This Week’s Charts: Sky Stays This Blue

The sky has returned to blue over Vancouver after a smoky haze from the BC wildfires drained it of colour. The city, an international hub of filmmaking, witnessed a casualty as stuntman Joi Harris was killed during shooting of the film Deadpool 2 starring Ryan Reynolds. She apparently lost control of the bike and crashed into the ground-floor glass window of an office building. It serves as a reminder how dangerous the profession can be and how much we need to appreciate the work of these fine people behind the scenes.

In the city for motion picture project Richard Says Goodbye, Johnny Depp brought smiles to the faces of children and youth and the BC Children’s Hospital on Monday. He dressed up in full costume as his character Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean movie series and spent five hours visiting every child in the hospital. He took his time with each one, never rushing. He didn’t take a break. He not once broke character. He gave hugs, spoke words of encouragement (“be brave”, “keep going”, etc.), played with children in diapers on the floor, and even participated in some foam sword duelling. Hospital staff were astonished by his humanity.

Let’s hope the sky stays this blue.

So far in 2017, we haven’t seen a massive hit by a Canadian as the main artist. There has been no “Call Me Maybe”, “Blurred Lines”, “Rude”, “Can’t Feel My Face”, “Sorry”, “Love Yourself”, or “One Dance”. The good news is, we still have four months to go. As far as a Canadian as a featured artist, the honours belong to Justin Bieber.

In the words of Nielsen Music’s Paul Tuch, “’Despacito’ (Universal) remains at the top the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 for the 14th week, continuing to set the pace on both the Streaming and Digital Songs charts. It sets the record for the most weeks at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart at 16, surpassing Mark Ronson’s ‘Uptown Funk’ and Black Eyed Peas ‘I Gotta Feeling’. At 14 weeks at No. 1 Streaming, it now has the second highest weekly run at the top of that chart, only trailing the 16 weeks that Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’ spent at No. 1.”

The big chart news this week is that British Columbia’s Dallas Smith scores his latest number one single, “Sky Stays This Blue”. Nielsen’s Paul Tuch states, “He becomes the first Canadian male artist to have four Country number one songs in the Nielsen BDS era and the first Canadian male artist to have three Country chart-toppers from the same album, following ‘Autograph’ and ‘Side Effects’. With over 1400 detects this week, it is the highest one week spin total to date by a Canadian Country artist at the format.”

I hope your sky stays this blue
Hope your heart stays this red
Hope your road stays this golden
Your sun never sets

Early August 2017 Releases and Other News

New releases have trickled in the past couple of weeks. We summarize them in the table below. The highest profile releases are probably Calgarian country star Lindsay Ell’s and BC rapper SonReal’s. Winnipeg’s Slow Leaves (i.e. Grant Davidson) is getting ample press with his folky album.

Some nifty singles have come out as well. There is one in particular we wish to highlight because it’s so good. When you’re from Calgary, country music is in your blood, and few do it better than Bobby Wills. His new single “In Comes the Night” heralds a mini album of the same name set for a September 8 release.

Speaking of country music, it was announced earlier today that Shania Twain will headline the 2017 Grey Cup (Canadian football championship) half-time show November 26 in Ottawa. Organizers have not gone with a Canadian act since 2013 (Hedley). Shania performed at the event in 2002, Edmonton.

Shania’s new album Now is out September 29. Her last album Up! Came out in 2002. Many new Canadian country artists have emerged since then, and we do wonder if she has had a chance to listen to them and if there is anything that impresses her … much.

A slew of international singers will be flying into Vancouver for the culturally rich Albatross Music Festival September 14-15 at the Hastings Racecourse. Canadians will be participating as well. Booked are Canadian Hot 100 charting JUNO nominee Elise Estrada, Nettwerk Productions’ Wanting (Qu), The United States’ Far East Movement, Mongolian traditional music group Nair Band, and South Korean superstar Tae-yeon (Girls’ Generation). We love to see events like this happening. More please!

TITLE ARTIST RELEASE STYLE ORIGIN
The Album Johnson Crook Aug-04 Country Toronto
Infinite Punishment Get the Shot Aug-04 Metal Quebec City
Small World Def3 Aug-04 Rap Regina
Hamtramck ’16 (EP) Moon King Aug-04 Pop Toronto
Liquid Unbuttoned Aug-08 Alternative Toronto
Enough About Me Slow Leaves Aug-11 Folk Winnipeg
Go Getters Jon Cohen Experimental Aug-11 Alternative Montreal
One Long Dream SonReal Aug-11 Rap Vernon, BC
The Project Lindsay Ell Aug-11 Country Calgary
One Lands (EP) Ghost Love Aug-11 Alternative Montreal

Universal Music Canada Takes the Heat for Franco Exclusion

Canada’s largest record label Universal Music recently came under fire for its exclusion of French-language music in its Canada 150 compilation and has issued an apology as follows.

Unsurprisingly, the CBC, in an attempt to soften the seriousness of the omission, mentioned the complaints coming from Quebec only. In fact, they came from Anglophones outside of Quebec as well. Count us among them.

We would go beyond the status quo of shallow standards to say that any playlist, compilation, or “best of” Canadian music list that excludes Franco works is anti-Canadian. And, no, we do not believe that this is too strong a statement. Francophones make up 22% of our population and create some of the best music not only in Canada but the world at large. Beyond being mindful when compiling music lists, national events like the JUNO awards must include a French-language performance at its main televised gala, as well the Grey Cup half-time show. Both Anglo and Franco songs ought to be played in arenas and during breaks in play of hockey games at home. A couple of Franco songs must grace the playlists of all English-language conducted radio stations and be included in Canadian television and movie soundtracks regardless of the language of dialogue. We must adopt a zero-tolerance policy to those who make Francophobic comments. We cannot refer to Anglophone artists as “Canadian artists” while calling Francophone artists from Quebec as “Quebec artists”. We either call all Canadian or specify the provincial or local origin of each. We cannot move forward as a country that claims to espouse federalism with francophobia intact.

Stars Shine Beneath Parliament Fireworks at Canada 150

Quite possibly the year’s most Canadian concert went down on Parliament Hill in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday July 1, 2017. A big crowd gathered on Parliament Hill to see their favourite recording artists perform. Knowing that not all around the world were able to see it, we took some screen captures and present them below.

Above, Walk Off the Earth kicks things off. Below, Louis-Jean Cormier performs beneath the lights.

Serena Ryder kills it (below).

Serena then joins Marie-Mai and Lisa LeBlanc to pay tribute to Gordon Lightfoot covering a couple of his songs.

Gordon Lightfoot himself then mounts the stage. Gord performed on Parliament Hill for Canada’s 100th birthday 50 years ago as well.

The incomparable Lisa LeBlanc does what she does best.

Kinnie Starr wears a tuque in July. What can be more Canadian than that?

Beautiful performance by Kelly Bado.

Kinnie Starr, Louis-Jean Cormier, and Kelly Bado perform together.

Wide shot of the proceedings:

A party wouldn’t be the same without Cirque du Soleil!

Country star Dean Brody sings “Canadian Girls”.

Marie-Mai may be wearing a #10, but she’s #1 with us.

Innovative artist Mike Tompkins turns up the wow factor.

Alessia Cara pumps up the crowd with “Scars to Your Beautiful”.

Back to the Future in Canada 150.

The all-star lineup performs Tragically Hip’s “Ahead by a Century” to close out the show.

Fireworks begin…

Carly Rae Jepsen Gets Backed by the TSO

Canadian multiplatinum, multiple JUNO Award winning pop superstar Carly Rae Jepsen performed Saturday night, June 17, 2017 in concert with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. She managed to make the evening so much fun that she brought the sold-out crowd at the Roy Thomson Hall to its feet. Wearing a floor-length black and sparkly gold dress, she opened the night with “Run Away with Me” and capped things off with “Call Me Maybe”. The crowd demanded an encore, and she let loose on “I Really Like You”. Youthful conductor Lucas Waldin charmed the audience of young men and women and families. Some of the parents commented that their children were learning orchestral instruments and were also fans of Carly, so her performing with the symphony was very encouraging in their pursuit of music.

SET LIST:
Run Away with Me
Making the Most of the Night
Gimmie Love
Emotion
Your Type
Tug of War
When I Needed You
Boy Problems
All That
Let’s Get Lost
Call Me Maybe
I Really Like You (Encore)

The concert was part of a series of projects across the country to commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation and was also the 10th anniversary of Jepsen’s appearance on Canadian Idol. Her success on the program helped launch a career in music which began with 2008 album Tug of War which spawned two gold singles. This in turn helped her secure a record deal with Chad Kroeger’s (Nickelback) 604 Records. She released song “Call Me Maybe” and EP Curiosity. The former was the best-selling song in the world for 2012, and title-track “Curiosity” went gold. LP Kiss followed which went gold and won the JUNO for Album of the Year. It spawned the #1 hit “Good Time”, a collaboration with Owl City. Carly’s third album Emotion was critically acclaimed and short listed for the Polaris Prize. Among its tracks was gold-certified single “I Really Like You” the music video of which featured Hollywood A-list actor Tom Hanks.

Carly Rae Jepsen is regarded by many of her fellow recording artists, both men and women, as one of the finest at her craft in the world including her fans Justin Bieber, Lorde, John Mayer, and Katy Perry. Her latest single “Cut to the Feeling” was named by Billboard Magazine as one of the 50 best songs of 2017 so far. Billboard also named “Call Me Maybe” as having the #1 best chorus of the 21st Century.

A busy weekend for Carly, once done with the concert Saturday night, she headed on over to attend the Much Music Video Awards on Sunday as a presenter.

Parliament Hill Concert Vs. CanCon-Deprived MMVAs

Canadian artists are topping the charts and selling out arenas all over the world, but in the minds of the organizers of Canadian events, they are not good enough to perform. For the past three years, foreign acts have headlined the Grey Cup half-time show. Moreover, we predicted when Robert Pittman’s iHeartRadio became involved with the Much Music Video Awards (MMVAs), that it would lead to a death of CanCon, and as we see in the performance lineup for the 2017 MMVAs, that is exactly what has happened. It is bad enough to allow Francophobia to exclude Francophone artists from performing at such nation-wide events, but to shut out Canadian artists as a whole can only mean that a 150-year-old country has no confidence in itself.

To the rescue comes an all-Canadian lineup, as it should be and as it has always been, for the Canada Day concert on Parliament Hill. To celebrate the nation’s 150th birthday, concerts across the land will take place. At the Canadian Museum of History July 1 at 6:30 p.m. local time, find the Souljazz Orchestra and at 9 p.m. The Lost Fingers. Major’s Hill Park’s players are Ruth B at 6:30 p.m., Jonathan Painchaud 7:15, Laurence Nerbonne 7:30, Moon Vs Sun featuring Raine Maida (Our Lady Peace) and Chantal Kreviazuk 8:30, and Mother Mother 9:30.

The flagship concert will take place on Parliament Hill at 8:30 p.m. Ottawa time, and here is the impressive lineup:

Alessia Cara
Cirque du Soleil
Dean Brody
Gordon Lightfoot
Kelly Bado
Kinnie Star
Lisa Leblanc
Louis-Jean Cormier
Marie-Mai
Mike Tompkins
Serena Ryder
Walk Off the Earth

We can only hear organizers of other events justifying their lack of CanCon by pointing out the full-slate of maple stars at the Canada Day concert. It’s very sad.

Justin Bieber to Support Ariana Grande at Manchester Benefit Concert

Ariana Grande puts her whole heart into bringing happiness to people. But on May 22, 2017, following her concert at Manchester (UK) arena, a 22-year-old suicide bomber detonated a shrapnel-laden explosive device at the exit. Twenty-three adults, youth, and children were killed and more than 100 were injured. This broke Ariana’s heart, and she cancelled a number of European dates for her world tour following the incident.

Grande will now be holding a benefit concert in memory of the victims of the attack in Manchester. The show is named One Love Manchester and will take place Sunday, June 4, 2017 in the city. All net proceeds from ticket sales will go to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, set up by Manchester City Council in partnership with the British Red Cross to aid the victims and the families affected.

Canadian singer Justin Bieber will be performing at the concert, as will British groups Coldplay and Take That (the latter formed in Manchester), Irish singer Niall Horan, and American soloists, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, and Usher.

The concert will be broadcast on BBC TV and radio with a digital partner streaming the concert for worldwide viewing.

Furthermore, Ariana has offered free tickets to those who attended the May 22 event which saw the bombing.

La Voix/The Voice Crowns Ludovick Bourgeois

With 50% of the vote among the four finalists, 24-year-old Ludovick Bourgeois of Lorraine, QC was crowned the 2017 winner of The Voice. Among guest appearances by a number of big stars, the grand finale program saw performances by Florida Georgia Line and La Voix alumni in celebration of its fifth year. While hockey fans in Edmonton were enjoying some Peking roast duck, Edmonton’s Ruth B. was performing on the stage in Montreal. Ludovick’s win is the first time a protégé of Éric Lapointe was crowned champion. The son of Les BB’s Patrick Bourgeois, Ludovick was deemed to have inherited the gift from his family. Through the competition, Ludovick performed hits by Bon Jovi and Journey. His performance of Train’s “Drops of Jupiter” won him an invitation from the band’s frontman to join the players on stage at a summer concert in Toronto. Ludovick Bourgeois’ name now sits alongside former champs Valérie Carpentier, Yoan Garneau, Kevin Bazinet, and Stéphanie St-Jean.

Ruth B, Florida Georgia Line to Guest on The Voice Finale

The Voice/La Voix crowned four finalists this past weekend, one for each of the four teams. Team Pierre settled upon David Marino, Team Éric Ludovick Bourgeois, Team Isabelle Frank Williams, and Team Marc Rebecca Noelle.

The Grand Finale will feature some big-name guests while celebrating music from the world’s second most famous family in song: The Jacksons. But of course shall be added the most famous of all, Les Sœurs Boulay!

Hot Albertan newcomer Ruth B, with a triple platinum single under her tuque as well as a recent JUNO award, will lend her support and her vocals to the contestants. American duo Florida Georgia Line will countrify the atmosphere with its signature brand of greatness. As well, Canadian duo, the platinum folk-pop 2frères will enchant with their unifying choruses. Stéphanie St-Jean, the winner of the last season of The Voice in 2016, is launching her debut album this Friday (May 5, 2017) and will be present to cheer on the victor of 2017. A number of other La Voix alumni will grace the stage at the big shindig including Matt Holubowski, Philippe Touzel, Éléonore Lagacé, and winner of Season One that started off the series, Valérie Carpentier.

To this wealth of exceptional artists are added the 4 fabulous finalists, David Marino, Frank Williams, Ludovick Bourgeois, and Rebecca Noelle, who will have the privilege to offer viewers, for the first time, an original song composed especially for them by their coach. The show, hosted by Charles Lafortune, airs Sunday night at 7:30 pm, live on the TVA network.

David Marino

This potential teen heartthrob, at 18 years old from Montreal, is currently pursuing college studies in science. He’s a lover of 50s music and hopes to introduce its style to the present generation. Convinced of the power of music, he set up a benefit concert for the Mental Health Foundation of the Jewish General Hospital. Good luck, David!

Ludovick Bourgeois

This 24-year-old from Lorraine, QC is the son of Les BB singer Patrick Bourgeois, and naturally fell in love with music at a young age, turning to it at the close of his adolescence after enthusiastically pursuing sports. He performed with his dad at Francofolies in 2015 before a crowd of 50,000. But it was his mom who convinced him to join The Voice. Good luck, Ludovick!

Frank Williams

Hailing from Moncton, NB, this 32-year-old is a psychiatric nurse at the Moncton University Hospital Centre. He’s a fan of both rock and country and picked up music by scratching into his father’s guitar. Frank has already led a few local bands including Spiral Case. Frank’s second love is natural scenery, as he spends time exploring his province’s countryside and beaches. Good luck, Frank!

Rebecca Noelle

At 32, this Ottawa native is an exceptional R&B and jazz singer. She has performed at venues for 15 years accompanied by her grandpa on piano. She has collaborated with David Gogo touring the U.S. and Europe opening for such wonders as ZZ Top, B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt and Johnny Winter. Rebecca has served as a member of The PepTides. Good luck, Rebecca!

Canada Now World’s 6th Largest Recorded Music Market

For many years, Canada sat in 7th place among the word’s recorded music markets. Though housing a significantly lower population, Australia stayed ahead of the maple leaf, as the average Aussie spent more money on music than the average Canuck. In the IFPI’s Global Music Report 2017, it is revealed that Canada has now surpassed its Commonwealth sister nation to take sixth place. Considering there are roughly 200 countries in the world, it is a very significant achievement. The United States remains in first place followed by Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany, and France.

The IFPI (International Federation for the Phonographic Industry) also reports that Canada’s own Drake was the #1 best-selling artist in the world for 2016. Justin Bieber was 5th, and The Weeknd 10th. Drake’s album Views was the 3rd biggest seller of the year. As far as singles go, “One Dance” by Drake was #1, “Love Yourself” by Justin Bieber #2, and “Sorry” by Bieber #5.

This Week’s Charts and More News

The Charts

Not a whole bunch to report on this week’s charts. The La Voix 5 album has debuted on the Albums chart at #7. The remix of Allophone song “Despicito” which features Justin Bieber is on the Hot 100 at #18. It is the Biebs’ 44th song in the Top 40 of the chart whether as the main, co-credited, or featured artist.

Tragically Hip Scores Third Diamond Album

Music Canada’s latest batch of gold/platinum certifications includes a diamond (i.e. ten times platinum) award for The Tragically Hip album Road Apples, the group’s sophomore effort released in 1991. The award represents 1 million units shipped in Canada. The Hip has received diamond certification in the past for two other albums – Up to Here, the debut LP and Fully Completely, the band’s third.

Carly Rae Returns to Number One

Billboard recently generated a list of the Top 100 greatest choruses of the 21st century, and Carly Rae Jepsen is at #1 for “Call Me Maybe”. Celine Dion’s “That’s the Way It is” was ranked 80th. Avril Lavigne had two in the list: “Girlfriend” at #62 and “Sk8er Boi” at #22.  Justin Bieber’s “Baby” was 55th. Of the chorus of the century, Billboard says Carly “delivers it with expert over-excited anxiousness, as if darting between the raindrops of the string stabs. … All in all, the best part of the ‘Call Me Maybe’ chorus was how it ended up summarizing our own feelings about the song — the giddiness, the awkward excitement, and the feeling of how we never knew how much we needed a song like it in our lives until it showed up.”

Carly will be performing her hits with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at the Roy Thomson Hall June 17. The one-time concert will be in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday since Confederation.

Kroeger Explains Nickelback’s “Feed the Machine”

In a recent interview, Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger explained the meaning of new song “Feed the Machine”, lead single and title-track of the post-grunge group’s upcoming album.

I know that a lot of people are going to think, especially with the climate right now in the US, that we are, you know, jumping on this political bandwagon. And everybody is weighing in on this thing, and there is, I mean, the division between right and left could not be further these days and everybody is just at each other’s throats over this thing. And it really had nothing to do with that. Because we started writing this song so long ago that your current president wasn’t even in the picture. So we need to spell that rumor right off the bat. Although, it lends itself well, very well. It really does to that thing, but it’s not because we want it to be this general metaphor for a lot of different things. Any time people follow something blindly, and there’s a reference to the piper blowing his flute that leads the mice kind of thing, and just away they go. There’s just so many of these things that people need to question. … There’s a thousand of these things that people just fall in line and all of those things are big machines. It’s also government, it’s also religion, it’s all of those things. The people just follow blindly just kinda asking questions, good questions. So it’s literally just that: it’s the conversation starter of “yeah, why do we do this? And why do we do that? Why do I smoke this and think it’s okay? Why do I eat that and think it’s all right? And why do I drive that and think it’s all right that it comes out of the ground and nothing’s gonna happen to the earth?” It’s all of those things ‘cause those are all machines that need consumers to feed them. And that’s really where we were coming from. We didn’t want it to be specific to anyone’s thing, so it left itself open to all of those topics.

BreakOut West: WCMA Nominations

BreakOut West has announced the nominees for the 2017 Western Canadian Music Awards and Industry Awards. Winners will be announced and honoured at the Western Canadian Music Awards Networking Reception and Industry Awards Brunch, during events running from September 13-17, 2017. The 15th annual BreakOut West will take place in Edmonton. You can view a list of the nominations here.

Buffy and Tagaq Collaborate on “You Got to Run”

Two of our highest profile indigenous artists collaborate on song “You Got to Run”. Both have won JUNO Awards and both the Polaris Prize. Of course, we’re talking about Buffy Sainte-Marie and Tanya Tagaq. Buffy was born on the Piapot Plains Cree First Nation Reserve in the Qu’Appelle Valley of Saskatchewan. Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq is from Cambridge Bay (Iqaluktuutiaq), Nunavut, situated on the south coast of Victoria Island. We leave you with the music video below.

The Voice/La Voix Gears Up for Semi-Finals, Safia Nolin to Guest!

The Voice/La Voix has pared the contestants down to two in each of the four teams, as the lucky eight head to the semi-finals next Sunday. Guesting on the show will be ADISQ Felix Award new artist of the year winner Safia Nolin. The semi-finalists are as follows with photos of the lovelies below.

TEAM PIERRE
David Marino, 18, Montréal, QC
Sam Tucker, 25, Gaspé, QC

TEAM ÉRIC
Ludovick Bourgeois, 24, Lorraine, QC
Désirée, 21, Rosemère, QC

TEAM ISABELLE
Frank Williams, 32, Moncton, NB
Louis-Paul Gauvreau, 28, Saint-Basile-le-Grand, QC

TEAM MARC
Rebecca Noelle, 32, Ottawa, ON
Michaël, 37, Boucherville, QC

LIGHTS’ 4th Album Roll Out to Involve Comic Books

Grade 7. The teacher explains that the Earth’s crust is so thin compared to the rest of the globe, it’s like the skin on the top of hot chocolate. One student interjects, “What’s hot chocolate got to do with this?” and then busts out laughing. Fast forwarding to 2017, gold recording artist and multiple JUNO winner, LIGHTS, presents a new project: Skin & Earth. She is creating a comic book series. The first issue is due out in July with six issues in total. At the center of it is character En, a reincarnation, as LIGHTS says, of herself “in another dimension”. The synthpop specialist will be releasing music in conjunction with each issue which will lead up to the album drop, her fourth studio work. Lyrics of the songs will be connected to dialogue in the comics. The magazines will be available from local comic shops or you can order them from LIGHTS’ website. We have embedded the promo clip below.

3 Canadians Break into iTunes Top 10 with New Songs

If a member of generation x out of touch with current music took a look at the iTunes Top 10 right now, he might get excited declaring that there is a brand new song by The Cure called “Lady Gaga”. The big news last week was the battle of Britain in which Harry Styles’ “Sign of the Times” attempted to unseat fellow Englishman Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You”. Now we have fellow Canucks placing new songs in the elite deck. Shawn Mendes has released a deluxe version of his 2016 album Illuminate. New track “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” is selling like hotcakes. Justin Bieber is still hot since album Purpose and his collaborations with the crafters of EDM. His latest venture is as a featured vocalist in “Despacito”. It is a remix of a song from Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee. And, no Despacito was not recorded in Canada’s other official language. It’s a Spanish language song. Fonsi and Yankee are from Puerto Rico. So, how are the new tracks doing? Well Shawn Mendes is as of this writing at #8 and the Biebs is #1. But if your eyes don’t deceive you, there’s something else going on around here. The Weeknd? Yes. He is featured in a brand new song by Lana Del Rey called “Lust For Life” and it’s at #6. “Stay” by Alessia Cara and Zedd is holding at #10.

La Voix/The Voice Season 5 at 4×4

Season 5 is well underway in the Canadian rendition of The Voice/La Voix. The show is filmed in Montreal and broadcast on the TVA network. Winners of previous seasons are as below.

Season 1: Valérie Carpentier
Season 2: Yoan Garneau
Season 3: Kevin Bazinet
Season 4: Stéphanie St-Jean

Valerie scored a gold album in 2014. Country artist Yoan released a bilingual album which featured superstar Brett Kissel, and it achieved platinum sales. Kevin Bazinet is the younger brother of platinum soul singer Bobby Bazini.

The final episode of Season 4, which named Stéphanie St-Jean champion featured performances from American group DNCE (“Cake by the Ocean”) and JUNO award winner Alessia Cara.

Season 5’s judges are Pierre Lapointe, Éric Lapointe, Isabelle Boulay, and Marc Dupré. Each team began with 10-14 vocalists, and as things are now, those have been whittled down to four. For now, we’ll list the names of the contenders plus their hometowns. The 16 contestants are from three provinces.

We’ll keep you all posted on how things go…

Team Pierre
Hanorah (Montréal, QC)
David Marino (Montréal, QC)
Zaya Solange (Montréal, QC)
Sam Tucker (Gaspé, QC)

Team Éric
Cindy Daniel (Mirabel, QC)
Jean-Seb Carré (Bellechasse, QC)
Désirée (Rosemère, QC)
Ludovick Bourgeois (Lorraine, QC)

Team Isabelle
Amos J. (Lac-Brome, QC)
Willis Pride (Saint-Pascal-Baylon, ON)
Frank Williams (Moncton, NB)
Louis-Paul Gauvreau (Saint-Basile-le-Grand, QC)

Team Marc
Rebecca Noelle (Ottawa, ON)
Michaël (Boucherville, QC)
Maxime Desrosiers (Chicoutimi, QC)
Margau (Saint-Jérôme, QC)