Stratford, Ontario’s Mr. Entertainment Justin Bieber launches new album Purpose filled with R&B inflected electronic beat music. It debuts at #1 on iTunes and contains two double-platinum singles “What Do You Mean” and “Where Are U Now”. Brampton, Ontario red hot teen sensation and R&B specialist Alessia Cara releases her debut LP, Know It All. Also from Brampton, soul singer Johnny Reid tells us What Love Is All About. Urban artist Kardinal Offishall guests on one of the tracks. Blending soul with pop and adult contemporary, this year’s winner of The Voice Kevin Bazinet contributes Talk To Me. YTV Next Star winner Alicia Moffet is featured on one of the songs. A slew of A-list singers cover hits from 70s superstar Diane Dufresne on tribute album Intemporelle including Roch Voisine, Ariane Moffat, Pierre Lapointe, and Marie-Pierre Arthur!
Five albums that could be considered as falling into the alternative genre are the following. Toronto duo Beliefs cooks up some delicious dreampop/ shoegaze works on Leaper. Also from the city that rhymes with piranha is The Most Serene Republic. Album Mediac is a nice eclectic mix of funky grooves and orchestration. Those into more experimental vibes can check out We Are the City by Vancouver’s Above Club. More raw and reflective is Nous sommes le feu from Montreal’s Maude Audet. Very well written tunes abound on Like a Whisper by Equse.
Those looking for music easier on the ears can enjoy some vocal a cappella thanks to Musique à bouches and album Jusqu’aux oreilles. The group is from Sherbrooke. Trois Rivières’ Guy Brière has recorded fine singer-songwriter album Heille mais là with some blues rock on some of the tracks. You will find beautiful singer-songwriter landscapes on Mille Îles‘ Le Bouquet and pleasant vocal folk on The Wainwright Sisters‘ Songs in the Dark, both artists being from Montreal.
Stool of Rock
For more standard rock, Quebec City’s Les Respectables present a self-titled album. For headbangers, Toronto’s Black Lungs celebrate a Pagan Holiday. For those who prefer the other R, Montreal’s Cobna gets the rap going on album Realise.
Festive Mood Generators
Three holiday albums appear this week: classical flavoured Secrets of Christmas by the award winning Gino Quilico, nuage seasonings on Claire Pelletier‘s Noël Nau, and Noël by Nanette Workman and Yvon Bellemare.
And with that, we now have over 600 Canadian albums released so far in 2015! What’s the best one? Well, it depends whom you ask, but we will countdown our faves at the end of the year. Next week a new album is out from comedic rock group Les Trois Accords and November 27 will see new works from singer/pianist Ingrid St-Pierre and pop superstar Alyssa Reid!