Goings-On with 6 Talented Canadian Artists

Sarah McLachlan, while busy recording her new studio album, has announced a symphony orchestra tour around Canada and the United States. The tour includes a VIP package for the best seats and meet and greets, proceeds of which will be donated to her School of Music for children and youth in Vancouver. This special tour will begin in Toronto on June 22. You can get more info at Sarah’s website HERE.

Ariane Moffatt is becoming a bigger name since her new album MA debuted on the Canadian Billboard album chart at No. 2, just behind Adele. She is performing in New York and Paris. Despite its popularity, the MA CD is not being stocked at HMV stores in western Canada. We contacted HMV last week asking them to provide an explanation, and after a couple of assurances that they would respond within 1 or 2 days, they have not. The Canadian Music Blog feels that MA is a strong contender for 2012 Canadian album of the year. Yes, it’s that good!

On March 23, Canada’s new international superstar Carly Rae Jepsen will be a guest on The Ellen Show, a popular chat show in the United States hosted by comedian Ellen DeGeneres.  “Call Me Maybe”, the song that catapulted her to superstardom has broken into the Top 30 in the U.S. – at #24 this week (Billboard Hot 100), and it has been sent to radio in the United Kingdom.  We’re keeping our fingers crossed that the Brits will love it as much as we do.  Meanwhile, at home, single “Curiosity”, title track of her new EP, has been added to the playlists of various radio stations in Canada.

Dragonette is going to be hopping around Northern America this year of the dragon with a tour of selected cities and towns, all beginning in two days in Austin, Texas, USA. Check it out at their website HERE.

Canadian indie singer-songwriter, Josh Reichmann, from the Etobicoke area of Toronto, has come out with a music video for “Burning Books” off After Live released last year. You can watch the video HERE. He is also finishing an album with band mate Sebastien Grainger titled Death From Above 1979.

Finally, Gitar is a trio from Toronto who will be releasing an LP called Seen as Unclean in the spring. The first single is a cover of Neil Young’s “Hippie Dream”. The band incorporates some urban, electro, and rock and roll elements in their unique style. Gitar is Mikhail Galkin, Tai Lee, and drummer Dan Rios. Check out their website HERE.