Oct 18, 2019 Releases: Patrick Watson, Pierre Lapointe, …

Three JUNO nominees highlight this week’s new album releases. Patrick Watson has topped iTunes with his latest work, Wave. Pierre Lapointe shifts to a more stringy singer-songwriter style on his new one, Pour déjouer l’ennui. And electronic savant Jacques Greene goes all out on the amazing Dawn Chorus. Also noteworthy is Star Academy alumnus Mélissa Bédard; her rich vocals dress adult contemporary LP Fleur de verre. Choice EPs include alt-pop New Girl from Grae and the gorgeous Tu pourras te reposer from Émilie Proulx perhaps the finest release this week. View these and many more in the table below.

TITLE ARTIST GENRE
Beauséjour  Beauséjour  country
Big Blue Dead Soft alternative
Cool to Who Walrus alternative
Dawn Chorus Jacques Greene (JN) electronic
Deborah Sorry Girls alternative
Fleur de verre Melissa Bedard AC
Indivisible Organ Mood  electronic
Junior Corridor alternative
La boue Gigi French  s-s
La mince ligne Tertio  jazz
MachiNations Yannick Rieu  jazz
Midwestern Zachary Lucky country
On a Wave Dave Monks alternative
One of My Friends Siobhan Sloane-Seale s-s
Pour dejouer l’ennui Pierre Lapointe (JN) s-s
Triomphes & tourments Jibré  rap
Wave Patrick Watson (JN) alternative
When I Say to You Black Lightning Common Holly alternative
Facheuse tendance (EP) Michaëlle Richer  s-s
New Girl (EP) Grae pop
Tu pourras te reposer (EP) Émilie Proulx  s-s
Wax and Digital (EP) Basement Revolver alternative

Thanksgiving 2019 Releases: Catherine MacLellan, The Dead South…

Two JUNO award winning folk outfits ring in Thanksgiving weekend with new discs. Catherine MacLellan dedicates her work to the Coyote and The Dead South serves some Sugar & Joy. Both have earned JUNO trophies independently, and as a duo Andrea Lindsay and Luc De Larochellière release S’il n’y avait que nous. Jazzy electronic ace Blue Hawaii, twice JUNO nominated, is all about surgical proceedings; Open Reduction Internal Fixation is simply superb. Find these and other new Canadian artist releases in the table below.

TITLE ARTIST GENRE
A Montreal Ariel & Les Va-Nu-Pieds  Pop
Ca s’en vient Frank Williams  Country
Coyote Catherine MacLellan (JW) Folk
Croak in the Weeds André Ethier Alternative
Dose Curves Sarah Page Classical
Jules et ses pilules Jules  Alternative
La partie de moi qui tremble Guillaume Arsenault S-S
Le temps des perdus Vidjay Rangaya  Alternative
Le troi3ieme album King Melrose Pop
Monarque Sadik  Rap
Open Reduction Internal Fixation Blue Hawaii (JN) Electronic
Pomme Plastique III Édouard Landry  Alternative
Saboteur Sandveiss Rock
S’il n’y avait que nous Andrea Lindsay / Luc De Larochellière (JW) Pop
Sugar & Joy The Dead South (JW) Folk
The Station Hey Major  Alternative
True Love Devon Welsh Alternative
Une autre bonne raison Daniel Goguen  Country
Ci-haut, ci-bas (EP) Valse Fréquence  Alternative
Karen Pinette Fontaine (EP) Karen Pinette Fontaine  S-S
Les rats normands (EP) Moé Pis Moé Pis Nous Deux  Folk
Réglisse Noire (EP) Réglisse Noire  Alternative

Oct. 4, 2019 Releases: Les Cowboys Fringants, City and Colour…

‘Tis releases galore this week. Below is a table of 19 LPs and 9 EPs. JUNO winners include City and Colour, Skydiggers, Bedouin Soundclash, and bülow. JUNO nominees are just as abundant with Kacy & Clayton, Diane Tell, Kaïn, and Les Cowboys Fringants dishing out new albums this week. Unsurprisingly, the latter group has the #1 album at iTunes. For something cool, check out Rapport‘s album In the Dark.

TITLE ARTIST GENRE
A Pill for Loneliness City and Colour (JW) Alternative
Briser la chaine Renee Wilkin Pop
Brood & Bloom Kasador Alternative
Carrying On Kacy & Clayton (JN) S-S/Folk
Comme une bête… Louis Venne  Alternative
Devarrow  Devarrow  S-S/Folk
Fancy Holograms Pierre Paul  Alternative
Forward LiANA  R&B/Soul
Garde-fou  Mat Vezio  Alternative
Grandeur Mature Émile Bilodeau  S-S/Folk
Haiku Diane Tell (JN) AC
Je viens d’ici  Kain (JN) S-S/Folk
Les antipodes Les Cowboys Fringants (JN) S-S/Folk
Let’s Get Friendship Right Skydiggers (JW) Alternative
Love Is Gonna Find You Micah Erenberg Alternative
Mass Bedouin Soundclash (JW) Alternative
Spectre  Lightning Dust Alternative
The Pale Queen Rhi Alternative
Wonderlove Jeremy Benjamin Pop
All Types of Ways Dave Sampson (EP) Country
Aux quatre vents Sab & Steph  (EP) S-S/Folk
Dangerous Jon Vinyl (EP) R&B/Soul
Eighty Eight Wild Rivers (EP) S-S/Folk
Glass Box Confessional Poesy (EP) Pop
In the Dark Rapport (EP) Alternative
Jettatura Paupiere (EP) Alternative
The Contender bulow (JW) (EP) Pop
The Mountain Man Spencer Burton (EP) S-S/Folk

Sep 27, 2019 Releases: Tegan and Sara, New Pornographers…

Tegan and Sara‘s latest album is out, Hey I’m Just Like You. The Calgarian twin sister duo has won three JUNO awards, all surrounding acclaimed release Heartthrob. Two other JUNO winners present new LPs this week: Vancouver’s The New Pornographers (In the Morse Code of Brake Lights) and Winnipeg’s The Bros Landreth (’87). JUNO nominees are Dany Bédar with a self-titled work and Sweatshop Union, teaming up with Mo Moshiri on rap disc Can I Tell You Something? The Launch participant T. Thomason of Nova Scotia presents an eponymous album. Among this week’s batch of EPs is Expansion Pack, a collection of additional songs from Les Louanges from its Polaris Music Prize shortlisted album La nuit est une panthère.

TITLE ARTIST GENRE
’87 The Bros Landreth (JW) S-S/Folk
Blue Hour Laurent Bourque Pop
Can I Tell You Something? Mo Moshiri & Sweatshop Union (JN) Rap
Citadelle LaF Rap
Dany Bédar  Dany Bédar (JN) S-S/Folk
Décohérence country  Martin Valois  S-S/Folk
Dreamstate Ruben Young R&B/Soul
En retard sur ma vie  Miro Pop
Hey, I’m Just Like You Tegan and Sara (JW) Pop
In the Morse Code of Brake Lights The New Pornographers (JW) Pop
T. Thomason T. Thomason Pop
Tenir Jacques Michel  S-S/Folk
Aller simple (EP) Les Jacks S-S/Folk
Baby Blue (EP) Harlequin Gold Rock
Expansion Pack (EP) Les Louanges  Alternative
Lili-Ann De Francesco (EP) Lili-Ann De Francesco  Pop
Neil Little (EP) Neil Little S-S/Folk
Rosier (EP) Rosier  S-S/Folk
xX3m0 $0ng$ 2 $!nG @L0nG 2Xx (EP) Safia Nolin S-S/Folk

20 Sep 2019 Releases: Bruce Cockburn, Evelyne Brochu…

Some interesting releases grace the slate this week. Multiple JUNO winner Bruce Cockburn releases instrumental album Crowing Ignites which has more to offer than simply acoustic guitar work; track “The Mt. Lefroy Waltz” is a pleasing jazz piece. The album is a soothing one. The legendary Robbie Robertson‘s contribution is singer-songwriter effort Sinematic. A third JUNO winner, Alex Cuba, furthers his specialized craft on Sublime. Winnipegger and JUNO nominee Del Barber spins some alternative country on Easy Keeper. Accomplished Canadian actress Evelyne Brochu swings over to the music front and gifts us with a surprisingly good album fingering into the domain of synthpop; Objets perdus is the title. BC band Frankie serves a nifty indie rock album entitled Forget Your Head which is worth checking out. A very nice surprise this week is Dynasty from up and coming progressive rap/R&B duo Hua Li 化力. Pleasant vocals dress lush and dreamy arrangements – very good stuff. Among this week’s EPs is a choice pop-rock disc from Sandrine Dumas entitled Deux. We’re just about at 400 LPs for the year and over 140 EPs. Check out this week’s batch below.

TITLE ARTIST GENRE
45 Tours Jonathan Painchaud S-S
Atterrissage Marc Déry  S-S
Careful with Your Magic Blinker the Star Rock
Crowing Ignites Bruce Cockburn (JW) S-S
Dynasty Hua Li化力 Rap
Easy Keeper Del Barber (JN) Country
Etrangere Gabriella Pop
Forget Your Head Frankie Indie Rock
In Constellation West My Friend Folk
Kustom Kreme The Flamingos Pink  Garage Rock
Les myriades  Mélisande [electrotrad] Alternative
Maybe Valley Pop
Objets perdus Evelyne Brochu Pop
Sinematic Robbie Robertson (JW) S-S
Sublime Alex Cuba (JW) World
Temple O SHPIK  Alt Jazz
There from Here TuneTown Jazz
Upside Down Bellflower  Alternative
1997 (EP) FxckMr Rap
Dépendance (EP) Marianne Le Brasseur  S-S
Deux (EP) Sandrine Dumas  Pop-Rock
Mind Over Matter (EP) Excuses Excuses Rock
Primitive Feelings, Pt. 2 (EP) The High Dials Alternative

Nominations Out for the 2019 ADISQ Gala

Three ADISQ galas will take place next month honouring the best music made in the province of Quebec. Felix awards will be presented on October 23rd at the first gala which will be hosted by well-known recording artist Pierre Lapointe. The same day, Claudine Prévost will do the honours in the industry gala. The grand gala will take place October 27th, hosted by Louis-José Houde. Nominations have been announced, selected ones are as below.

THE FIRST GALA

ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Choses Sauvages — Choses Sauvages
La hiérarchill — Jérôme 50
Les choses extérieures — Salomé Leclerc
La nuit est une panthère — Les Louanges
C’est pas la qualité qui compte — Qualité Motel

ANGLOPHONE ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Working Class Woman — Marie Davidson
Window in the Sky — Alex Henry Foster
Matt Lang — Matt Lang
Now — Jesse Mac Cormack
Freewheelin’ Walking — The Brooks

ALLOPHONE ALBUM OF THE YEAR

The Ballad of the Runaway Girl — Elisapie
Miwa EP — Nomadic Massive
Scott-Pien Picard — Scott-Pien Picard
La vraie nature – chansons par Pilou — Pilou
Mishta Meshkenu — Florent Vollant

CRITICS’ CHOICE ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Le sens des paroles — Alaclair Ensemble
ZayZay — FouKi
Les choses extérieures — Salomé Leclerc
La nuit est une panthère — Les Louanges
INSCAPE — Alexandra Stréliski

CLASSICAL LARGE ENSEMBLE ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Requiem — Artistes variés
Ana Sokolovic : Sirènes — Ensemble contemporain de MTL (ECM+) et Véronique Lacroix
Sibelius 1 — Orchestre Métropolitain, Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Chopin : concertos 1 et 2 — Charles Richard-Hamelin, Orchestres Symphonique de Montréal, Kent Nagano
Mathieu : concerto no.4 en mi mineur – Rachmaninov : Raphsodie sur un thème de Paganini, op. 43 — Jean-Philippe Sylvestre, Orchestre Métropolitain, Alain Trudel

CLASSICAL SOLOIST OR SMALL ENSEMBLE ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Gabriel Fauré : Intégrale des mélodies pour voix et piano — Artistes Variés
Schubert: Octuor en fa majeur, D. 803 — Les solistes de l’OSM
John Dowland : Lachrimea — Les Voix Humaines, Nigel North
Schubert : Winterreise — Philippe Sly, Le Chimera Project
Beethoven : Sonates pour violon et pour piano no.6, 7 et 8 — Andrew Wan et Charles Richard-Hamelin

COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Pascal Allard — Pascal Allard
Ma maison favorite — Paul Daraîche
Quand qu’on s’est rencountry — La Famille Day
La fureur de vivre — Karo Laurendeau
Arrière-saison — Renée Martel

INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR

La disparition des lucioles — Philippe Brault
Reverie — Flying Hórses
Déconstruction — Sef Lemelin
INSCAPE — Alexandra Stréliski
Projections — Julie Thériault

JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Stay Tuned! — Dominique Fils-Aimé
Ground Midnight — James Gelfand Trio
Quintessence — Jazzlab Orchestra
Dreams and Other Stories — Josh Rager
Consecration — Rafael Zaldivar

BEST-SELLER ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Délivrance — Éric Lapointe
Après — Fred Pellerin
À jamais — Ginette Reno
Survivant — Souldia
INSCAPE — Alexandra Stréliski

ELECTRONIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Hotline Miami II EP (édition deluxe) — Das Mörtal
Working Class Woman (Instrumentals) — Marie Davidson
Make It Last Forever — Millimetrik
Superficial — Ouri

WORLD MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Zoubida — Ayrad
EMERIKA — King Abid
Zig Zag Zydeco Zoo — Le Winston Band
Kaleido Stropico — Roberto Lopez
Rapadou Kreyol — Wesli

COVERS ALBUM OF THE YEAR

La Renarde, sur les traces de Pauline Julien — Artistes Variés
La Voix 2019 — Artistes Variés
Serge Fiori, Seul Ensemble — Artistes Variés
Quand les hommes vivront d’amour — Les Prêtres
Que les fêtes commencent! — Guylaine Tremblay

ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Supernova — Caravane
Délivrance — Éric Lapointe
Ton corps est déjà froid — Pierre Lapointe et les Beaux Sans-Cœurs
Viens avec moi — Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire
Beaucoup de plaisir — Les Trois Accords

TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Territoires — Le Vent du Nord
Notre album solo — Le Vent du Nord et De Temps Antan
Chouïa — Les Grands Hurleurs
Portraits — Sophie & Fiachra+ André Marchand
Tentations — Yves Lambert Trio

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

La famille — Alaclair Ensemble
Cinq à Sept — Koriass
La nuit est une panthère — Les Louanges
Nous après nous — Les Soeurs Boulay
Pour toi — Ariane Moffatt
Magasin à 1$ — Seba et Horg

THE GRAND GALA

ADULT CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR

C’est la fin du monde à tous les jours – Lou-Adriane Cassidy
Et Voilà — Robert Charlebois
À Jamais — Ginette Reno
L’origine de mes espèces — Michel Rivard
Petite plage — Ingrid St-Pierre

FOLK ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Disparition — Guillaume Beauregard
Hélas Vegas — David Marin
Dans le noir — Safia Nolin
Après — Fred Pellerin
Retour à Walden — Richard Séguin

POP ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Perfecto — Bleu Jeans Bleu
En cas de tempête, ce jardin sera fermé — Cœur de Pirate
Papillon — Lara Fabian
Elle et moi — Marie-Mai
Petites mains précieuses — Ariane Moffatt

RAP ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Le sens des paroles — Alaclair Ensemble
ZayZay — FouKi
La nuit des longs couteaux — Koriass
Tout ça pour ça — Loud
Survivant — Souldia

INDIGINOUS ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Elisapie
Maten
Matiu
Shauit
Florent Vollant

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Lou-Adriane Cassidy
Jérôme 50
Les Louanges
Sarahmée
Alexandra Stréliski

COMPOSER OF THE YEAR

Emmanuel Dubois / Compositeurs variées pour La nuit des longs couteaux de Koriass
Salomé Leclerc pour Les choses extérieures de Salomé Leclerc
Vincent Roberge / Vincent Roberge, Félix Petit, Simon Saint Hillier pour La nuit est une panthère de Les Louanges
Ariane Moffat pour Petites mains précieuses d’Ariane Moffatt
Alexandra Stréliski pour INSCAPE d’Alexandra Stréliski

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR

2Frères
Alaclair Ensemble
Bleu Jeans Bleu
Les Cowboys Fringants
Les Trois Accords

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Cœur de Pirate
Lara Fabian
Marie-Mai
Ariane Moffatt
Ginette Reno

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Marc Dupré
Éric Lapointe
Hubert Lenoir
Loud
Fred Pellerin

SONG OF THE YEAR

Léo Gagné — 2Frères (Amélie Larocque)
Tu trouveras la paix (pour Renée Claude) — Artistes Variés (Stéphane Venne)
Des p’tits bouts de toi — Roxane Bruneau (Roxane Bruneau)
Fous n’importe où — Charlotte Cardin (Daniel Bélanger)
Dans la nuit (avec Loud) — Cœur de Pirate (Béatrice Martin, Simon Cliche / Béatrice Martin)
Tout le monde — Corneille (Corneille, Sofia de Medeiros / Corneille)
La tempête — Marc Dupré (Marc Dupré, John Nathaniel, Amélie Larocque)
Pitou — Les Louanges (Vincent Roberge / Vincent Roberge, Félix Petit)
Ouvre tes yeux Simon! — Les Trois Accords (Simon Proulx / Les Trois Accords)
Fallait y aller — Loud (Loud / Ruffsound, Banx & Ranx, Ajust & Realmind)

Four New Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named

Four new inductees join the growing roster of the Music Hall of Fame. Bobby Curtola, a teen idol and superstar of the rock-a-ballad in the early 1960s, was named posthumously, which is unfortunate. Originally from Thunder Bay, Bobby passed away three years ago in Edmonton. His string of hits includes “Hitchhiker” and “Fortuneteller”. British Columbian rock band Chilliwack, known for a slew of hits including “My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone)”, receives an induction as well. Andy Kim who recently received a star on the Walk of Fame is the third. He is partly responsible for the classic “Sugar Sugar” by The Archies. But Kim also scored his own hits like “Baby, I Love You” and “Rock Me Gently”. Finally, we have alternative country outfit Cowboy Junkies. The group’s collection of radio hits includes “Angel Mine”. There are still a number of very famous acts not yet inducted. Best-selling rock band Trooper comes to mind. The induction of the four slayers will take place at Calgary’s Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, on October 27.

Céline Dion’s Courage Out November 2019

Queen Céline will be releasing her 27th studio album November 15, 2019. The work is entitled Courage, and four songs from the disc have been made available for digital download: “Flying on My Own”, “Lying Down”, “Courage”, and “Imperfections”. This is the Canadian superstar’s first English language album in six years; Loved My Back to Life came out in 2013. The French language Encore un soir graced 2016. When album sales were at their peak, Dion managed over 30 million copies per album worldwide for Falling into You (1996) and Let’s Talk About Love (1997). Céline’s world tour to promote the new album was launched today in Quebec City. Songwriters on the Courage tracks include David Guetta, Sia, Lauv, and Canada’s own Stephan Moccio.

Haviah Mighty Finds $50K Polaris Prize on 13th Floor

Judges for the 2019 Polaris Music Prize decided to honour women in rap by presenting Brampton’s Haviah Mighty with the $50,000 cheque for her album 13th Floor. Her work was chosen by 11 people and announced at the annual gala held as usual at The Carlu in Toronto attended by about a thousand. The album was deemed a mightier work than the other nine shortlisters: Dominique Fils-Aimé’s Stay Tuned, Elisapie’s The Ballad of the Runaway Girl, FET.NAT’s Le Mal, Jessie Reyez’s Being Human in Public, Les Louanges‘ La nuit est une panthère, Marie Davidson’s Working Class Woman, PUP’s Morbid Stuff, Shad’s A Short Story About a War, and Snotty Nose Rez Kids’ Trapline. For being shortlisted, these nine each received a cash prize of $3,000. This was the 14th installment of the prize which began in 2006.

13 September 2019 Releases: The Glorious Sons, Lenni-Kim…

JUNO award winning rock band The Glorious Sons heralds this week’s releases with new album A War on Everything. Triple nominee Bruno Pelletier teams up with the symphony in Sous influences featuring his delicious vocals. Fans of electronic music can check out the superb Butterfly Arcane from Nathan Micay. This weeks sees much in the realm of singer-songwriter, folk, and roots music. You can’t go wrong with Leeroy Stagger who serves his latest LP, Strange Path. In the pop field, teen sensation Lenni-Kim returns with EP 18. Check out these and more in the table below.

TITLE ARTIST GENRE
A War on Everything The Glorious Sons (JW) Rock
All the Love Songs Lied to Us Li’l Andy  Country
Butterfly Arcane Nathan Micay Electronic
Changer de trottoir Raton Lover S-S/Folk
Chansons rassembleuses Nikamu Mamuitun S-S/Folk
Don’t Save Me Derin Falana Rap
Evangeline Gentle Evangeline Gentle S-S/Folk
Fear Begonia Alternative
Home Made Satan Chastity Rock
La belle epoque La Verdine Jazz
Moth nor Rust II Jon Brooks S-S/Folk
Parallel Line Paper Beat Scissors S-S/Folk
Prelude Felixe Alternative
Sous influences Bruno Pelletier (JN) Orchestral
Strange Path Leeroy Stagger S-S/Folk
18 (EP) Lenni-Kim  Pop
Mood (EP) 11:11 R&B/Soul
The Hardest Years Yet (EP) Alone I Walk Pop Punk

Tenille Townes Cleans Up at the 2019 CCMA Gala

Grande Prairie, Alberta’s Tenille Townes took Calgary by storm during the city’s hosting of the 2019 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) awards tonight. The gala was co-hosted by Dallas Smith and American achy breaky man Billy Rae Cyrus. Tenille’s #1 country radio hit “Somebody’s Daughter” took both Single of the Year and Video of the Year. And for this Top 30 US country hit, Tenille and her co-writers snatched the Songwriter(s) of the Year award. Townes picked up a fourth trophy for Female Artist of the Year. Find all award recipients below.

“Somebody’s Daughter” has picked up more than 2.3 million views.

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Paul Brandt
Dean Brody
Tim Hicks
Brett Kissel
Dallas Smith (Winner)

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
The Fall – Dallas Smith
Feels Like That – The Reklaws (Winner)
The Journey BNA Vol. 2 – Paul Brandt
Love A Girl – Tebey
New Tattoo – Tim Hicks
State Of Mind – Hunter Brothers

FANS’ CHOICE
Gord Bamford
Paul Brandt
Dean Brody
Tim Hicks
Hunter Brothers
James Barker Band
Brett Kissel (Winner)
The Reklaws
Dallas Smith
Guylaine Tanguay

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Lindsay Ell
Jess Moskaluke
Meghan Patrick
Guylaine Tanguay
Tenille Townes (Winner)

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
High Valley
Hunter Brothers
James Barker Band
The Reklaws
The Washboard Union (Winner)

INTERACTIVE ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Lindsay Ell (Winner)
Aaron Goodvin
James Barker Band
Brett Kissel
Nice Horse

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Paul Brandt
Dean Brody
Tim Hicks
Brett Kissel
Dallas Smith (Winner)

RISING STAR
Shawn Austin
Jade Eagleson (Winner)
Eric Ethridge
JoJo Mason
Sons of Daughters

ROOTS ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion – Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion
Both Ways – Donovan Woods (Winner)
Heart Of Glass – Jessica Mitchell
Juliet – Dan Davidson
What We’re Made Of – The Washboard Union

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Criminal – Lindsay Ell
Dive Bar – Gord Bamford
Good Together – James Barker Band
Somebody’s Daughter – Tenille Townes (Winner)
Walls Come Down – Meghan Patrick

SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR

Brett Kissel, Seth Mosley, Brad Rempel
Song: Cecilia (Performed By: Brett Kissel)

Gord Bamford, Bart Butler, Brice Long
Song: Down (Performed By: Gord Bamford)

James Barker, Todd Clark, Gavin Slate, Travis Wood
Song: Keep It Simple (Performed By: James Barker Band)

Corey Crowder, Jess Moskaluke, Jared Mullins
Song: Save Some Of That Whiskey (Performed By: Jess Moskaluke)

Barry Dean, Luke Laird, Tenille Townes
Song: Somebody’s Daughter (Performed By: Tenille Townes) (Winner)

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Camouflage – Jess Moskaluke
Criminal – Lindsay Ell
Feels Like That – The Reklaws
Somebody’s Daughter – Tenille Townes (Winner)
Walls Come Down – Meghan Patrick

Sep 6, 2019 Releases: Alessia Cara, Meghan Patrick…

We begin our summary of this week’s releases by expressing our thrill and pride for Canadian tennis star Bianca Andreescu winning the Women’s U.S. Open against the formidable Serena Williams 6-3, 7-5. This is the first time in history that a Canadian has taken the title.

JUNO award winner Jane Bunnett & Maqueque jazzifies the landscape with LP On Firm Ground / Tierra Firme. Alessia Cara, another JUNO trophy recipient, contributes EP This Summer. Check out track “October” for something good. Country music champ and JUNO nominee Meghan Patrick also opts for an extended play record – Wild as Me. JUNO nominated group Rheostatics present album Here Come the Wolves this week. A new single has come out from Grimes entitled “Violence”.

Also worth consuming is alternative album Et si j’étais à des années-lumière from Cédrik St-Onge; “Demain” alone deserves a spin. Lovers of synthpop will find something to savour in Nuits plurielles from Bronswick. Find these and more in the table below.

TITLE ARTIST GENRE
Courtepointe Manon Bedard Country
Crawl Jom Comyn Alternative
Drew Thomson Foundation Drew Thomson Foundation Rock
Et si j’etais a des annees-lumiere Cedrik St-Onge Alternative
Existence sur la liste  Benlo S-S/Folk
Guts Eamon McGrath S-S/Folk
Here Come the Wolves Rheostatics (JN) Alternative
La mort des etoiles Les soeurs Boulay S-S/Folk
Le messager Samian Rap
Nuits plurielles Bronswick  Alternative
On Firm Ground / Tierra Firme Jane Bunnett & Maqueque (JW) Jazz
Soft Landing Sandro Perri Alternative
Tant que j’respire Taktika Rap
Frienemy (EP) Northsidebenji Rap
Mood AF (EP) Laraw  Pop
Passion (EP) Mark Clennon Alternative
Platnet4 (EP) a4 Rap
This Summer (EP) Alessia Cara (JW) R&B/Soul
Wild As Me (EP) Meghan Patrick (JN) Country
Ya Ya Ya Ya (EP) L’Indice Alternative

New Releases 30 August 2019: Big Wreck, The Reklaws…

Closing out August are 17 major Canadian artist releases bringing our 2019 tally to 352 LPs and 126 EPs. Among this week’s standouts are JUNO nominees Big Wreck and The Reklaws. The former is a rock band fronted by the talented Ian Thornley and the latter a country music sisbro duo. Their albums are, respectively, But for the Sun and Freshman Year. Both are first rate. Other standouts this week are electropop specialist Rosemary Fairweather and her second collection of Heavenly songs. Lovers of dream pop are in luck as newcomer Bodywash launches debut disc Comforter. Check out these and more in the table below.

TITLE ARTIST GENRE
À côté d’ la track  Broch’à foin  Folk
Ast’heure  Les Frères à Ch’val  Folk
But for the Sun Big Wreck (JN) Rock
Comforter Bodywash Dream Pop
Felicity Hologramme  Electronic
Freshman Year The Reklaws (JN) Country
Heavenly: A Second… Rosemary Fairweather Electropop
How Do We Stay Here? Close Talker Alternative
Onze Marie-Ève Laure  S-S
Tel quel René d’Antoine  AC
Une minute Véronique Labbé  Country
 Trèdou  (EP) Vendou  Pop
Effervescence (EP) Selci Alternative
Kalsey Kulyk (EP) Kalsey Kulyk Country
Quand je serai grand… (EP) Larche S-S
RSVP (EP) RSVP Pop
Zoklo (EP) Obia le chef  Rap

Shawn Mendes Wins a Pair at the 2019 VMAs

Canadian recording artist Shawn Mendes picked up a pair of MTV Video Music Awards last night at the ceremony in the US state of New Jersey. The trophies were for the music video for “Senorita” with Cuban singer Camila Cabello in the Best Cinematography and Best Collaboration categories. The MV has accumulated more than half a billion views and shows Mendes in a Fonzarelli outfit on a motorcycle and Cabello in Terminator waitress attire. The two performed the song at the gala, while Mendes also performed his Yvonne Elliman namesake “If I Can’t Have You”. “You Need to Calm Down” by US singer Taylor Swift was named Video of the Year. Since the annual gala’s launch in 1984, only one Canadian has won the latter award: Neil Young for “This Note’s for You” (1989).

The number of viewers of the VMAs has plummeted from a peak in 2011 of 12.4 million to only 2.25 million in 2018 with this year’s numbers not yet released. The yearly Much Music Video Awards (MMVAs) in Toronto were not held in 2019, and it is unclear whether they have been put to permanent rest.

August 16-23, 2019 Releases: Socalled, Fred Fortin…

Find below a table of new Canadian artist releases from the past two weeks which includes discs from JUNO nominees Fred Fortin and Socalled.

TITLE ARTIST GENRE
Frugal Biliwald  Alternative
Mental Health Rae Spoon Alternative
Primal Prayer Beverly Glenn-Copeland World
The Second Season Socalled (JN) Soundtrack
Iris pollues Marie Onile  S-S/Folk
Long Story Short Ian Kelly S-S/Folk
Microdose Fred Fortin (JN) S-S/Folk
Re-Birth Obuxum R&B/Soul
Roman-savon Mathieu Berube Alternative
La main de Dieu (EP) We Are Wolves Alternative
Sign Up (EP) Bad Child Alternative
When the Weeds Bloom  (EP) Eager Dance  Alternative
Careful Women (EP) Rebekah Hawker Country
Phase (EP) Baggies Rap
Wine (EP) Emily Reid Country