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Ice Conduit to the 2015 JUNOs: Roots and Traditional Album of the Year

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There are two categories under roots music, one for soloists (above) and one for groups (below). CARAS states, the “Roots and Traditional category is comprised of all solo recordings that are traditionally based including ethnically specific music. … To be eligible, an album must be predominantly Roots & Traditional. Predominance means 50% or more of the recording.”

Among the soloists, Perth-Andover, NB’s Matt Andersen is nominated for the first time thanks to album Weightless. Charlottetown’s Catherine MacLellan, via album The Raven’s Sun, is nominated for her first two this year. The other nomination is for songwriter of the year. It’s the second nomination for both Winnipeg’s Del Barber (Prairieography) and Vancouver’s James Hill (The Old Silo). Hill’s first nomination was way back in 1979 for best album graphics. St. John’s Amelia Curran has already won two JUNO awards. They Promised You Mercy is her nominated work this year.

For the groups, Winnipeg’s The Brothers Landreth are nominated for the first time for album Let It Lie. It’s the second nomination for both Saskatoon’s The Deep Dark Woods (Jubilee) and St. John’s The Once (Departures). Hamilton’s Blackie and the Rodeo Kings (South) won a JUNO back in 2000 and Toronto’s Elliott Brood (Work and Love) won one in 2013.

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Posted by on March 6, 2015 in 2015 Gala, JUNO Awards


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Andie Duquette


Fabulous new singer-songwriter (heck, let’s just call her a rock star) Andie Duquette has released her formal debut single as a soloist, “On n’se dit pas qu’on s’aime,” and it’s doing very well — in the BDS Top 50, which is always tough for a Franco single to accomplish. The song starts off with a Serena Ryder type folk rock vibe and then breaks out into a high-powered, electrifying chorus. See the lyric MV here. 

Andie’s been at it for a while. Her first singing contract at age 5 enabled her to record Franco versions of songs from Sesame Street; she did 40 songs over two and a half years. This experience allowed her to sing with high profilers like Robert Charlebois and Jim Corcoran. Her next project involved recording 100 songs for three seasons of La Boîte à Lunch.

At 11, Andie began classical singing lessons while engaging in a number of other projects. Later she joined the group XEquo who covered popular songs and toured internationally including China and The Dominican Republic. Andie was a participant in the first season of The Voice. We’re excited to see her embarking on a solo career and wish her all the best.

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Posted by on March 5, 2015 in Artists, New Artists


Ice Conduit to the 2015 JUNOs: Instrumental Album of the Year

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Eligible albums in the instrumental album category are, according to CARAS, “at least 85% instrumental (playing time). For the purpose of this category, ‘instrumental’ means using instruments and voice, where voice is used exclusively in the vocalization of notes or tones, as opposed to voice used in the rendition of lyrics. The latter is restricted to 15% of the number of tracks on the album and must NOT be perceived (by the screening committee) to be driving the overall popularity of the album.”

Toronto’s The Canadian Brass won a JUNO way back in 1985 and has been nominated 15 times. Having been around since the early 70s, of course membership has changed over the years. The group is essentially a quintet. On Great Wall of China, the band performs Chinese classics on brass instruments including the timeless pieces “Mo Li Hua” (Jasmine Flower) and “The Moon Represents My Heart,” immortalized by Teresa Deng.

Daniel Lanois’ Flesh and Machine is mainly electronic, though he brings in acoustic and electric sounds manipulated in new ways. He is originally from Hull, QC. Lanois has won 8 JUNO awards, including in this same category in 2006. He is best known for his production work on a number of high profile albums including Peter Gabriel’s So and U2’s The Joshua Tree.

This is the sixth JUNO nomination for Edmonton’s John Stetch, a master of keys. Off With the Cuffs interprets classical pieces by Mozart, Chopin, Bach, Shostakovich, and one of his own compositions.

This is JUNO nomination number two for Montreal’s Quartango. The album Encuentro is scarce at major retailers. Fortunately, you can check it out at the group’s website. The quartet centers the music around the tango also incorporating elements of jazz, Celtic, rock, and Stravinsky.

It’s also the second nomination for Toronto’s Sultans of String thanks to album Symphony. As the name suggests, stringed instruments lead the group’s music which blends elements of Arabic folk, Cuban rhythms, flamenco, and gypsy jazz.

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Posted by on March 4, 2015 in 2015 Gala, JUNO Awards


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Canadian Hot 100, 4 March 2015

Canadian Hot 100 - 4 Mar 2015

The current Billboard Canadian Hot 100 is HERE


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 March 4, 2015 in 2015 Charts, Canadian Hot 100


Selected New Releases, 3 March 2015

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Platinum, JUNO-nominated recording artist Laurence Jalbert, from Rivière-au-Renard, QC, releases both an autobiography and accompanying album, À la vie, à la mer, which contains re-recorded, stripped down versions of her greatest hits, mainly performed with just acoustic guitar and voice. Edmonton’s JUNO-nominated Purity Ring, a duo specializing in the electronic alternative field, launches latest album Another Eternity. We are impressed with Thomas D’Arcy’s new album Fooled You Twice, an organic pop tour de force with top notch production and some alternative sprinklings. He’s from Toronto. Montreal’s Julie Blanche gives us her debut full-length album crafted by some of the personnel behind Arcade Fire, Thus Owls, and Timber Timbre. It’s a beautifully detailed, slightly haunting alternative pop work.

The Lemming Ways, also from Montreal, launches a really good upbeat alt-rock, self-titled album. Officer of the Order of Canada, violinist Angèle Dubeau, reteams with chamber orchestra La Pieta. Dubeau’s previous album, Blanc, was certified gold and is up for a JUNO this year. The new album is Ludovico Einaudi: Portrait with interpretations of pieces from the Italian composer. We don’t normally mark LPs of non-original material with consideration for our year-end albums list; however, the album is so stunning that we have made an exception. Bïa, originally from Brazil, is a JUNO nominated artist based in Montreal. She specializes in world music, and her new album is called Navegar which is Portuguese for navigate. Finally, the queen of country Shania Twain presents a live album from her shows in Las Vegas.

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Posted by on March 3, 2015 in 2015 Albums, Albums


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Music First, March Second

I Really Like You, Carly

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Carly Rae Jepsen has released her much anticipated new single, “I Really Like You”, the lead off her upcoming third studio LP. At this writing, it is Top 20 on iTunes Canada. Carly performed the super catchy and excellent tune on Good Morning America this morning and will do the same on Jimmy Kimmel March 5. It has a faster tempo than her hits “Bucket”, “Tug of War”, “Call Me Maybe”, and “Curiosity”, and was written by Carly along with Jacob Kasher Hindlin and Peter Svensson. Billboard mag says that with the song, “Jepsen has put in her bid to rule the spring of 2015″.  iTunes

Jack Ü Gets Canadianized

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American EDM specialists Diplo and Skrillex have solicited the help of Canadian singers on their surprise album Jack Ü. Kiesza is featured in track “Take Ü There” while Justin Bieber handles vocals on “Where Are Ü Now”.  iTunes

Bienvenue, Shawn Mendes

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Shawn Mendes is busy promoting his music in Europe and today was in Paris. Here he is at the Eiffel Tower.  iTunes

This Hour Has 22 Ariane Moffatts

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Platinum JUNO winner Ariane Moffatt will be releasing a new album on March 10. Her last synth driven spectacular, MA, debuted at #2 on the Billboard albums chart. The title of the new work is 22h22. Debut single “Debout” is doing exceptionally well. Here’s a bus billboard announcing her April 16 show at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.  iTunes

Tyler Shaw’s House of Cards Is Solid

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Tyler Shaw recently wrapped up his cross-Canada radio tour promoting new single “House of Cards”. He had a photo taken holding up the queen of hearts in each city. Here he is at the Jack Poole Plaza in Vancouver with the Olympic Cauldron.  iTunes

Dan Talevski

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Toronto R&B whiz Dan Talevski has written songs for Shawn Desman, Danny Fernandes, and Keshia Chante and is now beginning to make his own music. “Guilty As Sin” is his first single with eOne Music Canada and is moving up the BDS charts. You can watch a lyric video here.  iTunes

Yes Way, Yes!

We leave you with the brand new MV for MAGIC!’s “No Way No”, the fourth single from the reggae group’s album rapidly moving up the charts.  iTunes

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Posted by on March 2, 2015 in 2015 News, News


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Ice Conduit to the 2015 JUNOs: Blues Album of the Year

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A surprising number of Canadian artists are making blues music, and eligible styles for the JUNO category include “traditional/contemporary, acoustic/electric blues in a solo or group setting”. To be considered, at least 50% of the album has to be blues. Because blues is often played live, the JUNOs allow for live albums as long as 25% or more of the recording contains new material with 75% or less previously released songs.

This year’s nominees are Ottawa’s JW-Jones for Belmont Boulevard, Trois-Rivieres’ Steve Hill for Solo Recordings, Vol. 2, Hamilton’s Steve Strongman for Let Me Prove It To You, Toronto’s The 24th Street Wailers for Wicked, and Vancouver’s The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer for A Real Fine Mess. Strongman is the only one of the bunch to have previously won a JUNO (this same category in 2013) while this is Hill’s 3rd nomination. The other three are nominated for the first time.

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Posted by on March 1, 2015 in 2015 Gala, JUNO Awards


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It’s Decided, Andy Kim

andy kim - it's decided 1The music career of Andy Kim (born in Montreal in 1952) took off when he was just 16 years old. Beginning in 1968, his magnetic voice and knack for writing catchy tunes, sent a series of his songs up the charts, through to 1975: “How’d We Ever Get This Way” (#9), “Shoot ‘Em Up Baby” (#29), “Baby I Love You” (#1), “So Good Together” (#15), “A Friend in the City” (#19), “Be My Baby” (#6), “I Wish I Were” (#22), “I Been Moved” (#39), “Who Has the Answers” (#12), “Rock Me Gently” (#1), “Fire, Baby I’m On Fire” (#15), and “The Essence of Joan” (#28). In the 1980s, he recorded under the alias (Baron) Longfellow and scored a couple more hits, his most recent being “Powerdrive” in 1991. Andy was a co-writer (with Jeff Barry) on one of the biggest hits of all-time, The Archies’ “Sugar Sugar”. The pair also wrote songs for The Monkees. Andy Kim has sold 30 million records worldwide.

How does a vintage superstar from the era of Hogan’s Heroes, Davy Jones, and Butch Cassidy make new music for 2015? It appears Andy has found a new partner in chime: Broken Social Scene fulcrum Kevin Drew. Apparently the two hit it off after one of Kim’s charity events. And now, the jingle jangles made for late 60s gum chewing roller skaters have been artistically crafted into rich, alternative, baroque pop anthems with Kim being surrounded by a team of ace writers and producers: Ron Sexsmith, Barenaked Ladies’ Kevin Hearn, The Stills’ Dave Hamelin, and more. The result is veteran songsmith Andy Kim garbed in smart, fresh attire, still hip, and ready to rock the new millennium with class.  iTunes

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


No Fixed Address Hits Platinum

Nickelback - No Fixed AddressNickelback has scored its 7th consecutive platinum or higher certification for a studio album. The Alberta rock band’s 8th studio LP, No Fixed Address, was recently certified platinum by Music Canada for sales reaching 80,000 copies. The group’s first album, Curb, is the only one not to make the grade, but has struck gold. No Fixed Address is the fourth Canadian album released in 2014 to hit platinum, the others being Serge Fiori’s self-titled work, Bobby Bazini’s Where I Belong, and Leonard Cohen’s Popular Problems. Other recent Canadian certifications are single “Higher” by Classified (gold), album Tracks of My Years by Bryan Adams (gold), and single “Up We Go” by LIGHTS (gold).

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Posted by on February 28, 2015 in Certifications


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Ice Conduit to the 2015 JUNOs: CC/Gospel Album of the Year

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As stated by CARAS, eligible music in the Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year category “includes any and all styles that demonstrate inspirational faith in God, including (but not limited to): traditional, contemporary, country, alternative, pop/rock, and urban/dance. Submissions will be accepted from choirs, groups, solo performers and instrumental artists.”

This year’s nominees are Halifax’s Chelsea Amber for Introducing Chelsea Amber; Milton, ON’s Drew Brown for Analog Love in Digital Times; Pickering, ON’s Manafest for The Moment; Mississauga’s Manic Drive for VIP; and Winnipeg’s Tim Neufeld for The Joy. Tim is the only nominee to have won a JUNO (in the same category last year). This is Manafest’s 4th nomination. The other three are nominated for the first time.

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Posted by on February 28, 2015 in 2015 Gala, JUNO Awards


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Sarah McLachlan Deals with Monsters

sarah-mclachlanDiamond recording artist Sarah McLachlan has released the first music video for a track from her latest album, Shine On. Having won 8 JUNO Awards, the Halifax native is up for two more this year: Artist of the Year and Adult Contemporary Album of the Year. Shine On is Sarah’s eighth studio album and has been certified a gold disc. Her first LP, Touch, appeared back in 1988. She has, since then, scored a baker’s dozen Top 40 hits. The new MV is for “Monsters” and features some attractive animation. Check it out below.  iTunes

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Posted by on February 27, 2015 in 2014 Songs, Songs


2016 JUNO Awards to Saddle Up in Calgary


CARAS has announced that the 2016 JUNO Awards will be held in the hometown of such superstars as Jann Arden, Kiesza, Tegan and Sara, and Raghav. Yes, it’s Calgary! The date of the main gala is April 3 and the venue, of course, is the Saddledome. The announcement follows a community-based bid led by Tourism Calgary. This will be the city’s second time to host after a successful show in 2008. Recently declared the best mayor in the world, Calgary’s Naheed Nenshi says, “This is a tremendous opportunity for Calgary and our music and culture scene.” The event will coincide with the opening of the highly anticipated National Music Centre later in 2016.

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Posted by on February 27, 2015 in 2015 News, JUNO Awards, News


Zulu Is Out of This Galaxie

Galaxie - ZuluMultiple Felix Award winning Montreal garage rock band Galaxie, active since 2002, keeps with its tendency to release a new album once every 4 or 5 years by birthing its latest, Zulu. The title lets us in on the disc’s inclusion of intensive African rhythms hearkening back to say Peter Gabriel’s Security era. Combine that with Sam Roberts grooves, an energetic delivery, and dollops of electronic pizazz, and we have a winner. Zulu is a solid ride throughout, though track “Dragon” should provide you with an immediate fix.  iTunes

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


The Weeknd To Be the 10th Performer at the JUNOs

The Weeknd is going to need weekEnd transportation to Hamilton because he will be performing at the JUNO gala on Sunday March 15, hosted by Hedley frontman Jacob Hoggard. The “Earned It” singer will be dazzling us with some good jams along with Alanis Morissette, Arkells, deadmau5, Hedley, Kiesza, LIGHTS, MAGIC!, Sam Roberts Band, and Shawn Mendes. As the JUNOs cleverly remind citizens of Toronto thanks to TTC billboards, it’s all jams and no traffic at the year’s biggest night in music.

JUNO Awards on Toronto TTC

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Posted by on February 26, 2015 in Uncategorized


Ice Conduit to the 2015 JUNOs: World Music Album of the Year

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The JUNOs define world music as “including, but not limited to, roots based or cross-cultural music from the following regions: South and Central America, Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Oceania, and the Caribbean (excluding Reggae and New Age music)”. Four of the five artists are nominated for the first time; this is Eccodek’s second JUNO nomination.

Montreal’s Ayrad (self-titled album) describes the music as a combination of flamenco, Moroccan, Jewish, and reggae. Singing in Tongues by Guelph’s Eccodek is a fusion of “dub, electronica and funk featuring instrumentalists and singers from Africa, South Asia, Turkey, Fiji, Canada and beyond”. The Key by Toronto’s Emmanuel Jal is essentially hip hop refined by musical influences from the regions of Toronto; South Sudan Bentiu; Nairobi, Kenya; and London, UK. Montreal-based Congolese-Canadian postmodern pop star Pierre Kwenders (who speaks five languages) mixes Afrobeat, moody electro and Congolese rumba on album Le dernier empereur bantou. 500 Years of Night by Toronto’s Quique Escamilla, whose roots lie in Chiapas, Mexico, is a mishmash of Latin folk, rock, and reggae.

Familiarize yourself with these exquisite, culturally rich, beautiful works of art.

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Posted by on February 25, 2015 in 2015 Gala, JUNO Awards


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