Headlines and Footdots for 28 May 2016

Céline Dion Releases New Original Song

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Following her stellar performance and Icon trophy presentation at the Billboard Music Awards, Canadian singer Céline Dion has launched a new single, an original composition by France’s Jean-Jacques Goldman. For those unfamiliar with him, he can be thought of as perhaps the Corey Hart of France, i.e. a very big name. The new song is called “Encore Un Soir” and debuted in the iTunes Top 10. A Franco album from Céline is anticipated a little later.  iTunes

Dragonette Has a Lonely Heart

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Multiplatinum JUNO-winning electropop group Dragonette is back with new music, a single entitled “Lonely Heart” which you can check out over at iTunes.

Drake’s Number One One Dance at Seven

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Say what? Drake’s “One Dance” has spent seven consecutive weeks at #1 on the British Singles Chart, the longest reign for a track in nearly 9 years! The last song to accomplish this was Leona Lewis’ “Bleeding Love” back in November – December 2007. The fact that “One Dance” is a variation of “Do You Mind” by Crazy Cousinz featuring British singer Kyla may have helped it work its way into the Big Ben psyche.

PNE Boasts Impressive Lineup

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The Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver boasts a stellar lineup of acts booked for the 2016 season. Flume on August 7 is already sold out. From August 20 – September 5, one can see Hedley, Alan Doyle & The Beautiful Gypsies, The Sheepdogs, Steve Miller Band, Simple Plan, Olivia Newton-John, Foreigner, Culture Club, Monster Truck, A Tribe Called Red, Dru Hill w/ Sisqo, Nokio Jazz & Tao, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Tim Hicks, The Monkeys, and Chris Isaak. For details visit the PNE website here.

Saddling Up for the Calgary Stampede

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The 2016 Calgary Stampede has announced an impressive lineup of performers. At the Saddledome one can see the Zac Brown Band July 14 and Lady Antebellum July 15. From July 7 to 16 at Nashville North are Tim Hicks, The Dungarees, High Valley, Wes Mac, Aaron Pritchett, Tebey, John Conlee, Deric Ruttan, Cold Creek Country, Kentucky Headhunters, Washboard Union, Jojo Mason, and Madeline Merlo. Handling the Coca-Cola Stage from July 7-17 are Christian Hudson, JJ Shiplett, The Dudes, Walk Off the Earth, Coleman Hell, Classified, X Ambassadors, The Sheepdogs, Jocelyn Alice, Shawn Hook, Mother Mother, Dear Rouge, The Glorious Sons, Gord Bamford, and Simple Plan! For more info, visit the official Stampede website here.

Shawn Mendes Wants to Treat You Better

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Insatiability is the calling card of the fan. In an instant download slash streaming culture, the day after the release of an album comes an influx of queries about when the next will come out. This may certainly be the case for Shawn Mendes. No worries though because Shawn will be releasing a new single in under a week, June 3, “Treat You Better”. Shawn promises an upcoming second album.

Kira Isabella’s I’m So Over MV

We leave you with the new music video for Kira Isabella’s “I’m So Over Getting Over You” which is rolling its way up the country charts. Let’s see if it can remove Thomas Rhett’s number one T-shirt.

Fire Aid for Fort McMurray

Edmonton. Commonwealth Stadium. Wednesday June 29. The event? A benefit concert to raise funds to deal with the aftermath of the Fort McMurray fire. Who will be performing?

Nickelback
Blue Rodeo
Corb Lund
Dean Brody
The Rankin Family
Dallas Smith
Brett Kissel
Randy Bachman
Alan Doyle & The Beautiful Gypsies
Ian Tyson
Dear Rouge
High Valley

The concert is officially named Fire Aid for Fort McMurray. The event is being organized by volunteers across the province of Alberta including staff of The Edmonton Eskimos and The Edmonton Oilers. TD Bank has donated half a million. Ticket prices range from $35-$99 and are available through Ticketmaster. Fire Aid hopes to draw a crowd of 40,000 plus. The money raised will go to the Fort McMurray United Way.

In 2013, a benefit concert for the southern Alberta floods became Calgary’s biggest rock concert ever with 30,000 at McMahon Stadium raising $2 million.

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New Releases 27 May 2016

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Debut LP Terminal City follows a 2015 EP from Vancouver alternative music group Adrian Teacher & the Subs. Teacher was formerly with indie-rock band Apollo Ghosts. The newish band includes drummer Amanda Pezzutto and bassist Robbie Nall. The songs on the album are a bit of all right.

Montreal singer-songwriter Chaim Tannenbaum gives us a self-titled work. Those who like nice poetry of stripped back, often traditional instrumentation will dig it.

Chloe Charles is a singer-songwriter from Toronto. Her album With Blindfolds On is nicely done with soft flowing instrumentation over delicate vocals.

Nominated twice for a JUNO comes Daniel Romano originally from Fenwick, ON. his new album is Mosey reminds us that he is always able to craft some good tunes.

One of the more impressive debuts is the eponymous album David Thibault with a favourable review from iTunes staff. Dave proves he is exceptionally adept at old-time rockabilly performing covers of Elvis and Johnny Cash songs. The album is bilingual with a couple of eyebrow-raising originals.

Rap enthusiasts can check out L’Entracte‘s Blackout. New at the game, the trio is ready to hop hips.

Intakto is a JUNO-nominated world music duo comprised of Chilean-born singer-guitarist Alejandro Venegas and la belle province violinist Simon Claude. Following a decade of absence, the duo returns with third album Lazos.

Multiplatinum JUNO winner Kevin Parent (Greenfield Park, QC) switches to his native English on singer-songwriter album Kanji. It is his second Anglo work and combines folk, blues, rock, and more.

For those pining for something that rocks, we have Rendering from Winnipeg group Plain As Ghosts. It is the band’s debut, off to a good start.

Energy more on the punk side comes out of Toronto thanks to The Dream Is Over from Pup, the band’s second LP. It is even better than the first.

Samito is a Montreal artist originally from Mozambique. He has been praised for seamlessly combining acoustica and electronica. His new self-titled album could be described as alternative world music.

Adult contemporary gets a nice treatment by Les Tannants on album C’est fou fou fou! which is easy on the ears and creates a pleasant atmosphere.

The Hip’s Gord Downie Diagnosed with Terminal Cancer

Beloved Canadian alternative rock band The Tragically Hip announced earlier today that lead singer Gord Downie, born in Amherstview, Ontario, and raised in Kingston, husband of Laura, and father of four, has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. The band plans to release its 13th studio album, Man Machine Poem, on June 16, 2016, and embark on its final tour. The announcement struck millions of Canadians, especially those who grew up on the band’s music, with a jolt of grief. The Tragically Hip is highly decorated with 14 JUNO Awards of 43 nominations and has sold millions of records. Gord Downie has also released music as a soloist.

During a morning press conference, the head of neurology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Dr. James Perry, told reporters that Downie has glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. He said that it sits in an area that makes it treatable but is not curable. Perry said Gord experienced symptoms in December, 2015, when he had a seizure that placed him in Emergency. A scan revealed a tumour on the left side of his brain that would be impossible to completely remove. Physicians were able to excise most of it, and Downie has undergone 30 radiation treatments since. Chemotherapy, i.e. medication treatment, ended a month ago.

Forming in 1984 while in high school, The Tragically Hip saw most of its singles success in the 1990s. “Little Bones” was the group’s first big hit, #11 in 1991, and made the year-end Top 100. In total, the band scored 17 Top 40 hits through the 90s, the lone chart-topper being “Ahead By a Century” in 1996. With the Canadian charts being sketchy from 2000 to 2007, the success of the The Hip’s singles is hard to ascertain between the RPM and Billboard eras, but we do know that “It’s a Good Life” was popular in 2002. The band landed two songs on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100. “Love Is a First” made it to #22 on March 11, 2009, spending 18 weeks on the chart and “At Transformation” spent 15 weeks peaking at #63 on May 30, 2012.

Two of the Tragically Hip’s 12 studio albums achieved diamond certification for sales of 1 million units: 1989’s Up to Here, the group’s debut album, and 1992’s Fully Completely. A downtown Kingston street was named after the group in 2010, Tragically Hip Way. The band is loved for its incorporating much Canadiana, including history, culture, and geography, in its lyrics. In the beautiful song “Bobcaygeon” which won the JUNO Award for Single of the Year in Y2K, The Hip not only immortalized the small Ontario town but also referenced the Christie Pits riot of 1933, ignited from tensions between the blue-collar Jewish community and anti-semitic Swastika clubs in the context of The Great Depression following a baseball game in Toronto. We have embedded the music video below. Thoughts and prayers are with dear Gord Downie and his family.

Canadian Hot 100, 23 May 2016

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More Canadian Hot 100 charts here…

NOTES:

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.

KEY:

RK – Rank among Canadian artist entries
YE – Position on Billboard Canada’s 2014 year-end chart
PP – Peak position on Billboard Canada’s weekly Hot 100
GPC – Gold/platinum certification by Music Canada at time of chart’s publication
OR – Provincial origin of the artist
RY – Release year of the record
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

Canadians Win 12 Billboard Music Awards

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The Weeknd broke the record for the most annual Billboard awards won by a male soloist with eight. The Canadian R&B singer was the big story at the 2016 gala held in Las Vegas, USA. He won Top R&B Song (“The Hills”), Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Song Sales Artist, Top Radio Songs Artist, Top Streaming Songs Artist, Top R&B Artist, Top R&B Album (Beauty Behind the Madness), and Top Streaming Song (Audio) for “The Hills”. Justin Bieber won two awards: Top Male Artist and Top Social Media Artist. The Biebs was one of three Canadians who performed at the show. Before a backdrop of laser light, he crooned out his big hits “Company” and “Sorry”. The young Shawn Mendes pumped out “Stitches” on the Billboard stage, while Céline Dion brought down the house with her cover of Queen’s “The Show Must Go On”, a performance Billboard staff ranked as the second best of the evening. Dion was presented with Billboard’s Icon award by her son René-Charles and dedicated the moment to her late husband. Drake took home the 12th award by a Canadian for Top Rap Artist.

Alexe Gaudreault Glows Through the Stormy Mirage

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Complete with flowing copper curls, she’s all dolled up and ready to sing. Finalist of The Voice, Season 1, Canadian recording artist Alexe Gaudreault has just released her debut, self-titled album. It follows a three-track EP that spawned the big Franco radio hit “Placebo”. The album is a pop tour de force with catchy beats, peppy swagger, sonorous choruses, and a fabulous voice leading it all. “Mirage” and “Couleurs” had us hooked immediately. The delicately played “Éclat” is currently glowing its way up the charts. Staff over at iTunes Canada have praised the atmospheric “Tempête” for Alexe’s “breathy coo piercing through like a ray of sunshine”. With this gem of an LP, Alexe Gaudreault has the front-runner for album of the year, across all genres, across all provinces of origin.  iTunes

New Releases 20 May 2016

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We begin with the debut LP from the amazing Alexe Gaudreault, a finalist from Season 1 of The Voice. We named her 2015 work as EP of the year, so you can bet CMB editors were stoked for her debut album, and my goodness it’s good! iTunes staff give it a very favourable review. Look for ours in the next few days.

For the headbangers, there are two albums to choose from, both atmospheric and monstrous, both bands hailing from Rimouski, QC. Purgatoire releases Passe Decompose and Vortex The Asylum. For something completely different, Barenaked Ladies offer live album BNL Rocks Red Rocks. Country music fans can check out Ma vie de musician from Gerald Delhunty.

Vancouver’s No Sinner is back in top form on rock album Old Habits Die Hard. The Party is a very good singer-songwriter album from Saskatchewan’s Andy Shauf. On a parallel avenue is Terre originelle from Montreal’s Sylvie Paquette.

Five EPs this week include a country disc from Kingston, Ontario’s The Abrams. Both from Val d’Or, QC are very good alternative work L’amour violet from Michèle O and singer-songwriter À hauteur d’homme from Chantal Archambault. Ariane Laniel releases the nice adult pop work Mon bordel while La Bronze returns with the splendid alternative EP Rois de nous.

Céline Dion Is Ready for One More Night

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Mourning the loss of her husband and manager René Angélil plus her brother Daniel, Céline Dion is returning to the spotlight. We got a glimpse of the Canadian superstar November 22, 2015, when she brought the world to tears in her touching performance of Edith Piaf’s “Hymne à L’Amour” at the American Music Awards in honour of the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris. Céline will be releasing new single, “Encore Un Soir” on May 24, 2016, which will appear on her upcoming 26th studio album. Dion has already gifted the world with a cover of Queen’s “The Show Must Go On” which features electronic violin sensation Lindsey Stirling. It is available at iTunes as of May 20. She will perform this song with Lindsey at the Billboard Music Awards on May 22 where she will be honoured with the ICON Award.

With the launch of new music, Dion will be hitting the tour circuit. She wraps up her Las Vegas shows June 4 and plays two in Antwerp, Belgium June 20-21. From June 24 – July 9, she plays nine shows in Paris. From there she proceeds to Montréal’s Centre Bell for 10 concerts from July 31 – August 17 and five shows at Québec City’s Centre Vidéotron (August 20-27). She caps things off with a one-night performance August 30 at Amphithéâtre Cogeco in good old Trois-Rivières. She then returns to her Las Vegas residency starting September 20.

Céline Dion is the best-selling Canadian recording artist of all-time. It is estimated that she has sold in excess of 200 million records worldwide.

Crystalyne’s “Air I Breathe” MV

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Emerging Canadian band Crystalyne who won the Radio Star National Talent Search at Canadian Radio Music Awards in 2014 and created a lot of buzz with infectious dance-pop single “Punks Don’t Dance” returns to the front lines of awesomeness with new single “Air I Breathe” and a music video released today. In it, lead singer Marissa Dattoli attempts to wash off her sorrows in the bathtub. In contrast, listening to such a beautiful voice brings us nothing but joy. Watch the MV below and grab a copy of the new single here.

2016 MMVAs: Here Are the Nominees

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The 2016 MMVAs will get the CN Tower swinging on June 19 at Much headquarters. Pulling hosting duties is model Gigi Hadid. Confirmed presenters are actress Amber Rose and YouTube comedian Lilly Singh. While the awards themselves attract a host of talent, it is arguably the performances (and perhaps extravagant red carpet arrivals) that serve as the main draw for viewership. Confirmed performers are synth pop duo Tegan and Sara, pop superstar Shawn Hook, R&B singing group Fifth Harmony, actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld, R&B teen sensation Alessia Cara, pop star Nick Jonas, and rap duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Find a list of nominations below.

Video of the Year

Alessia Cara, “Here,” Directed by Aaron A.
Belly f. The Weeknd, “Might Not,” Directed by Belly and Shomi Patwary
Drake, “Hotline Bling,” Directed by Director X
Grimes, “Flesh Without Blood,” Directed by Claire Boucher
Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello, “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” Directed by Ryan Pallotta

Best Post Production

Kaytranada, “Lite Spots,” Directed by Martin C. Pariseau
Majid Jordan, “Every Step Every Way,” Directed by Common Good
Naturally Born Strangers, “Jameson Ave,” Directed by RT!
PUP, “Dark Days,” Directed by Jeremy Chandler
Purity Ring, “Heartsigh,” Directed by Cecil Frena and Alex Fischer

Best EDM/Dance Video

DVBBS, “White Clouds,” Directed by Daniel AM Rosenberg
Grandtheft, “Quit This City,” Directed by John ‘JP’ Poliquin
Keys N Krates f. Katy B, “Save Me,” Directed by Adam Beck
Thugli, “Sic Em,” Directed by slavelabour.co
Zeds Dead f. Memorecks, “Collapse 2.0,” Directed by Kyle Davison

Best Director

Drake, “Hotline Bling,” Directed by Director X
Grimes, “Flesh Without Blood,” Directed by Claire Boucher
Majid Jordan, “Something About You,” Directed by Common Good
Kalle Mattson, “Avalanche,” Philip Sportel
Young Empires, “The Gates,” Amos LeBlanc

Best Pop Video

Alessia Cara, “Here,” Directed by Aaron A.
Coleman Hell, “2 Heads,” Directed by Coleman Hell and Ben Knechtel
Hedley, “Lose Control,” Directed by Lisa Mann
Shawn Hook, “Relapse,” Directed by Alon Isocianu
Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello, “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” Directed by Ryan Pallotta

Best Rock/Alternative Video

City and Colour, “Wasted Love,” Directed by Director X
Metric, “The Shade,” Directed by Lauren Graham
Monster Truck, “Don’t Tell Me How To Live,” Directed by Davin Black
The Sheepdogs, “I’m Gonne Be Myself,” Directed by Sean Cartwright
The Strumbellas, “Spirits,” Directed by Daniel AM Rosenberg

Best Hip Hop Video

Belly f. The Weeknd, “Might Not,” Directed by Belly and Shomi Patwary
Drake, “Hotline Bling,” Directed by Director X
Jazz Cartier, “The Valley/Dead or Alive,” Directed by Kyle Sanderson
John River, “Get Down,” Directed by Abstrakte
SonReal, “Whoa Nilly,” Directed by Peter Huang

Best MuchFact Video

Belly f. The Weeknd, “Might Not,” Directed by Belly and Shomi Patwary
Humans, “Water Water,” Directed by Peter Ricq
Majid Jordan f. Drake, “My Love,” Directed by Common Good
SonReal, “Whoa Nilly,” Directed by Peter Huang
Young Empires, “The Gates,” Directed by Amos LeBlanc

iHeartRadio International Artist of the Year

Adele, “Hello”
James Bay, “Let It Go”
Nick Jonas, “Close”
Rihanna, “Work”
Selena Gomez, “Hands To Myself”
Sia, “Cheap Thrills”
Taylor Swift, “Bad Blood”
ZAYN, “Pillowtalk”
Ariana Grande, “Dangerous Woman”
Kanye West, “Only One”

Most Buzzworthy Canadian

Alessia Cara, “Here”
Drake, “Hotline Bling”
Justin Bieber, “What Do You Mean?”
Shawn Mendes, “Stitches”
The Weeknd, “Can’t Feel My Face”

Most Buzzworthy International Artist or Group

Adele, “Hello”
Fifth Harmony, “Work From Home”
Hailee Steinfeld, “Rock Bottom”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Downtown”
Nick Jonas, “Close”
Rihanna, “Work”
Selena Gomez, “Hands To Myself”
Sia, “Cheap Thrills”
Taylor Swift, “Bad Blood”
ZAYN, “Pillowtalk”

Best New Canadian Artist

Alessia Cara, “Here”
Coleman Hell, “2 Heads”
Dan Talevski, “Knock Me Off My Feet”
Jazz Cartier, “When It’s Over”
Ria Mae, “Clothes Off”

iHeartRadio International Duo or Group

Coldplay, “Adventure Of A Lifetime”
Disclosure, “Magnets”
Fifth Harmony, “Work From Home”
Jack U, “Where Are U Now”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Downtown”
Major Lazer, “Powerful”
One Direction, “Drag Me Down”
Tame Impala, “Let It Happen”
The Chainsmokers, “Roses”
Twenty One Pilots, “Stressed Out”

iHeartRadio Canadian Single of the Year

Alessia Cara, “Here”
Coleman Hell, “2 Heads”
Justin Bieber, “Sorry”
Shawn Mendes, “Stitches”
The Weeknd, “Can’t Feel My Face”

Fan Fave Artist Or Group

Drake, “Hotline Bling”
Justin Bieber, “What Do You Mean?”
Shawn Mendes, “I Know What You Did Last Summer”
The Weeknd, “Can’t Feel My Face”
WILDCARD – Alessia Cara, “Here”

Fan Fave Video

Alessia Cara, “Here,” Directed by Aaron A.
Drake, “Hotline Bling,” Directed by Director X
Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello, “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” Directed by Ryan Pallotta
Grimes, “Flesh Without Blood,” Directed by Claire Boucher
WILDCARD – Hedley, “Lose Control,” Directed by Lisa Mann

Fan Fave International Artist Or Group

Adele, “Hello”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Downtown”
Taylor Swift, “Bad Blood”
ZAYN, “Pillowtalk”
WILDCARD – Fifth Harmony, “Work From Home”

Fan Fave Vine Musician

Ruth B.
Marks Records
Jeffrey Miller
Rajiv Dhall
WILDCARD – Kenzie Nimmo

Canadian Hot 100, 17 May 2016

Most of the songs from Drake’s album Views remain on the chart this week. The only one that made a gain (though only by 1 position) was “Too Good”. “One Dance” remains at #1. Dan Talevski’s “Knock Me Off My Feet” returns to the chart after being knocked off by the influx of Drake tracks last week. A new entry is “Can I Get a Witness” from BC rapper SonReal. New in the Top 40 are “Lost Boy” by Edmonton’s Ruth B (#32) and “Lay You Down Easy” by Toronto’s MAGIC! (#40). As we mentioned previously, Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” has been certified at quadruple platinum.

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More Canadian Hot 100 charts here…

NOTES:

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.

KEY:

RK – Rank among Canadian artist entries
YE – Position on Billboard Canada’s 2014 year-end chart
PP – Peak position on Billboard Canada’s weekly Hot 100
GPC – Gold/platinum certification by Music Canada at time of chart’s publication
OR – Provincial origin of the artist
RY – Release year of the record
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

A Prism Prize Avalanche

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MV director Philip Sportel has won the 2016 Prism Prize for Kalle Mattson’s cleverly wonderful “Avalanche”. With it, he receives a trophy and a cash award of $10,000. The Grand Prize was announced on Sunday May 15, 2016 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. The MV sees a set recreation of 35 classic album covers with Kalle quickly changing gear to insert himself and strike an appropriate pose in place of the artist in the original cover. It also does a play on the album titles and artist using variations of his name. We previously featured Kalle Mattson’s “Avalanche” MV. For your convenience we embed it once again.

The Prism Prize Audience Award, based on thousands of online votes, was presented to director Eva Michon for Death From Above 1979’s “Virgins”.

Director X was in attendance to accept the Prism Prize Special Achievement Award which honours a Canadian music video artist for artistic achievements and exceptional contribution to music video art on a world stage. Kristof Brandl was given the Arthur Lipsett Award in recognition of an innovative and unique approach to music video art.

Find more information at prismprize.com.

Selected New Releases 13 May 2016

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Opening this week’s new releases is Montreal JUNO nominated recording artist Amylie; Les éclats is a richly crafted singer-songwriter album and is selling well not surprisingly. The Gatineau’s Daniel Bertrand revs up the country on Jamais trop tard. Élété, originally from N’Djamena, Chad and now calling Montreal home, delights us with some wonderful world-African music on Taar. For some impressive danceable electronic music there is Bodies from Fabrikate, while Toronto’s Hooded Fang is back at the alternative grindstone with Venus on Edge.

Accomplishing an awesome feat, not one but two albums are released at the same time by Montreal alt-rock band Islands. Should I Remain Here at Sea is more guitar oriented while Taste is more synth heavy. Another fine electronic album is Oh No by Hamilton’s Jessy Lanza and Kath Biss‘ does justice to rockabilly on … Rockabilly & Talons Hauts. Maryanne Côté is attracting praises a plenty on singer-songwriter work 1949 which refers not to the year but her phone number. She’s originally from Rimouski, QC.

Pépé et sa guitare return for Tout le monde veut jouer avec Pépé. Alias of Philippe Proulx, he can trace his origins to Saint-Basile, QC. Folky Toronto outfit Skydiggers present Here Without You: The Songs of Gene Clark. Rap music emerges from Limoilou, QC’s Sozi and album Bêtes de foire. Classical music enthusiasts can enjoy Bach: Cantates pour la Pentecôte from various artists.

A trio of EPs this week include Priorities from Quebec City metal group Cardinals Pride, Gabrielle Proulx‘s (Trois-Rivières) outstanding pop disc Immoler les ombres, and EP7 from alternative maker Navet Confit.

Gold/Platinum Certifications Mar-May 2016

The big news with the new batch of gold/platinum certifications announced by Music Canada is that Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” has hit the quadruple platinum mark for 320,000 digital downloads. It is only the fifth single in the digital era from a Canadian artist to achieve this, the others being “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke (9x platinum), “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen (8x platinum), “I Believe” by Nikki Yanofsky (4x platinum), and “Inner Ninja” by Classified featuring David Myles (4x platinum). “Sorry” is thus Bieber’s most successful single sales-wise in Canada. Find a list of other certified works below. You can see a list of highest certified Canadian singles here.

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Certification definitions: Gold 40,000 units (50,000 units prior to May 2008), Platinum 80,000 units, 4xPlatinum 320,000 units.