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Posted by on December 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

A Forest of Arms Surround Great Lake Swimmers

Great Lake Swimmers - a forest of armsAfter five albums, the five-member roots band that names itself after the five Great Lakes, gets into forests on album #6. A Forest of Arms has been released by Toronto’s Great Lake Swimmers, and it surges with violins, guitars, upright acoustic bass, a dynamic rhythm section, and some banjo. The band likes to weave music around themes of natural beauty and explore environmental issues. In keeping with this, the group chose to record some of the music in natural environments as well as studios that had a unique connection to nature.

Captured in the Tyendinaga Caves were reverberations hauntingly manipulated by rock walls, stalactites, and circling bats. Check out tracks “Don’t Leave Me Hanging,” “The Great Bear,” and “With Every Departure” for that. The band also used Chalet Studio which sits amidst rolling hills near the shores of Lake Ontario. Track “The Great Bear” was inspired by a trip to the northern rainforests of BC. The Grapes of Wrath’s Kevin Kane is one of the guest musicians on the album. Two JUNO nominations to date have come to Great Lake Swimmers.  iTunes

 
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Posted by on May 3, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Maple Pop Shots

Alexz Johnson in New York

Alexz Johnson enjoys pink skies at Coney Island, New York.

Shawn Hook

Shawn Hook is happy that a sunny May has arrived in Vancouver … and that “Sound of Your Heart” recently entered the iTunes Top 30.

elise estrada indoors

Elise Estrada likes the sunshine too, but due to having to work indoors strikes an adorable pout.

Carly Beijing

Carly Rae Jepsen is in Pandaland. Here she is with her crew in beautiful Beijing!

Sally Folk bonjour weekend

Sally Folk, enjoying her new CKOI #1 single, visits the folks at Bonjour Week-end. (Rumour has it The Weeknd couldn’t make it).

zoolander biebs

It looks like Derek Zoolander has made a new friend.

up we gold

LIGHTS celebrates her recent GOLD-certified single “Up We Go” with the official plaque award from Music Canada.

Kiesza Birks Jim Pattison

What Kiesza, Jim Pattison, and Birks have in common. Of the three, we’ll take Kiesza.

francesco tessa

Finally, Francesco Yates meets his hero: hockey superstar Tessa Bonhomme.

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2015 in 2015 News, News, Special Features

 

SENS of Achievement on Album 3

sensSENS is a spirited rock quartet from the Laurentides, based in Montreal. The band made an indomitable mark on Franco radio with its first two albums (plus an EP) since igniting a recording career in 2008. The lads now into their thirties have aptly transitioned the themes of their music in LP #3, a self-titled work, exploring hope, remorse, inexhaustible love, and the risks and challenges life dishes out. Highlights include radio hit “Ce Soir”, popular tracks “Si on ne vit qu’une seule fois” and “Vivre libéré”, as well as “Qu’est-ce que ça va prendre” which was co-written with rock legend Aldo Nova!  iTunes

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2015 in 2015 Albums, Albums

 

Laila Biali’s New Album Is a House of Many Rooms

laila-biali-house-of-many-rooms-album-cover-artwork-1-8mbJUNO-nominated as a vocal jazz artist, Laila Biali blesses 2015 with fabulous adult contemporary album, House of Many Rooms, recorded with her band The Radiance Project. Laila traces her origins to Vancouver and now travels between Toronto and New York. Her skills especially in piano and voice are such that she has toured and recorded with a number of high profilers including Sting, Suzanne Vega, Chris Botti, and Paula Cole. In fact, Sting says of her, “She is an exciting and unique talent, and I admire her greatly.” Her new album demonstrates her knack for writing songs and unlike other works of the genre is dramatic rather than measured. The album teaser below will give you a taste.  iTunes

 
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Posted by on May 1, 2015 in 2015 Albums, Albums

 

Canadian Hot 100, 29 April 2015

Canadian Hot 100 - 29 Apr 2015

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
Red maple leaf – Canadian artist
Magenta maple leaf – Partly Canadian artist
Blue maple leaf – Featured Canadian artist

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2015 in 2015 Charts, Canadian Hot 100

 

CBC Searchlight Narrows the Contestants Down to 23

CBC logo1The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. is running its annual Searchlight competition to find Canada’s “best new artist”. The contest began March 2 with 3,333 artists submitting their own original song. The winner will be announced May 15. Daily voting is open to the public. The grand prize is $20,000 worth of musical equipment from Yamaha plus a spotlight in a high profile musical showcase. After periods of voting, artists are eliminated. CBC divided Canada into 23 regions and one winner from each region has been determined who will compete for the national title. You can read the contest rules here. Music in any genre was considered. You can vote daily for one or more of the 23 after listening to all or part of their submitted song. The 23 regional champs are listed below with the region they represent. Good luck to all these fine talents. You can VOTE HERE.

The Royal Foundry, Edmonton
Godson, Yellowknife
Mika-Dawn, Winnipeg
Ivory Hours, Windsor
The Bennett Sun, Whitehorse
PK Tessmann, Victoria
Shy Sharity, Vancouver
Devan and Khalid, Toronto
Kellie Loder, St. John’s
Amanda Hagel, Saskatchewan
Orange O’clock, Quebec City
Lost Cousins, Ottawa
Murder Murder, Northern Ontario
Jesse Cox, New Brunswick
The Fall Line, Montreal
Kyle Boyne, Kitchener-Waterloo
The Burn Ins, Kelowna
Scary Bear Soundtrack, Iqaluit
Skinner, Hamilton
Hillsburn, Halifax
Peggy Clinton, Charlottetown
Thomas Aaron, Cape Breton
The Dearhearts, Calgary

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2015 in 2015 News, News

 

Selected New Releases 28 April 2015

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Formed in Calgary and based in Montreal, alternative, largely electronic band Braids releases its third album Deep in the Iris. Braids has been nominated twice at the JUNOs. Bears of Legend is a very good folk band from Trois-Rivières; Ghostwritten Chronicles is the name of its new album. JUNO winner and Member of the Order of Canada Natalie MacMaster of Cape Breton teams with fellow fiddler Donnell Leahy on album One. JUNO nominee Socalled from Montreal fuses pop, world, and rap in album Peoplewatching. A stunningly beautiful vocal jazz album appears from McGill University prodigy Emma Frank, The People We’re Becoming. JUNO winner Florent Vollant, which some may remember from band Kashtin, delivers a folky treat entitled Puamuna. He is from Maliotenam, QC. Quebec City’s Ponctuation is a garage rock/punk band that gives us La realite nous suffit.

EPs this week emerge from platinum Delta, BC band Theory of a Deadman, an acoustic one. Platinum Montreal act Sam Roberts Band is Counting the Days. Back to BC, Vernon rapper SonReal releases For the Town.

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2015 in 2015 Albums, Albums

 

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Lexi Strate Has the Antidote

Lexi Strate - AntidoteRising star Lexi Strate has released new single “Antidote”, and it’s easily one of the most delicious pop songs of the year. She will be performing the song live May 7 during Canadian Music Week at the Hard Rock Café. Following that, she plans to launch her debut EP. Lexi’s charm rests in her voice, unique, spicy, and glorious, and she is building up an arsenal of catchy tunes. She won Edmonton’s Virgin Radio Star contest in 2012, recorded some excellent songs with Vancouver label Milk Music, and last May via “Chances” was named Bell Media’s Future Star. Recently signed by Edmonton based label Hands Up!, Lexi Strate now straddles a rocket that is headed for big things. Don’t miss out on “Antidote”, now available on iTunes.

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2015 in 2015 Songs, Songs

 

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Are You Ready to Swing?

Swing1The long awaited 4th album from Ottawa folk-pop duo Swing arrived earlier this year. The musical pairing of Michel Bénac and Jean-Philippe Goulet occurred in the late 90s when one who loved to dance to the sound of the violin met the other, an R&B singer returning back from a stint in Nashville to rediscover his Francophone roots. Though in some respects they were polar opposites, they found that by combining their specialties, a new sound was born which they named “urban folk”. While exploring their cultural roots and bringing in rock influences, Swing evolved into a successful act.

The eponymous fourth album has already spawned hit singles on Franco radio, most notably catchy opener “La Folie”. The album though has lots more to offer; thumping, knee slapping beats, hand clapping, whistling, banjo strums, and even touches of synth will get you dancing in no time. The duo is accompanied by three musicians who fill the overall sound with ample energy making Swing a really fun, enjoyable record. Humorous MV for track “C Okay” embedded below.  iTunes

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2015 in 2015 Albums, Albums

 

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Dean Brody Travels the Gypsy Road

DeanBrody_GypsyRoadStar of country music Dean Brody was born and raised in British Columbia, now residing in Chester, Nova Scotia. As a BC boy, Dean worked in a sawmill while honing his guitar skills and writing songs. He was offered a recording contract in 2008 and launched his career. Since then he has done exceptionally well, planting a total of 18 songs into the Billboard Hot 100. “Canadian Girls” broke into the Top 40 and was certified platinum. “It’s Friday” and “Bounty” have struck gold. The latter reached #1 on BDS Country. Brody’s third album Dirt was his best seller, certified gold. His last, Crop Circles, received the JUNO Country Album of the Year Award.

Dean Brody’s new album Gypsy Road (Open Road Recordings) is his fifth and mounted the iTunes Top 10 upon release. “Upside Down” heralded the LP. Like his past works, the album was produced by Matt Rovey. Dean gives us a new batch of beautiful songs with engaging lyrics strengthening his foothold at the forefront of Canadian country.  iTunes

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2015 in 2015 Albums, Albums

 

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Tyler Shaw’s “House of Cards” MV

Coquitlam, BC charmer Tyler Shaw is on the Hot 100 for the fourth time with “House of Cards” sitting just outside the Top 40. The JUNO nominee has scored one gold single to date thanks to “Kiss Goodnight” (#24). Fans can look forward to his debut album Yesterday due out this year! The music video for “House of Cards” is out now and has him as a police officer falling for a female superhero. But a surprise awaits us when her identity is revealed. Check it out below.  iTunes

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2015 in 2015 Songs, Songs

 

Selected New Releases 21 April 2015

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New releases this week include Aimer comme une emeute by Saskatoon singer-songwriter Anique Granger. Montreal soul pop singer Valerie Clio releases L’autre nous. Vancouver’s No Island specializes in retro pop-rock; Better Days is the new album. Sudbury’s Sea Perry presents a folkier pop-rock sound on Do What You Do. Twice nominated for a JUNO, roots group Great Lake Swimmers of Wainfleet, Ontario presents A Forest of Arms. Kelowna rock band The Wild launches GxDxWxB.

This week’s high profile release is Dean Brody‘s new country album Gypsy Road. The platinum JUNO winner is originally from Jaffray, BC. Heads Are Gonna Roll is the new album from Edmonton rock band Raygun Cowboys. Another country music release comes to us from PEI thanks to Heartbreaker of the Year by Whitney Rose. The members of rock group Sens with a self-titled work are from the Laurentides. Hamilton rock band Flamingo Bay serves Steak N’ Eggs. Two EPs this week have emerged from Montreal artists:  Pink Venus from new wave act Les Incendiaires and Side A from The Muscadettes.

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2015 in 2015 Albums, Albums

 

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Carly Rae Jepsen Scores a New Top 40 Hit in The States

carly-rae-jepsen1Carly Rae Jepsen’s “I Really Like You” has finally hit the Top 40 on the Billboard American Hot 100, seven weeks after its release. It vaulted from last week’s position of #83 to this week’s #39. Carly has not been an exception to the usual aversion certain quarters of the American media harbour towards Canadian A-Listers. Almost immediately after her smash “Call Me Maybe” topped the American charts, she was written off in that country as a one-hit wonder. Her big hit “Good Time” failed to invalidate the stamp because it was a collaboration with Owl City. There can now be no excuse for calling Carly as such in the States with “I Really Like You” landing in their Top 40, though we predict she will still be called so while legitimate one-hit wonders like Blink 182 (American and male) have not received such a branding. Carly has scored eight Top 40 hits on the Canadian charts to date.

The other morsel of juice regarding the single is that it took tremendous promotional schemes by Carly’s team in order to push the song to where it sits now: Tom Hanks in the MV, performances on a number of chat shows as well as Saturday Night Live, big features in the press, endorsements from other celebrities, and a host of amusing music video covers. Other high profile artists do not usually have to engage in such a furious marketing campaign to scale the charts with new music.

“I Really Like You” will be released in the United Kingdom next week. “Call Me Maybe”, “Good Time”, and “Tonight I’m Getting Over You” have all seen Top 40 success in Britain. Carly’s third studio album Emotion is due out this summer.

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2015 in The Charts, World Charts

 

Canadian Hot 100, 22 April 2015

This week’s Billboard Albums chart has two new entries in the Top 10. Handwritten by Shawn Mendes debuts at #1. It is the fourth album of the year by a Canadian artist to top the chart. Bachman’s Heavy Blues enters at #9. After three weeks at #1, Yoan bows to #2. On the Hot 100, Carly Rae Jepsen’s “I Really Like You” rebounds to #16. MAGIC!’s “No Way No” attains a new peak at #32. Mia Martina’s “Beast” gains 20 chart positions over last week, Shawn Hook’s “Sound of Your Heart” 16, and Tyler Shaw’s “House of Cards” 12. New songs number at four: Walk Off the Earth’s “Rule the World” #68, Scott Helman’s “Bungalow” #81, A-Trak’s “Push” #92, and Drake’s “Know Yourself” #99.

Canadian Hot 100 - 22 Apr 2015 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
Red maple leaf – Canadian artist
Magenta maple leaf – Partly Canadian artist
Blue maple leaf – Featured Canadian artist

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2015 in 2015 Charts, Canadian Hot 100

 

Government of Canada Looking to Extend Copyrights from 50 to 70 Years

copyright-leafThe Canadian government’s 2015 budget includes an amendment to extend the period of copyright ownership for sound recordings from 50 to 70 years.  The announcement received strong praise from the Canadian music community. Music Canada president Graham Henderson said that the move demonstrates the government’s “real understanding of music’s importance to the Canadian economy”. The change will rectify the enduring disadvantage Canada has faced in the midst of 60 countries who already enjoy copyright protection for 70 years or more.

A number of high profile recording artists applauded the move including Serena Ryder, Bruce Cockburn, Kardinal Offishall, Randy Bachman, Cowboy Junkies, and Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy. Leonard Cohen pointed out, “In just a few short years, songs we recorded in the late 1960s will no longer have copyright protection in Canada. Many of us in our 70s and 80s depend on income from these songs for our livelihood.” After the expiration of 50 short years, many Canadian songs have already dissolved into the public domain. The change will help rights to a creative work last through the full lifetime of its author.

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2015 in 2015 News, News

 
 
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