Selected Canadian Artist Releases, April 13, 2018

Below we list selected Canadian artist releases for the week of April 13, 2018.


“Ariane” by Choses Sauvages (Alternative)
“Loud” by Tim Hicks (Country)
“Somnambule” by Coeur de pirate (AC)


Berceuses sous la hotte by Marie Paquin (S-S/Folk)
Cue by Jaunt (Alternative)
Dates by Dates (Punk)
Wrong Side of the Moon by Melody Stang (S-S/Folk)


Arriver jusqu’à toi by Laura Gagné (AC)
Feux de bengale by Joannie Benoit (S-S/Folk)
M. Chandler by M. Chandler (Rock)
Le sage by Michel Thériault (Rock)
Science by Robotaki (Pop)
Zay by FouKi (Rap)


We leave you with the new music video for Meghan Patrick’s “The Bad Guy”. Meghan is the reigning CCMA Female Artist of the Year. The track is from her January 2018 album Country Music Made Me Do It.


Lindsay Ell Scores First Female Canadian #1 Country Song in 10 Years!

From the city of Crowchild Trail, Benny the Bear, and the Saddledome, Calgary’s Lindsay Ell, discovered by Randy Bachman when she was just 15, has just done something no other female Canadian artist has been able to do for 10 long years.

Releasing her gold, magenta, and vermillion tinged album The Project in 2017, hailed by Billboard magazine as the best country album of the year, Lindsay let loose the blistering track “Criminal”, and it has decimated the charts. It is the number one country radio single in the land, and the first from a maple-femme artist since Terri Clark’s “In My Next Life” from 2008. “Criminal” has also entered the Top 20 in the United States’ nationwide country airplay chart!

For many years, a Canadian artist was unable to scratch the surface of the country charts until Gord Bamford’s fireball, “When Your Lips Are So Close” in November 2013. This was followed by a string of number ones by Canadians, but all gentlemen: “Bounty” by Dean Brody, “Wastin’ Gas” by Dallas Smith, “Airwaves” by Brett Kissel, “Autograph” by Dallas Smith, “Side Effects” by Dallas Smith, “I Be U Be” by High Valley, “Chills” by James Barker Band, “Sky Stays This Blue” by Dallas Smith, “Sleepin’ Around” by Dallas Smith, and “8th Day” by Dean Brody.

On the accomplishment, Lindsay states, “I am humbled and grateful to be the first female artist to have a #1 since 2008 on the Canadian country radio charts. Sometimes you work so hard for the things you want, they feel surreal when they happen. Thank you country radio for believing in me and making this possible. Thank you to each and every fan for never giving up on me. I will try my best to continue to make you proud.”

Ell is currently on tour with Brad Paisely and will join Sugarland for 20+ dates in the summer. She is set to play with Keith Urban in Canadian arenas in September. Check out her website for dates.

By scoring a number one country hit, Lindsay Ell has blown the field wide open for Canadian women. 

We embed the MV for “Criminal” below. As you can hear, it’s very catchy with delicious vocal hooks and excellent guitar work from Lindsay Ell herself.

Releases for April 6, 2018: Paul Brandt, Young Galaxy, Sloan…

Selected New Singles

Being semi-facetious, let us state … for the record … that it was a Canadian who delivered the first rap track, back in 1964. His name was Lorne Greene, and the piece in question was “Ringo”. That ought to be the standard by which all modern rap tunes are judged. Carrying on the Greene tradition is Canada’s own Drake. After dominating the Hot 100 for 10 weeks with “God’s Plan”, he drops “Nice for What”. Is it nice or not? You be the judge.

Also hot at iTunes (currently Top 25) is a new one from Arkells – “People’s Champ”. The Motown-heavy romp heralds the band’s upcoming fifth album and comments on a politician who looks like he has a puss caterpillar on his head. Guess who.

Country music’s finest voice is a matter of debate but certainly ranking high up there is Kira Isabella, and she lands a sure-fire winner, “Little Girl” as in “Don’t ever let ’em make you feel little, girl.” It continues her rally for female empowerment found on such choice cuts as “Quarterback”.

It seems like it’s been a while since we’ve heard from youthful ace of funk Francesco Yates though he did release a song back in February. He’s back with new single “Do You Think About Me”. Francesco was featured in Robin Schulz’s international smash “Sugar”, triple platinum at home.

Selected New Extended Plays

Regarded by many as the most successful Canadian country male soloist of the modern era, Calgary’s Paul Brandt is a triple platinum, 8x JUNO award winner. His new EP is The Journey YYC, Vol. 1 and presents six songs packed with more energy than a multivitamin. This one’s a keeper.

A pleasant surprise is Waterloo’s To the Trees with a self-released, self-titled affair. The band specializes in syth rock. The nifty disc seems to get better with each song; the final two hit the spot for us. This one’s worth checking out for fans of the genre.

More extended plays in the table of new releases down below.

Selected Hot New Albums

Nova Scotia’s Sloan releases its first album in four years and its 12th since things began in 1992, hence its title 12. Four of the group’s albums have gone gold and a JUNO win can be claimed. Atlantic rock doesn’t get much better – hear influences from America, The Beatles, and early Pink Floyd.

Singer-songwriter Royal Wood contributes Ever After the Farewell. He goes for a roots sound on many tracks, bringing in some gospel and folk seasonings. The album was produced by Jamie Scott (Ed Sheeran, Rag ‘n Bone Man). Royal Wood has garnered a pair of JUNO nominations thus far.

JUNO nominated pop machine Hey Ocean! of Vancouver discusses The Hurt of Happiness on its new record. Perhaps western Canada’s version of Stars, with the male-female singing combo over rich sythpop, the album is a glossy atmospheric adventure.

Annie Poulain is a JUNO nominee in the jazz field. Her Dix pianos une voix features, as the title suggests, 10 pianists who accompany her vocals. Overall, it’s a soothing record perfect for weekday evening unwinding.

Selected Cool New Albums

Blackout Summer from Dusted? Yes. The Toronto based outfit should appeal to fans of soulful alternative music, a little dark, a bit dreamy, with focussed hooks and punchy beats. As Yoda might say, “Very nicely done, this one is.”

Thomas Carbou, the genius who brings world music into jazz, dedicates three pieces to each of the four Directions, hence the album name. As you guessed, North, South, East, and West dabble in instruments, sounds, styles common in those respective parts of the globe, and it’s all fused into wonderful jazz.

Last but not least, Exclaim mag gave the following album a rating of 9/10. That’s a pretty accurate score as far as we are concerned. One of the best albums of 2018 belongs to Down Time by synth band Young Galaxy of Montreal. The album contains phenomenal 2017 track “Stay for Real”. We’ll give this one a more detailed writeup later.

Find a table of 24 selected Canadian artist LPs and EPs out this week in the table below.

12 Sloan Rock
Blackout Summer Dusted Alternative
Canada’s Global Orchestra Kune World
Chasing Clouds Camaromance S-S/Folk
Debouler vers le ciel Emile Gruff Rock
Directions Thomas Carbou  Jazz
Dix pianos une voix Annie Poulain Jazz
Down Time Young Galaxy Alternative
Every After the Farewell Royal Wood S-S/Folk
The Fifth Matthew V Pop
The Hurt of Happiness Hey Ocean! Pop
Lone Wolf Lowell Alternative
Ms. Behave Rosie & The Riveters S-S/Folk
Premier Juin Lydia Kepinski Alternative
Sa couleur Ame Pop
Salvation The Penske File Rock
Separate Rooms Megan Bonnell S-S/Folk
The Up Here Place Look Vibrant Alternative
Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa Jeremy Dutcher Classical
Amours jetables (EP) Melissa Ouimet S-S/Folk
Deslembranca (EP) Mikhaëlle Salazar  World
Homage (EP) Flash Lightnin’ Rock
The Journey YYC, Vol. I (EP) Paul Brandt Country
To the Trees (EP) To the Trees Rock

March 9, 2018 Releases: Three Days Grace, Fanny Bloom, Dear Rouge…

We have surpassed 100 Canadian artist albums released in 2018. As usual, this week’s new discs offer a variety of styles.

If you like your rock hard with noughties’ bratty male vocals, you are in for a treat, as multiplatinum group Three Days Grace launches album number six – Outsider. TDG has been nominated for seven JUNO awards. The new album is currently at #3 on iTunes.

JUNO nominated duo Dear Rouge from Alberta is back with a new album – Phases. It’s energetic, feel-good synth inflected rock. Saskatoon double JUNO nominee Suzie Vinnick, a specialist of roots and blues, delivers the goods on album Shake the Love Around.

Félix award winner and alternative pop ace Fanny Bloom hits the mark on her new disc, Liqueur. Find some beautiful folk rock from BC’s Shred Kelly (Archipelago). For a pleasant surprise, give Feast of Panthers by Ensign Broderick a whirl; he does glam rock right. Finally, Années lumière is a wonderful EP from singer-songwriter Alicia Deschênes.

Find these and more new Canadian artist releases in the table below after which we present new single “Landslide” from all-female pop-rock trio Caveboy. Growing rapidly in international popularity, Charlotte Cardin now has an MV for song “Paradise Motion”. We toss that in as well. Enjoy the new music.

Archipelago Shred Kelly Folk Rock
Compte à rebours Les bouches bées S-S/Folk
Distractions Random Recipe Pop
Feast of Panthers Ensign Broderick Glam Rock
Girls Girls Girls Miesha & The Spanks Garage
Highway to Spell Jeremy Fisher Junior Childrens
I’m Bad Now Nap Eyes Alternative
Liqueur Fanny Bloom Alt Pop
Music for Taverns… Sean Burns & Lost Country Country
Outsider Three Days Grace Hard Rock
Phases Dear Rouge Alt Rock
Rebelle Angee Wings Pop
Samedis créatifs La Brigade des Moeurs Rap
Shake the Love Around Suzie Vinnick Blues
Slowly Paradise Eric Chenaux Alternative
This City Heavyweights Brass Band Jazz
Tough Luck Scenic Route to Alaska Indie Rock
Années lumière (EP) Alicia Deschênes S-S
Bridges (EP) San James Alternative
EP.1 Garnotte Prog Rock


Synthpop For Esmé, Cheers for”Doubtmouth”

During my travels, I tuned in once to a program on CCTV9 – the English language television channel in China. Three people were chatting and sharing their opinions on a subject. There were two men, one Chinese and one French, and an American woman. (I mention the nationalities to simply illustrate that the problem is global). All were young, probably in their 20s. What I found that was both fascinating and disturbing was that when one of the men shared an opinion, the other man did not express disagreement directly, but offer something along the lines of, “Oh, that’s really interesting that you see it that way,” before offering his different opinion and the two would have a cordial discussion exploring the subject and bonding over their different insights, ignoring the woman. When the woman offered an opinion, the two men immediately brushed it off saying directly, “No, no, that’s not right,” and proceeded to discuss it themselves ignoring her. I could actually see the woman fall into silence and physically shrivel back into her chair. This pattern continued throughout the program.

It’s frustrating, isn’t it.

For Esmé is a synthpop project from Toronto that also explores the psychology of gender-role socialization. Lead singer Martha Meredith, a former student of psychology at Queen’s University, says she has worked in four jobs with all-male teams. She discovered that if she spoke the same way as the men, she would be treated negatively. Martha learned in her studies that, in experiments, when men and women asserted the exact same opinion to a group (word for word), the subjects “overwhelmingly shifted their opinions to agree with the man when he speaks, and are more likely to push back and oppose the same view from a woman.” She wonders what we can do to change this bias in society. Such questions will be explored on For Esmé’s upcoming album, Righteous Woman, out May 25. It follows album Sugar from 2015.

Lead single “Doubtmouth” is available now. Meredith says the song “moves through the doubt that chokes us, and the labels that shrink us, to find a voice and body that refuses to be quieted.” Have a listen below.   iTunes   Deezer   Spotify   SoundCloud

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Gelsea Mae Launches New Single “Wildfire”

Canadian pop recording artist (and actress) Gelsea Mae has released new single: “Wildfire”. We caught up with her for an interview which we post below.

CMB: It has been nearly a year since your last single release – “Shoulda Known Better” which along with predecessor “Need You Now” generated some buzz around you as a recording artist. Could you highlight some of the successes you experienced with these songs.

Gelsea: “Need You Now” has continued being featured on top playlists by Spotify and Spotify Canada and spun on some radio stations across Canada including Virgin Radio, which I am very proud of. Both songs have also been placed on movie soundtracks, which I can’t talk about at the moment. Needless to say, both “Shoulda Known Better” and “Need You Now” have created an extremely positive platform for me as a newcomer and I am very grateful for the following that I have, who have continued to support me with my music.

CMB: You just released “Wildfire” on Valentine’s Day. Could you tell us a little about it – which came first, the lyrics or the music?

Gelsea: The lyrics, always.

CMB: And lyrically, what is the song about?

Gelsea: It’s about the exhilarating early stages of being in love, known as “The Honeymoon stage.” That crazy, passionate, kind of love that gives you that rush of adrenaline and excitement that feels uncontrollable. Like a “wildfire,” love is uncontrollable and in my experience, can happen very fast.

CMB: How would you describe the music in terms of the style or genre?

Gelsea: Top 40’s Pop/EDM. The Chainsmokers, Illenium, Zedd, Flume, Gryffin and Kygo, inspire me a lot on the producing aspect of things when i’m in the studio in terms of sound and vibe.

CMB: Any plans for a lyric and/or music video?

Gelsea: Yes, currently in pre production.

CMB: Behind every successful recording artist is often a good team. Could you mention some of the people behind the making of “Wildfire”.

Gelsea: A lot of people tend to think I have a big team behind me when i’m creating music, but once again, it’s just Ryan Stewart and I in the studio. I had a few sessions with other writers and producers, but it just didn’t feel right. I think Ryan really understands me as an artist and we’re really good at bouncing ideas off of each other and we just seem to click.

CMB: Are there any other planned releases in the near future?

Gelsea: I’ll be releasing another single called “High Again” on February, 25, 2018, my Birthday!

CMB: Besides working on new music, what else have you been up to this past year?

Gelsea: I’ve been busy filming. I shot 10 projects within the last year, 7 of them being Hallmark movies. I am grateful to be apart of the Hallmark family, playing Zoey on a series called “Darrow And Darrow.” I’ve also been busy traveling, blogging as an influencer and collaborating with a bunch of different companies. I recently just got back from a work trip to Bali and I look forward to traveling more this year.

CMB: Is there anything else you wish to communicate with your fans?

Gelsea: Stay tuned for more exciting news . . .

You can check out Gelsea Mae’s blog here
And of course don’t forget to grab a copy of “Wildfire” at iTunes
Stream on Deezer
Stream on Spotify

We Were Here with Lights

British electronic rock pioneer John Foxx (Ultravox) in singing about a dystopian future, presented us with songs like “Burning Car” on 1980’s Metatronic album. Fast forward to 2018, and Lights sets fire to one in the MV of her newly released pop banger single “We Were Here”. Lights has moved from synthpop to electronic rock to electropop, and now standard pop with comic books on her latest album Skin & Earth proving she can do it all. The song has entered the Top 50 at radio, one of the very few from a Canadian female. Lights has made some of the best and iconic Canadian music videos over the years. The “We Were Here” MV clocks in at 350,000 views in its first two weeks. You can find it at the usual platforms. The platinum recording artist has won a pair of JUNO awards and is up for a pair this year. She is currently on tour across the U.S. and Canada which winds up in early April.  iTunes

Victoria Duffield’s Bouncing Back Is Just “Wow”!

Last time around we reported on how British Columbian platinum dance music recording artist Victoria Duffield was abandoned by her team and parted ways with Warner Music leaving her wondering what she was going to do next. As she reminded us:

“It’s been three years since my last album. I had vocal surgery, parted with my label, parted with my manager, wrote and recorded 100 songs, moved on from 100 songs, and couldn’t even remember the feeling of turning on the radio and hearing my voice. Three years is a lifetime in the music business. I started looking online for new career options.”

It turns out that a photoshoot in Toronto led to her hooking up with a couple of producers from the city – Gabriel Gallucci and TRVTH – and they formed a new team (her choreographer Luther Brown has remained loyal and is part of the new group).

“I was not quite ready to silence my creative voice. A week later, I flew to Toronto, met two guys who shared my musical vision, and I now have 10 songs that I’ve never been more proud of – and more importantly, I have never felt so good.”

The JUNO nominee disclosed on Breakfast Television that she had written 100 songs, but it was the new 10 that she selected to press onto her upcoming third album, an independent release entitled Day 1.

“I am calling the shots this time. No label, no manager, no problem. I’m doing this album my way. With new experiences, mindsets, feelings, and life stories, I’ve got a lot to share in my new music and have a new energy to back it. With my sights set on the world, I’m not asking for permission I’m just doing it. With a fresh start, it only made sense to call my album ‘DAY 1.’ I made a feel-good album because I’m all about that feeling of feeling good.”

The lead single, fresh onto the platforms, is entitled “Wow” and we embed the official lyric video below. As you can hear, Victoria has shifted her style in keeping with the current climate.

“The lead single ‘WOW’ is an important song to me to start my new chapter. Everybody deserves to have ‘wow’ people in their life who think they’re amazing. My song ‘WOW’ is about recognizing your worth, going after it, owning it, and not settling for anything less.”

While “Wow” certainly gives us a taste of the upcoming disc, Victoria elaborates further on the making of the new album.

“‘DAY 1’ was created in six weeks, riding the magic of the introduction of our power trio of Gabriel Gallucci, TRVTH, and me. All 10 tracks were curated and executed in one studio space, from initial project planning, songwriting, production, recording, mixing, mastering, and business strategizing. Coming in with a very strong idea of what I wanted, Gabriel and TRVTH caught on with the vision right away and things took off.”

Victoria also brought in some hot songwriters to add some pizzazz to the songs including Tyler Shaw.

“Co-produced by Gabriel and TRVTH, they were able to capture my essence completely. Led by my ideas of what I wanted to tell through each song, the three of us wrote the entire album, bringing in specific co-writers and musicians for certain songs to add flavour. With a focus on working with people who share the same positive and motivated outlook on life, the guys and I brought in writers Jonathan Pike, Tim North, Demetri James, and Tyler Shaw, and live musicians Tal Vaisman and Stacey Shopsowitz, who were all integral parts of making the album what it is. All 10 songs were then mixed and mastered by Gabriel, leaving me with a trademark sound that I describe as a “3D experience.” I’ve never been this excited about my songs and the sound of my music before. This project launch is just the start to our plans.”

Victoria expresses gratitude towards all her fans who have been with her since the beginning.

“As I begin a new chapter, I am grateful for all the support I received since I released my debut single Shut Up And Dance in 2011. The song garnered me a platinum award and a #1 video on Much was the most played song at radio by a Canadian artist for nine weeks straight and contributed to amassing more than 100,000 spins at radio.”

She also feels grateful for many more career highlights.

“MMVA and Juno Award nominations followed, as well as CRMA wins and three national tours, including one of my favourite accomplishments to date as the opening act for the Backstreet Boys. Now I’m ready to share my message and music with everyone through my third album, ‘DAY 1.'”

And now, without further ado, here is the lyric video for “Wow”.  iTunes

Past the Past to Jess Moskaluke

Country music superstar Jess Moskaluke is platinum certified and a JUNO award winner. The Saskatchewan native has sent her latest single release to radio, the most popular track off disc Past the Past – its title track. “Past the Past” is a lovely piano ballad which helps bring to the ears just how great a singer Jess is. She launched the music video for the song on Friday and we embed it below for your enjoyment. The MV was directed by Joel Stewart and shot at Jess’ hometown theatre in Langenburg, Saskatchewan.  iTunes

Coleman Hell Drops New Song “Manic”

The mind is a precious thing. Mental illness. Let’s talk about it. It is not to be confused with personality disorders or diseases of conscience. All who choose to do so-called “substances” develop mental illness because it is in the very nature of such poisons to derange the mind. An example of mental illness is the experiencing of audio and/or visual hallucinations. Some people, however, have mental illness as what is called a “primary disorder” either through nature or nurture. Experiencing intense trauma or prolonged periods of extreme stress can lead to shell shock. There are too problems with the nervous system which make one prone to mania or depression (or both taking turns). It’s a vast and tricky topic to navigate through, but Thunder Bay’s Coleman Hell addresses it ever so well in his new single “Manic”. The lyrics are so good, we quote them below, followed by the MV.

I can’t get out of my bed
Think there’re magnets in my mattress
Might as well just be a casket for all I care
Oh no, here we go again
The bad thoughts are creeping in
The bad thoughts are creeping in

When I feel crazy I hide it
Then fall apart in private
Where my mirror’s the only one who sees my tears
There’s a method to my sadness
It’s a chemical imbalance
And my head is damaged way beyond repair

I’m a manic depressive
Emotionally repressed
Melancholic alcoholic mess
I wish my inner thoughts were dinner conversation
I wished on every star in every constellation

Manic depressive

Some days I wish I was dead
Think I’m broke and I can’t fix it
It’s an intangible sickness but it’s there
Oh no here we go again
The bad thoughts are creeping in
The bad thoughts are creeping in

So I wrestle my demons
‘Til I go off the deep end
Where I’m drowning and I can’t come up for air
I’ve tried every medication
And I’ve gone in hibernation
Hiding in my room like a bi-polar bear

I’m obsessive-compulsive
And self-destructive
Hey, what did you expect?
And neurotic
I’m just one big ball of stress

I wish my inner thoughts were dinner conversation
I wished on every star in every constellation
I wish that I was calm and wasn’t always anxious
But the bad thoughts are creeping in
The bad thoughts are creeping in

Manic depressive

The Launch of 2018, Part 2

Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine Pin a Number One

With Logan Staats taking care of business last week, the second semaine of CTV’s The Launch saw a pair from Ottawa take the tiara. Mentors Scott Borchetta of Big Machine Group (tent of Taylor Swift), OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder, and Sugarland singer-songwriter Jennifer Nettles oversaw the launch of electro-pop music master Elijah Woods and singer Jamie Fine with their treatment of the Tedder-penned song “Ain’t Easy”. Borchetta was completely bowled over by Fine’s vocals describing her as a “street Adele”. Woods discovered her four years ago hearing her sing over a friend’s smartphone, and the two began working together a few days later. The song topped iTunes immediately upon release. Watch how things came together in the studio via the video embedded below.

Drake Bowls a Spare

There is only one thing that can knock out a pinned number one – a perfectly aimed bowling ball, and Drake let one loose. The above “Ain’t Easy” was knocked to #2 at iTunes by the Drake fastball, a new song entitled “God’s Plan”, part of a traditional (i.e. two-track) single. (“Diplomatic Immunity” sits on the B-Side.) In the new #1 song in Canada, Drake raps about how he thinks a higher power will not let him fail despite ill-will from his haters.

The JUNOs Get Bare Naked

The JUNO Awards recently announced this year’s inductee into the Music Hall of Fame – Barenaked Ladies along with ex-member Steven Page. BNL became extremely popular in Toronto long before breaking out nationally, and then internationally. The collective, that initially received some heat for its name, scored two Top 40 hits in Britain including “One Week” which made it to #5 there. Album Gordon was certified Diamond in Canada. BNL has won eight JUNO Awards to date. The group’s popularity was at its peak in the 1990s.

Gord Bamford and the New releases

Albertan platinum country star Gord Bamford releases his latest album Neon Smoke this week. JUNO winner Dubmatix joins Jamaican act Sly & Robbie for some reggae on Overdubbed. Heavy metal group Anvil is still rockin’ releasing its 17th studio album Pounding the Pavement. Singer-songwriter discs this week include one from two-time JUNO winner Bahamas (Earthtone) and newcomer Sarah Cripps, a self-titled work. A couple of sumptuous jazz albums are out. Chillout instrumental city jazz comes by way of The Francois Richard Quartet and Liberation. A New Standard from Thompson Egbo-Egbo is a bright piano-led sizzler. Rap LPs include Oddball Slang from Ontarian Fresh Air and an eponymous disc from Alberta’s Cadence Weapon.

Chillout R&B is at its finest on EP Joseph from Birthday Boy & Trish. Indie rock flies on Cycles deux from L’Indice. In the kingdom of pop, find excellence on La tristesse n’est qu’une saison by Eric Charland and T’écrire by Mégane Cyr.

We leave you with the brand new single/MV from good ol’ Coeur de pirate, “Prémonition”.