New Releases March 16, 2018: Jann Arden, The Avulsions…

The average child laughs 400 times per day, and the average adult only 15. I guess that’s what income tax will do to you.

Funny lady Jann Arden can help us increase the 15 by a few notches, but her new album These Are the Days proves she can pen songs in earnest when she needs to. Jann is a quintuple platinum recording artist from the Calgary area who’s won eight JUNO awards. Her song “Insensitive” cracked the British Top 40 in 1996. The new disc is a batch of thoughtfully penned tracks in the adult contemporary realm.

Jann Arden has one of only five Canadian artist major releases this week.

For something very different but just as good, comes Saskatoon outfit The Avulsions and Expanding Program. It is the group’s debut and very impressive. Find here gothic post-punk with a dense, rich atmosphere fronted by savory female vocals and backed by thundering beats. Razor sharp guitars and soul-splitting synths animate a hypnotic dystopian future. What a gem!

Next appear those talented Quebeckers. Frank Custeau presents a spirited singer-songwriter work entitled Départs d’août – expert guitar work and a sensitive delivery make “Le cimetière” and “Le vieil homme et le fleuve” a couple of standouts. In the Anglophone realm is Hold On by Sule. While essentially a singer-songwriter work, this one’s more on the bluesy side. His soulful vocals are an asset and the tunes are quite catchy.

Finally, we have an EP from British Columbian super talent Kristi Lane Sinclair. The Ability to Judge Distance swings satisfyingly between rock and singer-songwriter vibes. She describes her style as everything from “snarling guitars and warm cello”, and the whole package sounds fresh and charming.


March 9, 2018 Releases: Three Days Grace, Fanny Bloom, Dear Rouge…

We have surpassed 100 Canadian artist albums released in 2018. As usual, this week’s new discs offer a variety of styles.

If you like your rock hard with noughties’ bratty male vocals, you are in for a treat, as multiplatinum group Three Days Grace launches album number six – Outsider. TDG has been nominated for seven JUNO awards. The new album is currently at #3 on iTunes.

JUNO nominated duo Dear Rouge from Alberta is back with a new album – Phases. It’s energetic, feel-good synth inflected rock. Saskatoon double JUNO nominee Suzie Vinnick, a specialist of roots and blues, delivers the goods on album Shake the Love Around.

Félix award winner and alternative pop ace Fanny Bloom hits the mark on her new disc, Liqueur. Find some beautiful folk rock from BC’s Shred Kelly (Archipelago). For a pleasant surprise, give Feast of Panthers by Ensign Broderick a whirl; he does glam rock right. Finally, Années lumière is a wonderful EP from singer-songwriter Alicia Deschênes.

Find these and more new Canadian artist releases in the table below after which we present new single “Landslide” from all-female pop-rock trio Caveboy. Growing rapidly in international popularity, Charlotte Cardin now has an MV for song “Paradise Motion”. We toss that in as well. Enjoy the new music.

Archipelago Shred Kelly Folk Rock
Compte à rebours Les bouches bées S-S/Folk
Distractions Random Recipe Pop
Feast of Panthers Ensign Broderick Glam Rock
Girls Girls Girls Miesha & The Spanks Garage
Highway to Spell Jeremy Fisher Junior Childrens
I’m Bad Now Nap Eyes Alternative
Liqueur Fanny Bloom Alt Pop
Music for Taverns… Sean Burns & Lost Country Country
Outsider Three Days Grace Hard Rock
Phases Dear Rouge Alt Rock
Rebelle Angee Wings Pop
Samedis créatifs La Brigade des Moeurs Rap
Shake the Love Around Suzie Vinnick Blues
Slowly Paradise Eric Chenaux Alternative
This City Heavyweights Brass Band Jazz
Tough Luck Scenic Route to Alaska Indie Rock
Années lumière (EP) Alicia Deschênes S-S
Bridges (EP) San James Alternative
EP.1 Garnotte Prog Rock


New Releases March 2, 2018: Cassie Dasilva, Sue Foley…

We’re into March and a batch of fresh Canadian artist albums deck the sonic bazaar. Topping iTunes is Memories Don’t Lie from Ontario rapper Tory Lanez which is thankfully available in a clean language version. Country ace Dallas Smith also plucks his way into the Top 10 with an EP containing acoustic versions of some of his greatest hits. JUNO winner Sue Foley paints The Ice Queen with blues on her new disc. More of that genre marches forth on Friends of the Blues, a collaborative disc with April Wine frontman Myles Goodwyn at the helm. The legendary Randy Bachman pays tribute to George Harrison on covers work By George. For those who like the dreamy shoegaze stuff, Winnipeg outfit Living Hour serves its self-titled debut album which is worth checking out. Also good is alternative EP Home by Kitchener’s Cara Leigh. Find a table of this week’s new releases below. After that, check out MV “Welcome To My Castle” from Universal Music signee Cassie Dasilva of Orillia, Ontario.

Animalia Elk Run & Riot S-S/Folk
By George Randy Bachman Rock
Come Fall Ellen Doty AC
Felt Suuns Alt
…Friends of the Blues Myles Goodwyn  Blues
Grosse tête  Syme  Rap
The Ice Queen Sue Foley Blues
Living Hour Living Hour Alt
Memories Don’t Lie Tory Lanez Rap
Molasses Terrell Morris/Free n Losh Rap
My Green Rubber Boots Linda Arseneault  Country
Notionside Kutch Alt
Pas loin d’ici  Pierre-Hervé Goulet  Pop
Rachel Beck Rachel Beck AC
Whoever Comes Knocking Kae Sun R&B
Acoustic Sessions 1 (EP) Dallas Smith Country
Celebrate Life! (EP) Elaquent Chillout
Home (EP) Cara Leigh Alt

New Releases – Feb 23, 2018: Dumas and OLP

Canadian Athletes Set New Winter Olympic Record

Canada’s Winter Olympic medals haul has smashed all records, the previous number being 26. We’re up to 29 with potentially a few more medals by the closing of the games this weekend. There may have been some disappointments, especially with the hockey and curling, but athletes in other departments made up for it. Here is a list of all 29 medals won by Team Canada:

Sebastien Toutant – Gold – Snowboard: Men’s Big Air
Team Canada – Bronze – Ice Hockey: Men
Brittany Phelan – Silver – Freestyle Skiing: Ladies’ Ski Cross
Kelsey Serwa – Gold – Freestyle Skiing: Ladies’ Ski Cross
Kaetlyn Osmond – Bronze – Figure Skating: Ladies Single Skating
Team Canada – Bronze – Short Track Speed Skating: Men’s 5,000m Relay
Kim Boutin – Silver – Short Track Speed Skating: Ladies’ 1,000m
Team Canada – Silver – Ice Hockey: Women
Brady Leman – Gold – Freestyle Skiing: Men’s Ski Cross
Team Canada – Bronze – Bobsleigh: Women
Alex Beaulieu-Marchand – Bronze – Freestyle Skiing: Men’s Ski Slopestyle
Team Canada – Gold – Bobsleigh: 2-man
Cassie Sharpe – Gold – Freestyle Skiing: Ladies’ Ski Halfpipe
Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir – Gold – Figure Skating: Ice Dance
Kim Boutin – Bronze – Short Track Speed Skating: Ladies’ 1,500m
Samuel Girard – Gold – Short Track Speed Skating: Men’s 1,000m
Justine Dufour-Lapointe – Silver – Freestyle Skiing: Ladies’ Moguls
Max Parrot – Silver – Snowboard: Men’s Slopestyle
Mark McMorris – Bronze – Snowboard: Men’s Slopestyle
Ted-Jan Bloemen – Silver – Speed Skating: Men’s 5,000m
Team Canada – Gold – Figure Skating: Team Event
Mikael Kingsbury – Gold – Freestyle Skiing: Men’s Moguls
Laurie Blouin – Silver – Snowboard: Ladies’ Slopestyle
Team Canada – Gold – Curling: Mixed Doubles
Alex Gough – Bronze – Luge – Women’s Singles
Kim Boutin – Bronze – Short Track Speed Skating: Ladies’ 500m
Team Canada – Bronze – Figure Skating: Pair Skating
Team Canada – Silver – Luge: Team Relay
Ted-Jan Bloemen – Gold – Speed Skating: Men’s 10,000m

Kim Boutin to Carry the Flag for Canada

Sherbrooke’s Kim Boutin has been selected as Canada’s flag bearer for the Closing Ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. While she did not earn a gold medal, the short-track speed skater outshone the other athletes by winning three – one silver (1,000m) and two bronze (1,500m and 500m). Kim was a sentimental favourite as well, having to put up with online vitriol and death threats, being blamed for the disqualification of a Korean skating ace in the 500m. Boutin was in a position to win a fourth medal, as Team Canada had snagged bronze in the 3,000m relay but later disqualified in a ruling of impeding other skaters on the track.

Arkells in Concert for Team Canada

“Giants” by Lights became somewhat of an unofficial anthem for Canadian athletes at the games, and now Canadian music is coming in person to the athletes thanks to Virtue and Moir’s invitation of their favourite act Arkells to perform for Team Canada. The Hamilton band has nabbed three gold certified albums, two gold singles, and won four JUNO Awards. Members are excited, as it is their first time to visit Asia. The group says it will include a cover of an Alanis Morissette song in its set.

Arcade Fire to Perform at JUNO Gala

Speaking of performances, a third act has been confirmed to perform at the JUNO Awards gala on March 25 – Arcade Fire. The Montreal collective is up for four awards this year – Single of the Year, Album of the Year, Group of the Year, and Alternative Album of the Year. Its disc is also up for the Album Artwork of the Year trophy. For AF’s global success (the group has for example won both Grammy and BRIT awards), the JUNOs will also be presenting the band with the 2018 International Achievement Award. As the JUNO Awards have dropped Hedley from the bill, Arcade Fire will join the presently short roster which also consists of new acts Jessie Reyez and Daniel Caesar.

New Releases Include OLP and Dumas

We’re back to a strong showing for new Canadian artist releases. Find a table of 24 below. Highlights include Somethingness from diamond certified quadruple JUNO winning group Our Lady Peace, containing the catchiest songs the band has written in years. Slightly outselling the album on the current iTunes chart is Nos idéaux from gold certified talent Dumas – bursting with choice flavours including some electropop. We also like Coffee and Jam by alternative group Grounders (which we previously reviewed), Chrome by dance floor shaker Debbie Tebbs, Sauvignon and a Kimono (EP) by pop slayer DYLYN, and Stone Woman by critically acclaimed R&B specialist Charlotte Day Wilson. Below the table, check out a brand new Canadian artist MV from guess who?

Alive and Well Big Little Lions S-S/Folk
Basic Behaviour Frigs Alt
Chrome Debbie Tebbs Pop
Coffee and Jam Grounders   Alt
Daiva Stephane Moraille World
Echos Joshua Hyslop S-S/Folk
La femme taupe Victime Alt
The Game Ronley Teper Alt
Imitation Gold Louize Alt
In a State Shy Kids Alt
Lost Touch We Were Sharks Punk
Mon herbier du monde entier Ponctuation Alt
Nos ideaux Dumas Pop
People Person Everett Bird Alt
Realm of Human Illusions Necrotic Mutation Metal
Skip Land Mayhemingways  S-S/Folk
Somethingness Our Lady Peace Rock
Teach Me to Love Beams Alt
Tempus Fugit Marc-André Pépin Classical
These Flowers Are for You ChessClub Rap
O La Si (EP) Carine Au Micro World
Sauvignon and a Kimono (EP) DYLYN Pop
Six In 6/8 (EP) David Leask Country
Stone Woman (EP) Charlotte Day Wilson R&B

“I Don’t Wanna Know” Tugs at the Heartstrings

We leave you with the brand new MV for Kira Isabella‘s beautiful heartbreaking acoustic guitar ballad “I Don’t Wanna Know” below. Feel the stings to the heart in lines like, “I’m wearing that dress from our first date, and you don’t notice”.

News and New Releases: February 16, 2018

Canadian Athletes Rock

A couple more Olympic medals from Canadian athletes were added to the tally yesterday as follows:

Kim Boutin – Bronze – Short Track Speed Skating: Ladies’ 1,500m
Samuel Girard – Gold – Short Track Speed Skating: Men’s 1,000m

They join 13 medals previously won as per below.

Justine Dufour-Lapointe – Silver – Freestyle Skiing: Ladies’ Moguls
Max Parrot – Silver – Snowboard: Men’s Slopestyle
Mark McMorris – Bronze – Snowboard: Men’s Slopestyle
Ted-Jan Bloemen – Silver – Speed Skating: Men’s 5,000m
Team Canada – Gold – Figure Skating: Team Event
Mikael Kingsbury – Gold – Freestyle Skiing: Men’s Moguls
Laurie Blouin – Silver – Snowboard: Ladies’ Slopestyle
Team Canada – Gold – Curling: Mixed Doubles
Alex Gough – Bronze – Luge – Women’s Singles
Kim Boutin – Bronze – Short Track Speed Skating: Ladies’ 500m
Team Canada – Bronze – Figure Skating: Pair Skating
Team Canada – Silver – Luge: Team Relay
Ted-Jan Bloemen – Gold – Speed Skating: Men’s 10,000m

Canada, in third place with 15 medals, has 5 gold, 5 silver, and 5 bronze.

Support for Hedley Pulled from Many Sides

Based on insinuations posted on social media where identity is concealed, where males can pose as females, where a single individual can, through the creation of multiple accounts, pose as many, support for Hedley has been pulled quickly on many fronts.

Watchdog Management and the Feldman Agency have both terminated their business relationships with the band. Both opening acts on the Cageless tour Shawn Hook and Neon Dreams have pulled out. Many radio stations have stopped spinning Hedley’s records.

The pop group will be continuing on with its tour with many fans refusing to be swayed by the defamatory rumours and gossip.

If such rumours are true, the repercussions would be unsettling and may serve as a catalyst for change. We have seen the consequences of society’s choice to accommodate alcohol consumption – marriage and family breakdown, millions of automobile deaths – and choice, since the 1960s, to revert back to the old ways of fornication – destabilizing human relationships and the foundation on which raising the next generation rests. Both are written off as justified in the so-called rock and roll lifestyle. Many male artists and bands promote alcohol consumption in their song lyrics and then use alcohol to take advantage of young women. How convenient. There is no doubt that such practices have happened and are still happening.

It is unfortunate too that speculation over Hedley’s affairs has resulted in division, pitting people into two camps of opposing opinions, something that would please the likes of Russia’s beloved Internet Research Agency.

Drake Comes Up with a New Plan

Drake has put smiles on many faces and maybe caused the odd teardrop to appear with his newly released MV for “God’s Plan”, the current number one single in the land.

Unnerved by a school shooting – the 290th in the U.S. since 2013 – an incident that killed 17, Florida was the recipient of something from Drake a little more practical than thoughts and prayers.

The video opens by saying that its budget was $996,631.90 and that Drake decided to give it all away to the needy. It shows him surprising local residents of the city of Miami with wads of cash. He tells shoppers that anything they buy in the store is on him. He donates $25,000 to a high school. And there are some other surprises. On Instagram he commented that it was “the most important thing I have ever done in my career.”

You can find and watch the video on the usual platforms.

New Releases

Not a huge amount but a fair number of new releases are out this week. Find the Canadian artist works in the table below.

Avant de crever Olivier Couture Rock
Fiesta Étienne Drapeau World
Grosso-Modo Séba et Horg Rap
Playing Chess Elise LeGrow Blues
Robert de Visée à Versailles Duo Baroque La Tour Classical
Room Inside the World Ought Alternative
Rule 62 Whitney Rose Country
Uncle, Duke & The Chief Born Ruffians Alternative
Weatherman Blaze Velluto Collection Alternative
Long Live the Night (EP) The Reklaws Country
The Projektor III (EP) Alex St. Kitts R&B
Le sens perd le nord (EP) Les DeadZ Alternative
Trouble (EP) Robby Johnson Country

Adrian Underhill Wants to C U Again

Adrian Underhill launches his debut album C U Again. It is smooth, mellow R&B inflected adult contemporary with splashes of alternative. Adrian is originally from Vancouver but now based in Toronto via Montreal. Pastel grooves swish through the disc ever so naturally. The gentle earworm “I Want It All” harnesses a simple melody that is oh so catchy. “Cruel” flows along nicely before breaking out into a funky conclusion. “As I Think of Something Different” makes effective use of vocal harmonies, and “How to Make a Life Count” includes some dazzling keyboard work. Find pleasant reggae peppering on “I Could”. Adrian Underhill’s C U Again album is the surprise charmer of early 2018! Music video for album opener “Not Good Enough” embedded below.  iTunes

The Good Lovelies and Shapeshifters

Toronto roots harmony trio Good Lovelies consists of Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough, and Sue Passmore. The group won the JUNO Award in 2010 for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year. 2015 saw the release of the band’s last LP, Burn the Plan, and the good gals glide back with new album Shapeshifters. It opens with popular saccharine ditty “I See Gold”. The hooky melody of wistful “I Had a Dream” will carry you away while “When We Were Young” sounds as if Leonard Cohen wrote a song with Lennon & McCartney and decked it with the voices of angels. Other highlights are the earthy “Move Away Clouds” and the pensive “Daylight” co-written by Peter Katz. The music video for “I See Gold” is embedded below.  iTunes

New Releases for Valentine’s Day 2018

There are not many new releases this week; perhaps some were held off due to the big draw of the opening of the Winter Olympic Games. Speaking of the games, congratulations are in order to the following athletes:

Justine Dufour-Lapointe – Silver – Freestyle Skiing: Ladies’ Moguls
Max Parrot – Silver – Snowboard: Men’s Slopestyle
Mark McMorris – Bronze – Snowboard: Men’s Slopestyle
Ted-Jan Bloemen – Silver – Speed Skating: Men’s 5,000m

New music is out from Toronto newcomer Adrian Underhill; C U Again is a mellow mishmash of R&B, adult contemporary, and alternative. JUNO winning roots trio Good Lovelies contributes new album Shapeshifters. Two-time JUNO winning jazz pizzazzer Holly Cole is back with Holly. Folkifying the landscape is Games We Play from Jen Schaffer and The Shiners. New Brunswick’s The Olympic Symphonium describes the Beauty in the Tension in its alternative disc. And last but not least is very well-crafted Pulsing Colours from Saskatchewan singer-songwriter Ryan Hicks.

As always, we’ll pen some more in-depth reviews of a couple of these.

Grounders, Sipping Coffee, Prepares to Jam

Toronto alternative rock band Grounders gears up for a new album release on February 23 through Nevado. This is an early review.

A followup to the band’s solid eponymous LP from 2015, the upcoming Coffee & Jam sees Grounders effectively hone its delicious postpunk leaning style. From a palette of various sounds, the music is filled with captivating details. The disc was heralded by single “Bringing It In” (track #2) and opens with the groovy “Mickey Can’t Move” which ironically will get you moving. From the sound of it, the band had an absolute blast making this record. An anchored vocal style contrasts nicely with swaying and funky musical fun. Interspersed among the plucky jams like “Here It Comes Again” and (what a great title) “The Judge, The Cook, and The Clown” are smoother coffeehouse brews like “Perfect” and “The Bitter End”. Grounders’ Coffee & Jam is nothing short of a winner.  iTunes

Ontarians can look forward to seeing the band perform with The Wooden Sky across the province this month. Dates below.

Feb. 15 – St. Catherines, ON – Warehouse
Feb. 16 – Sudbury, ON – The Townehouse
Feb. 20 – Hamilton, ON – The Casbah
Feb. 22 – London, ON – Call the Office
Feb. 23 – Sarnia, ON – Paddy Flaherty
Feb. 24 – Oshawa, ON – Moustache Club
Feb. 25 – Peterborough, ON – Market Hall

Éric Charland Says Grief Is Just a Season

Canada’s Éric Charland is relatively new at the game. He released an EP of raw sounding music in 2014, and now after four years returns with La tristesse n’est qu’une saison (Grief Is Just a Season), and we must admit we are at quite a loss of words because it is so good. Produced by Éric Goulet, it is a much richer effort than his previous disc: finely crafted, catchy, and coherent adult electropop. He reminds us a little of Jason Bajada – very pleasant to listen to. Here are five songs, all perfectly constructed and expertly delivered. It is very early in 2018, but Éric Charland has the frontrunner for EP of the year. What a wonderful little gem!  iTunes

Birthday Boy and Trish Team Up on EP Joseph

Following singles “Magic” and “Chance to Go Far”, Toronto producer Birthday Boy and singer Trish release EP Joseph. The disc paves a dreamy ride through chillout R&B house terrain with some occasional funk, feel-good beats, sunny horns, and electronic bells and whistles. It is both retro and current – King meets Majid Jordan perhaps. Both Complex and Noisey gave the work glowing reviews; you can add CMB to the list. We have embedded the official audio for track “Magic” below.  iTunes

Feb 2, 2018 Releases: Galaxie, Milk & Bone, The Sheepdogs…

More than 20 Canadian artist albums and EPs are out this week. Dogs tend to fancy Milkbone brand biscuits (no product placement intended) and as of now, Saskatchewan boogie rock group The Sheepdogs (Changing Colours) and Quebec sparse synth pop duo Milk & Bone (Deception Bay) are battling it out with Justin Timberlake at the top of the iTunes albums chart. Three Juno awards decorate The Sheepdogs’ shelf, while one nomination has thus far been bestowed upon Milk & Bone.

With a Juno win each are jazz expert Robi Botos with new album Old Soul and electronic weaver Keys N Krates with the curiously titled Cura.

With a Juno nomination each are garage rock specialist Galaxie with new record Super Lynx Deluxe and R&B ace Zaki Ibrahim with The Secret Life of Planets.

EPs out include Juno nominee Caracol with delicious alternative pop album Les yeux transparents. Find a list of this week’s albums below.

Access to Infinity Jesse Roper Rock
Alternate Takes, Vol. 1  Mike Goudreau  Blues
Blood Rhye Alt
Changing Colours The Sheepdogs Rock
Couleurs  Laurie LeBlanc  Country
Cura Keys N Krates Electronic
Darlène Hubert Lenoir Alt
Deception Bay Milk & Bone Alt
Electric Love Angel Forrest Blues
Heartbreak Song… The Lynnes S-S/Folk
The Moonlight Club The Moonlight Club Rock
Nameless Dominique Fils-Aimé R&B
Old Soul Robi Botos Jazz
Plato Zay FouKi Rap
The Secret Life of Planets  Zaki Ibrahim  R&B
Super Lynx Deluxe Galaxie Rock
The Wilder Beyond Hillsburn S-S/Folk
Waves  Story Untold  Pop Punk
Chills & Thrills (EP) Saya R&B
Songs for Flight Delays (EP) Sebell Pop
Les yeux transparents (EP) Caracol Alt

New Releases 26 January 2018: LIGHTS Tackles 4 Tongues

Eleven new albums plus four extended plays materialize on the markets this week, as Canadian artists ignite the year in song. We predict 2018 will see more Anglophone artists release music in different languages and decorate their lyrics with choice phrases in foreign tongues. In parallel, music in their native tongues from Allophones around the world will be consumed in greater volumes by the 58% of Canadians who can claim English as their mother tongue. Francophones, while continuing to make breathtaking singer-songwriter and adult contemporary delicacies with gorgeous French poetry, will step up their game in creating some successful pop and dance songs. All three processes will have a handful of vocal naysayers, but these will ultimately fail in stymieing the trend.

LIGHTS unlocks the gates

The platinum recording artist re-releases her 2017 song “Giants” in four additional language versions. And some of the languages she has chosen might surprise you: French, Japanese, Spanish, and Tagalog. LIGHTS shared on social media why she chose those particular languages – French because she is Canadian and believes it is therefore essential; Japanese because she’s a massive fan of manga and anime; Spanish because her mom grew up in Colombia and her husband’s family is Mexican; and she says Tagalog has a huge place in her heart because she grew up in the Philippines. LIGHTS offers that it was really hard to perfect her pronunciation during the recording process and that Japanese was the most difficult to master.

Jim Cuddy and the new albums

Two-time JUNO winning Torontonian Jim Cuddy, a roots music specialist, drops album Constellation which has been well received. Successful as a soloist, Jim of course has also served as a member of multiplatinum group Blue Rodeo.

Vancouver’s Laila Biali is a JUNO nominated ace of vocal jazz. Her new album is a self-titled disc and features a savory cover of Coldplay’s “Yellow” among other treats.

A standout among the LPs is most certainly Jonathan Kawchuk‘s North, a mishmash of classical and ambient (we’ll call it “clambient”). He recorded sounds all around the world on this amazing work.

This week’s EPs include The Feels, latest from Vancouver JUNO nominated electronic project Humans as well as a standout pop disc from Emma-Lee (Fantasies, Vol. 2).

Find a table of new Canadian artist releases after the MV for Emma-Lee’s “Driving” below.

Un abri contre le vent David Portelance S-S QC
All the Tings I’ll Forget Corey Gulkin S-S QC
Collette Savard & the Savants Collette Savard S-S ON
Constellation Jim Cuddy Folk Rock ON
Eye to Eye Omhouse Rock ON
Keep on Walking 54-40 Rock BC
Laila Biali Laila Biali Jazz BC
Leaving Thomas Leaving Thomas Country AB
Lose It Danielle Duval Alt-Pop QC
North Jonathan Kawchuk Clambient AB
Survival Grand Analog Rap ON
Chansons de laine (EP) Marjolaine Morasse AC QC
Fantasies, Vol. 2 (EP) Emma-Lee Pop ON
The Feels (EP) Humans Electronic BC
River Saw Everything (EP) Hollow Twin Folk BC

Sykamore Opens 2018 with An Ace EP

It’s pouring rain right now in Vancouver, as we read some news stories that got 2018 off to a bizarre start. But we came across some very good news and a portent of wonderful things to come in terms of the year’s music. Calgarian singer and songwriter Sykamore has opened 2018 in music with a wonderful new EP called Self + Medicine. It is essentially country, but she also sifts in some pop and adult contemporary. Hear her syrupy vocals on track “Better Half” in the new MV embedded below. The new disc follows 2013 album Petal which was more on the folk side.  iTunes