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.

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.

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.

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.

’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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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
Zoklo (EP) Obia le chef  Rap

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.

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

New Releases Early August 2019: Electric Youth, Drake…

The wait is over! Having dropped one of the finest albums of the decade, 2014’s Innerworld, Ontarian duo Electric Youth is back with new LP Memory Emotion. Bronwyn and Austin were busy a couple of years ago putting together the soundtrack for film Breathing, having become credible with their contribution to the soundtrack of Ryan Gosling’s Drive (“A Real Hero”). The new album is simply superb.

Raptors fanatic Drake dusted off some songs from the attic to present them in a Care Package to his fans. Theses were cuts that were shelved as they did not quite make … the cut.

Also notable … pop slayer Kayla Diamond dons her Henley with EP Dirty Laundry and JUNO nominee The Franklin Electric endeavours to get In Your Head with a shiny new disc.

Find these and more releases from August 2 – August 9 in the table below.

Care Package Drake (JW) Rap
Really Well Mauno Alternative
Sirène & Matelot  Sirène & Matelot  S-S/Folk
Transistor Sister, Vol. 2 Shotgun Jimmie Rock
Hard Time Jeremie Albino Country Blues
Hard to Say, Not Knowing Little You, Little Me Punk Rock
Memory Emotion Electric Youth Electronic Pop
Need You HMLT R&B
Diamonds & Dust (EP) Owen Barney Country
Dirty Laundry (EP) Kayla Diamond Pop
In Your Head (EP) The Franklin Electric (JN) Alternative

New Releases July 2019: Keys N Krates, Rezz, Sum 41…

New singles are all the buzz today. Among the high-profile artists dropping them are Alessia Cara (“Ready”), Chocolat (“Fou fou fou mon minou / Heavy”), Tegan and Sara (“I’ll Be Back Someday”), and Majid Jordan (“Caught Up”). Pop star Alyssa Reid is featured in new country track “Somebody Like You” from up and comer Owen Barney.

Oshawa’s Lennon Stella is featured in “Takeaway”, a track from global hitsters The Chainsmokers. It has scaled up to #5 at iTunes. The legend who is Buffy Sainte-Marie is included on the soundtrack for upcoming blockbuster feature film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The song in question is “The Circle Game”.

Some JUNO winners dropped albums in July, notably hard rock band Sum 41 with Order in Decline, EDM outfit Keys N Krates with A Beat Tape for Your Friends, and Beyond the Senses (EP) from Rezz, a more experimental offering from her. JUNO nominees dropping discs are rapper Tre Mission with Orphan Black and metal group Metz with Automat. Find these and more Canadian artist releases below.

A Beat Tape for Your Friends Keys N Krates (JW) Dance
What We Say in Private Ada Lea Alternative
Order in Decline Sum 41 (JW) Rock
Planetary Clairvoyance Tomb Mold Metal
Acadian Dream Cy S-S/Folk
Orphan Black Tre Mission (JN) Rap
Who Is the Baker? Laura Barrett S-S/Folk
Friday Monkey House Jazz
Black Dove (EP) Amaal R&B/Soul
Binary Garden (EP) Auras Metal
Automat (EP) Metz (JN) Metal
Saudade (EP) Chris LaRocca R&B/Soul
Beyond the Senses (EP) Rezz (JW) Alternative
Sweet Dreams till Sunbeams (EP) Neon Dreams Pop
Freddie Future (EP) Freddie Future Alternative
Sea Shells (EP) Soviets, Chaix & Jeff Spec Rap
Sonoglyph Pt. 1 (EP) Kotek Alternative
Into the Light (EP) Chris Assaad S-S/Folk

News and New Releases June – July 2019

Those who began watching Season 3 of hit television series Stranger Things were pleasantly surprised to see it open up with a Canadian song – Corey Hart‘s “Never Surrender”, the biggest hit of 1985. The characters in the show were even singing along to it! Corey was not the only Canadian icon featured in the season, as actor Michael J. Fox made an appearance of sorts; blockbuster feature film Back to the Future was showing on the cinema screen during an episode. It may also be news to some that the actor who plays star Mike Wheeler – Finn Wolfhard – is Canadian; Finn is from Vancouver. We should have learned by now, however, that there really are … stranger things … than CanCon in Hollywood.

There have not been a lot of releases the past couple of weeks as things slow down for the summer. JUNO award winner Daniel Caesar launched his album Case Study 01. An eponymous rock album appeared from Espanola. The Pearl of Bermuda, Heather Nova, a Canadian citizen, contributed a singer-songwriter disc. Navet Confit got very alternative on a prime ministerial kinda party. And punk band Necking advised, Cut Your Teeth. EPs included Adam Baxter‘s Infinity, Jonah Yano‘s Nervous, Andre Papanicolaou‘s Modern Pain, Part. 2, and Sons of DaughtersLove in a Bar.

New Releases Summer Solstice 2019: Daphni, BICHAÏ, …

The summer solstice 2019 sees a mixed bag of releases as we near 300 albums and 100 EPs for the year to date. A couple of popular band members have released solo albums, namely Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry with Vol. 2 of his Quiet River of Dust series – That Side of the River – as well as Walk Off the Earth’s (Ryan) Marshall with Layers (see the MV for his collaboration with Calgary’s Jocelyn Alice “Mr. Parachute” below). Both albums are solid and could be classified under the broad alternative category. Also pleasing within the category is Paul Cournoyer‘s Le détroit which has enough musical details to charm the listener.

Many of this week’s EPs are electronic works punctuated by JUNO nominee Daphni‘s Sizzling. Daphni is of course one of the projects (along with Caribou and Manitoba) of Dundas, Ontario’s talented Dan Snaith. We were quite taken with Mimosa Nova from BICHAÏ which has a more nocturnal, chillout jazzy feel, but all four of these electronic EPs are well done.

Find these and more in the table below.

New singles out include “Sweet Love” from Kiesza, perhaps her best song since her JUNO winning Sound of a Woman stuff. Red hot country artist Meghan Patrick contributes “Wild As Me”. Multiple JUNO nominee Coleman Hell delivers his latest – “Polite”.

À l’abri de la tempête  François Roy  S-S/Folk
Hiboux Nicolas Gémus  S-S/Folk
Layers Marshall Alternative
Le détroit  Paul Cournoyer  Alternative
Libre Amanda Martinez World
Liminal Spaces Simon Legault Trio  Jazz
Space Grade Assembly Possum Rock
That Side of the River Richard Reed Parry Alternative
Angels & Daemons (EP) Nautiluss Electronic
Beach Music (EP) Daniel Wesley S-S/Folk
Funny Girl (EP) Georgette Pop
Geneva Freeport (EP) Absolutely Free Alternative
Lost in Spirals (EP) Little Snake Electronic
Mimosa Nova (EP) BICHAÏ  Electronic
Sizzling (EP) Daphni (JN) Electronic
Wilde Eyes, Steady Hands (EP) JJ Wilde Rock

June 14, 2019 Releases: Old Man Luedecke, Claudia Bouvette

Nova Scotian folk slayer Old Man Luedecke, a multiple JUNO winner, returns with his latest disc, Easy Money. With three JUNO nominees, he commands the new releases this week. Electropop maestro Jérôme Minière offers his latest minion of fun, Une clairière. Rapper Killy kills it with a long play record entitled Light Path 8. Pop specialist Virginia to Vegas releases an EP on Hartland St.

Outselling all of these (digitally at least) is Cool It from pop newcomer Claudia Bouvette (see MV for track “Don’t Like It” below). Also worth checking out are alternative album Les vents violents from Phile and R&B flavoured house EP Corazón from BC’s Pat Lok. Find these and more in the table of new releases below.

Calm and Cents Kevin Hearn Alternative
Cool It Claudia Bouvette  Pop
Easy Money Old Man Luedecke (JW) S-S/Folk
Fates Conspire Glenn Milchem S-S/Folk
Hunters Trance Cat Clyde S-S/Folk
Les vents violents  Phile Alternative
Light Path 8 Killy (JN) Rap
Migrations Jacques Kuba Seguin  Jazz
Night Mirror New Swears Alternative
Quatre climats habitables feu doux Alternative
Times Nomadic Massive  Rap
Underneath It All Hein Cooper Alternative
Une clairiere Jerome Miniere (JN) Alternative
Corazon (EP) Pat Lok Dance
Cruel as the Grave (EP) Catacomb Saints Alternative
Hartland St. (EP) Virginia to Vegas (JN) Pop