She has been described as “the vibrant conjugation of palpable sensibility, fascinating incandescence, and bewitching enthusiasm”. 2012 Star Academy finalist Sophie Pelletier of Rivière-Ouelle, QC released her debut album Le désert, la tempête in 2015. An eclectic pop/rock work, it gave us a sampling of what the singer and guitarist can do. Now, two years hence, Sophie has consolidated her sound, and it is choice. Heralding her sophomore LP, Sophie cast forth single “À l’envers”, an instant winner. Busy crafting album number two with Gaële, Fred St-Gelais, and Dumas, she recently dropped a music video for the song which we embed below. iTunes
Tired of winter yet? Well, if you can’t beat mother nature, why not just succumb to it and enjoy its beauty. Sherbrooke’s Vincent Vallières presents a wintry MV for his latest track, “Bad Luck”. The double-V man made it up to #56 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2011 with “On va s’aimer encore” a remarkable feat for a Franco tune. That song also won the Félix Award for Song of the Year at the ADISQ gala. Vincent’s last album Fabriquer l’aube was certified gold by Music Canada and 2009’s Le monde tourne fort is now platinum! Praised for his authenticity and sense of humanity, Vallières’ seventh studio album is expected out March 17. iTunes
Honestly speaking, there is no competition when it comes to recording artists; all make contributions to the great pool of music from which we all draw. But in the spirit of fun, let’s just say that Grimes has pretty much decimated everything and everyone around her.
Vancouver’s Claire Boucher, known by her stage name Grimes, can now add to her CV, which includes critically acclaimed recording artist and music producer, one of the world leaders in making music videos. Her newly released MV for “Venus Fly”, which she herself directed, is just about the most dazzling and artistic music video ever made. It features U.S. singer Janelle Monáe.
Grimes who legitimately expressed dissatisfaction with the male-heavy nominations at the 2016 JUNO Awards now finds herself nominated for three trophies at 2017’s: album Art Angels, which includes “Venus Fly” as one of the tracks, is up for Alternative Album of the Year and Recording Package of the Year. Her music video for another track, “Kill vs Maim”, is up for Best Video and also received a Top 20 nod from the Prism Prize. We all need to really acknowledge the amazing work that this Canadian recording artist is doing. Go Grimes!
Platinum recording artist and two-time JUNO nominee Scott Helman has released a new ditty that is ever so beautiful. “21 Days” deserves to be a massive hit. The super talented 21-year-old from Toronto spends the music video finalizing the single’s artwork. Watch it below. iTunes
British Columbia’s Madeline Merlo has released a beautiful music video for new single “Over & Over”, track #3 on her popular album Free Soul. The Maple Ridge raised country artist won the CCMA Rising Star award in 2015 and was nominated for Female Artist of the Year in 2016. She’s on a roll. Merlo has scored four Top 40 hits at country radio since 2014, including “Whatcha Wanna Do About It” (Top 10). All songs were off the Free Soul album, so we can say that the entire disc is worth buying as a whole. “Over & Over” is a great country power ballad and shows what a powerful vocalist the singer is. The music video is a feast for the eyes, and do keep them peeled for quick shots of Vancouver’s Harbour Centre. iTunes
Calgary’s Kiesza, best known for global smash “Hideaway” (double platinum in Canada), and recipient of 3 JUNO Awards including one for excellent album Sound of a Woman (Dance Recording of the Year), has released the first major-artist single of the new year. She has stepped away from her house music sound, inspired by early 90s acts like Robin S, into more of a 70s-funk vibe reminiscent of Nile Rodgers’ work with acts like Chic. It does sound fresh as well and if it becomes popular may very well set the tone for 2017. With Carly Rae Jepsen supposedly crafting a Saturday Night Fever inflected sound for her next album, a late-70s comeback may just happen. In any event, “Dearly Beloved”, released simultaneously with a music video (view it below), has the copper curled dynamo in an empty white space that echoes THX-1138 strumming a guitar in a baggy, iridescent outfit busting some moves. It is clean, stylish, and fun.