Early July 2020 Releases: July Talk, Nikki Yanofsky…

JUNO hardware recipient alt-rock group July Talk drops its latest disc this week, Pray for It. It is a fitting month for the band to hit us with something new. July Talk joins other fine Canadian acts who have launched new LPs and EPs over the past two weeks which you can find in the table below. Other highlights include soulful Turn Down the Sound, the latest full-length from multi-platinum jazz-pop superstar Nikki Yanofsky arguably the best work of the batch, though … to each his or her own. JUNO winner Rufus Wainwright contributes Unfollow the Rules, and JUNO nominated singer-songwriter Tim Baker opts for an EP – Survivors.

Hoodie bleu ultra Robert Robert Dance
Spirit Of Hip Hop David Strickland  Rap
The Peacemaker’s Chauffeur Jason Wilson (JN) Reggae
Transfiguration Highway Little Kid  Folk
Usual Suspects: Season III Blakdenim  R&B
Audomatic Body Lou Canon Alternative
Dream or Don’t Dream Kestrels Alt-Rock
Pray for It July Talk (JW) Alt-Rock
Sips Mother Sun Alternative
Songs from Strange Places Stan Simon Folk
Turn Down the Sound Nikki Yanofsky (JN) R&B
Unfollow the Rules Rufus Wainwright (JW) S-S
Still, Again (EP) Jane Blanchard  Alternative
Better Daughter (EP) Moscow Apartment Alternative
House of Mirrors (EP) Fake Shark Alternative
Survivors (EP) Tim Baker (JN) S-S

Louis-Jean Cormier When the Night Falls

Louis-Jean Cormier, soloist, JUNO award winner, double gold album certification recipient, judge on The Voice, former member of critically acclaimed group Karkwa, hurdles through nightfall in his latest album, Quand la nuit tombe, which has been longlisted for the 2020 Polaris Music Prize. The lyrical territory is strewn with themes of family breakups, failed romances, dogma, new flings, social media antagonism, racism, and geographical migration. The musical landscape, sculpted by the artistic genius of LJC, contains patches of indie prog rock, ominous electropop, and neo jazz funk. Along with keyboard player and composer François Lafontaine, Cormier continues to paddle through the waters between treacherous coral reefs and safe harbours. There is artistic beauty here, and there are sudden, unexpected bursts of various devices, be they blaring horns, breezy percussion, or dancing piano keys. Quand la nuit tombe is a celebration of both the meticulous and the bold, a curious blend that few can pull off as well as Louis-Jean Cormier.

Bob Guido Graces 2020 with a Marvellous Ambient Album

Ontario-based composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Bob Guido charmed the ambient airwaves early in 2020 with his eponymous album, a breathtaking 12-track affair. The eclectic mix showcases one of our country’s finest talents doing what he loves. Guido handled most of the instrumentation bringing in guest guitarists and drummers for some tracks. The album takes us on a journey through varied terrain with unexpected twists in the road, and as ambient music does so well, elicits various moods by sculpting a savory atmospheric latticework.

The disc opens with “Astra Eterna,” which Bob’s website says was “written following a brush with death, which caused Guido to question the nature of existence and his contributions to the world. His conclusion was to dedicate himself to making music in a completely intuitive manner, and the notion of the impermanence of all things is at the heart of this piece.” “Mooregate” evokes memories of the creator’s experience growing up in a dangerous neighbourhood. “Leaving the World Behind” was recorded immediately following the funeral of Guido’s sister. “Noor Kadiwala” is dedicated to a late friend from Mumbai also into ambient music. Count the Bob Guido album a contender for our end of 2020 best albums list.

Album Deleter Has Nothing Worth Deleting

Toronto based quartet Holy F*** decked the wall of 2020 sound early in the year with fifth album Deleter. The band continues its preference for using actual instruments and gadgets to make music rather than delving into the modern current of laptop software tinkering and is known for using vintage laser pistols and keyboards salvaged from junkyards to generate electronic sounds. Deleter gets bonus points for its catchy rhythmic patterns heard on tracks like “Near Mint”, a layering of bass grooves, driving drums, and tinkling percussion, and the hard hitting “Moment”, a dancefloor anthem for robots. Opening track “Luxe”, a pulsating whirl of a tune, features Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor, perhaps the eastern Atlantic’s version of HF. “Endless” punches holes in the sky with droning synths and jabbing beats while “Free Gloss” flosses the speakers with a satisfying sway of shimmering funk.

Alessia Cara Wins Three 2020 JUNO Awards: Full List of Winners

The 2020 JUNO awards were to take place March 15 in Saskatoon and be hosted by R&B star Alessia Cara. The gala was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On June 29, an online presentation took place to announce the winners. Find all 42 recipients below. The platform included performances by winners Alessia Cara, iskwē, Neon Dreams, and The Dead South. Cara won three awards: Songwriter of the Year, Pop Album of the Year, and the biggest award of the night – Album of the Year. Shawn Mendes with a little help from Cuban singer Camila Cabello walked away with Single of the Year for “Señorita”. Another pairing – Lights and Felix Cartal won Dance Recording of the Year for “Love Me”. The highly praised La nuit est une panthère by Les Louanges won Francophone Album of the Year. Avril Lavigne took the coveted JUNO Fan Choice award for the second year in a row (she has won it three times overall).

A number of famous faces presented the trophies. Among them were Toronto Raptor Chris Boucher, Stranger Things actor Finn Wolfhard, Juno award-winning soprano Measha Brueggergosman, and Minister of Canadian Heritage Steven Guilbeault.

Avril Lavigne

Señorita by Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello

When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? by Billie Eilish

The Pains of Growing by Alessia Cara

Shawn Mendes

Loud Luxury

Lennon Stella

Neon Dreams

Alessia Cara

Wild as Me by Meghan Patrick

A Blemish in the Great Light by Half Moon Run

Morbid Stuff by PUP

The Pains of Growing by Alessia Cara

A War on Everything by The Glorious Sons

Stay Tuned! by Dominique Fils-Aimé

Migrations by Jacques Kuba Séguin

Abundance by Ernesto Cervini’s Turboprop

Inscape by Alexandra Stréliski

La nuit est une panthère by Les Louanges

Greatest Hits, Vol. 4 by Big Block Singsong

Detach by Angela Schwarzkopf

The John Adams Album by
Orchestre symphonique de Montréal,
conducted by Kent Nagano

Handel: Dixit Dominus; Bach & Schutz: Motets by
Ottawa Bach Choir,
conducted by Lisette Canton

Evta by Ana Sokolović

Freaky by Tory Lanez

Love Me by Felix Cartal & Lights

Feel It Too by Jessie Reyez, Tory Lanez, & Tainy

The Warning Track by Lyndon John X

Stories from a Downtown Apartment by
Celeigh Cardinal

Mohawk by Lee Harvey Osmond

Sugar & Joy by The Dead South

Mad Love by Dawn Tyler Watson

The Advent Of Christmas by Matt Maher

Barokan by Djely Tapa

Ben Kaplan

John ‘Beetle’ Bailey

Selections from Cuphead by Kristofer Maddigan
Chad Moldenhauer (Art Director),
Ian Clarke (Designer),
Warren Clark and Lance Inkwell (Illustrators)

Little Star by Sarah Legault iskwē

Beyond the Senses by Rezz

Play to Win by Striker

Shine A Light by Bryan Adams

Lil Bit of Buddle by Sophie Buddle

June 26, 2020 Releases: Alicia Moffet, Tenille Townes…

Some big names in music have released shiny new discs this week. Winner of former YTV annual singing competition The Next Star, Alicia Moffet, now 21 years old, has launched her debut album, Billie Ave. And, no it is not a tribute to Ms. Eilish but to her baby whom she has named Billie. The musical and singing style is arguably more on the R&B than the pop side, but being one of the finest singers in the land, genre matters little here. The album is currently #1 at iTunes.

Country specialist Corb Lund is back. The JUNO award winner’s Agricultural Tragic is behind Alicia at #2. The third biggest album on the platform is also of the country variety – The Lemonade Stand from Tenille Townes. The Albertan is definitely on a roll having scored two number one hits at country radio. She also managed a gallop into the US Top 30. Currently #5 at iTunes is Notre Dame des Sept Deouleurs from JUNO nominee Klô Pelgag. Country slayer Tim Hicks contributes EP Wreck This, and for those pining for some pop-rock, the one to check out is EP Everyone Knows the Thrill When It’s Over from Loviet (see photo above). Find these and more in the table below.

Agricultural Tragic Corb Lund (JW) Country
Beautiful Nowhere Stuck On Planet Earth Rock
Billie Ave. Alicia Moffet R&B
Heavy Nights Evening Hymns Alternative
L’hippocampe aux yeux clairs Rémy Caset  S-S
Notre Dame des Sept Deouleurs Klo Pelgag (JN) Alternative
Passages Zaac Pick S-S
Silver Clouds Silver Clouds Alternative
The Lemonade Stand Tenille Townes (JN) Country
Tragic Nostalgia Jared Adams Rock
Welcome to Bobby’s Motel Pottery Alternative
Bad Sounds (EP) Alexiane  Pop
Everyone Knows the Thrill,,, (EP) Loviet Pop-Rock
Wreck This (EP) Tim Hicks (JN) Country
You Wrote These Songs (EP) Mike Ruby Pop

2020 JUNO Awards to Happen Online June 29

After cancelling the 2020 JUNO awards galas due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers have decided to announce the winners on Monday June 29 (at 4 pm PT / 7 pm ET) via online CBC platforms. All 42 winners from both the previously planned dinner gala and awards and the main televised awards will be declared during this virtual ceremony. The online display will not be as spectacular as the originally planned arena-size shindig in Saskatoon that was to be hosted by Alessia Cara and will feature at least three performances – The Dead South, Iskwe, and Neon Dreams. Presenters will include Vancouver actor Finn Wolfhard from Stranger Things; Toronto Raptors’ Chris Boucher, soprano Measha Brueggergosman, Minister of Canadian Heritage Steven Guilbeault, singer Jessie Reyez, and pianist Alexandra Streliski. The roughly 90-minute broadcast will include an in-memoriam segment and MusiCounts Teacher of the Year award. The Music Hall of Fame and Walt Grealis Special Achievement awards will not be presented but at separate ceremonies in the future. (Jann Arden and Pegi Cecconi are the respective recipients of those).

Polaris Music Prize Unveils 2020 Longlist

Above: Alberta progressive band nêhiyawak makes the Polaris longlist with nipiy.

Organizers of The Polaris Music Prize, a cash award to what is deemed by appointed judges as the best artistic album of the year, have whisked off the veil to reveal the 40 contenders in the so–called longlist. These will be whittled down to a “shortlist” of 10 on July 15. The eligibility period for the 2020 prize is albums released from May 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020. A few Canadian Music Blog picks made the Polaris cut. In the list below, we have identified picks for the very good and superpicks for the excellent – all in good fun to give the CMB some personality. If we were to name the best of the bunch, it would probably be Jacques Greene’s superb effort Dawn Chorus, but we’ll let the Polaris judges sort things out. The winner will be announced sometime in the fall (to be announced).

Allie X – Cape God
Anachnid – Dreamweaver
Aquakultre – Legacy
Marie–Pierre Arthur – Des feux pour voir (CMB superpick)
Backxwash – God Has Nothing to Do with This Leave Him Out of It
Badge Époque Ensemble – Badge Époque Ensemble (CMB pick)
Begonia – Fear
P’tit Belliveau – Greatest Hits Vol. 1
Caribou – Suddenly
Daniel Caesar – Case Study 01
Chocolat – Jazz engagé
Louis–Jean Cormier – Quand la nuit tombe (CMB superpick)
Corridor – Junior
dvsn – A Muse in Her Feelings
Jacques Greene – Dawn Chorus (CMB superpick)
Sarah Harmer – Are You Gone
Ice Cream – Fed Up
Junia–T – Studio Monk
Kaytranada – Bubba (CMB pick)
Flore Laurentienne – Volume 1
Cindy Lee – What’s Tonight to Eternity?
Men I Trust – Oncle Jazz (CMB pick)
nêhiyawak – nipiy (CMB pick)
OBUXUM – Re–Birth
Owen Pallett – Island
Pantayo – Pantayo
Lido Pimienta – Miss Colombia
Joel Plaskett – 44
William Prince – Reliever
Jessie Reyez – Before Love Came to Kill Us
Riit – ataataga
Andy Shauf – The Neon Skyline
Super Duty Tough Work – Studies in Grey
U.S. Girls – Heavy Light
Leif Vollebekk – New Ways (CMB pick)
Wares – Survival
The Weeknd – After Hours (CMB pick)
WHOOP–Szo – Warrior Down
Witch Prophet – DNA Activation
Zen Bamboo – GLU

June 19, 2020 Releases: Braids, Jill Barber…

The enigmatic Juno winning alternative music troupe Braids summons up fourth album, Shadow Offering this week. Vocal jazz ace Jill Barber continues her streak of charming works with Entre nous. Soft Power is the latest culturally rich electronic album from JUNO nominee Poirier. Fans of hard rock can enjoy Protest the Hero‘s new one – Palimpsest. Vancouver dream pop specialist Noble Oak very quickly follows up his EP with full length disc Horizon. Also worth checking out is a very fine shoegaze effort from Zoon entitled Bleached Wavves. Find these are more in the table below.

Aquarian Mallory Chipman and Mystics  Art Rock
Bleached Wavves Zoon Shoegaze
C’est de valeur Sam T. Rap
Country-de-Drummond Pascal Allard Country
Entre nous Jill Barber (JN) Jazz
Horizon Noble Oak Dream Pop
Inventer des falaises Fred Labrie  Rock
Like a Rising Sun Shred Kelly Folk
Palimpsest Protest the Hero (JW) Hard Rock
Shadow Offering Braids (JW) Alternative
Soft Power Poirier (JN) Electronic
Sounds of Brazil Angela Turone and Chris Platt  World
Struggle Before Glory Smoke Dawg Rap
The Ridge Julian Taylor Folk
] [ (EP) Foreign Diplomats  Alternative
Disillusion (EP) Emanuel R&B
Fish to Fry (EP) Chippy Alternative
Lockdown in Steeltown (EP) Sons of Butcher  Rock
Un petit dodo Conrad Hamelin  Country
Violent et Immature (EP) Slater & Fils  Alternative
Wine (EP) Emily Reid Country

Top Radio Hits of 1972

The RPM Top 100 Singles of 1972 chart is missing from the online national archives. In order to give an idea of some of the biggest radio hits, we publish two charts below from two of the country’s most popular radio stations – LG73 (CKLG-AM) in Vancouver and 1050 CHUM in Toronto. More year-end and other Canadian charts can be found here.

LG73 TOP 73 OF 1972:
1. Stairway to Heaven, Led Zeppelin
2. Ding-a-Ling, Chuck Berry
3. Brand New Key, Melanie
4. American Pie, Don McLean
5. Amazing Grace, Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
6. Alone Again Naturally, Gilbert O’Sullivan
7. I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing, New Seekers
8. Daddy, Don’t You Walk So Fast, Wayne Newton
9. Beautiful Sunday, Daniel Boone
10. Desiderata, Les Crane
11. Candy Man, Sammy Davis Jr.
12. How Do You Do?, Mouth & MacNeil
13. Song Sung Blue, Neil Diamond
14. Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me, Mac Davis
15. Nice to be with You, Gallery
16. Concrete Sea, Terry Jacks
17. Down by the Lazy River, Osmonds
18. Joy, , Apollo 100
19. Black & White, Three Dog Night
20. Theme from “Shaft”, Isaac Hayes
21. Love Me, Love Me, Love, Frank Mills
22. An Old Fashioned Love Song, Three Dog Night
23. A Horse with no Name, America
24. Conquistador, Procol Harum with the Edmonton Symphony
25. Sealed with a Kiss, Bobby Vinton
26. Burning Love, Elvis Presley
27. Too Young, Donny Osmond
28. Popcorn, Hot Butter
29. Rockin’ Robin, Michael Jackson
30. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, Roberta Flack
31. Lonely Boy, Donny Osmond
32. School’s Out, Alice Cooper
33. Good Friends, Poppy Family
34. Lean on Me, Bill Withers
35. Hot Rod Lincoln, Commander Cody
36. Nites in White Satin, Moody Blues
37. Garden Party, Rick Nelson
38. City of New Orleans, Arlo Guthrie
39. Sylvia’s Mother, Dr. Hook
40. Troglodyte, Jimmy Castor Bunch
41. Rock & Roll Song, Valdy
42. Rock & Roll Pt. 2, Gary Glitter
43. Brandy, Looking Glass
44. Tumblin Dice, Rolling Stones
45. Mary Had a Little Lamb, Paul McCartney
46. Coconut, Nillson
47. Guitar Man, Bread
48. Taos, New Mexico, R. Dean Taylor
49. Poor Little Fool, Frank Mills
50. You Wear it Well, Rod Stewart
51. Hey Girl, Donny Osmond
52. Doctor my Eyes, Jackson Browne
53. Go All the Way, Raspberries
54. Saturday in the Park, Chicago
55. Take it Easy, Eagles
56. Never Been to Spain, Three Dog Night
57. You Don’t Mess with Jim, Jim Croce
58. Run to Me, Bee Gees
59. Mother and Child Reunion, Paul Simon
60. A Cowboy’s Work is Never Done, Sonny & Cher
61. Morning has Broken, Cat Stevens
62. Backstabbers, O’Jays
63. Rocket Man, Elton John
64. Oh Girl, Chi-Lites
65. Louisiana, Mike Kennedy
66. Play Me, Neil Diamond
67. Thunder and Lightning, Chi Coltrane
68. Stay with Me, Rod Stewart & the Faces
69. Wild Eyes, Stampeders
70. Hold Your Head Up, Argent
71. Someday Never Comes, Creedence Clearwater
72. Brandy, Scott English
73. Mammy Blue, Pop-Tops

1050 CHUM TOP 100 OF 1972:
1 American Pie Don McLean
2 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face Roberta Flack
3 A Horse With No Name America
4 Puppy Love Donny Osmond
5 Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast Wayne Newton
6 Alone Again Gilbert O’Sulivan
7 School’s Out Alice Cooper
8 Heart Of Gold Neil Young
9 Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me Mac Davis
10 Amazing Grace Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
11 Oh Girl Chi-lites
12 Without You Nilsson
13 Black & White Three Dog Night
14 Lean On Me Bill Withers
15 The Candy Man Sammy Davis Jr.
16 Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl) Looking Glass
17 Sealed With A Kiss Bobby Vinton
18 Ben Michael Jackson
19 Long Cool Woman With A Black Dress Hollies
20 Sunshine Johnathan Edwards
21 Saturday In The Park Chicago
22 Morning Has Broken Cat Stevens
23 Sylvia’s Mother Dr. Hook
24 Outaspace Billy Preston
25 Ding-A Ling Chuck Berry
26 I’d Love You To Want Me Lobo
27 Brand New Key Melanie
28 Precious & Few Climax
29 I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing New Seekers
30 Beautiful Sunday Daniel Boone
31 Let’s Stay Together Al Green
32 How Do You Do? Mouth & McNeil
33 Song Sung Blue Neil Diamond
34 Hot Rod Lincon Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen
35 Popcorn Hot Butter
36 Nice To Be With You Gallery
37 Taxi Harry Chapin
38 Family Of Man Three Dog Night
39 Doctor My Eyes Jackson Browne
40 Nights In White Satin Moody Blues
41 Troglodyte Jimmy Castor Bunch
42 I Am Woman Helen Reddy
43 Rock & Roll (Pt.2) Gary Glitter
44 Garden Party Rick Nelson
45 The Lion Sleeps Tonight Robert John
46 Rock & Roll Lulaby B.J. Thomas
47 One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show Honey Cone
48 Betcha By Golly Wow Stylistics
49 Burning Love Elvis Presley
50 Down By The Lazy River Osmonds
51 Mother & Child Reunion Paul Simon
52 Day After Day Badfinger
53 The Way Of Love Cher
54 Back Of Boogaloo Ringo Starr
55 I Can See Clearly Now Johnny Nash
56 Roundabout Yes
57 Layla Derek & The Dominoes
58 Coconut Nilsson
59 Slippin’ Into Darkness War
60 The Guitar Man Bread
61 It’s Too Late To Turn Back Now Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
62 Scorpio Dennis Coffey
63 Clean Up Woman Betty Wright
64 Never Been To Spain Three Dog Night
65 We’ve Got To Get It On Again Addrisi Brothers
66 Everybody Plays The Fool Main Ingredient
67 Vincent Don McLean
68 Bang A Gong T Rex
69 Love Me Love Me Love Frank Mills
70 You Are Everything Stylistics
71 Backstabbers O’Jays
72 Don’t Say You Don’t Remember Beverly Bremers
73 Stay With Me Faces
74 Hurting Each Other Carpenters
75 Lonely Boy Donny Osmond
76 Hold Your Head Up Argent
77 (Last Night) I Didn’t Get To Sleep At All Fifth Dimension
78 My World Bee Gees
79 Suavecito Malo
80 Go All The Way Raspberries
81 Conquistador Procol Harum
82 Joy Apollo 100
83 Day By Day Godspell
84 Cherish David Cassidy
85 You Could Have Been A Lady April Wine
86 Everything I Own Bread
87 Honky Cat Elton John
88 Poor Little Fool Frank Mills
89 Runnin’ Back To Saskatoon Guess Who
90 I’ll Take You There Staple Singers
91 Run To Me Bee Gees
92 Goodbye To Love Carpenters
93 Walkin’ In The Rain With The One I Love Love Unlimited
94 Brandy Scott English
95 In The Rain Dramatics
96 You Don’t Mess Around With Jim Jim Croce
97 Beautiful Gordon Lightfoot
98 Too Young Donny Osmond
99 Old Man Neil Young
100 Hey Big Brother Rare Earth

Early June 2020 Releases: Chantal Kreviazuk, Chromeo…

Above:  Rocker JJ Wilde releases new album Ruthless

Below is a list of Canadian artist releases for the first two weeks of June. Two high profile artists are in the pack: Multiple JUNO winner Chantal Kreviazuk launches her latest album, Get to You, and funk duo Chromeo contributes EP Quarantine with five songs each of which has a vocal and instrumental version. The songs are related to the COVID-19 situation. For those of you who miss the sounds of vintage synthesizers, Suuns’ member Ben Shemie delivers A Single Point of Light. Jazz likers will dig Kari van der Kloot’s The Architects. Also, Billboard Hot 100 charting singer Andee returns with three-track EP Plus One. Find these and more in the table below.

Cold House Burning Camille Delean S-S
Get to You Chantal Kreviazuk (JW) AC
The Architects Kari van der Kloot Jazz
When It’s Right, It’s Right Laurie LeBlanc  Country
A Single Point of Light Ben Shemie Alternative
Bahds Taggart & Torrens Comedy
Echoes of the Mountains Duo Perse-Inca  World
Ruthless JJ Wilde Rock
Le tournesol geant (EP) Babylones  Pop-Rock
More (EP) Matt Lang  Country
Never Let Me Go (EP) Ghostly Kisses  AC
Part 1 (EP) Amelie No  R&B
Plus One (EP) Andee Pop
Postromantic (EP) Vivienne Wilder Alternative
Quarantine (EP) Chromeo (JN) Dance
Stronger Than You Know (EP) Rachel Beck Pop
Translucent (EP) Betty Moon Alternative
Wayward Flyers Vol. I (EP) Crown Lands Rock

May 29, 2020 Releases: Guylaine Tanguay, Mirabelle…

Find below a list of this week’s Canadian artist releases. Country music fans can check out Country from Guylaine Tanguay and pop music lovers should find satisfaction with Mirabelle‘s Late Bloomer. This week’s new batch brings the running totals for 2020 to 259 LPs and 106 EPs.

Bandz Can’t Fold Burna Bandz Rap
Country Guylaine Tanguay Country
Harmony Avenue Jade Hairpins Alternative
Homme de paroles Paradox Rap
Late Bloomer Mirabelle  Pop
L’ère virtuelle  Christian P S-S
Love & Chaos (SpaceTime, Vol. II) Narcy Rap
Perhaps the Gods of Love Beth Anne Cole S-S
Pris dans nos chambres ce soir Will Murphy Pop
Sans merci Mario Peluso  Country
Sight Unseen Marin Patenaude Folk
To Suffer with a Smile On Monk.E & Zex BilangiLangi World
Travelling Shoes Lydia & Sébastien  Pop
Apres l’hiver (EP) Véronique Trudel  S-S
Every Word Is a Trap (EP) Sleepless Nights Alternative
Grunge Gospel – Side B (EP) Joel R&B
M.I.A. (EP) The Free Label Pop
Marchands de mémoire (EP) Marchands de mémoire  Country
Satellites and Secrets (EP) Andy Eichhorn S-S
Victimless Crimes (EP) Keffa R&B
Yodel Bleu (EP) Veranda Country
YYZ – LAX (EP) Smiley Rap

22 May 2020 Releases: Carly Rae Jepsen, High Valley…

Carly Rae Jepsen drops a surprise album: Dedicated Side B. As with Emotion, she puts together an album from cutting room floor pieces better than most other pop discs of the year. JUNO nominee Koriass teams up with FouKi for rap album Genies en herbe. Other nominees include critically acclaimed alternative music craftsman Owen Pallett with Island and premier country duo High Valley with EP Grew Up On That. Also good are Falling by Fonkynson on the progressive side and Tell Me What to Do by Jordan Klassen in the singer-songwriter field. Find these and more in the table below.

Aimant Mademoizelle Philippe  Rock
Dedicated Side B Carly Rae Jepsen (JW) Pop
Falling Fonkynson Electronic
Felures Les Mains Sales Punk
Genies en herbe Koriass (JN) & FouKi Rap
Island Owen Pallett (JN) Alternative
Lionheart Lynn Jackson S-S
Lonesome Stretch of Highway Mike Plume Country
Lost in Dreams Dylan Menzie S-S
Pescador de Suenos Ramon Chicharron  World
Quiet Talkers Ken Yates Folk
State of the Heart Lindy Vopnfjord S-S
Tell Me What to Do Jordan Klassen S-S
Trouver sa voie Alain Tremblay  Folk
Cola Wars (EP) ColaWars Electronic
Grew Up On That (EP) High Valley (JN) Country
Isolation Blues (Vol. 1) (EP) Touching Alternative
Philedouche (EP) Philémon Cimon  S-S

May 15, 2020 Releases: Catherine Major, Jimmy Hunt…

Six of this week’s nine albums come from JUNO nominees or winners. The winners are Jimmy Hunt with Le silence and traditional folk specialists Pharis and Jason Romero with Bet on Love. JUNO nominees are The Jerry Cans with Echoes, Catherine Major with Carte mère, The Dears with Lovers Rock, and the Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra with VelkomBak. Also out this week are at least seven Canadian artist EPs. Find this week’s releases in the table below.

Aux enfants de demain Claude Gauthier S-S
Bet on Love Pharis & Jason Romero (JW) Folk
Capitaine Canada  Capitaine Canada  Rap
Carte mere Catherine Major (JN) Alternative
Echoes The Jerry Cans (JN) Alternative
Le silence Jimmy Hunt (JW) Alternative
Lovers Rock The Dears (JN) Alternative
St. Helens The Tourist Company Alternative
VelkomBak Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra (JN) World
Dem Times (EP) Roy Woods Rap
Derailed (EP) Noble Oak Alternative
Force Majeure (EP) Ten Kills the Pack S-S
Gone Is Yesterday (EP) Pat Lok Dance
Right Now (EP) Malachi R&B
Solo (EP) Margo Alternative
They Call Me Tiago (EP) Tiagz Rap

Music News for Mid-May 2020

As we look at the latest in music news, we praise those who use fame and song to express good will towards other nations and the people therein. As the saying goes, why look at the mote in your brother’s eye while failing to consider the beam in your own? (or words to that effect). The same principle applies to nations. It makes no sense for the people of a country with a history of residential schools to criticize and make allegations towards those in other lands. The world is not in a competition with itself, and we are no better than anyone else.

A few bright accomplishments in Canadian music have occurred over the past few weeks. Here are some highlights.

80 Canadian Artists Collaborate on JPF Classic

In tune with hope, solidarity, and recognition for those who are fighting against the current pandemic, a televised event coinciding with Mother’s Day extended the microphone to more than 80 artists in a cover version of classic song “Une chance qu’on s’a” from Jean-Pierre Ferland. Seasoned singers and newbies joined forces on the project including 2Frères, Marie-Pierre Arthur, Joe Bocan, Charlotte Cardin, Marie Carmen, Louis-Jean Cormier, Céline Dion, Marc Dupré, Lara Fabian, Jean-Pierre Ferland himself, Marc Hervieux, Elisapie, Ariane Moffatt, Alex Nevsky, Passe-Partout, Marie Denise Pelletier, Ginette Reno, Guylaine Tanguay, and Annie Villeneuve. Watch the video below.

Johnny Reid Salutes People Like You

Celebrated singer Johnny Reid, one of our lucky imports from the UK, has released new song “People Like You” stemming from his grievance over the April 2020 vile mass murder spree in Nova Scotia where a gunman and arsonist took 22 lives. Since release, the song has been a success at iTunes managing a constant Top 5 placement.

Kaitlyn Bristowe Takes a Venti

New single “If I’m Being Honest” by Canada’s Kaitlyn Bristowe has toppled “Stuck with U” by Justin Bieber & Ariane Grande to take top spot at iTunes. Kaitlyn has served as a television personality, which followed stints in television’s The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. She grew up in Leduc, Alberta and began her career in Vancouver as an exercise instructor. Her song would fall into the country-pop genre. “Stuck with U”, slipping to #2, has been a big hit at digital, though the singers seem to have forgotten that the word with contains a TH.

RIP Renée Claude

Canadian interpretative singer and actress Renée Claude passed away from COVID-19 on May 12 at the ripe old age of 80. She had been suffering from Alzheimer disease. Renée began her career with a television appearance in 1960 launching her debut album three years later, and rocketed to superstardom even making an appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. She performed at Expo 67 in Montreal and enjoyed a string of hit singles mainly in the 60s and 70s.

These Days, MacKenzie Porter Is Gold

Speaking of Albertans, country music slayer MacKenzie Porter of Medicine Hat has gone gold with 2019 single “These Days”, and the track is now flying up the country radio charts in … The United States! “These Days” and its predecessor “About You” both reached #1 at Canadian country radio. “These Days” is MacKenzie Porter’s first gold single.