New Releases: Remembrance Day 2016

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Hailing from Trois-Rivières, QW4RTZ kicks off this week’s new albums with some fine a cappella pop covers on A Cappella 101. On Goodnight City, Montreal’s Martha Wainwright shows that she is continually reaching new heights of creative genius with her brand of alternative singer-songwriter ditties. For those kept awake by belly dancing zombies, do acknowledge that no dearth of ideas is present in Ottawa rapper Belly, as he unleashes his second 2016 studio album, Inzombia.

His song “Polaroid” has been dominating the Franco radio airwaves this year and also cleaning up in the sales department, and now Granby, QC’s Alex Nevsky launches solid electropop album Nos Eldorados. Guests on the disc include hip hop star Koriass and none other than Coeur de pirate. Montreal alternative rock band Chocolat returns to seduce us with Rencontrer Looloo. Triumph’s Rik Emmett says he wanted to bend it like Beckham, and the result is rock album Res9 with RESolution 9.

Also from Toronto, electropop group Dragonette gives us a shot of the Royal Blues in which they search for “Lost Teenagers”, a “Future Ghost”, and of course “Darth Vader”. Let’s “Let the Night Fall”, then shall we. For some beautiful classical vibes, Alexandre Da Costa plays his violin backed by the Vienna Symphony on Stradivarius à l’Opéra. The JUNO award winning musician is from Montreal. Last, but not least, platinum soul singer Bobby Bazini releases his third studio album, Summer Is Gone. Expect it to outsell most of the competition. If nothing else, track “C’est La Vie” is one of the best songs of 2016. There is also a track on the recently deceased legend Leonard Cohen.

Singles

A few significant singles debut this week. These include “St. Lucia” by Bernice (alias of Toronto’s Robin Dann). The alternative R&B song debuted at Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 program and The Fader and is released through label Arts & Crafts.

Internationally charting Brampton, ON pop star Alyssa Reid has released brand new track “Badlands”.

Finally, we are super grateful for a new song by the incomparable Keshia Chanté, “The Valley”.

You can grab a copy of these 3 delicious tracks from iTunes.

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Selected New Releases 17 June 2016

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Bluesy folkster Adam Karch follows up his well-received 2014 album with 2016’s Moving Forward, continuing to impress with his Stetson quality vocals and sensitive playing. He covers Bob Seger’s “Night Moves” nicely and does a fine stripped down version of Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London”.

Find Haitian Canadian progressive Franco rap on the new album from Montreal-based Bullet Ghost, entitled Comme dans un rêve. If the government ID card pictured on the front cover is accurate, he was born when Funky Four Plus One performed on Saturday Night Live, in 1981.

The much anticipated sixth studio album from JUNO winning, multiplatinum Winnipeg adult pop champ Chantal Kreviazuk CM drops. Bearing the title Hard Sail, it reminds us of her second to none songwriting ability. As radio climate has veered into tropical house territory as of late, it is a long shot that the album will spawn any bit hits, but she has already been there and done that. “Before You” made it to #2 in the 90s.

For those who like the rush of a rampage, has Canada got an album for you: Bad Water from Montreal punk band Dig It Up. Be very careful that your speakers don’t melt from the fire they will vent from this!

Montreal singer-songwriter JF Robitaille drops the gorgeous album Palace Blues. Kick your feet up and be soothed by this little gold nugget.

While electronic R&B is not hard to come by these days, one of the best acts worldwide is Toronto’s River Tiber (alias of Tommy Paxton-Beesley) who makes it all sound very fresh. Indigo is his new album.

Immediately topping the iTunes albums chart upon release, which isn’t surprising, is new studio album Man Machine Poem from Kingston rock band The Tragically Hip. Fans were delighted to learn recently that the final hometown concert of the band’s cross-Canada summer tour will be aired by the CBC on August 20.

Kooky alternative pitch-bend rock drawing comparisons to The Pixies flourishes on the self-titled album by Toronto’s Weaves. Check out slower song “Eagle” for a grin-inducing track.

It’s Raining Cats and Dogs is a various artist children’s album to keep the little ones happy.

Vancouver singer-songwriter Dan Mangan delivers EP Unmake and Montreal multiplatinum R&B specialist Karl Wolf with his new Victoria BC record label presents sumptuous mini album The Export, Vol 1, more than worth checking out. Salomé Leclerc follows up her critically acclaimed alternative album 27 fois l’aurore with EP Live au Treatment.

As always, a number of new singles are out. They include “Rollercoaster” by Alyssa Reid, “Flowerchild” by Coleman Hell, and “Red Dress” from upcoming album Primary Colours from MAGIC! the MV of which we have embedded below.

New Releases 27 November 2015

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This week, we look at eight new LPs and three EPs. Children’s album Annie Brocoli autour du monde appears from the Montreal JUNO nominee who has achieved multiplatinum certification for her videos. Plessisville, QC’s William Deslauriers, who has previously scored a gold album, contributes the beautiful singer-songwriter work Le courant passe. Toronto R&B singer Ivana Santilli, who has attracted three JUNO nominations, returns in top form with Late Night Light. La parade is a wonderful holiday-themed chamber pop album from Maryse Letarte of St-Hyacinthe, QC.

Brampton, Ontario pop superstar Alyssa Reid releases her latest album Phoenix. She has scored a JUNO nomination plus two gold singles. Her new album is a little more stripped down unveiling some glorious songwriting and allowing her vocal prowess to shine. Garage rock outfit I.D.A.L.G. of Montreal is into some Post dynastie. Montreal’s Bless raps about the Spoils of War. And adult contemporary vocal pianist Ingrid St-Pierre, originally from Cabano, QC, dazzles with the delightful Tokyo.

Three EPs worth checking out are country superstar Paul Brandt‘s Borderlines which includes his recent hits. Paul has won eight JUNO awards and has scored a triple platinum album. Ruth B. is a new artist from Alberta and contributes singer-songwriter EP The Intro. Fred Penner’s daughter W. Darling launches Lost Girls: Chapter Two essentially a pop EP.

Selected New Releases 10 July 2015

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Today is the first day of the changeover in Canada for new music releases. Previously happening Tuesdays, we have now joined the new international standard of New Music Fridays. We have four new LPs and four EPs. Let’s start with the full-length albums.

Toronto’s Luke Nicholson has not yet earned a JUNO nomination but one at the Genies for contributing an original song to Canadian cinema. The best description of the new album Frantic City is perhaps adult contemporary. Hamilton’s Twin Within is a folk rock duo; album Horizontal Lines contains some remarkable writing along the lines of Simon & Garfunkel. Pictou County, NS JUNO nominee Dave Gunning gives us his latest roots confection, Lift. Finally, Hamilton JUNO nominee Douglas Cameron, who scored Top 40 pop-rock hit “Mona with the Children” back in 1985 and has been dabbling in children’s music since, tries his hand at a country-blues work entitled Riverdale and does well.

Langley, BC country outfit The Washboard Union releases fine EP In My Bones. Further exquisite roots music appears from Toronto quintet The Key Frames care of EP Monophone Heart. Alee is a newer country artist from Edmonton and has launched fantastic EP Say Hello to Goodbye. Black Sails for Red Seas of Montreal serve alternative rock on Wave: I.

In the realm of stand-alone singles, Alyssa Reid has returned from last year’s super cool album Time Bomb with new single “Dangerous”. Other new singles this week include Kardinal Offishall‘s “Baby It’s U!”, Charlotte Cardin‘s “Big Boy”, Dirty Ghosts‘ “Cataract”, Motel 72‘s “Toute la nuit”, and Tim Hicks‘ “Young, Alive and in Love”.

Virginia To Vegas and the First Volume

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Toronto’s Virginia To Vegas (male soloist, real name: Derik Baker) has released his debut EP, entitled Vol. I. The 6-track effort contains his #14 hit single “We Are Stars” featuring fellow pop star Alyssa Reid and was performed at the Much Music Video Awards a few months back. Also included are two previous single toss outs: “Colourful” and “Don’t Fight the Music”. Ballad “Beautiful” closes the disc. This is CHR fare with a feel-good electronic groove. All six tracks are quite catchy, and a pleasant, smooth voice certainly doesn’t hurt.  iTunes

YTV’s The Next Star Season 7 Crowns Jory Zechner

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Nipigon ON’s Jory Zechner, 15, triumphed over thousands of contestants from across Canada and ultimately her fellow five finalists to become The Next Star 2014. The Season 7 finale was televised on YTV from Canada’s Wonderland in Vaughan, ON and featured performances by Shawn Mendes and Echosmith. Jory is the newest Next Star since Montreal’s Alicia Moffet was crowned last year. The show helped launch the career of JUNO nominee Alyssa Reid whose gold single “Alone Again” hit #2 on the British Official Singles chart. Victoria Duffield from Season 3 has scored a platinum single and also been nominated for a JUNO award.

Jory Zechner has been taking singing lessons since the age of 6, and she actually released an EP in December 2013 called Heart & Soul. She drove ten hours to audition for The Next Star. Her prize package for winning includes a recording deal, an acoustic guitar, and a $5,000 department store shopping spree.

The key difference between The Next Star and other series of its kind is that it is specifically for Canadian youth aged 15 or younger.

An EP of six songs, one from each Season 7 Next Star finalist is available on iTunes.

The Canadian Music Blog sends out its warmest regards to Jory, her fellow finalists, and the team that has made the show a great success. Below is a video of Jory Zechner’s winning moment.

Update: Jory released new single “Roll With This” December 16 which is available on iTunes.

2014 MMVAs Go Down As Shindig of the Year

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In honour of the passing of one of the sweetest broadcast personalities of all-time, Casey Kasem, Fathers’ Day 2014 saw a batch of rising stars, augmented with some veterans, showcase their talents to the world thanks to the MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto. It was the outdoor spectacle’s 25th anniversary. The ides of June brought thousands of screaming, cell phone raising music fans together in Canada’s most populous city with homegrown heroes and international guest superstars performing on state-of-the-art outdoor stages backed by flashy displays of colourful lights. It was a classy affair free from boos, foul language, and wardrobe malfunctions (whether intentional or not).

The Red Carpet Arrivals

The MMVAs known for their outrageous red carpet arrivals had a few doozies this year. British superstar Ed Sheeran arrived in a fast food truck and even served some fries (er chips) to the crowd. Virginia to Vegas and Alyssa Reid rode motorcycles onto the strip. The members of Marianas Trench were in a bed surrounded by a bevy of beauties engaged in a pillow fight; feathers flew every which way. In keeping with the title of her newly released album, Accelerate, Victoria Duffield’s vehicle of choice was a sports car while Down With Webster’s was a Mack truck. English footballer Jermain Defoe showed up in a double decker bus.

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The Main Show

Ed SheeranWest Coasters Hedley opened the two-hour show complete with a vocorder followed by English superstar soloist Ed Sheeran. Co-hosts the Jenner sisters, after poking fun at themselves for a former teleprompter malfunction at the Billboard Music Awards, presented the award of International Video of the Year (Soloist) to New Zealand’s Lorde for her mega-smash “Royals”. Joking on stage together were dance music princess Victoria Duffield and jazz-pop wonder Nikki Yanofsky. Hollywood actress (and musician) Jena Malone passed some doughnuts out to the crowd and introduced Toronto band MAGIC! who performed hit “Rude” which incidentally has just topped the iTunes USA chart.

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Canadian actress Laura Vandervoort gave out the award for International Video of the Year (Group) to Imagine Dragons for “Demons”. Incidentally, the American band became big in Canada before anywhere else, and the band thanked the whole country for embracing them. It was band member Wayne’s (a.k.a. “Wing”) birthday and the crowd sang “Happy Birthday” to him. Mia Martina and SonReal exchanged some comedy and then model/actor Kellan Lutz introduced Calgary’s Kiesza who recently topped the British charts with “Hideaway”. This was her debut Canadian televised performance, and she nailed it with a squadron of dancers … and a taxi too.

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Down With Webster presented the award for Best Rock/Alternative Video which went to The Sam Roberts Band for “Shapeshifters”. More comic relief was provided by Fefe Dobson and Arkells. Habs star player P.K. Subban revealed the P.K. stands for Party Killer and gave the award for Best Pop Video to Hedley for “Anything”. New Zealand teen superstar Lorde gave a killer performance of two of her songs which involved a lamp.

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The Weeknd introduced an excellent performance by Montreal’s The Sam Roberts Band.

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Serena Ryder announced the winner of Your Fave International Artist or Group Award which went to Selena Gomez who appeared in a pre-recorded video of thanks. Members of Marianas Trench introduced the performance by Virginia to Vegas and Alyssa Reid who banged a drum together for some extra zest.

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Teen actress Kiernan Shipka handed the Your Fave Video Award to Hedley. Colton Haynes introduced Imagine Dragons who performed two of its hits.

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Your Fave Artist/Group Award winner was announced by movie star Chloë Grace Moretz; it went to Justin Bieber. Ed Sheeran revealed the grand prize winner – the Music Video of the Year award went to Hedley for “Anything”. Capping off the evening was a tour de force performance of “Problem” by new sensation Ariana Grande.

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If you missed the 2014 MMVAs, the show can be seen both inside and outside of Canada for free online at:

http://mmva.muchmusic.com/live.

You can also see more pictures of the show at:

http://mmva.muchmusic.com/category/pictures.

Kiesza, MAGIC!, Sam Roberts, Virginia to Vegas, and Alyssa Reid to Perform at MMVAs

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MuchMusic has announced a third bach of performers at this year’s MMVAs. Calgary-born British chart topper Kiesza, known in Europe as the Canadian Fox; Toronto’s international reggae-pop sensation MAGIC!; Derik John Baker, otherwise known as Virginia to Vegas; gold-certified Alyssa Reid; and The Sam Roberts Band, led by the multiple JUNO winner, will all be performing at this year’s MuchMusic Video Awards, the biggest party on the planet on June 15 in Toronto. They will join already announced performers Hedley, Lorde, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, and Imagine Dragons. Presenters will include Vancouver rapper SonReal, urban music VIP The Weeknd, EDM specialist Mia Martina, the ever popular Marianas Trench, dance music dynamo Victoria Duffield, multiplatinum songstress Serena Ryder, jazz-pop sensation Nikki Yanofsky, band Arkells, and pop-rap ensemble Down With Webster.

Alyssa Reid’s Time Bomb Detonates The Cool

Alyssa Reid - TimebombBrampton, Ontario’s JUNO-nominated Alyssa Reid went international when her hit “Alone Again” nearly topped the official UK charts at #2. Alyssa has enjoyed four charting singles on the Canadian Hot 100, and the former finalist of YTV’s The Next Star has detonated her second studio album, Time Bomb which includes her Top 30 smash “Satisfaction Guaranteed”. This is a very good pop album that has a few snippets of funky narrative crowning it as the stylish jam it is. Alyssa is very good at blending urban grooves, dance beats, pop hooks, and electronic punches that make the whole package very rich and current. Through all the sonic flourishes, her crisp, robust voice shines through. Very hip record.  iTunes

Canadian Music Blog’s Top 10 Music Video Faves of 2013

We are counting down our favourite music videos of 2013. Regardless of when the song came out, to be eligible, the MV had to have been released in 2013. In assembling our list, we were not concerned with how much we liked the song, simply with the video itself. If low on violence, raunchiness, expletives, and indulgence in consumption vices, while beautiful to look at, clever, creative and original, having great wardrobe choices, some breathtaking cinematography, or a stellar message, the music video had a good chance of making our list.

#10. “One in a Million” by Down With Webster

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The MV for this tune by multiplatinum dance-rap ensemble Down With Webster features the band playing instruments—including a choice drum set with gold DWW logo—on a black floor before a three-panel video screen. The plethora of images and video footage shown on the screen are timed to correspond with words and phrases of the lyrics as they are voiced, and they serve to maintain interest. We also like the segments showing the band dancing with white glow sticks wrapped around their bodies.

#9. “All It Takes Is a Moment” by Elise Estrada

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Vancouver’s CRMA winning R&B specialist Elise Estrada put her new music on hold to write a charity single and shoot an MV on the devastation super typhoon Haiyan wreaked upon her birth country, The Philippines. It opens with a satellite photo of dense cloud formation and a written summary of the storm’s impact. Elise is dressed in classy attire and presents sincere gestures standing before a giant hollow tree linking 2006’s Lower Mainland storm which uprooted thousands of trees in Stanley Park to the thousands of Filipinos rendered homeless by Haiyan. Interspersed throughout the music video is footage of the destruction in Philippine lands and the heartbreak experienced by families who lost their children in the storm.

#8. “Running Guns” by Alyssa Reid

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The music video for this international star’s “Running Guns” was shot in a city, the metro population of which rivals Canada’s. Few would disagree that Tokyo is one of the world’s coolest hang out places and we get to see Alyssa on the run from gangsters. She emerges from a sleep room cubicle under surveillance. When grabbing a quick meal at a noodle shop, she leaves when noticing the waiter has an identifying tattoo on his arm. She checks the alleyway, lit by red lanterns, to see if she’s being followed and emerges to a city filled with neon lights. Little does she realize, the gangsters are hot in pursuit as she picks up a plush toy. She even sees the same tattoo mark on a balloon being sold by a child who points the gangsters in Alyssa’s direction as does a girl outside a karaoke venue. She gets into a taxi before realizing that the same insignia is hanging from the cab’s sun visor. When the gangsters finally catch up with her and pull back her hair, we see a surprise.

#7. “What I Wouldn’t Do” by Serena Ryder

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A Top 10 hit and platinum single by the end of the year, the success of Serena Ryder’s “What I Wouldn’t Do” was helped no doubt by its choice music video. The MV has Serena holding up a picture which constantly changes and shows video footage of the story. Above a young man in bed is a Post-It note reading “MEET THE PARENTS DAY 12 NOON SHARP”. His clock has the time at a quarter to 12, and his lover texts him asking if he’s still coming. He has 15 minutes to get dressed, groom himself and arrive on time to set a good impression with his girlfriend’s folks. Off he goes on a mad dash across town on foot. Of course, he must pick up some flowers along the way. Over bridges, past brick buildings, along the beach, time is running out, as he mounts a skateboard and crashes into someone coming around the corner. Next, he hops on a bicycle (that isn’t his) but runs into its owner who is putting up a “missing” poster and must return it to him. A child holding a nozzle decides to have some fun and spray him as he passes by, and he steps into a shop to grab some dry clothes. Yes, he does arrive on time. And with that, Serena crumples up the picture, puts it into her mouth, and blows a chewing gum bubble.

#6. “Echoes” by The Wilderness of Manitoba

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This very clever video was directed by Canada’s John Albanis and shot in Death Valley, California, USA. It presents a gold ball rolling along on a surrealistic road trip through the Mojave Desert looking for its missing friend. It rolls down mounds of dirt and gravel, past tumbleweeds, bouncing along the sand. Beneath cliffs of red rock, the golden globe pauses reminiscing about its companion. It makes it to the highway and pauses to watch a video displayed on a billboard. Past rusted water towers and silos, our golden friend stops to consult a map. It picks up the pace scooting by dilapidated structures, one of which contains a television set showing footage of the two globes hanging out together. We then see the companion deflated beneath nail-containing wooden beams and corrugated metal sheets. Our protagonist kisses his love who is able to then self-inflate. The two are reunited and roll away together.

#5. “Goodbye” by Glenn Morrison

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The music video for the first charting single (featuring Islove) of this specialist of EDM features a handsome couple pulling up the barred gates to a cozy and beautiful room of colour and sunshine with Mexican décor. We can check off colour coordination as the man’s indigo suit matches the colour of the walls. He opens the sliding wooden doors of glass panes to another chamber circumambulating a snow globe. “And it starts to snow in the streets of Mexico.” When he touches it, we are magically transported into a glow-in-the dark, eye-popping feast.

#4. “Bounty” by Dean Brody featuring Lindi Ortega

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After knifing a lecher attacking his girl and burying his corpse (but “not deep enough to fool the hounds”), Dean Brody finds himself on the run from law enforcement. The two wed quickly at a country chapel and then jump in a boxcar headed to Mexico. They build their own shack and raise their children in a foreign land. It’s a good old fashioned western wherein, with society’s institutions in an embryonic state, one must take justice into his own hands to protect the one he loves and face the consequences of living a more independent and isolated lifestyle. The music video contains some beautiful cinematography and makes us feel we are watching a short film. We love hearing Lindi Ortega too in this country radio chart topper.

#3. “I Was a Fool” by Tegan and Sara

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Single number two from album Heartthrob by the Calgarian twin sisters was a gold single, Top 20 hit, and made the Billboard Canadian year-end chart of 2013. The music video for “I Was a Fool” is simply gorgeous to look at. Tegan is featured on piano with Sara standing at a railing in a background of teal. The song is about a young woman’s heartbreak. She sits at a sunken fireplace with the pieces of a broken vinyl record on the rug which she later tosses out towards the sea. While society tends to belittle the psychological damage caused by heartbreak, it is as if Tegan and Sara surround the protagonist with support and friendship to help her through her grief.

#2. “Love Ocean” by Wanting

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Vancouver’s bilingual import from Harbin, China was signed by Nettwerk Records (Sarah McLachlan, Coldplay). This year, she released her second album, Say the Words, with 10 English songs and three Chinese. The second track, “Ai de haiyang”, or “Love Ocean”, is an exquisitely composed masterpiece of song performed in Mandarin Chinese. The gorgeous music video was shot in and around Vancouver. It opens with blue ocean and sky, and a rosy grand piano appears which Wanting, dressed in white, plays on the beach. From there we move to the coastal city of skyscrapers and heavy traffic, and now Wanting is playing keys on a building rooftop with a powder blue backdrop. The whole video is just beautiful.

Canadian Music Blog’s 2013 Music Video of the Year

To see the year’s most anticipated collaboration from two of our foremost international superstars was grand enough but an added bonus is a music video which oozes with class and beauty. A diamond recording artist from small town Ontario weds frontman of a multiplatinum grunge band from small town Alberta who wrote a break up song together on the eve of their falling in love. They let loose a killer power ballad with a music video that booted the staleness out of a year of mostly bland shoots.

At an exquisite chateau in France, an elderly groundskeeper is raking leaves and seems to recall a romantic past. Within the mansion of paintings and hardwood floors, the songstress appears in ghostly form playing the piano in a high ceiling chamber beneath rays of sunlight. She is nearly unrecognizable in classy attire and enhanced natural beauty that would make princesses writhe with envy and men’s hearts skip a beat. Her husband looks like the perfect dapper gentleman. Together they tug at our heartstrings in an MV that has, to date, racked up over 28 million views. The Canadian Music Blog declares “Let Me Go” by Avril Lavigne (featuring Chad Kroeger) as 2013’s music video of the year.

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Satisfaction Is Guaranteed For Alyssa Reid

Alyssa-Reid-Satisfaction-GuaranteedWith “Satisfaction Guaranteed”, Edmonton-born, Brampton-raised Alyssa Reid has scored her 4th charting single and her 2nd biggest hit (#26 this week). The music video is filled with good humour as a boy working in a fast food restaurant finds it hard to concentrate on his job with a devastating crush on his sizzling workmate. Alyssa herself used to work at Tim Hortons and was fired by them when she refused to sing for free at their annual Christmas party. But as a celebrity who has performed at 70,000-seat arenas in Britain, she no longer needs to box the Timbits, eh.  iTunes

“Running Guns” by Alyssa Reid

Alyssa-Reid-Running-GunsBorn in the city of the Oilers and raised in Brampton, emerging artist Alyssa Reid scored international hit “Alone Again” off debut album The Game (it went all the way to #2 in Britain). After collaborations with Snoop Dogg and Jesse Labelle, she is beginning to create new music. The music video for her latest single “Running Guns” was shot in a city, the metro population of which rivals Canada’s. Few would disagree that Japan is one of the world’s coolest hang out places with its bubble tea, noodle shops, Hello Kitty plush toys, Purikura photos, karaoke, and amine. Lots of Canadians have emigrated to Japan to teach English just to be able to swim in an ocean of eye-popping culture. The MV has Alyssa emerge from a sleep room cubicle to live it up in Tokyo, but there is some intrigue and mystery involved in the story. Check it out.

Alyssa Reid’s Official Website     “Running Guns” on iTunes

New Video: “Talk Me Down” by Alyssa Reid

Singer-songwriter Alyssa Reid grew up in Brampton, Ontario after being born in Edmonton.  Her debut album The Game spawned international hit single “Alone Again” as well as the title-track, a Top 40 hit at home.  Reid co-wrote most of the album’s songs with Jamie Appleby.  Her new single “Talk Me Down” she co-wrote with three including Toronto pop star Jesse Labelle.  Jesse’s song “Heartbreak Coverup”, which features Reid, entered the Canadian Billboard Hot 100 last week.  Reid’s song entered the chart this week, and a few days ago, the music video was released.  The video makes a very strong anti-bullying statement. Check it out below.

If you like the song, please support our super Canadian artist Alyssa Reid.  The iTunes link for the song is HERE.

2012 CRMA Winners Announced

2012 Winners of the Canadian Radio Music Awards have been announced and there were no real surprises.  Fefe Dobson was the big winner with three awards; Dragonette and Alyssa Reid picked up two each.  The awards are given primarily to first-time charting Canadian artists.  We previously listed the nominations with info on the awards which you can find HERE.  Below is a repeat listing of the nominees with the winner bolded in red.  As well, are announcements of the biggest chart topper and breakthrough artist.  Congratulations to the winners as well as all the nominees.  The awards are a nice lead up to the JUNO awards which will be televised on the 1st of April.

CHART TOPPER
FEFE DOBSON

FACTOR BREAKTRHOUGH ARTIST
ALYSSA REID

ROCK
BLEEKER RIDGE – SMALL TOWN DEAD
JONAS & THE MASSIVE ATTRACTION – BIG SLICE
THE REASON – THE LONGEST HIGHWAY HOME
THE SHEEPDOGS – I DON’T KNOW
USS – N/A OK

CHR (Contemporary Hit Radio)
ALYSSA REID – ALONE AGAIN
ANJULIE – BRAND NEW CHICK
MARTIN SOLVEIG & DRAGONETTE – HELLO
RAGHAV – FIRE
THESE KIDS WEAR CROWNS – JUMPSTART

DANCE / URBAN / RHYTHMIC
DEADMAU5 – SOFI NEEDS A LADDER
KRISTINA MARIA – LET’S PLAY
MARTIN SOLVEIG & DRAGONETTE – HELLO
MIA MARTINA – LATIN MOON
SUNLOVERZ FEAT. ROSETTE – FIRE

HOT AC (Adult Contemporary)
ALYSSA REID – ALONE AGAIN
KRISTINA MARIA – LET’S PLAY
MARTIN SOLVEIG & DRAGONETTE – HELLO
NEVEREST – ABOUT US
RAGHAV – FIRE

MAINSTREAM AC (Adult Contemporary)
ALYSSA REID – ALONE AGAIN
JESSE LABELLE – EASIER
JUSTIN NOZUKA – HEARTLESS
MARTIN SOLVEIG & DRAGONETTE – HELLO
NEVEREST – ABOUT US

COUNTRY
GOMIE – EVERYTHING WILL BE ALRIGHT
KIRA ISABELLA – LOVE ME LIKE THAT
MARLEE SCOTT – BEAUTIFUL MAYBE
RYAN LAIRD – I’M YOUR MAN
THE STELLAS – PERFECT

FANS CHOICE
ALYSSA REID – ALONE AGAIN
FEFE DOBSON – STUTTERING
HEDLEY – INVINCIBLE
JRDN – LIKE MAGIC
SHAWN DESMAN – ELECTRIC

SOCAN SONG OF THE YEAR
ALONE AGAIN
Songwriters: Alyssa Reid / Jamie Appleby / Raynford Humphrey / Thomas Kelly / Billy Steinberg
Recorded by: Alyssa Reid
HELLO
Songwriters: Martin Solveig / Martina Sorbara
Recorded by: Martin Solveig & Dragonette
JET LAG
Songwriters: Pierre Bouvier / Chuck Comeau / Beatrice Martin / Ryan Petersen / Nolan Sipe
Recorded by: Simple Plan
LET’S PLAY
Songwriters: Kristina Maria / Negin Djafari / Kristian Lundin
Recorded by: Kristina Maria
STUTTERING
Songwriters: Fefe Dobson / Claude Kelly / Michael Mentore / Jonathan Rotem
Recorded by: Fefe Dobson

CRJ is Rocketing Forward in the USA

Carly Rae Jepsen’s United States radio tour is paying off.  “Call Me Maybe” (which is back at #1 in Canada this week – its 3rd week at the top spot) has debuted on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 within the Top 40!  She has the 38th biggest song in that country this week.

While Carly is taking the U.S. by storm, her Canadian sister Alyssa Reid is the latest craze in Britain.  “Alone Again” (her reworking of Heart’s classic “Alone”) is at its 5th week in the U.K. Top 20.  It is the most successful Canadian single so far this year in Britain, having peaked at #2 on the charts there.

Fans of Celtic / new age music are no doubt delighted at Loreena McKennitt’s latest release, a live album of some of her classics, called Troubadours On The Rhine.  Johnny Reid, Ian Thornley’s Big Wreck, and Gord Bamford have new releases out in just a couple of days.

With all the tours going on and about to begin, we are pleased to announce that LIGHTS will be touring the land down under for the very first time.  Her album Siberia released last year is up for JUNO pop album of the year, and she will now be showcasing her dazzling electronic rock sound live in Australia.  Perhaps she can bring a little Canadian snow with her.