Alvvays, Dutcher, Kwenders Up for Polaris Prize

Polaris Music Prize groupies are drooling, wringing hands, cringing, laughing, cheering, scratching heads, spewing forth opinionated commentary like tar suckers blow out smoke, and analyzing the blazes out of the recently released Short List. The award is for the musically most artistic album of the year (which is not necessarily the best). Of the 10 contenders, three artists are from Ontario, three from Quebec, two from New Brunswick, one from BC, and one is an American.

Alvvays, Antisocialites

Daniel Caesar, Freudian

Hubert Lenoir, Darlène

Jean-Michel Blais, Dans ma main

Jeremy Dutcher, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa

Partner, In Search Of Lost Time

Pierre Kwenders, MAKANDA…

Snotty Nose Rez Kids, The Average Savage

U.S. Girls, In A Poem Unlimited

Weaves, Wide Open

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Country Music Association Announces 2018 Award Nominees

Nominations for the 2018 CCMA Awards have been announced. This year’s gala will take place September 9 in Hamilton and is to be hosted by double-diamond megastar Shania Twain. There is marked improvement in the slate of potential female winners this year.

The 10 nominees for this year’s Fans’ choice award include two female artists which is … two more than last year. They are Jess Moskaluke and Shania Twain.

Three of the five Album of the Year nominees are from women: Jess Moskaluke, Lindsay Ell, and Meghan Patrick! Meghan and Jess are also up for Single of the Year and Video of the Year. View the nominations below. For musician and radio nominations, visit the CCMA website here.

FANS’ CHOICE AWARD

Gord Bamford
Dean Brody
Chad Brownlee
Tim Hicks
High Valley
James Barker Band
Brett Kissel
Jess Moskaluke
Dallas Smith
Shania Twain

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Country Music Made Me Do It – Meghan Patrick
Past The Past – Jess Moskaluke
The Project – Lindsay Ell
We Were That Song – Brett Kissel
What We’re Made Of – The Washboard Union

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Lindsay Ell
Madeline Merlo
Jess Moskaluke
Meghan Patrick
Shania Twain

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Gord Bamford
Chad Brownlee
Brett Kissel
Dallas Smith
Bobby Wills

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR

High Valley
Hunter Brothers
James Barker Band
The Reklaws
The Washboard Union

ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR

The Lovelocks
Jessica Mitchell
Lindi Ortega
The Washboard Union
Donovan Woods

RISING STAR

Dan Davidson
Aaron Goodvin
Hunter Brothers
Leaving Thomas
The Reklaws

SINGLE OF THE YEAR

Chills – James Barker Band
Country Music Made Me Do It – Meghan Patrick
Drive Me Away – Jess Moskaluke
Lonely Drum – Aaron Goodvin
Side Effects – Dallas Smith

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

The Bad Guy – Meghan Patrick
Drive Me Away – Jess Moskaluke
Hometown Kids – The Reklaws
Sky Stays This Blue – Dallas Smith
We Were That Song – Brett Kissel

SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR

Dean Brody, Matt Rovey
Song: 8th Day (Performed By: Dean Brody)
Dan Isbell, Meghan Patrick, Jeremy Stover
Song: Country Music Made Me Do It (Performed By: Meghan Patrick)
Zach Abend, Corey Crowder, Jess Moskaluke
Song: Drive Me Away (Performed By: Jess Moskaluke)
James Barker, Gavin Slate, Travis Wood
Song: It’s Working (Performed By: James Barker Band)
Alexander Black, Aaron Goodvin, Cathy Gravitt
Song: Lonely Drum (Performed By: Aaron Goodvin)

INTERACTIVE ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR

Tenille Arts
Hunter Brothers
Brett Kissel
Leaving Thomas
Nice Horse

Polaris Music Prize Unveils 40 Long Listed Albums

The folks over at the Polaris Music Prize have unveiled their 2017-18 Long List of “nominees” which consists of 40 albums in contention. A jury of 203 whittled down 225 discs to reach the batch of 40. The next stage will be paring down this list to the so-called Short List of 10 on July 17. The winner, announced September 17, will receive a cash prize of $50,000 at a gala in Toronto’s The Carlu. The nine runners-up will receive $3,000 each.

No pop, jazz, dance, or country albums made this year’s Long List which includes albums from artists who are not Canadian citizens and a couple of EPs. The broad alternative genre accounts for 15 of the 40. The split between 2017 and 2018 releases is 22 and 18 respectively. Ontarians make up half of the batch with Quebeckers at 11. Half of the nominees have received JUNO nods with six winning a trophy and 14 nominated but not yet winning one. There are 13 male soloists, 11 female, 11 groups, and 5 duos.

Understanding what tickles the fancy of the Polaris collective, we would say that Jeremy Dutcher’s remarkable Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa is the heavy favourite on the conduit to the prize.

Below is the Long List.

Nightshade, allie
Antisocialites, Alvvays
Everything Now, Arcade Fire
Earthtone, Bahamas
Queens of the Breakers, The Barr Brothers
Puff: In the Air…, Bernice
Lush Life, Bonjay
Weekend Rocker, Booji Boys
Cadence Weapon, Cadence Weapon
Stone Woman, Charlotte Day Wilson
Lil Mont from The Ave, Clairmont the Second
Freudian, Daniel Caesar
Both Ways, Donovan Woods
Try, Faith Healer
Basic Behaviour, Frigs
Introduce Yerself, Gord Downie
Darlène, Hubert Lenoir
The Fight Within, Iskwé
Dans ma main, Jean-Michel Blais
Angels of Death, Jennifer Castle
Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, Jeremy Dutcher
The Siren’s Song, Kacy & Clayton
Une année record , Loud
Premier Juin, Lydia Kepinski
Radyo Siwèl, Mélissa Laveaux
Deception Bay, Milk & Bone
In Search of Lost Time, Partner
Le silence des troupeaux, Philippe Brach
Makanda…, Pierre Kwenders
La Science du coeur, Pierre Lapointe
Victory Lap, Propagandhi
12, Sloan
The Average Savage , Snotty Nose Rez Kids
New Mistakes, Terra Lightfoot
In A Poem Unlimited, U. S. Girls
Part-Time Woman, Vivek Shraya & QSO
The Weather Station, The Weather Station
Wide Open, Weaves
Dirt, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan
The Secret Life of Planets, Zaki Ibrahim

Grimes Makes Prism Prize Top 10 Shortlist

Grimes (left) with Buffy Sainte-Marie and Lights at the 2018 JUNO Awards in Vancouver 

On JUNO night, the Vancouver Canucks tweeted “While we’re in Dallas, The JUNO Awards are taking over Rogers Arena. We have one update to share with you: Grimes wins best dressed!” Attached to the tweet was a photo of Grimes on the JUNO red carpet wearing a Canucks jersey.

The British Columbian recording artist won her second JUNO on the weekend. In 2013, her Visions took home the trophy for Electronic Album of the Year, and on Saturday night, “Venus Fly” won Video of the Year.

Now, Grimes has a chance to win the $15,000 Prism Prize, as her MV has been selected in the newly unveiled shortlist of ten contenders. They are as follows.

The 2018 Prism Prize top 10:

Alice Glass, “Without Love” (director: Floria Sigismondi)
Alvvays, “Dreams Tonight” (director: Matt Johnson)
Charlotte Day Wilson, “Work” (director: Fantavious Fritz)
CRi feat. Ouri, “Rush” (director: Didier Charette)
Daniel Caesar, “Freudian, a Visual” (directors: Keavan Yazdani and Sean Brown)
Feist, “Century” (director: Scott Cudmore)
Grimes feat. Janelle Monae, “Venus Fly” (director: Grimes)
Jessie Reyez, “Gatekeeper” (director: Peter Huang)
Leonard Cohen, “Leaving the Table” (director: Christopher Mills)
Pup, “Old Wounds” (director: Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux)

2018 Prism Prize Unveils 20 Favourite MVs

The Prism Prize is a national, juried award that was established to recognize the artistry of the music video. Its jury consists of more than 120 Canadian music and film industry professionals who shortlist and then crown the best music video of the year which carries a cash reward of $15,000. Jurors are charged with the task of basing their choice on the factors of originality, creativity, style, innovation, and effective execution. On Thursday, organizers announced their 20 picks for 2017 MVs. The victor among them will be announced May 13 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. If one thing could be improved it would be more consideration and inclusion of musique francophone videos. The Canadian Music Blog’s choice for the best MV of 2017 is among the Top 20: “Venus Fly” by Grimes.

THE 2018 PRISM PRIZE TOP 20

A Tribe Called Red ft. Black Bear – Indian City (Director: Combo Bravo)
Alice Glass – Without Love (Director: Floria Sigismondi)
Alvvays – Dream Tonight (Director: Matt Johnson)
Belle Game – Spirit (Director: Kheaven Lewandowski)
Beyries – Son (Director: Philippe Grenier)
Charlotte Day Wilson – Work (Director: Fantavious Fritz)
Clairmont The Second – The Ave in You (Director: Clairmont The Second)
Cri – Rush (Director: Didier Charette)
Daniel Caesar – Freudian, a Visual (Director: Keaven Yazdani and Sean Brown)
Feist – Century (Director: Scott Cudmore)
Flying Hórses – Tölt (Director: Alexandre Richard)
Grimes ft. Janelle Monae – Venus Fly (Director: Grimes)
Harrison – Right Hook (Director: Eva Michon)
Homeshake – Every Single Thing (Director: Wen hao Chang)
Husser – Can’t Blame Em (Director: Emilie Lavoie)
Jessie Reyez – Gatekeeper (Director: Peter Huang)
Leonard Cohen – Leaving the Table (Director: Christopher Mills)
Pup – Old Wounds (Director: Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux)
The Weeknd – Secrets (Director: Pedro Martin-Carelo)
Young Rival – Elevator (Director: John Smith)

JUNOs Gear Up Amidst Grammys Backlash + Charts and Other News

Shawn Hook Reaches a New Plateau

First off, some very good news concerning British Columbian singer and songwriter Shawn Hook. Music Canada has certified his hit “Sound of Your Heart” a DOUBLE PLATINUM single elevating his rank to a multiplatinum recording artist. Huge congrats to the gentleman.

Alessia Cara … Shouldn’t Have to Defend Herself

Honours, as we previously reported, have also been given to Ontarian Alessia Cara who, on Sunday, became the first Canadian ever to win a Best New Artist Grammy. Unfortunately, a handful of vocal naysayers attempted to rain on her parade calling into question whether or not she should be considered new since she has been releasing music since 2015. Cara took to social media having to defend herself.

She pointed out that she did not submit her music for contention and does not make the Grammy Award rules. We point out that her fellow nominees with the exception of only one have been releasing music since before her: Lil Uzi Vert since 2014, Sza since 2012, and Julia Michaels since 2010.

We also call into question the motivations of the naysayers given that Alessia Cara was the only female who accepted an award onstage during the three-plus-hour live broadcast.

Grammys So Male

The above phenomenon caused hashtag #GrammysSoMale to trend on Twitter for hours following the telecast compelling Recording Academy president Neil Portnow to respond, saying that if women want to win Grammy Awards, they need to “step up”. This resulted in a huge backlash. Platinum, multiple JUNO winner LIGHTS pointed out that women have been stepping up for years, working tirelessly and that “power and talent oozes from every woman I know in this industry”. Of the 84 Grammy awards, only 11 went out to women. The New York Times determined that in the last six years only 9 percent of Grammy Awards have gone to women.

Grammy Ratings Tumble

Perhaps due to the large gender imbalance on Sunday, ratings for the show tumbled. While 26.1 million tuned in last year, the numbers fell to 19.8 million this year, a drop of 24%. Billboard suggested another reason may be the over emphasis on rap music, which is only the tenth most popular at radio in The United States. The lacklustre audience is the lowest in numbers since 2009.

JUNO Awards Gear Up

The JUNO Awards have their work cut out for them if they want to impress following on the heels of this. Nominations will be announced Tuesday, February 6.

The JUNOs also announced that the 2019 awards will be held in London. This year’s awards will be held March 25 in Vancouver and hosted by the king of swing, Michael Bublé.

This Week’s Charts

Last week we reported that Logan Staats failed to make the Billboard Hot 100 despite reaching #1 at iTunes. Drake, however, sees better luck on the Hot 100, as “God’s Plan” crowns it. B-side “Diplomatic Immunity” finishes the week at #6. Staats fellow The Launch victor Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine squeaks into the Top 40 with “Ain’t Easy”. The latter tops the Emerging Artists chart. The three new tracks save the Top 40 from an annihilation of CanCon which charred last week’s chart. Bahamas scores the first Top Ten 2018 Canadian artist album as Earthtones debuts at #5.

CCMA Awards 2017 – Winners

COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE
Paul Brandt

DISCOVERY AWARD
Kalsey Kulyk

FANS’ CHOICE AWARD
Gord Bamford
Dean Brody
Chad Brownlee
High Valley
Dallas Smith

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Beautiful Freakshow – Dean Brody
Dear Life – High Valley
Game On – James Barker Band
Grace & Grit – Meghan Patrick
Side Effects – Dallas Smith

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Alee
Lindsay Ell
Madeline Merlo
Jess Moskaluke
Meghan Patrick

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Gord Bamford
Chad Brownlee
Tim Hicks
Brett Kissel
Aaron Pritchett
Dallas Smith

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
Cold Creek County
High Valley
James Barker Band
The Road Hammers
The Washboard Union

ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
The Lovelocks
Jessica Mitchell
Lindi Ortega
JJ Shiplett
The Washboard Union

RISING STAR
Dan Davidson
Aaron Goodvin
James Barker Band
JoJo Mason
Meghan Patrick

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Autograph – Dallas Smith
Cool With That – Brett Kissel
Lawn Chair Lazy – James Barker Band
Take Me Home – Jess Moskaluke
Time – Dean Brody

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Chills – James Barker Band
I Didn’t Fall In Love With Your Hair – Brett Kissel
That’s When You Know – Chris Buck Band feat. Kira Isabella
Time – Dean Brody
When A Momma’s Boy Meets A Daddy’s Girl – Aaron Pritchett

SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR
James Barker, Gavin Slate, Travis Wood, Donovan Woods
Song: Chills (Performed By: James Barker Band)

Ted Hewitt, Brett Kissel, Phil O’Donnell
Song: Cool With That (Performed By: Brett Kissel)

Clayton Bellamy, Dan Davidson
Song: Found (Performed By: Dan Davidson)

Dean Brody
Song: Time (Performed By: Dean Brody)

Patricia Conroy, Jessica Mitchell, David Thomson
Song: Workin’ On Whiskey (Performed By: Jessica Mitchell)

INTERACTIVE ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Shae Dupuy
Tim Hicks
Hunter Brothers
Brett Kissel
Wes Mack

CCMA Announces New Batch of Performers at September 2017 Gala

The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) announced today that Gord Bamford joined by Jim Cuddy, Tim Hicks, Meghan Patrick and The Washboard Union will all perform at the 2017 CCMA Awards gala. They will countrify the stage along with already booked performers Dean Brody, James Barker Band, Brett Kissel, Jess Moskaluke, Dallas Smith, and international guest, Blake Shelton.

Additionally, beloved Canadian sportscaster Ron MacLean will present Paul Brandt’s induction into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.

The 2017 CCMA gala will take place at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on Sunday, September 10. The show will broadcast on CBC at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT) that night.

Four-time JUNO nominee Gord Bamford scored #1 country radio single “When Your Lips Are So Close” in 2013, a gold single. His Christmas in Canada album is platinum certified. Active since 2001, Gord has won 22 CCMA awards. Singer-songwriter Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo) will join him on stage.

Tim Hicks, since 2013, has established himself as one of the nation’s most popular country acts. He has two platinum singles and a gold album.

Meghan Patrick has quickly made a name for herself since signing to Warner Music Canada. Her debut album, Grace & Grit features her Top 10 hit “Still Loving You”, the top 15 singles “Be Country with Me” and “Grace & Grit” and her Top 20 debut “Bow Chicka Wow Wow”. She has three CCMA Award nominations.

Led by Aaron Grain, Chris Duncombe and David Roberts, The Washboard Union is a two-time CCMA Award winner. The band had 3 Top 20 singles (2 Top 10) last year with “Maybe It’s the Moonshine” and “Shot of Glory”.

Paul Brandt, winner of 8 JUNO Awards, is the most played Canadian country artist in the history of country radio (Nielsen/BDS). According to Nielsen, of the top 10 Canadian country songs, four were Paul Brandt singles, and his “My Heart Has a History” has been the most played Canadian country song since the chart began in 1996. Paul’s album Calm Before the Storm is certified at triple platinum.

Ron MacLean has worked with Brandt over the years at the Calgary Stampede and Roger’s Hometown Hockey and will present Paul’s induction into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.

Meet the 2017 Female Artist of the Year CCMA Nominees

Below are, as reckoned by the Canadian Country Music Association, the five women who are currently making the hottest country music in the land: Edmonton’s Alee, Calgary’s Lindsay Ell, British Columbia’s Madeline Merlo, Saskatchewan’s Jess Moskaluke, and Ontario’s Meghan Patrick. We’ve provided some info on the fabulous five with an embedded MV for each to give you a taste of their music. Who’s gonna win the award? And whom are you rootin’ for?

Alee

Edmonton’s Alee scored a couple of Country Top 40 hits from her debut independent album which drew the attention of Wax/Universal who signed her. Album Bad Habit came out this year. We have embedded the MV for her latest hit single “When I Do” below.

Lindsay Ell

Lindsay Ell, based in Nashville, is from Calgary. She is one of the few Canadian country artists – male or female – who is doing relatively well in the United States. She hasn’t quite cracked the Top 40 there but has a few Top 50 hits in the Republic. At home, Lindsay scored her first Country Top 10 hit last year with “All Alright”. Lindsay’s “Trippin’ On Us” made the Billboard Hot 100 in 2014. Last week, Ell released the MV for her latest single, freestyle country song “Waiting on You” (see below).

Madeline Merlo

Hailing from Maple Ridge, BC, Madeline Merlo is doing very well: six Top 40 Country hits including a Top 10 (“Whatcha Wanna Do About It”). In 2015, she won the CCMA Rising Star Award. Below is “Over & Over” which peaked at #13 on country radio.

Jess Moskaluke

There is no question that Langenburg, SK’s Jess Moskaluke is currently country music’s leading lady. She is a platinum and Billboard Hot 100 charting recording artist who has won a JUNO award. Ten of her songs (one as a featured artist) have made the Country Top 40, four of which rolled into the Top 10. “Drive Me Away” peaked at #3. Jess has won the CCMA Female Artist of the Year award for the past three. The awards are being held in her home province this year. Can she win a fourth time or will the CCMAs decide to give the award to another for a change? Below is Jess’ MV for “Take Me Home” which has amassed over half a million views.

Meghan Patrick

With momentum on her side, Bowmanville, ON’s Meghan Patrick has three CCMA nominations this year, and she’s only just released her debut album, Grace & Grit, which has spawned four Top 25 country radio hits, including Top 10 “Still Loving You”. The album is the only one from a female artist up for Album of the Year and was produced by big names including Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger and Vince Gill! MV for her most recent hit “Be Country with Me” embedded below.

2017 CCMA Award Nominations Announced

The Canadian Country Music Association announced nominations for the CCMA awards today. There are 34 categories, and eight trophies will be presented during the artist gala to be broadcast from Saskatoon on Sunday, September 10 at 8 p.m. on CBC. Already booked to perform are Dean Brody, Brett Kissel and Jess Moskaluke. During country music week, there will be three award ceremonies including artist, musician, and industry for a total of 42 awards.

Leading the nominees with five each are first-timer James Barker Band (Woodville), Dean Brody (Jaffray), and Brett Kissel (Flat Lake). Find the list of nominees below. To view musician and industry awards, visit the CCMA website:  https://www.ccma.org/

You can vote for the Fans’ Choice Award here.
 

FANS’ CHOICE AWARD
Gord Bamford
Dean Brody
Chad Brownlee
High Valley
Dallas Smith

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Beautiful Freakshow – Dean Brody
Dear Life – High Valley
Game On – James Barker Band
Grace & Grit – Meghan Patrick
Side Effects – Dallas Smith

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Alee
Lindsay Ell
Madeline Merlo
Jess Moskaluke
Meghan Patrick

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Gord Bamford
Chad Brownlee
Tim Hicks
Brett Kissel
Aaron Pritchett
Dallas Smith

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
Cold Creek County
High Valley
James Barker Band
The Road Hammers
The Washboard Union

ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
The Lovelocks
Jessica Mitchell
Lindi Ortega
JJ Shiplett
The Washboard Union

RISING STAR
Dan Davidson
Aaron Goodvin
James Barker Band
JoJo Mason
Meghan Patrick

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Autograph – Dallas Smith
Cool With That – Brett Kissel
Lawn Chair Lazy – James Barker Band
Take Me Home – Jess Moskaluke
Time – Dean Brody

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Chills – James Barker Band
I Didn’t Fall In Love With Your Hair – Brett Kissel
That’s When You Know – Chris Buck Band feat. Kira Isabella
Time – Dean Brody
When A Momma’s Boy Meets A Daddy’s Girl – Aaron Pritchett

SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR
James Barker, Gavin Slate, Travis Wood, Donovan Woods
Song: Chills (Performed By: James Barker Band)

Ted Hewitt, Brett Kissel, Phil O’Donnell
Song: Cool With That (Performed By: Brett Kissel)

Clayton Bellamy, Dan Davidson
Song: Found (Performed By: Dan Davidson)

Dean Brody
Song: Time (Performed By: Dean Brody)

Patricia Conroy, Jessica Mitchell, David Thomson
Song: Workin’ On Whiskey (Performed By: Jessica Mitchell)

INTERACTIVE ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Shae Dupuy
Tim Hicks
Hunter Brothers
Brett Kissel
Wes Mack

Jess, Dean, and Brett to Perform at 2017 CCMA Gala

The Canadian Country Music Association has revealed the initial performers at the 2017 gala which will be held in Saskatoon September 10 and broadcast at 8 p.m. on CBC. They are Jess Moskaluke, Dean Brody, and Brett Kissel. For those unfamiliar with these three darlings of the Canadian country music scene, below are some tidbits. The CCMA plans to have over a dozen players take the stage, the remainder of which will be announced in the coming weeks. Eight trophies will be doled out at the gala. Nominations will be announced July 12.

Langenburg, SK’s Jess Moskaluke is a platinum recording artist c/o her hit “Cheap Wine and Cigarettes”. Jess is currently country music’s leading lady; she has won the CCMA Female Artist of the Year Award three years in a row. Her collaborative single with Paul Brandt “I’m an Open Road” was recently certified gold. This year (2017), Jess won the Country Album of the Year JUNO award for her EP Kiss Me Quiet.

Originally from Jaffray, BC, Dead Brody is a platinum recording artist thanks to three of his songs. As well, he has a gold album, Dirt. Two of his LPs have won the JUNO for Country Album of the Year. Dean has been active since 2009. His song “Bounty” made it to #1 at Country Radio. He has placed an amazing 20 songs on the Billboard Hot 100.

Brett Kissel is from Flat Lake, Alberta and has scored three gold singles, including the #1 Country Airplay hit “Airwaves”. Brett won the 2014 JUNO Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year which marked the first time in 17 years that a country artist nabbed the award. He has won six CCMA Awards. Eight of his songs have appeared on the Billboard Hot 100.

Louise Burns, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Klô Pelgag Make Polaris Prize Long List

When it comes to the Polaris Prize, there is no medium list. Today, the long one was unveiled with a kaleidoscope of styles including the indigenous-flavoured EDM of A Tribe Called Red, the heavy metal of Anciients, the artistic singer-songwriter prowess of Philippe B, the exquisite new wave of Louise Burns, the superb electro dance pop of Le Couleur, the ambitious project of folk artist Fiver, the alternative pop of Geoffroy, the delicious mainstream pop of Carly Rae Jepsen, the beauteous adult contemporary of Klô Pelgag, the sizzling sythpop of Peter Peter, the 60s pop of Tuns, and the cool-groove R&B of Charlotte Day Wilson.

In its own words, “The Polaris Music Prize is a not-for-profit organization that annually honours and rewards artists who produce Canadian music albums of distinction. A select panel of music critics judge and award the Prize without regard to musical genre or commercial popularity.”

The 40 albums on this year’s long list were presented earlier today at the National Arts Centre (NAC) in Ottawa. The albums are as below.

A Tribe Called Red – We Are The Halluci Nation
Alaclair Ensemble – Les Frères Cueilleurs
Anciients – Voice of the Void
Arkells – Morning Report
Philippe B – La grande nuit vidéo
BADBADNOTGOOD – IV
Louise Burns – Young Mopes
Chocolat – Rencontrer Looloo
Clairmont The Second – Quest For Milk and Honey
Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
Antoine Corriveau – Cette chose qui cognait au creux de sa poitrine sans vouloir s’arrêter
Le Couleur – P.O.P.
Marie Davidson – Adieux Au Dancefloor
Mac Demarco – This Old Dog
Gord Downie – Secret Path
Drake – More Life
Feist – Pleasure
Figure Walking – The Big Other
Fiver – Audible Songs From Rockwood
Geoffroy – Coastline
Hannah Georgas – For Evelyn
Japandroids – Near To The Wild Heart Of Life
Carly Rae Jepsen – E.MO.TION Side B
B.A. Johnston – Gremlins III
Lisa LeBlanc – Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen?
The New Pornographers – Whiteout Conditions
Klô Pelgag – L’Étoile thoracique
Peter Peter – Noir Éden
Lido Pimienta – La Papessa
Jessie Reyez – Kiddo
Daniel Romano – Modern Pressure
The Sadies – Northern Passages
John K. Samson – Winter Wheat
Tanya Tagaq – Retribution
The Tragically Hip – Man Machine Poem
TUNS – TUNS
Leif Vollebekk – Twin Solitude
Weaves – Weaves
The Weeknd – Starboy
Charlotte Day Wilson – CDW

Only 188 titles made the first ballots of the 201-member jury.

The list was announced by past multiple nominees Kathleen Edwards and The Acorn’s Rolf Klausener joined by Polaris jurors Lana Gay and Erik Leijon. Special guest Philippe B was in attendance to perform music from his excellent 2017 long-listed album, La grande nuit vidéo.

The 10-album short list will be revealed on July 13, and the winning album will be determined at the Polaris Gala September 18 at The Carlu in Toronto. The event will be livestreamed at CBCMusic.ca.

Albums eligible for Polaris nomination were those released between June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017. The two lists are determined by a jury of music journalists, broadcasters and music bloggers from across Canada. Eleven from the pool are selected to serve on the Grand Jury, and they choose the 2017 Polaris Music Prize winner who will receive $50,000. Each of the nine other Short List artists will receive $3,000 courtesy of Slaight Music.

2017 MMVAs: The Nominees Are…

Grimes, Shawn Mendes, and A Tribe Called Red are each nominated for four Much Music Video Awards. The outdoor spectacle will take place in Toronto June 18 at 9 p.m. local time. Mendes and ATCR are going head to head for the most prestigious award, Video of the Year which is an all-male nominees affair, the other three being Coleman Hell, Kaytranada, and Pup.

Earning three nominations apiece are Alessia Cara, Drake, Ed Sheeran, Lorde, Pup, The Weeknd, and Zeds Dead.

Booked performers thus far include no one from the United Kingdom and only two Canadian acts: Arkells and Jazz Cariter. International performers are DNCE (USA), Iggy Azalea (Australia), Imagine Dragons (USA), Julia Michaels (USA), Lorde (New Zealand), Niall Horan (Ireland), and Post Malone (USA).

View the nominations below.

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

“R.E.D.” – A Tribe Called Red
“Fireproof” – Coleman Hell
“Glowed Up” – Kaytranada
“Sleep In The Heat” – PUP
“Mercy” – Shawn Mendes

BEST POST-PRODUCTION

“Undone” – Coeur De Pirate
“Miracle” – Darcys
“Seeing Double” – Sleepy Tom
“Move Together” – Somewhere Else
“Too Young” – Zeds Dead

BEST EDM/DANCE VIDEO

“Stadium Pow Wow” – A Tribe Called Red
“Indomitable” – Dj Shub
“Easy Go” – Grandtheft & Delaney Jane
“Venus Fly” – Grimes
“Runaway” – MSTRKRFT

BEST DIRECTOR

Kevan Funk, “Stadium Pow Wow” – A Tribe Called Red
Didier Charette, “Rush” – CRi
Claire Boucher, “Venus Fly” – Grimes
Michael LeBlanc, “Spirit” – Wintersleep
Adam Beck, “Stardust” – Zeds Dead

BEST POP VIDEO

“Fireproof” – Coleman Hell
“Venus Fly” – Grimes
“Can’t Slow Down” – Hedley
“Mercy” – Shawn Mendes
“No Warm Up” – SonReal

BEST ROCK/ALTERNATIVE VIDEO

“Knocking At The Door” – Arkells
“Beck + Call” – July Talk
“Sleep In The Heat” – PUP
“In A World Possessed By The Human Mind” – The Tragically Hip
“Spirit” – Wintersleep

BEST HIP HOP VIDEO

“Disconnected” – Derek Wise
“Red Alert/100 Roses” – Jazz Cartier
“81” – Sean Leon
“Picasso Leaning” – Tasha The Amazon
“Let’s Go” – TassNata

BEST MUCHFACT VIDEO

“Rush” – CRi
“With Me” – DVSN
“Sleep In The Heat” – PUP
“Small Talk” – Majid Jordan
“Acid Test” – River Tiber

MOST BUZZWORTHY CANADIAN

Alessia Cara
Drake
Justin Bieber
Shawn Mendes
The Weeknd

MOST BUZZWORTHY INTERNATIONAL ARTIST OR GROUP

Ed Sheeran
Iggy Azalea
Kendrick Lamar
Lady Gaga
Lorde

BEST NEW CANADIAN ARTIST

Charlotte Day Wilson
Daniel Caesar
DVSN
Jessie Reyez
PARTYNEXTDOOR

BEST NEW INTERNATIONAL ARTIST

Chance The Rapper
Camila Cabello
Lil’ Yachty
Niall Horan
Post Malone

CANADIAN SINGLE OF THE YEAR

“Scars to Your Beautiful” – Alessia Cara
“One Dance” – Drake
“Starboy” – The Weeknd

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Ed Sheeran
Future
Katy Perry
Kendrick Lamar
Lorde

INTERNATIONAL DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR

Twenty One Pilots
DNCE
Imagine Dragons
Migos
The Chainsmokers

FAN FAVE VIDEO

“R.E.D.” – A Tribe Called Red
“Shutter Island” – Jessie Reyez
“Venus Fly” – Grimes
“Too Young” – Zeds Dead
“Knocking At The Door” – Arkells (WILDCARD WINNER)

FAN FAVE INTERNATIONAL ARTIST OR GROUP

Ed Sheeran
Katy Perry
Lorde
Niall Horan (WILDCARD WINNER)

FAN FAVE ARTIST OR GROUP

Drake
Justin Bieber
Shawn Mendes
The Weeknd
Alessia Cara (WILDCARD)

FAN FAVE MUCH CREATOR

Amanda Rach Lee
Jaclyn Forbes
Candace Leca
Mike on Much
YouTwoTV

MMVAs: First Batch of Performers Announced

The 2017 Much Music Video Awards will rock the CN Tower on June 18. And the first batch of performers announced to help out with that are American group DNCE, Aussie rapper Iggy Azalea, U.S. band Imagine Dragons, Canadian rapper Jazz Cartier, California singer-songwriter Julia Michaels, and New Zealand alt-rock superstar Lorde. We’ll keep you posted on upcoming announcements regarding the spectacle. Further performers will hopefully include more Canadian acts and a British one.

2017 Canadian Radio Music Award Winners

Fresh off winning a JUNO Award as Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Edmonton’s Ruth B received a couple more trophies to deck her shelf. The 20th annual Canadian Radio Music Awards (CMRAs) were recently held at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. The CRMAs honour first-time charting artists whose songs achieve top radio spins in different formats. Winners are determined based on votes from those in the broadcast industry. The 2017 shindig housed performances by Bleeker, James Barker Band, Jonathan Roy, Modern Space, the aforementioned Ruth B, and The Washboard Union. Folk pop group The Strumbellas, who recently earned a JUNO win for Single of the Year, won two CRMAs, interestingly in the “rock” categories. The band also won Factor’s Breakthrough Artist award. Nominations are below with winners bolded in indigo. In addition to these, Justin Bieber received the Chart Topper award.

BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST: HOT AC
JONATHAN ROY – DANIELLA DENMARK
LUCKY ROSE – THE WAY YOU WANT ME
MICHELLE TREACY – ARMAGEDDON
RUTH B – LOST BOY
THE STRUMBELLAS – SPIRITS

BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST: MAINSTREAM AC
ALESSIA CARA – HERE
JONATHAN ROY – DANIELLA DENMARK
RUTH B – LOST BOY
THE NEW ELECTRIC – LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT
THE STRUMBELLAS – SPIRITS

BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST: CHR
ALX VELIZ – DANCING KIZOMBA
BIT FUNK – OFF THE GROUND
RUTH B – LOST BOY
SONREAL – CAN I GET A WITNESS
THE STRUMBELLAS – SPIRITS

BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST: DANCE/URBAN/RHYTHMIC
NEON DREAMS – MARCHING BANDS
PARTYNEXTDOOR – NOT NICE
SARAH MARK – TUN UP
SHAUN FRANK – LET YOU GET AWAY
TORY LANEZ – SAY IT

BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST: MAINSTREAM ROCK
BLEEKER – HIGHWAY
MODERN SPACE – PEN TO PAPER
SAY YES – ONCE FORWARD TWICE BACK
THE DAMN TRUTH – HEART IS COLD
THE STRUMBELLAS – SPIRITS

BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST: MODERN ROCK
BOB MOSES – TEARING ME UP
MICHAEL BERNARD FITZGERALD – I WANNA MAKE IT WITH YOU
MODERN SPACE – PEN TO PAPER
THE DARCYS – MIRACLE
THE STRUMBELLAS – SPIRITS

BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST: COUNTRY
AARON GOODVIN – WOMAN IN LOVE
DAN DAVIDSON – FOUND
JAMES BARKER BAND – LAWN CHAIR LAZY
MEGHAN PATRICK – BOW CHICKA WOW WOW
THE WASHBOARD UNION – MAYBE IT’S THE MOONSHINE

SOCAN SONG OF THE YEAR
LOVE YOURSELF – JUSTIN BIEBER
2 HEADS – COLEMAN HELL
SORRY – JUSTIN BIEBER
TREAT YOU BETTER – SHAWN MENDES
WILD THINGS – ALESSIA CARA

FANS’ CHOICE
ALESSIA CARA
COLEMAN HELL
HEDLEY
JUSTIN BIEBER
SHAWN MENDES