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Unique Sounds Abound on New Releases for March 3, 2017


Carleton Place, Ontario singer-songwriter Brock Zeman treats us with a unique concept album about the travelling carnival phenomenon that brought excitement to the peoples of the 1930s. The Carnival Is Back in Town is his 13th career album filled with stories and colourful character depictions. Karen Young and Coral Egan team up on Montreal production Dreamers that defies description, combining say baroque style music with adult contemporary. It is light and pleasant, another unique work this week. After a few singles, Shaunavon, Saskatchewan’s Hunter Brothers present full-length album Getaway, jam-packed with good, solid country tunes.

The ever popular and talented Jenn Grant returns with new album Paradise, giving us quality singer-songwriter songs. The native of Lake Echo, Nova Scotia has a hat trick of JUNO nominations to her credit. No surprise there. Toronto’s Mad Ones give alternative rock a whirl on Regretless, and we do not regret in any way the trio making a contribution to the pool of great Canadian music. The clan of Lemieux has more to offer than highly skilled puck handling, as JUNO winner Marie-Nicole Lemieux proves on classical work Rossini: Opera Arias & Duets (Live) with wonderful interpretations, arrangements, and performance of Rossini the great one.

Speaking of greats, Toronto’s The Great Novel cranks up folkified indie rock that will make you shed your … Skins? Absolutely! Gifted Vancouver eight-piece JUNO-nominated band Five Alarm Funk reminds us that skins are often drenched with Sweat. With a sound the group can call its own, a fusion of world music and jazz, all played on acoustic instruments, the album is a joy ride through all things superb. Also from Vancouver cometh The Real McKenzies, experts on Celtic punk/rock; Two Devils Will Talk is the album. Find straight-up rock on Wild Cat, the latest from Toronto JUNO nominated group Danko Jones.

There are a couple of EPs to talk about this week. Kendall Patrick of Ladysmith, BC explores the Peaks and Valleys of life on her exquisite new singer-songwriter disc. Synthpop that rivals Tegan and Sara’s Heartthrob album, it’s so good, appears on self-titled EP by Toronto’s Ralph. If nothing else, track “Tease” is a must-grab.

2016 Canadian Country Music Association Awards – Winners

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This year’s Canadian Country Music Association Awards was held in London, Ontario with the main gala taking place on Sunday, September 11, 2016 hosted by funny lady Jessi Cruickshank. British Columbia bred Dean Brody and Alberta’s Brett Kissel led the nominations with five each. The Washboard Union had the most for a group or duo at four, while the leading female was Saskatchewan’s Jess Moskaluke with three. Dean Brody took home four trophies (an additional one for best-selling single of the year) and Brett Kissel took home three. Jess Moskaluke scored a three-peat by winning Female Artist of the Year for the third year in a row. Murray McLauchlan was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Yoan won the award for Top Selling Canadian country album of the year for his bilingual self-titled work. The gala was attended by an estimated 8,000.

Below are the artist nominees with the winners bolded in red. Find musician, radio, and industry winners at the Official CCMA Website.

Dean Brody
Brett Kissel
Johnny Reid
Dallas Smith

Edge Of The Storm – Wes Mack
Hearts On Fire – Chad Brownlee
I Got This – George Canyon
Tin Roof – Gord Bamford
Tougher Than Love – Bobby Wills

Lindsay Ell
Kira Isabella
Madeline Merlo
Jess Moskaluke
MacKenzie Porter

Gord Bamford
Dean Brody
Brett Kissel
Johnny Reid
Dallas Smith

Autumn Hill
Cold Creek County
High Valley
The Road Hammers
The Washboard Union

The Lovelocks
Jessica Mitchell
Lindi Ortega
The Washboard Union
The Western Swing Authority

Cold Creek County
David James
River Town Saints
The Washboard Union

Airwaves – Brett Kissel
Bring Down The House – Dean Brody
Cheap Seats – Dallas Smith
Don’t Let Her Be Gone – Gord Bamford
Won’t You Be Mine – Bobby Wills

Bring Down The House – Dean Brody
Hearts On Fire – Chad Brownlee
Kiss Me Quiet – Jess Moskaluke
Maybe It’s The Moonshine – The Washboard Union
Our Town – Cold Creek County
What Love Is All About – Johnny Reid

Chad Kroeger, Meghan Patrick
Song: Bow Chicka Wow Wow (Performed By: Meghan Patrick)
Dean Brody
Song: Bring Down The House (Performed By: Dean Brody)
Deric Ruttan, Craig Wiseman
Song: Came Here To Forget (Performed By: Blake Shelton)
Gord Bamford, Wade Kirby, Phil O’Donnell
Song: Heard You In A Song (Performed By: Gord Bamford)
Matt Johnson, Michael Pyle, Bobby Wills
Song: Won’t You Be Mine (Performed By: Bobby Wills)

Leah Daniels
Tim Hicks
Brett Kissel
Wes Mack
Jess Moskaluke
Dallas Smith

Launch of the International Music Blog

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CMB editors are pleased to announce the launch of the IMB, International Music Blog. The Canadian Music Blog will continue as before to offer comprehensive content exclusively dedicated to popular Canadian recording artists and their music. The IMB will serve as an online English-language magazine that provides information about popular international recording artists and their music regardless of the language in which it is performed. It will stand in sharp contrast to blogs that call themselves international but feature English-language music only. The IMB will also include features on Canadian recording artists and their works in addition to artists from around the world — Europe, Asia, the Americas, Oceania, and Africa. We are just getting started over there but you can check out the blog here. As you may have also noticed, the CMB has a new look. The blog theme matches the IMB’s. CMB is red and IMB is blue. You can also follow the IMB on Twitter (@globalmusicbl) here and Facebook here.

Canadian Hot 100, 7 March 2016

There are no new entries from Canadians this week on the Hot 100. Gains were made by Alessia Cara’s “Wild Things” up 5 positions to #25, Belly’s “Might Not” up 7 to #35, The Strumbellas’ “Spirits” up 5 to #55, Tory Lanez’s “Say It” up 15 to #75, and Shawn Hook’s “Relapse” up 2 to #97. “Work” by Rihanna featuring Drake spends its second week at #1. Nielsen BDS has confirmed that Kardinal Offishall’s previous hit “Dangerous” has been certified at 100,000 radio spins.

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More Canadian Hot 100 charts here…


Nielsen SoundScan compiles weekly data on sales of digital singles from a comprehensive pool of Canadian retailers. Nielsen BDS compiles weekly data on spins of singles from 137 radio stations nationwide electronically monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These two charts are combined in the Canadian Hot 100 which is published by Billboard. Beginning 17 September 2014, Nielsen included streaming data from online services in determining the Hot 100.

Here we list all entries from the chart that are in whole or in part by Canadian artists.

The date of the chart corresponds to the release of Nielsen Music’s Canadian Update newsletter which is normally 10 days earlier than the date on the online Billboard chart.

We have used the artwork for the singles where we can. In the case where one doesn’t exist or is unavailable, we have used artwork for the album on which the song appears.


RK – Rank among Canadian artist entries
YE – Position on Billboard Canada’s 2014 year-end chart
PP – Peak position on Billboard Canada’s weekly Hot 100
GPC – Gold/platinum certification by Music Canada at time of chart’s publication
OR – Provincial origin of the artist
RY – Release year of the record
G – Gold certification (40,000 units sold)
P – Platinum certification (80,000 units sold)
xP – Multiplatinum certification
Red maple leaf – Canadian artist
Magenta maple leaf – Partly Canadian artist
Blue maple leaf – Featured Canadian artist

Selected New Releases 5 Feb 2016

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It’s a fairly lean week for new releases. Toronto R&B duo Majid Jordan self-titles its debut album on Drake’s OVO label. The latter rapper takes part on one of the tracks. The duo was previously featured in Drake’s Top 5 hit “Hold On, We’re Going Home”. Fans of The Weeknd should enjoy this further variation on alternative RnB. Canadian iTunes describes the album as “dark, spacious, and hypnotic, ideal for a late-night drive”. Currently outselling Majid Jordan, at least on iTunes, is Love Suprême by Montreal rapper Koriass.

Chicoutimi rock quintet Mordicus contributes the catchy LP Edgar Allan Pop. Also from La belle province is Sarah Toussaint-Léveillé whose beautiful, folky La mort est un jardin sauvage should hit the spot for singer-songwriter enthusiasts. Country lovers can check out Turnin’ up a Sundown from Fredericton’s Tristan Horncastle while head bangers can savour Stand in the Fire by Edmonton metal group Striker. Finally, Rimouski, QC’s Maryanne Côté has released a self-titled folk-rock EP.

Hot 100 Announcement

We have added a page above entitled “Hot 100”. This contains a more visual presentation of the Canadian Hot 100 and will be updated weekly. We will continue publishing the weekly Hot 100 in our blog feed, all of which are archived under the category “Canadian Hot 100” in the right hand column.