Headlines and Footdots for November 27, 2017

Shania Twain the Real Grey Cup Champion

If there is one truth in Canadian football, it’s never over ’til it’s over. The Calgary Stampeders had all but wrapped things up for a victory but a fumble close to touchdown territory led to a record-breaking 109-yard TD from the Toronto Argonauts to tie the game, winning minutes later with a field goal. The real victor of the game, however, was Shania Twain who rocked the halftime show. Entering the stadium on a real live dog sled over the field covered in snow to the stage she performed three of her hits: “That Don’t Impress Me Much”, “Life’s About to Get Good”, and “Man! I Feel Like a Woman” capping it off by saying, “Man! I feel like a Canadian” to cheers from the bundled up 36,000 attendees.

RIP Patrick Bourgeois

Patrick Bourgeois singer of multiplatinum Canadian band Les BB has passed away from cancer at the young age of 55. We offer our condolences to family, friends, and fans.

CBC Publishes Best Songs of the Year List

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has published a list of its picks for the 100 best Canadian artist songs of 2017. Excluded are songs released after November 1. On the plus side it is a nice mixture of popular songs and underground ones as well as various genres. “Passionfruit” by Drake is placed at #1. While the list includes Allophone tracks, it excludes Francophone ones and states that this is “a task our sister site ICI Musique will be undertaking”. This kind of segregation reminds us of how Black people and White people in the U.S. have been required to go to separate establishments. What the broadcaster should have done is create one list that includes Anglo, Franco, and Allo songs and publish the same list on both sites with English language writeups on the songs at CBC Music and French language writeups at ICI Musique. That would be a nonracist way of doing things.

Justin Bieber Surprises Whistler Hockey Team

Justin Bieber was in Whistler, BC last week, a surprise visit to the members of a local hockey team. He apparently casually slipped in during their practice to join the scrimmage. The coach simply told the players a “new guy” would be stopping by to try out for the team. Of the Biebs’ hockey skills, the father of one of the players wrote on his Facebook page, “The Biebs has pretty good hands and knew exactly where to be. He was super humble and a true gentleman. I gained a lot of respect for him as a result. Thank you JB!!!” Justin scored two goals during the practice. He hung around afterwards to chat with the players and pose for photos.

“He was very humble, he was very polite, and just excited to be there. We gave him a jersey, and he instantly put it on. He just wanted to go play,” said Steve Legge, president of the Whistler Minor Hockey Association.

Ruth B Returns to Her Old High School

Multiplatinum superstar Ruth B returned to her old high school in Edmonton – Ross Sheppard – to help the choir sing her song “Lost Boy”. We leave you with a video of that encounter.

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Hooking a Ryder for Christmas

Fresh Christmas singles are in the works. And we are so happy that BC’s Shawn Hook has teamed up with Ontario’s Serena Ryder in a cover of John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”. Find the official audio embedded below. Whether you celebrate the holiday or not, the song is a sweet plea for peace on earth, something we all want to see. Shawn Hook is the author of two platinum singles and was recently given the annual Allan Slaight award from Canada’s Walk of Fame which recognizes young talent. Serena Ryder is a multiplatinum recording artist and JUNO award winner. Both Shawn and Serena released albums this year (Shawn’s was an EP). We embed the official audio of the new track below. After that find a recent interview with Shawn Hook on Breakfast Television in Toronto.  iTunes

New Carly Rae Jepsen: “Trouble in the Streets”

Swedish Grammy-nominated composer, producer, and musician Patrik Berger has formed a project with songwriter Markus Krunegård called BC Unidos. No, they are not from BC; however, featured on one of the tracks on new EP Bicycle is a British Columbian singer. The disc includes British singer Charli XCX, and track “Trouble in the Streets” is sung by none other than Carly Rae Jepsen. The disc has a post-punk feel to it. It is very good and lots of fun. Check it out.  iTunes

Cut to the Cut to the Feeling MV

Keeping an ace up one’s sleeve has reached new heights. Left off the album Emotion, not included as a bonus track, and not even appearing on the Emotion Side B extras disc, Carly Rae Jepsen pulled the best song from the Emotion era and released it as a stand-alone single at the end of May this year. It is on its way to becoming known as the best pop song of 2017. Carly finally treats us to its official music video, half a million views in three days. The MV was shot in a studio in Los Angeles. Enjoy.  iTunes

 

When Friends Go, Witness the Emotion

What Justin Bieber and Grimes Have in Common

Due to scanty releases in the summer, we will be combining this week’s with next week’s in our new releases posting. It is worth mentioning at this point that the new #1 at iTunes is “Friends”, the latest single from Justin Bieber. Again, it is a collaboration for Mr. What Do You Mean. This time around, it is BloodPop, alias of Michael Tucker (from Dorothy’s Kansas). He used to record under the moniker Blood Diamonds you may remember from such choice cuts as Grimes‘ “Go”. The new Bieber track is reminiscent of Robyn.

What Carly Rae Jepsen and Katy Perry Have in Common

Billboard recently reported on the dearth of women atop the U.S. Hot 100. On the Canadian one, Sia was the last female as the main artist to champion the chart, which she did August 20, 2016 with “Cheap Thrills”. So, it has been a year. Even Katy Perry is having a hard time these days despite having more Twitter followers than anyone else in the world, the only one to have more than 100 million followers. Katy Perry will be on tour promoting her latest album, Witness. What does this have to do with Canadian music? Well, you’ll never guess who will be joining her in concert. Noah Cyrus will join her first as things kick off in Montreal September 19 and remaining onboard through to the Toronto concerts ending November 1. Then cometh Purity Ring. No way! Yes way. Edmonton’s Purity Ring will join Ms. Roar in Los Angeles November 7 through to the end of the year December 20 in Miami. In the new year, launching in New Orleans January 5 and marching through to Vancouver February 5, Katy Perry will be joined by Carly Rae Jepsen.

“Wake Up” to Dreamy New Singer Jessicka

Jessicka is a new singer from Vancouver and has signed with Light Organ Records, a label specializing in alternative music. Her debut single “Wake Up” is a dreamy synth pop number with crystal clear vocals and now translates itself into the visual plane with a music video. Jessicka plans on releasing an EP in the fall. Rumoured guests on the disc include Juno Award-winning violinist Jesse Zubot and members of indie group Mother Mother. “Wake Up” MV embedded below.  iTunes

Jess Moskaluke’s Kill Your Love MV Out Now

Jess Moskaluke is a JUNO Award winning platinum recording artist specializing in country music. She is from Langenburg, Saskatchewan and released her debut album Light Up the Night in 2014. She has been called Canada’s Carrie Underwood. Moskaluke has won the Canadian Country Music Association’s Female Artist of the Year award for the past three years. She struck platinum with her single “Cheap Wine and Cigarettes” and recently gold with Paul Brandt in “I’m an Open Road”. Jess’ album Kiss Me Quiet won the JUNO Award in 2017 for Country Album of the Year beating out discs from slayers Aaron Pritchett, Chad Brownlee, Dallas Smith, and Gord Bamford. All this, and she’s just getting started! Jess Moskaluke’s latest single is called “Kill Your Love”, and she recently released a music video which we have embedded below.  iTunes

Cageless! Hedley Releases 360-degree MV for “Love Again”

In 2017, it’s a tough go getting on the radio if you’re a Canadian female. It’s also tough if you’re not from Ontario. The only Canadian artist outside of that province to score a Top 40 hit so far in 2017 is none other than … Shawn Hook. Shawn is from British Columbia, and so is a pop group no stranger to landing hits called Hedley. Two JUNO awards have been won by the band, and two albums have struck the double platinum mark. Hedley began releasing music in 2005 scoring a few hits prior to the launch of the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 in mid-2007. On this chart, the band has placed an impressive total of 24 songs, 16 of which have made the Top 40, and nine the Top 10. “Kiss You Inside Out” is the biggest Billboard hit at #2.

Hedley is one of the few bands from the mid-noughties still successful at making music today. The group is launching seventh studio album Cageless at the end of September. Lead single “Love Again” is up to #56 on the charts, and the group presents its nocturnal neon themed music video complete with a robot which we embed below. The video is a “virtual reality” which you can rotate around 360 degrees. (It works on some browsers and not others.) The new album is now available for pre-order.  iTunes

Currently, the Biggest Canadian Female After Alessia Cara…

Meet the most successful Canadian female soloist of 2017 after Alessia Cara (by our reckoning)…

Despite some sure-fire pop hits, the radio airwaves in Canada haven’t been kind to Canadian females, preferring instead to go with the American ladies. Alessia Cara is the only home-grown female to score a Top 40 hit in 2017, and she had to team up with Zedd to do so.

Beautifully crafted songs of various styles have appeared from Allie X, Amaara, Carly Rae Jepsen, Emily Rowed, Keshia Chanté, Louise Burns, Natasha Zimbaro, Ralph, Stacey, and female-fronted groups like Austra, The Coutrneys, Lolaa, The Luyas, and Young Galaxy.

Limited airplay has been given to Jocelyn Alice, Mia Martina, Ria Mae, and Serena Ryder. Newcomer Kayla Diamond is gaining some momentum.

In order to find the most successful Canadian female artist after Alessia Cara, we have to think outside the box. In this case, the box represents language.

Introducing Andréanne A. Malette, a red-hot Canadian singer-songwriter. Her song “Fou” both from the standpoint of radio airplay and sales is a massive Franco hit in Canada. Malette was a finalist during popular talent search show Star Academy in 2012 and appeared on its double platinum certified various artists compilation album with her fellow contenders as well as its platinum Christmas CD.

Andréanne released her debut solo album Bohèmes in 2014. She has performed at home of the Habs, Montreal’s Bell Centre and has shared the stage with Stromae and Jean Leloup. “Fou” has been at or near the top of the Franco charts for months; in fact, it has been certified as the #1 Top BDS Francophone track in Canada. We present the lyric video below. It’s a folk-pop tour de force. Enjoy.

Mikey Bustos’ Parody at 24 Million and Counting

Move over “Weird Al” Yankovic, Canadian singer Mikey Bustos, an alumnus of Canadian Idol, though making successful original music, is becoming increasingly known for his hilarious parodies. We previously featured his delightful lyrical re-write of Meghan Trainor’s “No”. Mikey has taken the #1 hit “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber and, hitting the beach, rewritten the Spanish lyrics into English ones and titled it in true swimwear fashion: “I Wear Speedos”! It has surpassed 24 million views on Facebook and a million on YouTube. Canadian Music Blog sends Mikey a big congrats on the continuing success. He’s a very talented guy. Below is the MV which should put a big smile on your face.

CMB Premieres Upcoming Single from Every Last Chance

Emerging pop artist Every Last Chance (ELC) will be releasing new single “When I Grow Up” on July 21. The song presents a heartfelt and honest monologue inspired by almost losing a parent. Says the group, “That reflection became a discovery, that adulthood is scarier than it appeared when we were children – and that we never really feel as though we’ve ‘grown up'”. Ultimately the song explores what it really means to be an adult and how drawing on inspiration from our parents can help guide us on our journey. Canadian Music Blog embeds the official audio below. A music video is planned for September.

Every Last Chance (ELC) is a Canadian project that aims to make pop music with meaning. Debut single “Spotlight” featuring the superb vocals of Marissa Dattoli (lead singer of Ontarian band Crystalyne) stirred up some buzz; the euphoric EDM masterpiece peaked at #65 on the Mediabase CHR chart. Followup single “Roll the Credits” featuring David Spekter continued the momentum reaching #27 at AC and #39 Hot AC nabbing for the group Bell Media’s Future Star award. ELC launched its first EP (iTunes), a self-titled work, in 2016. The act has amassed close to half a million Spotify plays. A new EP is in the works expected to come out in the fall of 2017 which will include the new song “When I Grow Up”.

Connect with ELC:
Website:  http://everylastchance.com/
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/everylastchance
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/everylastchance

Tim Toishi “Girl of My Dreams” MV

Toronto’s Tim Toishi has released a new music video, the visual manifestation of track “Girl of My Dreams” from his fabulous debut EP, Make You Mine. Tim is a singer-songwriter, trilingual (English, Japanese, and Cantonese), and classically trained in piano since age 6. Seeking inspiration, opportunities, and growth as an artist, Tim relocated to the other T.O. (i.e. Tokyo) in November 2014. We’re keeping our eyes on the emergence of this talented Canadian artist.  iTunes

“Electric” by Emily Rowed

It begins with a standard roots, blues-rock vibe, but as the song carries on, interesting details and twists pour in and a progressive current begins to flow. The beat, which takes us through the ride, is quite infectious. This is a smartly done track, but one might have to swoop down beneath the radar to discover it, as its author is a bit new to the game. Her name is Emily Rowed, and she is based in Vancouver with 604 Records. Emily says the song is “about liking someone so much you can’t speak”. Two thumbs up from Canadian Music Blog. Official audio below.  iTunes

First Move into Glanmore by Stacey

Our story begins with wealthy banker J.P.C. Phillips who in 1882-1883 had a mansion built in Belleville, Ontario, birthplace of Avril Lavigne. Not only was the place large, but it was intricately decorated with hand-painted ceilings and ornate woodwork. In 1969 it was, for its exceptional architecture, designated a National Historic Site and opened as a museum in 1973. Extensive restoration has been done, and the mansion is home to a large collection of antique furniture, paintings, and ceramics.

Glanmore is the site where Toronto recording artist Stacey filmed the music video for her song “First Move” which she describes as a lamenting fantasy. It is a slow-burning piano rock piece dripping with sonic textures, a genre of music mastered by the Brits, and handled by her with great prowess. What makes it even more attractive is the crystal clear vocal delivery which for us conjured up some goosebumps. Stacey has a new EP coming out in the fall. “First Move” has generated an impressive 100k streams at Spotify.  iTunes

Selected New Releases June 23, 2017

It isn’t a big week in terms of the number of album releases as things begin slowing down for the summer months. Here are three…

Black Moon is a dreamy atmospheric mini-album from Toronto’s AMAARA, solo project of Kaelen Ohm, member of group Reuben and the Dark. The album is a stunning piece of work.  iTunes

Jon Stancer delivers pleasant, mature pop album For the Birds, his first as a soloist. He has served as guitarist for artists around Toronto and in some local bands. The tunes are put together nicely.  iTunes

More on the alternative rock side, we have And the Magic of Horses from Ottawa’s New Swears, a talented group as the disc demonstrates.  iTunes

Folks, a one-bedroom 439 square foot condo (i.e. cavity in a building) in working-class East Vancouver is listed at $725,000. A track at iTunes goes for $1.29. Which one are you going to buy? A host of new singles have come out, music lovers. Here are three…

Saskatchewan’s Jess Moskaluke, platinum country star and JUNO award winner, discharges new song “Kill Your Love”. It is easily the best country song of 2017 so far.  iTunes

Toronto K-Pop specialist Henry drops delicious new track “I’m Good” complete with a music video. See below.  iTunes

Gold-certified JUNO award winning electropop ace LIGHTS launches new mainstream pop single “Giants” from upcoming album (and comic book) Skin & Earth. MV below.  iTunes