliwack Platinum Single
Bring Me Your Love City and Colour 2x PLATINUM ALBUM
Comin’ Home City and Colour Platinum Single
Fragile Bird City and Colour Platinum Single
Grand Optimist City and Colour Platinum Single
If I Should Go Before You City and Colour GOLD ALBUM
Little Hell City and Colour 2x PLATINUM ALBUM
Lover Come Back City and Colour Gold Single
Save Your Scissors City and Colour Platinum Single
Sleeping Sickness City and Colour Platinum Single
The Girl City and Colour Platinum Single
Thirst City and Colour Gold Single
Wasted Love City and Colour Gold Single
No Pressure (ft. Snoop Dogg) Classified Gold Single
Roses Coeur de pirate PLATINUM ALBUM
Lifted Dallas Smith Gold Single
One Little Kiss Dallas Smith Gold Single
Sky Stays This Blue Dallas Smith Gold Single
Slow Rollin’ Dallas Smith Gold Single
Best Part (ft. H.E.R.) Daniel Caesar 2x Platinum Single
Get You (ft. Kali Uchis) Daniel Caesar 2x Platinum Single
We Find Love Daniel Caesar Gold Single
Who Hurt You? Daniel Caesar Gold Single
Dirt Dean Brody PLATINUM ALBUM
Bad Habits Delaney Jane Gold Single
In My Feelings Drake 5x Platinum Single
Not Going Home DVBBS 2x Platinum Single
IDWK DVBBS & Blackbear Platinum Single
La La Land (ft. Delaney Jane) DVBBS & Shaun Frank Gold Single
Ain’t Easy Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine 2x Platinum Single
Better Off Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine Gold Single
Get What You Give Felix Cartal Platinum Single
Love Me Felix Cartal & Lights Gold Single
Après Fred Pellerin GOLD ALBUM
À jamais Ginette Reno PLATINUM ALBUM
Blood//Water grandson Gold Single
Turn Your Love Half Moon Run Gold Single
Make You Mine High Valley Platinum Single
She’s With Me High Valley Platinum Single
Got Your Name On It Jade Eagleson Gold Single
Chills James Barker Band Platinum Single
Keep It Simple James Barker Band Gold Single
Gone Long Gone Jason Benoit Gold Single
Dead Or Alive Jazz Cartier Gold Single
Imported (with 6LACK) Jessie Reyez Gold Single
Chances Jill Barber GOLD ALBUM
Bound To You Jocelyn Alice Gold Single
Dum Dee Dum Keys N Krates Gold Single
Killamonjaro KILLY Platinum Single
No Sad No Bad KILLY Platinum Single
Nouveaux riches Loud Gold Single
Toutes les femmes savent danser Loud Platinum Single
Une année record Loud GOLD ALBUM
Body (ft. Brando) Loud Luxury 8x Times Platinum Single
Love No More Loud Luxury x anders Platinum Single
Love Michael Buble PLATINUM ALBUM
Bad Habits NAV GOLD ALBUM
Myself NAV Platinum Single
Up NAV Platinum Single
Wanted You (ft. Lil Uzi Vert) NAV 2x Platinum Single
Perfect Timing Nav & Metro Boomin GOLD ALBUM
Superficial Love Ruth B Gold Single
The Intro Ruth B GOLD ALBUM
Hang Ups Scott Helman Gold Single
Kinda Complicated Scott Helman Gold Single
Let You Get Away (feat. Ashe) Shaun Frank Gold Single
Señorita Shawn Mendes & C. Cabello Platinum Single
Home For A Rest Spirit Of The West Platinum Single
In Hell I’ll Be In Good Company The Dead South Gold Single
Feeling Good The Sheepdogs Platinum Single
The Sheepdogs The Sheepdogs PLATINUM ALBUM
Spirits The Strumbellas 3x Platinum Single
Christmas Together The Tenors GOLD ALBUM
Acquainted The Weeknd Platinum Single
Angel The Weeknd Gold Single
As You Are The Weeknd Gold Single
Beauty Behind the Madness The Weeknd 5x PLATINUM ALBUM
Can’t Feel My Face The Weeknd 8x Times Platinum Single
Dark Times The Weeknd Gold Single
Earned It The Weeknd 5x Platinum Single
False Alarm The Weeknd Platinum Single
High For This The Weeknd Platinum Single
Hurt You The Weeknd Gold Single
I Feel It Coming The Weeknd 5x Platinum Single
In The Night The Weeknd 2x Platinum Single
Often The Weeknd 3x Platinum Single
Prisoner The Weeknd Gold Single
Real Life The Weeknd Gold Single
Reminder The Weeknd 3x Platinum Single
Secrets The Weeknd Platinum Single
Sidewalks The Weeknd Platinum Single
Tell Your Friends The Weeknd Gold Single
The Hills The Weeknd 7x Times Platinum Single
True Colors The Weeknd Platinum Single
Wicked Games The Weeknd 2x Platinum Single
With You Tyler Shaw Platinum Single

The Polaris Prize Short List For 2019 Is Out Now

Stay Tuned! Quebec’s Dominique Fils-Aimé heralds the slate alphabetically with her R&B album. It is one of 10 Canadian records that have been shortlisted for the annual Polaris Music Prize, a cash reward of $50,000 presented to the disc of music deemed by judges to have the most artistic merit. Dominique’s provincial cohorts Elisapie and FET.NAT join her with singer-songwriter disc The Ballad of the Runaway Girl and alternative album Le Mal respectively.

Ontario’s Haviah Mighty caught the judges’ ears rapping on the 13th Floor. Also from the province of black flies and horseshoe falls is R&B JUNO winner Jessie Reyez who gets the nod for Being Human in Public.

The CMB’s pick of the batch is Les Louanges‘ alternative LP La nuit est une panthère. Working Class Woman Marie Davidson follows with another alternative effort. Both artists hail from Montreal. Toronto alt-rock outfit PUP attracted attention with some Morbid Stuff. Well-known rapper Shad, a JUNO winner, is shortlisted for A Short Story About a War. Finally, BC’s Snotty Nose Rez Kids make the grade with Trapline, another rap album.

Unlike the past couple of years, there is no clear frontrunner for the 2019 award. Any of these could find themselves 50 grand richer. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in Toronto on September 16.

CCMA Announces Nominations for 2019 Country Music Awards

The annual CCMA Awards takes place this year in our 4th largest city – Calgary – on September 8. Two performers have thus far been announced – Alberta’s Tenille Townes (pictured above) and Old Dominion. Local lad Paul Brandt will be receiving a humanitarian award. The Canadian Country Music Association has unveiled the artist nominees, and they are as below. Find musician, radio, and industry nominees at the CCMA website. You can vote for the Fans’ Choice award here.

The gentlemen rule in most categories, while the ladies fare better in the Single of the Year and, most especially, Video of the Year sets.

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Paul Brandt
Dean Brody
Tim Hicks
Brett Kissel
Dallas Smith

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
The Fall – Dallas Smith
Feels Like That – The Reklaws
The Journey BNA Vol. 2 – Paul Brandt
Love A Girl – Tebey
New Tattoo – Tim Hicks
State Of Mind – Hunter Brothers

FANS’ CHOICE
Gord Bamford
Paul Brandt
Dean Brody
Tim Hicks
Hunter Brothers
James Barker Band
Brett Kissel
The Reklaws
Dallas Smith
Guylaine Tanguay

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Lindsay Ell
Jess Moskaluke
Meghan Patrick
Guylaine Tanguay
Tenille Townes

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
High Valley
Hunter Brothers
James Barker Band
The Reklaws
The Washboard Union

INTERACTIVE ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Lindsay Ell
Aaron Goodvin
James Barker Band
Brett Kissel
Nice Horse

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Paul Brandt
Dean Brody
Tim Hicks
Brett Kissel
Dallas Smith

RISING STAR
Shawn Austin
Jade Eagleson
Eric Ethridge
JoJo Mason
Sons of Daughters

ROOTS ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion – Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion
Both Ways – Donovan Woods
Heart Of Glass – Jessica Mitchell
Juliet – Dan Davidson
What We’re Made Of – The Washboard Union

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Criminal – Lindsay Ell
Dive Bar – Gord Bamford
Good Together – James Barker Band
Somebody’s Daughter – Tenille Townes
Walls Come Down – Meghan Patrick

SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR

Brett Kissel, Seth Mosley, Brad Rempel
Song: Cecilia (Performed By: Brett Kissel)

Gord Bamford, Bart Butler, Brice Long
Song: Down (Performed By: Gord Bamford)

James Barker, Todd Clark, Gavin Slate, Travis Wood
Song: Keep It Simple (Performed By: James Barker Band)

Corey Crowder, Jess Moskaluke, Jared Mullins
Song: Save Some Of That Whiskey (Performed By: Jess Moskaluke)

Barry Dean, Luke Laird, Tenille Townes
Song: Somebody’s Daughter (Performed By: Tenille Townes)

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Camouflage – Jess Moskaluke
Criminal – Lindsay Ell
Feels Like That – The Reklaws
Somebody’s Daughter – Tenille Townes
Walls Come Down – Meghan Patrick