Carly Rae Jepsen Joins Michael Buble on his Home for the Holidays 2012 Christmas Special

Putting together a Christmas special is becoming an annual event for Burnaby BC’s king of swing Michael Buble.  This year the show appeared on U.S. television network NBC and was broadcast from Michael’s old stamping grounds of Vancouver.  Joining him this year were American country singer Blake Shelton, Sesame Street muppet Elmo, a virtual Bing Crosby, the UK’s Rod Stewart, and Buble’s local homie Carly Rae Jepsen.

Michael introduced the latter by saying, “My first guest is not only a fellow Canadian but very proud to say she was born and raised right here in Vancouver.  She had the biggest hit of the year with ‘Call Me Maybe’.  Please welcome the beautiful Carly Rae Jepsen.”

Carly entered the elaborately decorated, Christmas-themed stage set in a white dress.  After the two greeted, they engaged in a little dialogue.  Michael asked her, if she could have anything for Christmas, if he was going to buy her something, what would it be?  She replied, “I like Bentleys”.  Michael:  “Not going to happen”.  When Carly said that she returned to Vancouver for the holidays to enjoy family, food, and wear pyjamas, Michael joked, “That sounds just like Thursday for me”.  Michael pointed out that a decade ago the two of them were in the same talent competition together and neither of them won.  Carly and Michael then sang a couple of Christmas tunes together – “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and “Jingle Bell Rock”

To honour her hometown of Mission, Carly Rae Jepsen will be putting on a free concert on December 17.  More details at her website.

Michael Buble and Carly Rae Jepsen

The Big Jingle 2012

Jingle Balls have been popular in the United States.  These are concerts held in various cities during the holiday season hosted by radio stations with performances by lineups of major stars.  This year, MuchMusic is hosting one in Toronto called The Big Jingle.  The concert will take place at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on December 2 and will be broadcast on the network on December 12.  The concert will include performances by the following artists:

Quebec’s Simple Plan

British Columbia’s Carly Rae Jepsen

Ontario’s Shawn Desman

The United States’ Austin Mahone

The United States’ Bridgit Mendler

The United States’ Sky Blu (of LMFAO)

Australia’s Cody Simpson

The United Kingdom’s The Wanted

More info on the concert can be found at MuchMusic’s WEBSITE.

100th Grey Cup to Feature Canadian Superstar Singers

The CFL has announced that the 100th Grey Cup, taking place in Toronto on November 25th, will feature a lineup of some of the biggest superstars in Canadian music.  Yes, belieb it!  Scottish import of country music Johnny Reid and the legendary Burton Cummings will headline a special kickoff show.  The halftime entertainment will feature Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen, Gordon Lightfoot, and Marianas Trench.  At last year’s Grey Cup halftime show, Nickelback performed.

The CFL has not indicated that they have invited any Francophone performers.

“Wonder Woman” is the Most Important Song of the Year

While Carly Rae Jepsen has had the biggest Canadian song of the year, the most important song belongs to her British Columbian sister Elise Estrada. “Wonder Woman” was released on iTunes today and all proceeds will go to The Amanda Todd Foundation, which is committed to anti-bullying campaigns and suicide prevention.  Not only is the song about Amanda Todd but all victims of ridicule, harassment, bullying, aggression, and abuse. For your convenience, you can find the song at the following LINK. We encourage all to buy a copy, as this is the clarion call for a massive restructuring of a lamentably defective society.

The incredible story of the song has come to light. We share it with you.

Local music producer Adam Hurstfield was joyfully celebrating his son’s sixth birthday when some unsettling news came to his attention. The truth of a dark underside of his own city, a city that has the highest positive reputation in the world, was uncovered in the suicide of a 15-year-old girl in the midst of a bullying exceeding the vilest cruelty of the beasts of the field.

This news stirred the very depths of his conscience and, unable to sleep that night, he knew he had to do something. He contacted those in his musical family including JUNO-nominated pop singer Elise Estrada. They worked together to write a song for Amanda Todd, a song called “Wonder Woman”.

While recording the song, Adam and Elise were overcome with feelings of déjà-vu. Amanda’s name and face seemed familiar. After the song touched the airwaves of television news and radio, Amanda Todd’s family contacted them to say thank you and emailed a special photo to the musicians. It was a photograph of Elise Estrada and Amanda Todd together, a photo snapped by Adam Hurstfield.

Todd’s cousin told them that the day Amanda met Elise Estrada was one of the happiest days of her life.

Update:  The Official Music Video for the song has been released.  Check it out HERE.

Live from the Artists Den to Feature Rufus Wainwright

One of the American networks that airs in Canada is PBS. They run an acclaimed series called Live from the Artists Den which features popular recording artists performing live in unconventional venues like churches, libraries, and museums. The idea is to combine the sound of beautiful music with the view of stunning architecture. The show is now into its 5th season, and thus far, from a quick glance, it appears that Alanis Morissette is the only Canadian artist to have been featured on the show. But all that changes tomorrow, Friday October 19.

The show will be featuring JUNO-winning Canadian recording artist Rufus Wainwright singing his glorious melodies from latest album Out of the Game surrounded by the stained-glass windows, breathtaking central mural, and striking architecture of New York City’s Church of the Ascension. In the session, Rufus pays a memorial tribute to his late mother, singer Kate McGarrigle. The Church of the Ascension was built in the early 1800s and declared a national historic landmark in 1987. Below is a taste of what you will see.

More on this HERE.

Chavril’s Rockin’ Union

We normally don’t post entries with regards to the personal lives of Canadian recording artists but because this one is so high profile, it deserves a mention.

What happens when a small town Alberta boy collaborates with a small town Ontario girl on her album? Romance of course! We’re talkin’ Chavril.

Avril Lavigne and Nickelback both performed during the closing ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. Earlier this year, Nickelback’s lead singer Chad Kroeger offered to help out on Avril’s next studio album. The two hit it off musically and then some.

The announcement of their engagement has created a feeding frenzy for gossip columnists, got the haters doing their thing, broken many hearts, and lock and loaded the paparazzi.  But for us, we are thrilled and happy for them.

They are two of the best-selling recording artists in the world, and now they will collaborate on more than just music.

Wishing all the best to them.

Call Me Maybe: Best-Selling Domestic Canadian Single in History

Wave your flags, K’Naan and Young Artists for Haiti; tell Africa, Karl Wolf; do something dangerous, Kardinal Offishall; make music promiscuous, Nelly Furtado; and believe the news, Nikki Yanofsky–your Canuck sister has managed to deliver the best-selling domestic Canadian single in history; in other words, of all singles released by Canadian artists over the years, none has sold more copies in Canada than “Call Me Maybe”.  At 400,000 units, Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” has just been certified quintuple or 5x platinum in Canada, shattering all records.  The previous record was 4x platinum held by Nikki Yanofsky’s “I Believe”, theme song of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games.

The best-selling digital single of all time from a foreign artist sold twice as many copies and stands as the only diamond digital download single in the country, that being The Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling”.

Congratulations Carly!

Fefe Dobson on CTV’s The Listener

For those of you wondering what Fefe Dobson has been up to since releasing 2010 album Joy and its 3 hit singles “Stuttering”, “Ghost”, and “Can’t Breathe”, the Toronto platinum-selling, JUNO-nominated recording artist has decided to continue honing her second love—acting. This time around, she won’t be relocating to Hollywood studios; rather, she will be guest starring in a Canadian-made, internationally-aired sci-fi dramatic series called The Listener. And it all happens on CTV this Wednesday night.

The Listener debuted in 2009 and is now in its third season. It is aired internationally via the Fox network. The show, shot in Toronto, stars Canadian actor Craig Olejnik (from Halifax) who plays a paramedic (Toby) with a troubled past and has telepathic abilities. He uses these abilities to help people and solve crimes. Wednesday’s episode will feature Fefe Dobson who plays Jade, a superstar performer. When her life is threatened, Toby poses as her assistant to watch her back and help the special ops unit investigate. The show will feature two brand new Fefe Dobson songs as yet unreleased.

A behind-the-scenes of Wednesday’s The Listener episode is embedded below.

Bieber’s CA-US Believe Tour Sells Out in 1 Hour

Justin Bieber will embark on his CA-US Believe Tour beginning on September 29 in Phoenix, USA and ending January 26, 2013, in Miami. Label mate Carly Rae Jepsen will be joining him in concert. Bieber will play shows in 8 Canadian cities (Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal, and Toronto). All of his shows have sold out (though there may still be some VIP tickets available). His entire tour sold out in less than 1 hour; in New York his 2 shows at Madison Square Garden sold out in 30 seconds. Bieber’s new single “Die In Your Arms”, followup to “Boyfriend”, has been released in lieu of his much anticipated Believe album which will be out in a couple of weeks.

Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” continues to be thwarted from entering the #1 spot on the United States’ Billboard chart, as Gotye has charmed his way into the American psyche. Her single has reached #1 in the official charts of Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Denmark, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary.

Canadian Artists Excluded from Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace?

Britons are gearing up for four days of celebrations next week to mark the 60th year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, her diamond jubilee.  The celebrations will include a 1 hour, 45 minute concert on a special stage constructed outside Buckingham Palace, organized by the BBC and Gary Barlow of boy band Take That.  The concert will be televised around the world, taking place on Tuesday at 15:45 local time.

Performers listed by the BBC include the United Kingdom’s Paul McCartney, Elton John, Robbie Williams, new artists Ed Sheeran and Jessie J, boy band JLS, and tenor Alfie Boe.  Australia, Canada’s less populated Commonwealth cousin, will be represented at the concert care of a performance by Kylie Minogue.  And the concert will feature an American artist despite the fact that the United States does not recognize the queen.

The lineup of recording artists who will be performing, as listed by the BBC, does not include any Canadians.

It is unknown whether Canadian recording artists were invited to perform and were unable to attend or were simply cold-shouldered.

Gary Barlow composed the song “Sing” to mark the celebration and made a “Commonwealth version”.  This version features singers from across the U.K., Australia, the Pacific Islands, the Caribbean, Africa, but not Canada.  If there is one commonality among all 35 million Canadians, it is that we do not appreciate being snubbed.

Asian Heritage Month: Montreal’s JoSH Promotes Multiculturalism in Pakistan

What are you doing to celebrate Asian Heritage Month? The Government of Canada declared May as Asian Heritage Month in Canada a few years back. According to Statistics Canada, over 12% of Canadians are of Asian descent. To honour this special month, the Canadian Music Blog is pleased to present the following.

Montreal’s JoSH is a bhangra duo comprised of south Asian Canadians “Rup” (Rup Magon) and “Q” (Qurram Hussain).  Rup is Sikh, born and raised in Montreal, while Q is a naturalized Canadian from Pakistan.  They are signed to Universal Music and have released some 4 albums since debuting in the new millennium.  They are perhaps more famous outside of Canada than within it, as bhangra music is less known here than it is in the United Kingdom, India, and Pakistan.  The duo’s award-winning second album, Kabhi, remained in the MTV Top 20 charts for half a year in 2004-2005.  JoSH has sold some 2 million records worldwide.

Nelly Furtado has done some work with them in releasing some bhangra remixes of her songs “Maneater”, “Powerless”, and “Promiscuous”.  JoSH’s song “Nasha Pyar Da” from their album Mausam won a Best Bhangra Song award and the album’s “Mahi Ve” reached #1 on the BBC Asian charts in Britain.

This spring, the Canadian High Commission in Pakistan organized an event to promote and discuss pluralism in both Canada and Pakistan. JoSH performed on stage in Karachi attracting a number of youth leaders from various universities and Canadian expatriates and Pakistanis of various ethnic and religious backgrounds.

Andrew NG, Head of Communications for the Canadian High Commission spoke at the event and said:

“Canada has very strong people-to-people links with Pakistan. There are an estimated 300,000 Canadians of Pakistani origin, a number of whom I grew up with in Toronto. Much like Pakistan, Canada has evolved layers of policies to accommodate our diversity, such as federalism, bilingualism, multiculturalism and aboriginal self-government. Extremists believe that by targeting different communities they can provoke chaos and social disintegration in Pakistan but I must say, Pakistan is stronger than that, and today is an example of it. The fact that two Canadian artists can find such adoration in Pakistan speaks volumes about this nation’s acceptance level and love for music.”

Below is JoSH’s latest music video, for “Pyar Ho Gaya”, from their recent album Beyond Kismat. The video was shot in Mumbai, India.

JoSH Official Website

You can watch a video about the unity in diversity event HERE.

CMB Home

Carly Rae Jepsen Has Tied the Record

I suppose tying some ribbon around a recording of her song “Call Me Maybe” would work too. Before getting to what we mean by our title, we’ll first review the success to date of her international smash hit.

“Call Me Maybe” made it to #1 on the official Canadian singles chart (i.e. Billboard’s Canadian Hot 100) on February 3, 2012. Following its international release, it made it to #1 on the official charts of Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland. It debuted at #1 in the United Kingdom remaining on top for 4 straight weeks. It has also topped the iTunes chart in a number of countries including Luxembourg and Austria. Last week it entered the Top 5 in the United States. It made the Top 3 in France, Belgium, Denmark, The Netherlands, and Norway.

So, what’s her secret to success? She spilled the beans on Twitter claiming that eating a certain food assists with writing hit songs. “Good chocolate is essential to music,” she said. Now, on to her tying the record.

In promotion of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Nikki Yanofsky’s “I Believe” was a hot commodity. So hot, in fact, that it became the most downloaded single in Canadian history (by a Canadian artist), achieving a certification of quadruple platinum sales. Well, Nikki is no longer all by her lonesome on that one. She has been joined by her Canadian sister, as Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” has been certified a quadruple platinum digital download in Canada.

Toques Off to Cohen & Tyson

They were born a year apart (almost to the day), one in Victoria and one in Montreal. They both became folk music legends. Now in their late 70s, they are doing nothing but speeding up.

Earlier this year, Leonard Cohen released a brand new studio album called Old Ideas. It did not take long before achieving platinum certification. His Canadian brother Ian Tyson who, under the duo Ian & Sylvia, launched one of the most beloved Canadian classics of all time—”Four Strong Winds”—is releasing a brand new studio album called Raven Singer on May 29. Ian has been living near High River, Alberta for the past while, diggin’ the rural life of ranchin’ cowboyism. He has released a string of critically-acclaimed country music records. The title of the new album comes from Ian’s attending a sweat lodge ceremony at the Nakoda First Nation during which he was bestowed the name Ka-ree-a-hiatha (Raven that Sings). In March, Tyson was named the 100th Calgary Stampede Parade Marshall. Ian Tyson still performs on average 40 concerts per year and with a brand new album, this year should not be an exception. More info can be found at Ian Tyson’s Official Website.

Speaking of tours, guess who has announced a major North American tour in the fall? Leonard Cohen blasts off in the southern U.S. on Halloween night finishing off in New York on December 20. Below are the Canadian dates.

November 12 / Vancouver, BC / Rogers Arena
November 16 / Calgary, AB / Scotiabank Saddledome
November 18 / Edmonton, AB / Rexall Place
November 20 / Saskatoon, SK / Credit Union Centre
November 28 / Montreal, QC / Bell Centre
December 2 / Quebec City, QC / Colisee Pepsi
December 4 / Toronto, ON / Air Canada Centre
December 7 / Ottawa, ON / Scotiabank Place
December 11 / London, ON / John Labatt Centre
December 13 / Kingston, ON / K-Rock Centre

More info on Leonard Cohen’s tour can be found HERE. 

Bryan Adams in Concert

The king of heartland rock is in the middle of his cross-Canada tour which began in St. John’s on April 11; tonight he is in Toronto.  After Thunder Bay, May 9th, he is off to Portugal and will return to do western Canada in June.  Bryan Adams released his first hit single in 1979, “Let Me Take You Dancing” which received extensive airplay on Vancouver’s “LG73”.  After two albums that saw modest sales, he unleashed his triple platinum Cuts Like a Knife in 1983 which spawned 3 Top 40 hits. This album was basically the setup for his hydrogen bomb, Reckless, the first Canadian album in history to go diamond at home with a million copies sold and 6 Top 20 hits, including “Run to You” which made the Top 5.

In 1991, Adams released his second diamond album, Waking up the Neighbours, which saw one of the biggest hit singles in history top the charts around the globe and was featured in the Hollywood blockbuster motion picture Robin Hood:  Prince of Thieves.  The song was “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You”.  Waking Up the Neighbours became the first Canadian album since Neil Young’s Harvest in 1972 to top the album charts in the United Kingdom.  Although the 90s saw Adam’s greatest success on the singles charts (9 number ones), most think of him as an 80s sensation. His achievements brought unsurpassed Canadian pride to those who spent their youth in that decade.

Check out the tour dates on Bryan Adams’ website.

You’ll Find Great Music Beyond the Mountain

Trivia question: Who was the winner of the last season of Canadian Idol? Previous seasons were won by Ryan Malcolm, Kalan Porter, Melissa O’Neil, Eva Avila, and Brian Melo. The answer, of course, is Theo Tams. The judges considered Theo the most gifted of all the male vocalists who ever appeared on the show. After hearing his 2008 hit single “Sing” we couldn’t agree more. Theo is also a very talented pianist and composer. One may wonder what he is up to these days.

Theo Tams has formed a duo with Vancouver songstress Carly Jean Campbell (not to be confused with Carly Rae Jepsen who, incidentally, also appeared on Canadian Idol). The duo is going by the name Beyond the Mountain. They describe the music they are making as “alternative country” with soul, blues, and modern rock elements and will be releasing an EP this summer. Every Lennon needs to find his McCartney and every Bachman his Cummings. Apparently Tams and Campbell have hit it off musically with magnificent chemistry. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that the music they are making will dazzle the populace like it has dazzled us. Their voices sound perfect together.

To listen to samples of their songs and learn more about them, check out:

Beyond the Mountain Official Website