Find below a list of selected Canadian artist releases for April 28, 2017. We have tracked 232 albums the year to date plus 37 extended plays.
Les aléas de l’ailleurs, Simon Boudreau
American Love, Fast Romantics
Beuvez tousjours, ne mourez jamais, Orloge Simard
Bon Cop, Bad Cop 2 Soundtrack, Various Artists
Au bout du monde, Christian P
Desjardins, Various Artists
Entre nous, Suzanne Paquette
Luminosity, Nolan Hubbard
Major Matte Black, EDNA
Les Météores, Sophie Pelletier
Minimum R&B, The Dirty Nil
Modern Phase, Hoan
Moving Parts, Gianna Lauren
Oxford Street, Campbell Woods
Prémonitions, Michel Corriveau
Quarter Life Crisis, Boundaries
Sleeping Buffalo, The Wardens
Spare Parts, Kayla Howran
A Very Sharp Decline…, Secret Satanists
Dive (EP), Natation
Mama (EP), NEFE
Canadian singer, songwriter, dancer, rapper, producer, beatboxer, guitarist, Royal Conservatory of Music level 10 pianist, and RCM regional gold medalist for level 10 violin is none other than Toronto born and raised Henry Lau, the supertalent of the century. After being scooped up by the South Korean recording industry right from under the nose of Canadian record companies, he has become perhaps Canada’s most successful K-Pop male artist, though Henry has released music in Chinese (his background language) and his native English. Style wise, though, he has mastered the electro smooth R&B sound that K-Pop is known for. Henry released single “Girlfriend” last month and at the end of April will launch his latest, “Real Love,” a splendid, mellow love song reminding us a little of David Tao or John Mayer. The music video is out, and we have embedded it below.
The 2017 Much Music Video Awards will rock the CN Tower on June 18. And the first batch of performers announced to help out with that are American group DNCE, Aussie rapper Iggy Azalea, U.S. band Imagine Dragons, Canadian rapper Jazz Cartier, California singer-songwriter Julia Michaels, and New Zealand alt-rock superstar Lorde. We’ll keep you posted on upcoming announcements regarding the spectacle. Further performers will hopefully include more Canadian acts and a British one.
For many years, Canada sat in 7th place among the word’s recorded music markets. Though housing a significantly lower population, Australia stayed ahead of the maple leaf, as the average Aussie spent more money on music than the average Canuck. In the IFPI’s Global Music Report 2017, it is revealed that Canada has now surpassed its Commonwealth sister nation to take sixth place. Considering there are roughly 200 countries in the world, it is a very significant achievement. The United States remains in first place followed by Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany, and France.
The IFPI (International Federation for the Phonographic Industry) also reports that Canada’s own Drake was the #1 best-selling artist in the world for 2016. Justin Bieber was 5th, and The Weeknd 10th. Drake’s album Views was the 3rd biggest seller of the year. As far as singles go, “One Dance” by Drake was #1, “Love Yourself” by Justin Bieber #2, and “Sorry” by Bieber #5.
Not a whole bunch to report on this week’s charts. The La Voix 5 album has debuted on the Albums chart at #7. The remix of Allophone song “Despicito” which features Justin Bieber is on the Hot 100 at #18. It is the Biebs’ 44th song in the Top 40 of the chart whether as the main, co-credited, or featured artist.
Tragically Hip Scores Third Diamond Album
Music Canada’s latest batch of gold/platinum certifications includes a diamond (i.e. ten times platinum) award for The Tragically Hip album Road Apples, the group’s sophomore effort released in 1991. The award represents 1 million units shipped in Canada. The Hip has received diamond certification in the past for two other albums – Up to Here, the debut LP and Fully Completely, the band’s third.
Carly Rae Returns to Number One
Billboard recently generated a list of the Top 100 greatest choruses of the 21st century, and Carly Rae Jepsen is at #1 for “Call Me Maybe”. Celine Dion’s “That’s the Way It is” was ranked 80th. Avril Lavigne had two in the list: “Girlfriend” at #62 and “Sk8er Boi” at #22. Justin Bieber’s “Baby” was 55th. Of the chorus of the century, Billboard says Carly “delivers it with expert over-excited anxiousness, as if darting between the raindrops of the string stabs. … All in all, the best part of the ‘Call Me Maybe’ chorus was how it ended up summarizing our own feelings about the song — the giddiness, the awkward excitement, and the feeling of how we never knew how much we needed a song like it in our lives until it showed up.”
Carly will be performing her hits with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at the Roy Thomson Hall June 17. The one-time concert will be in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday since Confederation.
Kroeger Explains Nickelback’s “Feed the Machine”
In a recent interview, Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger explained the meaning of new song “Feed the Machine”, lead single and title-track of the post-grunge group’s upcoming album.
I know that a lot of people are going to think, especially with the climate right now in the US, that we are, you know, jumping on this political bandwagon. And everybody is weighing in on this thing, and there is, I mean, the division between right and left could not be further these days and everybody is just at each other’s throats over this thing. And it really had nothing to do with that. Because we started writing this song so long ago that your current president wasn’t even in the picture. So we need to spell that rumor right off the bat. Although, it lends itself well, very well. It really does to that thing, but it’s not because we want it to be this general metaphor for a lot of different things. Any time people follow something blindly, and there’s a reference to the piper blowing his flute that leads the mice kind of thing, and just away they go. There’s just so many of these things that people need to question. … There’s a thousand of these things that people just fall in line and all of those things are big machines. It’s also government, it’s also religion, it’s all of those things. The people just follow blindly just kinda asking questions, good questions. So it’s literally just that: it’s the conversation starter of “yeah, why do we do this? And why do we do that? Why do I smoke this and think it’s okay? Why do I eat that and think it’s all right? And why do I drive that and think it’s all right that it comes out of the ground and nothing’s gonna happen to the earth?” It’s all of those things ‘cause those are all machines that need consumers to feed them. And that’s really where we were coming from. We didn’t want it to be specific to anyone’s thing, so it left itself open to all of those topics.
BreakOut West: WCMA Nominations
BreakOut West has announced the nominees for the 2017 Western Canadian Music Awards and Industry Awards. Winners will be announced and honoured at the Western Canadian Music Awards Networking Reception and Industry Awards Brunch, during events running from September 13-17, 2017. The 15th annual BreakOut West will take place in Edmonton. You can view a list of the nominations here.
Buffy and Tagaq Collaborate on “You Got to Run”
Two of our highest profile indigenous artists collaborate on song “You Got to Run”. Both have won JUNO Awards and both the Polaris Prize. Of course, we’re talking about Buffy Sainte-Marie and Tanya Tagaq. Buffy was born on the Piapot Plains Cree First Nation Reserve in the Qu’Appelle Valley of Saskatchewan. Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq is from Cambridge Bay (Iqaluktuutiaq), Nunavut, situated on the south coast of Victoria Island. We leave you with the music video below.
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.