The Voice/La Voix has pared the contestants down to two in each of the four teams, as the lucky eight head to the semi-finals next Sunday. Guesting on the show will be ADISQ Felix Award new artist of the year winner Safia Nolin. The semi-finalists are as follows with photos of the lovelies below.
David Marino, 18, Montréal, QC
Sam Tucker, 25, Gaspé, QC
Ludovick Bourgeois, 24, Lorraine, QC
Désirée, 21, Rosemère, QC
Frank Williams, 32, Moncton, NB
Louis-Paul Gauvreau, 28, Saint-Basile-le-Grand, QC
Rebecca Noelle, 32, Ottawa, ON
Michaël, 37, Boucherville, QC
Albertan post-grunge metal band Nickelback will be releasing its ninth studio album on June 16 just in time for some grease monkeying on hot summer streets. Bearing the name Feed the Machine, the title-track, also the album opener, has been made available for digital download and a music video released which is … very cool. Before we get to that, here are a few stats on the band. To date, Nickelback has won 12 JUNO Awards, 2 American Music Awards, 7 Billboard Music Awards, 1 People’s Choice Award, 2 MTV Awards, and 7 Much Music Video Awards. All of the group’s eight studio albums have received gold/platinum certifications, the highest being 8x platinum, representing shipments of 800,000 copies, for Silver Side Up. It is estimated that Nickelback has sold in excess of 50 million records worldwide.
The music video for “Feed the Machine” is a detailed extravaganza housing what appears to be a post-apocalyptic theme. The song explores vicious cycles wearing away at dysfunctional systems of society. Filled with jackhammering electric guitars, it’s a powerhouse performance in keeping with Nickelback’s popular brand. Watch the MV below. iTunes
From the Niesen SoundScan charts, we have created a Top 100 singles in Canada for the year 2001. It is important to note that it is unofficial.
As a number of singles continued to sell well for many years, for this 2001 chart, we removed songs released prior to 2000 with the exception of Delerium’s “Silence” (1999) as it grew in popularity from a number of remixes over the period. This chart does not represent radio airplay but strictly the week to week sales of CD singles in Canada. A number of popular songs on the radio were not released as singles, availability was limited, or Canadians opted to buy the full album rather than the single. Thus, take this chart with a grain of salt. It is a snapshot view of the relative popularity of CD single purchases through the calendar year of 2001. We determined the rankings by a points system, taking each weekly Top 40 position, subtracting it from 41, and tallying the results. For example, if a song was in the Top 40 for two weeks in the year, first at #1 and then #31, its points would be 41-1+41-31=50.
From this, we can say that Destiny’s Child had the biggest song of 2001 (in terms of CD singles sales) with “Survivor”. The top Canadian artist song was Delerium’s “Silence” featuring Sarah McLachlan followed closely by Sugar Jones’ “Days Like That”. Eleven of the Top 100 are from Canadians. We have bolded the artists’ names in red.
|3||Lady/Hear Me Tonight||Modjo|
|4||What It Feels Like For a Girl||Madonna|
|7||S*** On You||D12|
|9||Days Like That||Sugar Jones|
|12||Don’t Tell Me||Madonna|
|13||One More Time||Daft Punk|
|14||Fill Me In||Craig David|
|17||Desert Rose/Brand New Day||Sting|
|19||Let’s Get Married||Jagged Edge|
|23||Independent Woman||Destiny’s Child|
|24||Get Over Yourself||Eden’s Crush|
|26||Astounded||Bran Van 3000|
|27||Dream On||Depeche Mode|
|30||Love Doesn’t Cost a Thing||Jennifer Lopez|
|31||Shape of My Heart||The Backstreet Boys|
|32||Hampsterdance Song||Hampton the Hampster|
|33||Around the World||ATC|
|36||Feel the Beat||Darude|
|37||Lovin’ Each Day||Ronan Keating|
|38||All For You||Janet Jackson|
|39||No Means No||Ricky J|
|41||I Want Love||Elton John|
|43||You Rock My World||Michael Jackson|
|44||I Won’t Be Home For Xmas||Blink-182|
|45||Whiter Shade of Pale||Sarah Brightman|
|46||Nobody Wants to Be Lonely||Ricky Martin|
|47||Stuck in a Moment||U2|
|50||It Began in Afrika||Chemical Brothers|
|51||I’m Real||Jennifer Lopez|
|54||I Don’t Believe In You||Joee|
|55||Someone to Call My Lover||Janet Jackson|
|56||New Year’s Dub||Musique Vs. U2|
|58||It’s Raining Men||Geri Halliwell|
|59||Where the Party At?||Jagged Edge|
|61||L’amour Toujours||Gigi D’Agostino|
|62||All or Nothing||O-Town|
|63||He Loves U Not||Dream|
|65||In a Beautiful Place…||Boards of Canada|
|66||From a Lover to a Friend||Paul McCartney|
|68||It’s Over Now||One Twelve|
|71||Jonathan David||Belle & Sebastian|
|75||And Then There Was Silence||Blind Guardian|
|76||Hit ‘Em Up Style||Blu Cantrell|
|77||Slave 4 U||Britney Spears|
|79||Imitation of Life||R.E.M.|
|80||U Remind Me||Usher|
|81||She Bangs||Ricky Martin|
|82||He Wasn’t Man Enough||Toni Braxton|
|84||Lady Marmalade||Christina Aguilera|
|85||Castles In the Sky||Ian Van Dahl|
|87||Get UR Freak On||Missy Elliott|
|88||Star Spangled Banner||Whitney Houston|
|91||Music’s No Good…||Cher|
|92||Drowning||The Backstreet Boys|
|95||Holler/Let Love Lead…||The Spice Girls|
|97||Everybody Wants to Be…||Snow|
|99||I Feel Loved||Depeche Mode|
As we’ve reported, Toronto’s Fiver releases her roots album Audible Songs from Rockwood telling stories of women who were locked up in the Kingston asylum in the 19th century.
Edmonton country ace Alee is proud to offer her debut album Bad Habit with a fresh, uptempo sound that will shake the dust off the wagon wheels.
Montreal duo Elsiane gurgles the creative juices on electronic album Death of the Artist. It’s not as dark as it seems; there is a clean tranquility though the journey.
Quebec City pop group Final State presents its eponymous album, a choice bilingual effort. Jam packed with good tunes, this one’s a winner.
Three-time JUNO winner and platinum children’s entertainer Fred Penner of Winnipeg launches Hear the Music with a number of album guests including Ron Sexmith and Basia Bulat.
Speaking of Ron Sexsmith, the St. Catharines native is back with his latest effort The Last Rider which is, as one would expect, a boss singer-songwriter disc. Ron has won three JUNO awards to date.
Saskatoon has an impressive alternative group called Close Talker. Album Lens, which follows the very well received Flux from 2014, furthers the band’s mastery of the genre.
For those who love instrumental classical piano, Canada’s own Julien LeBlanc hammers up some Mélancolies with his gorgeous interpretations of pieces mainly by the late French composer Francis Poulenc.
Vancouver’s Matt and Sam’s Brother is actually the alias of JPNSGRLS’ lead vocalist Charlie Kerr. His solo album is My Brain Hurts a Lot, an indie rock extravaganza.
Multiplatinum JUNO nominee Maxime Landry contributes the fabulous Nos histoires to this week’s pool of music. Dressed with his handsome vocals, the exquisitely penned songs were inspired by real life stories of people he’s met. Plus … Lynda Lemay is featured on a track!
The Riddle appears from Montreal based duo Coco Méliès. Don’t let the fancy name fool you; this is an Anglo album. The folky singer-songwriter affair kept us engaged throughout with a hearty performance of nicely written tracks.
Stewart Legere‘s album cover may or may not have been inspired by … TRST. The Halifaxer’s debut solo album Quiet the Station is another splendid singer-songwriter work. Stewart has served as vocalist for orchestral pop outfit The Heavy Blinkers.
A number of EPs come out this week. Selling like hotcakes (into the iTunes Top 10) is Game On by Woodville, Ontario’s James Barker Band. The country act is fresh off a Canadian Radio Music Award win, and the EP is fabulous. Nova Scotian rocker Matt Mays reminisces over Once Upon a Hell of a Time. Last but not least, Quebec’s Sergio Ouellet releases upbeat folk EP Quand je serai un homme for some knee-slappin’ tunes.
Grade 7. The teacher explains that the Earth’s crust is so thin compared to the rest of the globe, it’s like the skin on the top of hot chocolate. One student interjects, “What’s hot chocolate got to do with this?” and then busts out laughing. Fast forwarding to 2017, gold recording artist and multiple JUNO winner, LIGHTS, presents a new project: Skin & Earth. She is creating a comic book series. The first issue is due out in July with six issues in total. At the center of it is character En, a reincarnation, as LIGHTS says, of herself “in another dimension”. The synthpop specialist will be releasing music in conjunction with each issue which will lead up to the album drop, her fourth studio work. Lyrics of the songs will be connected to dialogue in the comics. The magazines will be available from local comic shops or you can order them from LIGHTS’ website. We have embedded the promo clip below.
Fiver: Audible Songs from Rockwood. A project of Simone Schmidt, her new album of roots music contains songs about women who were incarcerated in Kingston, Ontario’s Rockwood Asylum for the Criminally Insane. After lengthy processing of her application, Simone finally gained access to the province’s archives and delved into case reports inspiring her to sing from the perspective of ten women who were locked up in the facility in the 19th century, why they were admitted, and how they were treated. Below, we embed a mini-documentary with more information on Fiver’s project which will also give you a taste of the music from the album. We can only imagine the amount of work that went into this and offer Simone oceans of thanks for her diligence and dedication.
Fresh off winning a JUNO Award as Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Edmonton’s Ruth B received a couple more trophies to deck her shelf. The 20th annual Canadian Radio Music Awards (CMRAs) were recently held at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. The CRMAs honour first-time charting artists whose songs achieve top radio spins in different formats. Winners are determined based on votes from those in the broadcast industry. The 2017 shindig housed performances by Bleeker, James Barker Band, Jonathan Roy, Modern Space, the aforementioned Ruth B, and The Washboard Union. Folk pop group The Strumbellas, who recently earned a JUNO win for Single of the Year, won two CRMAs, interestingly in the “rock” categories. The band also won Factor’s Breakthrough Artist award. Nominations are below with winners bolded in indigo. In addition to these, Justin Bieber received the Chart Topper award.
BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST: HOT AC
JONATHAN ROY – DANIELLA DENMARK
LUCKY ROSE – THE WAY YOU WANT ME
MICHELLE TREACY – ARMAGEDDON
RUTH B – LOST BOY
THE STRUMBELLAS – SPIRITS
BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST: MAINSTREAM AC
ALESSIA CARA – HERE
JONATHAN ROY – DANIELLA DENMARK
RUTH B – LOST BOY
THE NEW ELECTRIC – LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT
THE STRUMBELLAS – SPIRITS
BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST: CHR
ALX VELIZ – DANCING KIZOMBA
BIT FUNK – OFF THE GROUND
RUTH B – LOST BOY
SONREAL – CAN I GET A WITNESS
THE STRUMBELLAS – SPIRITS
BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST: DANCE/URBAN/RHYTHMIC
NEON DREAMS – MARCHING BANDS
PARTYNEXTDOOR – NOT NICE
SARAH MARK – TUN UP
SHAUN FRANK – LET YOU GET AWAY
TORY LANEZ – SAY IT
BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST: MAINSTREAM ROCK
BLEEKER – HIGHWAY
MODERN SPACE – PEN TO PAPER
SAY YES – ONCE FORWARD TWICE BACK
THE DAMN TRUTH – HEART IS COLD
THE STRUMBELLAS – SPIRITS
BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST: MODERN ROCK
BOB MOSES – TEARING ME UP
MICHAEL BERNARD FITZGERALD – I WANNA MAKE IT WITH YOU
MODERN SPACE – PEN TO PAPER
THE DARCYS – MIRACLE
THE STRUMBELLAS – SPIRITS
BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST: COUNTRY
AARON GOODVIN – WOMAN IN LOVE
DAN DAVIDSON – FOUND
JAMES BARKER BAND – LAWN CHAIR LAZY
MEGHAN PATRICK – BOW CHICKA WOW WOW
THE WASHBOARD UNION – MAYBE IT’S THE MOONSHINE
SOCAN SONG OF THE YEAR
LOVE YOURSELF – JUSTIN BIEBER
2 HEADS – COLEMAN HELL
SORRY – JUSTIN BIEBER
TREAT YOU BETTER – SHAWN MENDES
WILD THINGS – ALESSIA CARA
The Ontario gents are cleaning up at iTunes at this writing. Shawn Mendes, Justin Bieber, and The Weeknd are #1, #2, and #3 respectively. But western Canada has a shot at joining the top ranks thanks to British Columbian platinum recording artist Shawn Hook. The Hook man has been busy since his smash hit “Sound of Your Heart” and choice sophomore album Analog Love working on his international advance. He inked a deal with Hollywood Records to release his music outside of Canada, a record label that is home to such notables as Demi Lovato and Sabrina Carpenter. Shawn Hook’s strong songwriting and piano skills have created a refreshing piano and keyboard dance-pop sound that provides a nice complement to The Weeknd’s R&B, Mendes’ guitar pop, Drake’s rap, and the Biebs’ party-hearty EDM.
Shawn Hook is releasing brand new single “Reminding Me” with Vanessa Hudgens, and it’s another winner. Vanessa is an American singer (and actress). In the United States, she has scored a gold album and gold single “Breaking Free” (#4). Besides the catchy pop song that “Reminding Me” is, the voices of Hook and Hudgens complement each other to the greatest extent we have heard in a very long time. iTunes
If a member of generation x out of touch with current music took a look at the iTunes Top 10 right now, he might get excited declaring that there is a brand new song by The Cure called “Lady Gaga”. The big news last week was the battle of Britain in which Harry Styles’ “Sign of the Times” attempted to unseat fellow Englishman Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You”. Now we have fellow Canucks placing new songs in the elite deck. Shawn Mendes has released a deluxe version of his 2016 album Illuminate. New track “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” is selling like hotcakes. Justin Bieber is still hot since album Purpose and his collaborations with the crafters of EDM. His latest venture is as a featured vocalist in “Despacito”. It is a remix of a song from Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee. And, no Despacito was not recorded in Canada’s other official language. It’s a Spanish language song. Fonsi and Yankee are from Puerto Rico. So, how are the new tracks doing? Well Shawn Mendes is as of this writing at #8 and the Biebs is #1. But if your eyes don’t deceive you, there’s something else going on around here. The Weeknd? Yes. He is featured in a brand new song by Lana Del Rey called “Lust For Life” and it’s at #6. “Stay” by Alessia Cara and Zedd is holding at #10.
The JUNO Awards have completed the song and dance with Canada’s leading private television network CTV and in 2018 will return to the public broadcaster CBC.
Broadcast rights to the Junos were transferred from CBC to CTV for the 2002 gala and continued through 2017. Viewership for the 2002 affair, hosted by Barenaked Ladies in St. John’s, was 1.4 million. Viewership was up and down over the years, stadiums were filled, hosts were judged, and stage sets with light panels augmented live performances. The least viewed broadcast (under a million) during the CTV era was the 2007 JUNOs held in Saskatoon. The low numbers were blamed on a shared time slot with a special two-hour episode of The Amazing Race at perhaps the reality show’s peak of popularity. The most viewed JUNOs, at 2.4 million, was the 2011 gala in Toronto hosted by Drake.
Vancouver 2018 will mark the first JUNO Awards broadcast on CBC since the 2001 spectacle in Hamilton. That one was hosted by Rick Mercer. The main gala will take place March 25. The plan is for CBC to broadcast for at least the next six years.
In terms of why the switch was made, Allan Reid, president and CEO of the JUNOs and CARAS, says, “The switch happened because of a conversation we had a few months back about being more than just an awards show,” adding that there is a “real excitement about coming to CBC and taking CARAS, which is more than just the Juno Awards, and showing sort of the full range of what we do as an organization.”
The first televised JUNO Awards was broadcast on CBC in 1975.
Reid expresses the hope, through CBC, to showcase JUNO and Canadian music-related programming year-round, and that it would include underscoring some of the genres with which people are less familiar and which the JUNOs award, like Canadian classical, jazz and roots music.
The JUNOs leave CTV on good terms. The broadcaster did not drop the awards show; in fact, the parties discussed renewing the show’s contract before CARAS decided to go with CBC for a change.
Season 5 is well underway in the Canadian rendition of The Voice/La Voix. The show is filmed in Montreal and broadcast on the TVA network. Winners of previous seasons are as below.
Season 1: Valérie Carpentier
Season 2: Yoan Garneau
Season 3: Kevin Bazinet
Season 4: Stéphanie St-Jean
Valerie scored a gold album in 2014. Country artist Yoan released a bilingual album which featured superstar Brett Kissel, and it achieved platinum sales. Kevin Bazinet is the younger brother of platinum soul singer Bobby Bazini.
The final episode of Season 4, which named Stéphanie St-Jean champion featured performances from American group DNCE (“Cake by the Ocean”) and JUNO award winner Alessia Cara.
Season 5’s judges are Pierre Lapointe, Éric Lapointe, Isabelle Boulay, and Marc Dupré. Each team began with 10-14 vocalists, and as things are now, those have been whittled down to four. For now, we’ll list the names of the contenders plus their hometowns. The 16 contestants are from three provinces.
We’ll keep you all posted on how things go…
Hanorah (Montréal, QC)
David Marino (Montréal, QC)
Zaya Solange (Montréal, QC)
Sam Tucker (Gaspé, QC)
Cindy Daniel (Mirabel, QC)
Jean-Seb Carré (Bellechasse, QC)
Désirée (Rosemère, QC)
Ludovick Bourgeois (Lorraine, QC)
Amos J. (Lac-Brome, QC)
Willis Pride (Saint-Pascal-Baylon, ON)
Frank Williams (Moncton, NB)
Louis-Paul Gauvreau (Saint-Basile-le-Grand, QC)
Rebecca Noelle (Ottawa, ON)
Michaël (Boucherville, QC)
Maxime Desrosiers (Chicoutimi, QC)
Margau (Saint-Jérôme, QC)
While most albums achieve their peak position at their debut on the charts these days, it is not so for Mario Pelchat. With his beautiful album Agnus Dei, the platinum, 4-time JUNO nominee and gifted vocalist first leapt from #23 to #9, and now this week climbs higher on the albums chart to #5.
THE HOT 100
Nothing much to report on the definitive chart this week. Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” is the song to beat, spending its 14th week at the summit. Even his fellow Englishman Harry Styles failed to dethrone him with “Sign of the Times” (#6).
Knocking at door #18 thanks to the new single, we find Arkells. Nielsen music shines the artist spotlight on DYLN this week who is busy on a radio tour promoting her new single “Better Things”. DYLN is originally from Vancouver Island.
New Canadian artist entries in the All-Format Top 50 are Scott Helman‘s “Kinda Complicated” (#43), Drake‘s “Passionfruit” (#46), and Alyssa Reid‘s “Badlands” (#47). The aforementioned “Knocking at the Door” by Arkells debuts in rock radio at #32. New at country radio are Tim Hicks‘ “Slide Over” (#43) and Alee‘s “When I Do” (#50).
TOP FRANCO MUSIC
The longstanding Franco airplay number one, Patrice Michaud’s “Kamikaze,” has been unseated by Andréanne A. Malette‘s folk song “Fou”. She’s from Granby and was a finalist in the 2012 season of Star Academy. In terms of digital downloads of tracks, Safia Nolin takes the cake with “La laideur”. Regarding album sales, the aforementioned Agnus Dei by Mario Pelchat et les Prêtres is tops. Bear in mind, the data is for the province of Quebec only, not Canada wide.
CANADIAN HITS ABROAD
“Stay” by Alessia Cara and Germany’s Zedd has been liked more Down Under than in the Great White North. It peaked at #3, and at #5 this week, continues as the top entry on the Australian chart involving a Canadian artist. At home, the song reached a peak last week at #9, down a notch to #10 this week. In Britain, it achieves a new peak position this week at #8. Currently however, the Brits have a passion for Drake‘s “Passionfruit” which is at #5 having attained a peak at #3 previously. Americans prefer “Stay” over “Passionfruit”, though the former is slightly less popular than in the other Anglo markets reaching a new peak at #14 this week.
No one was more surprised at winning the coveted Francophone Album of the Year JUNO for 2017 than its recipient, Laurence Nerbonne. Laurence is the ex-lead of group Hôtel Morphée. Her debut album as a soloist, XO, took home the JUNO trophy in somewhat of an upset amidst fellow nominees of high profile. In making her album, Laurence had to break through the mould of the heavily entrenched folk-leaning musique Francophone in Canada.
“The hip hop or dance beats, it really was all done in the English language by the Americans,” Laurence says. “We Francophones have a tradition with composition, the French song, the folklore. When you look at it, it is nothing but folk music that is rhythmic. Our musical history is built around the guitar.” To do something more pop,” Laurence comments, “It’s so difficult to write in French! It’s so square, and also it takes a lot of words to convey a simple idea.” As progressive pop music has been handled successfully in the French tongue by artists like Ariane Moffatt, Mylène Farmer and her protégée Alizée, Nerbonne began an intense period of listening carefully to songs from Stromae and Christine and The Queens to see how the music, lyrics, and production all worked to deliver a pleasing modern Franco pop sound.
Laurence Nerbonne boldly left behind the rich tradition of folk, the acoustic guitars, the fiddles, to the colourful field of electropop where artists like Robyn and MØ roam happily. She swam against the current penning empowering lyrics, bold melodies, and danceable rhythms.
“People around me listen to what’s going on internationally: Beyoncé, Disclosure, et cetera. I don’t know if it’s because we [in Quebec] are not game or not ready, but the impression is that we never dare go there. We are very afraid to make pop because of what others will say.”
Nerbonne recently released a deluxe version of her JUNO-winning album XO. It contains three bonus tracks, one of which features Jason Bajada.
Laurence Nerbonne is originally from Gatineau, Quebec. In addition to her Juno Award win, she won the 2016 SOCAN Songwriting Prize in the French-language division for the song “Rêves d’été”. Music video for album opener “Si ton coeur bat” embedded below. iTunes
Did your favourite artist score a gold or platinum single or album? Find below 10 recent certifications from Music Canada.
The big news concerning the batch involves Coleman Hell whose “2 Heads” attains the sky-scraping platform of quadruple platinum. There are only 15 other tracks from Canadian artists in the history of the awards program (since 1975) that have made the cut.
Three albums have gone gold: Soul singer Bobby Bazini‘s Summer Is Gone (released 2016), folk-rock group Les Cowboys Fringants‘ Octobre (2015), and pop band Marianas Trench‘s Astoria (2015).
Singles certified gold include Arkells‘ “Leather Jacket”. This is the Hamilton band’s first certified work. Serena Ryder‘s recent single “Got Your Number” achieves the gold standard. “Who Do You Love” by the aforementioned Marianas Trench is now a gilded disc. Alternative rock band July Talk receives its first certified work as well, as single “Guns + Ammunition” receives a golden bullet. “I Don’t Wanna Go To Bed” from Simple Plan makes the golden grade. And finally Karl Wolf, no stranger to precious metal awards, gets his latest, as “Amateur at Love” goes gold.
Amateur at Love, Karl Wolf gold single
I Don’t Wanna Go To Bed, Simple Plan, gold single
Guns + Ammunition, July Talk, gold single
Astoria, Marianas Trench, gold album
2 Heads Coleman Hell, 4x platinum single
Who Do You Love, Marianas Trench, gold single
Octobre, Les Cowboys Fringants, gold album
Got Your Number, Serena Ryder, gold single
Leather Jacket, Arkells, gold single
Summer Is Gone, Bobby Bazini, gold album
Babins is a jazzy alternative group with members from Saint-Hippolyte and Saint-Jérôme Quebec. The band’s self-titled album, pinecone and all, funks its way into shops. This one’s a delight.
Charles-Antoine Gosselin of Sherbrooke is quite a talented folk artist. Fans of the genre can check out his beautiful new disc Bleu soleil.
Nominated for the New Group of the Year JUNO in 2011, punky alt-rock band Hollerado of Ottawa talks about being Born Yesterday on the its new LP.
Montreal’s CO/NTRY is a synthwave duo, and album Cell Phone 1 comes fully charged with delectable tracks.
For his second project, Montreal jazz saxophonist, composer and arranger Benjamin Deschamps invited trombonist Jean-Nicolas Trottier to join his usual quartet of players: Charles Trudel, piano; Sébastien Pellerin, double bass; and Alain Bourgeois, drums. The quintet’s beautiful instrumental jazz album Demi-nuit greets us this week. (Not pictured above).
Diamond jangle pop group Barenaked Ladies joins New York’s The Persuasions on album Ladies and Gentlemen with the latest penned batch of smile-inducing lyrics.
Vancouver punk group Isotopes contributes disc 1994 World Series Champions for those who like music that moves as fast as baseballs being knocked out of the park.
Toronto’s Graham Ko gets the indie rock rolling, at times folky and at others funky, on Outside Looking In. (Not pictured above).
Lakefield, ON’s Luke Nicholson popifies the folk with catchy tunes on album Shape and Sound. From the sounds of it, Luke is as talented as they come.
Vincent Boucher is a classical organist. He interprets the compositions of French composer Charles Tournemire on Tournemire: Mariae Virginis. This one’s gorgeous especially for those who love organ music.
There’s no shortage of rap these days. Montreal’s MC June explores the Vérités on his fresh LP. His voice is much easier on the ears than your usual MCs.
In lieu of the fifth season of La Voix (The Voice), a various artists’ album featuring the contestants and coaches has appeared. It is bilingual, and the players cover all sorts of big numbers including Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud,” Bryan Adams’ “Somebody,” and Stromae’s “Papaoutai”. The album currently sits in the iTunes Top 10. (Pictured below).