There were only a few releases last week, so we’ve combined them with this week’s. Before we get to them, some news.
As most of you have heard by now, Justin Bieber is engaged. The lucky lady is Hailey Baldwin. Which of the Baldwin brothers is her father you may ask? That would be Stephen. We hope the transition from soul mates to spouses, often a treacherous path for celebrities, is a smooth one.
Excitement is attempting to flare up en route to this year’s Much Music Video Awards (MMVAs), still a thing despite major funding cuts to Canadian music video makers and the mutations of the Much Music channel itself. You will have to wait a while for this year’s shindig which doesn’t go down until August 26. Alessia Cara is a locked in performer in addition to international artists Halsey (US) and Marshmello (US) ft. Anne-Marie (UK).
Shawn Mendes performed onstage for SiriusXM Live at The Roxy Theatre on July 13, 2018 in West Hollywood, California, USA. And guess who he bumped into?
As we mentioned previously, nominations are out of the bag for 2018’s CCMAs recognizing the best in English-language country music in Canada. Alberta’s Brett Kissel and Saskatchewan’s Jess Moskaluke lead the pack with six nods each. Hosted by Shania Twain in Hamilton, the September 9 gala will feature performances by Dallas Smith, High Valley, Keith Urban, Lindsay Ell, Mason Ramsey, and Terri Clark. You can vote for the Fan Choice Award here: https://www.ccmafanvote.com/.
This week sees the release of country EP 20 Dollars in My Pocket from The Lovelocks. The title track is easily one of the catchiest country pop songs of the year. Eric Ethridge launched a popular country EP last week, a self-titled effort. For those of you who like the more traditional country, Thomas Stajcer contributed LP Will I Learn to Love Again? last week.
Vancouver’s Jessicka gifts the world with choice alternatives on EP Happy Place. Along similar avenues, Metric serves its latest single, the gritty “Dark Saturday”. Deadmau5 poofs out of the blue to drop the smooth EDM sparkler “Monophobia”.
As far as the full-lengths go, the highest profile release is certainly All That Reckoning from celebrated roots outfit Cowboy Junkies.
Find selected Canadian artist releases below from the past two weeks. We are now at over 300 LPs this year.
|Will I Learn to Love Again?||Thomas Stajcer||Country|
|All That Reckoning||Cowboy Junkies||Roots|
|Death Lust||Chastity||Alt Rock|
|In Our Time||AHI||S-S/Folk|
|Pain & Pleasure||Black Atlass||R&B|
|Reckless Ways||Alex Brown/Hepcats||Rock-a-billy|
|Reels d’en premier||Johnny Comeau||Folk|
|Sous la capuche||BRH||Rap|
|Spring Patterns 1||Jamison Isaak||Ambient|
|Dimmed In My Display (EP)||Vallens||Alternative|
|Eric Ethridge (EP)||Eric Ethridge||Country|
|Magic (EP)||Colin Weeks||AC|
|Happy Place (EP)||Jessicka||Alternative|
|20 Dollars in My Pocket (EP)||The Lovelocks||Country|
|La Zayte (EP)||FouKi||Rap|