Sonic Avenues, a rock band from Montreal, releases album Disconnector. It has an underlying current of energetic post punk and is very well done. Also from the province, Pierre-Hervé Goulet seems like a pretty talented guy judging by groovy new record Faut qu’on bouge. It is essentially a folky singer-songwriter work, but he dabbles in other flavours like reggae. Overall, a very impressive and enjoyable album. Quebec has a town named Maria, and that is where Irvin Blais was born. He gives us a fabulous traditional country album, Les incontournables.
When it comes to roots rock, few do it as well as JUNO winning group Blackie and the Rodeo Kings. The new album Kings and Kings has some high profile guests, both domestic and international, including Bruce Cockburn, City & Colour, Eric Church, Nick Lowe, and Vince Gill. If you like the genre, the first two tracks should have you hooked right away. Moving on to rap, Trois-Rivières’ award winning Ale Dee returns with album 1.L.K. From The Éboulements region (north of Quebec City) is Paule Tremblay contributing the beautiful Puisque tout change. Paule is a singer-songwriter who has written both lyrics and music for other artists. Her own music has made waves as far away as Japan.
With peppy album Rites de passage, Émile Bilodeau tops iTunes’ musique francophone chart. The young folk artist has been praised for his cheeky charisma and irresistible candour as you can probably tell from his vocal delivery. Capping off the LPs, yes, Deryck Whibley and the Sum 41 Ajax, Ontario boys are back with their brand of punk that has won them a pair of JUNO awards and a pair of multiplatinum albums. The new album is 13 Voices currently vying with Green Day, OneRepublic, and Norah Jones for the crown of the albums chart. One EP worth mentioning is We Win Some We Lose from St. John’s The Once which dazzles the landscape with contemporary folk.
Happy Thanksgiving weekend!