This Week’s Charts and More News

The Charts

Not a whole bunch to report on this week’s charts. The La Voix 5 album has debuted on the Albums chart at #7. The remix of Allophone song “Despicito” which features Justin Bieber is on the Hot 100 at #18. It is the Biebs’ 44th song in the Top 40 of the chart whether as the main, co-credited, or featured artist.

Tragically Hip Scores Third Diamond Album

Music Canada’s latest batch of gold/platinum certifications includes a diamond (i.e. ten times platinum) award for The Tragically Hip album Road Apples, the group’s sophomore effort released in 1991. The award represents 1 million units shipped in Canada. The Hip has received diamond certification in the past for two other albums – Up to Here, the debut LP and Fully Completely, the band’s third.

Carly Rae Returns to Number One

Billboard recently generated a list of the Top 100 greatest choruses of the 21st century, and Carly Rae Jepsen is at #1 for “Call Me Maybe”. Celine Dion’s “That’s the Way It is” was ranked 80th. Avril Lavigne had two in the list: “Girlfriend” at #62 and “Sk8er Boi” at #22.  Justin Bieber’s “Baby” was 55th. Of the chorus of the century, Billboard says Carly “delivers it with expert over-excited anxiousness, as if darting between the raindrops of the string stabs. … All in all, the best part of the ‘Call Me Maybe’ chorus was how it ended up summarizing our own feelings about the song — the giddiness, the awkward excitement, and the feeling of how we never knew how much we needed a song like it in our lives until it showed up.”

Carly will be performing her hits with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at the Roy Thomson Hall June 17. The one-time concert will be in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday since Confederation.

Kroeger Explains Nickelback’s “Feed the Machine”

In a recent interview, Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger explained the meaning of new song “Feed the Machine”, lead single and title-track of the post-grunge group’s upcoming album.

I know that a lot of people are going to think, especially with the climate right now in the US, that we are, you know, jumping on this political bandwagon. And everybody is weighing in on this thing, and there is, I mean, the division between right and left could not be further these days and everybody is just at each other’s throats over this thing. And it really had nothing to do with that. Because we started writing this song so long ago that your current president wasn’t even in the picture. So we need to spell that rumor right off the bat. Although, it lends itself well, very well. It really does to that thing, but it’s not because we want it to be this general metaphor for a lot of different things. Any time people follow something blindly, and there’s a reference to the piper blowing his flute that leads the mice kind of thing, and just away they go. There’s just so many of these things that people need to question. … There’s a thousand of these things that people just fall in line and all of those things are big machines. It’s also government, it’s also religion, it’s all of those things. The people just follow blindly just kinda asking questions, good questions. So it’s literally just that: it’s the conversation starter of “yeah, why do we do this? And why do we do that? Why do I smoke this and think it’s okay? Why do I eat that and think it’s all right? And why do I drive that and think it’s all right that it comes out of the ground and nothing’s gonna happen to the earth?” It’s all of those things ‘cause those are all machines that need consumers to feed them. And that’s really where we were coming from. We didn’t want it to be specific to anyone’s thing, so it left itself open to all of those topics.

BreakOut West: WCMA Nominations

BreakOut West has announced the nominees for the 2017 Western Canadian Music Awards and Industry Awards. Winners will be announced and honoured at the Western Canadian Music Awards Networking Reception and Industry Awards Brunch, during events running from September 13-17, 2017. The 15th annual BreakOut West will take place in Edmonton. You can view a list of the nominations here.

Buffy and Tagaq Collaborate on “You Got to Run”

Two of our highest profile indigenous artists collaborate on song “You Got to Run”. Both have won JUNO Awards and both the Polaris Prize. Of course, we’re talking about Buffy Sainte-Marie and Tanya Tagaq. Buffy was born on the Piapot Plains Cree First Nation Reserve in the Qu’Appelle Valley of Saskatchewan. Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq is from Cambridge Bay (Iqaluktuutiaq), Nunavut, situated on the south coast of Victoria Island. We leave you with the music video below.

Headlines and Footdots: January 23, 2017


January 29 at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles is the time and place of the 62nd annual all-star game of the National Hockey League. The event starts 12:30 p.m. pacific time. The Canadian national anthem will be performed by Carly Rae Jepsen. Her American sisters Fifth (now down to four) Harmony will handle the U.S. anthem. Nick Jonas will perform during the game’s second intermission. During the weekend’s festivities, Robin Thicke will honour his Canadian father Alan Thicke who passed away recently.

The February 4th Saturday Night Live show will be hosted by Hollywood actress Kristen Stewart (Panic Room, Into The Wild, Twilight) and the musical guest will be Alessia Cara who responded to the announcement by saying, “my head is spinning”.

Disney adapted Beauty and the Beast into an animated feature film in 1991, and Céline Dion teamed up with Peabo Bryson to sing its theme song. It was included on her second Anglo album (self-titled) in 1992 and won the Single of the Year JUNO award in 1993. Fast-forwarding to the present, 2017, Disney has decided to give the film a live action treatment, and Céline has been recruited to contribute a new song on the soundtrack which will be titled “How Does a Moment Last Forever”.

Music industry veteran Randy Lennox has been announced as this year’s recipient of the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award which has been given out annually since 1984. The award recognizes those who have made a significant contribution to the development of the Canadian music industry. Randy was president and CEO of the country’s biggest record label, Universal Music Canada. In his role, he helped launch the careers of such artists as Hedley, Shawn Mendes, Drake, Justin Bieber, Shania Twain, The Tragically Hip, and The Weeknd. Lennox is now president of content and broadcasting at Bell Media. In such a role, he acts as a key contributor to the production work of CTV, the JUNO Awards, the MMVAs, and Canada’s Walk of Fame. He also sits on the board of governors for Massey Hall, Roy Thomson Hall, and the culture advisory board for Ontario. Randy co-produced 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games anthem “I Believe” as well as charity single “Wavin’ Flag” which raised over $2 million for disaster relief in Haiti.

jb-eckl-everywhere-at-onceIt has taken awhile but now Saskatoon singer, songwriter, and guitarist JB Eckl will be releasing his formal debut album, Everywhere at Once. In the 1990s, JB hooked up with Latin pop producer KC Porter in Los Angeles and went on tour as a supporting guitarist with 70s funk band War. He contributed to Carlos Santana’s blockbuster 1999 album Supernatural and 2002’s Shaman. He also worked with Santana on the soundtrack for film Girlfight. Recently, JB co-wrote the theme song of Sully starring Tom Hanks. JB’s solo album Everywhere at Once is scheduled for release on February 20. Of the album he says, “It represents the exact opposite of our current media circus: an album of deeply personal songs crafted over a long period of time, an inner soundtrack for the soul as we struggle to become our higher selves. It’s organic, it’s a little electronic, it’s full of textures, tones, guitars and grooves…”

It has been a while since we’ve heard new music from Kristina Maria. She announced today that she is offering a private listening session of her upcoming new songs in Montreal, February 12 from 2-5 p.m. The presentation will be followed by a meet and greet.

Country star MacKenzie Porter has been busy with acting duties in TV series Travellers. But somehow, she has found time to make new music. Today, she announced she is cutting a new record. The Port’s debut album appeared in 2014. She has scored four Top 40 hits on the country charts to date.

Finally, Coeur de Pirate has released a new, fantasy-themed music video for track “Undone” off her acclaimed album Roses which we embed below.

Blood Orange with Carly Rae Jepsen MV


Blood Orange, alias of New York’s Dev Hynes, put out an album this year called Freetown Sound, and it appeared on a number of year-end best album lists. Dev is a specialist in mood-setting alternative synth-soul. He was a co-writer and producer on track “All That” from Carly Rae Jepsen’s Emotion album. Carly returns the favour by helping him out on a track off the Blood Orange album, adding her vocals to “Better Than Me”. Today, its music video was released featuring grey-clad dancers in a studio with Jepsen looking and sounding ultra cool. Carly’s British Columbian sister Nelly Furtado is also featured on a track from the Blood Orange album (“Hadron Collider”). Furtado will be releasing a new studio album in early 2017. Carly Rae Jepsen will be headlining Canada’s New Year’s Eve bash on Parliament Hill. Performances across the country can be live streamed at the CBC Music website for those without cable TV. In the meantime, enjoy the MV.

The 10 Best EPs of 2016


An extended play record (EP), as far as we are concerned, is one than has a total run time of less than 25 minutes and has at least three unique songs. One exception is a disc over 25 minutes that is an addendum to an album, i.e. a collection of bonus tracks or outtakes from an album’s recording sessions. Another exception is one in which a remix of a track on the disc puts it over 25 minutes. We did not include remix EPs (i.e. a disc containing several remixes of one or two songs). Below is a list of our 10 favourite Canadian artist EPs of 2016 among the 136 that came to our attention through the year.

10Heliocentric by The Coriolis Project


Vancouver’s The Coriolis Project concocts ambient atmospheres in Heliocentric, a disc that takes us on a cinematic ride through beauteous anthems dedicated to the four directions of the compass. Chirps, thunder, and lasers animate the north, chants and mystical brews deck the east, burbles and tinkling adorn the west, and in our favourite track “South” find oceanic chimes and hypnotic hymns. Very cool stuff.  iTunes

9Kaylee Johnston by Kaylee Johnston


Vancouver up and coming pop artist Kaylee Johnston on her second, self-titled EP provides six original songs plus a remix of one all dressed with her vocals of honey. The writing is particularly strong and thus it comes as no surprise that Kaylee has opened for such acts as Ace of Base and has shared the stage with One Republic and Joe Jonas. Don’t miss out on this exquisite pop EP.  iTunes

8Beaches by HWYS


Progressive Montreal duo HWYS released debut EP Beaches following some buzz generated by singles “Bliss” and “Stranger”. This superb disc combines modern synthpop with old school romantic pop. The analogue synths provide a welcome nostalgic feel while the melodies are catchy. A pleasant addition to your music library.  iTunes

7Weightless by Olivia Penalva


Weightless by Vernon, BC’s teen ace Olivia Penalva contains wonderful, mature or AC pop songs, and the singer herself sports a voice as sweet as Alessia Cara’s. Track “Skyline” gained some traction at radio, and she received a feature in Nielsen Music’s weekly newsletter. The EP contains nuggets of pizzazz making it sound both fresh and experienced. This one is just wonderful.  iTunes

6Arto Arto by Elliott Vincent Jones


Toronto’s Elliott Vincent Jones has a knack for making good things along the artery of new age and art pop and has performed and recorded in various locales around the world. He has opened for such acts as Tame Impala, Blood Orange, and Majical Cloudz. Debut EP Arto Arto does an excellent job at providing well-written songs with an 80s synthpop vibe reminiscent of an act like Blancmange with some Brian Eno glaze.  iTunes

5CDW by Charlotte Day Wilson


Praises from all over wafted in for the debut EP from Toronto’s Charlotte Day Wilson, another smoking hot R&B singer like Julie Crochetière. When we say R&B, we mean the classy, smooth style that acts like Sade did so well. This is mellow, sultry soul done right. Charlotte has worked with Badbadnotgood as well as River Tiber. Disc CDW is mood music at its best.   iTunes

4Every Last Chance by Every Last Chance


“Spotlight” featuring the vocals of Crystalyne’s Marissa Dattoli was the most infectious EDM track since “This Is What It Feels Like” by Armin van Buuren featuring North Vancouver’s Trevor Guthrie. This CMB 2015 song of the year by project Every Last Chance gained some traction at radio. Its followup “Roll the Credits”, with vocal duties handled by Toronto singer-songwriter David Spekter, debuted on the Mainstream AC Billboard chart at #37. Every Last Chance put these two charmers along with three more pearls of EDM on its self-titled EP, a must for enthusiasts of the genre.   iTunes

3Arrows Part 2 by Stef Lang


A multiple Billboard Hot 100 charting artist, Vancouver Island’s Stef Lang releases the much-anticipated sequel to her Arrows EP Part 1. Part 2 is just as delicious. It offers perhaps a tighter, more hastening sound with a nice edge to it. Opener “Warrior Face” will get you a-chuckin’ and a-jivin’ right away. The following two tracks keep the pace exciting before “Toxins” pulls back allowing for a nice sensation of gliding. “Face the Arrows” takes a reflective, almost dreamy stance which finishes things off beautifully. The incomparable indie champ Stef Lang wrote and produced the entire disc. Arrows Part 2 is simply boss. iTunes

2Emotion: Side B by Carly Rae Jepsen


Mission, BC’s Carly Rae Jepsen became a darling of the critics who placed her third studio LP Emotion at the top of their 2015 best album lists. Carly decided to release a companion volume of album outtakes and throwaways most of which were hailed as better than 90% of the pop songs of 2016. And that’s quite impressive. This jewel of an EP, hailed as the best one of the year by U.S. music blog Idolator, is a must-acquire disc for fans of tasty pop music.   iTunes

1Canadian Music Blog’s 2016 EP of the Year

Following the release of six singles, this Albertan recording artist launched her debut EP. And with that she won Pop Artist of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards. The Calgary Herald called her the perfect combination of sensitive singer-songwriter and flashy pop star. The disc, which showcases some delicious flavours of pop delivered perfectly by her seductively spicy vocals, was released through Hands Up! Records. Opening with the shimmering electronic sparkle of “Diamond Eyes”, Waves continues to splash up savoury treats from soul bop anthem “Out of My Head”, through the dreamy Caribbean smooth of “Tattoo”, alt-pop charmer “Miss Me” (plus an upbeat remix), peppy cool of “So Simple”, to the punchy, fun waddles of “Antidote”. The Canadian Music Blog declares Waves by Lexi Strate as 2016’s EP of the year.   iTunes


New Releases: Late August 2016

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As we celebrate coming off of a successful summer Olympic games and our athletic heroes, most notably Penny Oleksiak, Rosie MacLennan, Erica Wiebe, and Derek Drouin and as some of us prepare to return to school, some fantastic new music has been released these last two weeks of August 2016 to serve as the soundtrack of our journey into September and beyond.

On August 16, Vancouver Island native Stef Lang gifted the world with EP Arrows Part 2, a sequel to last year’s extended play record. If nothing else, the new pop EP confirms our belief that she is incapable of writing a subpar song.

On August 19, dark wave electronic duo Crystal Castles of Toronto launched full-length album Amnesty (I). It is filled with hauntingly chilling anthems sounding like they were recorded in a dark, mouldy dungeon (that’s meant as a compliment). Also from Toronto, urban music specialist Tory Lanez, a Billboard Hot 100 charting artist, released LP I Told You which is selling well. Vancouver project Every Last Chance rewarded us with self-titled EP containing a couple of singles which created some buzz and one of which we named the best song of 2015. This is essential fresh sounding EDM that will pump up your day.

On August 26, a batch of gems, plugged as back to school releases no doubt, grants us pure pleasure. We begin with Allan Hurd. He’s from off-island Montreal suburb Saint-Bruno-de-Montarvill. In Tdah Vol I. he presents some delightful, folky singer-songwriter tracks. His fellow Canadian Céline Dion, as promised, gets the world’s oceans a-swirl with her latest album Encore un soir currently at the summit of the iTunes chart. The Charlemagne, QC singer has done it again with mostly original tracks composed by both Canadian and international songwriters.

Those who like to lap up the rap can check out Ça vient du Coeur by Montreal’s Fuccè as well as Résiste by Psycadelick. Well, yes, Whitehorse, YT is a team player, thanks to Old Cabin. Mini-album Saturn Return is a nicely done eclectic blend of good tunes. Selling quite well is the self-titled album by Toronto’s Tuns replete with catchy Beatles-esque tunes or more generally 60s pop. Also from Toronto, but more interested in making shoegazing alternative rock is duo Twist presenting new album Spectral. Remarkably good is the new disc from Montreal DJ, whom we acquired from Venezuela, Vito V. The dance album is entitled Illusions of Grandeur and is very much worth checking out.

Neither a studio album nor an EP is Emotion Side B by Mission, BC’s Carly Rae Jepsen, a companion disc to her Polaris shortlisted, critically acclaimed 2015 album Emotion. As has been said, though the tracks are album outtakes, any one of them is better than 90% of the pop songs of 2016. It is currently sitting in the iTunes Top 10.

Another beautiful work is the very classy R&B inflected EP CDW by Toronto’s Charlotte Day Wilson. New wave synth pop is done exquisitely by Montreal’s HWYS on new EP Beaches.

No country discs out this week so we leave you with the lyric video from talented Edmonton indie artist Andrea Nixon, “Innerglow” hot off the video press. Over the next week we will provide more in-depth reviews of some of the LPs and EPs above.

Video Party: Magic, Jepsen, Kissel, Helman, Yates

MAGIC!’s Nasri was recently interviewed by QMFM DJ Olivia Jones. It is one of the funniest interviews we have seen in some time. Nasri talks about new single “Lay You Down Easy” and the reggae pop group’s upcoming studio album. QMFM was recently crowned the most listened to radio station in Metro Vancouver.

In high school chemistry we learn(ed) about covalent bonding and ionic bonding. But perhaps the most glorious type of all of them is … male bonding? Scott Helman sat behind the wheel of a Volkswagen Beetle Dune to pick up his fellow singers Franseco Yates and Brett Kissel on their way to the JUNOs. The car has a Knight Rider feature with a voice that sounds much nicer than KITT’s. Brett Kissel was very impressed that his intro by Wikipedia was accurate.

This video is a few months old but it is so worth checking out. Follow Carly Rae Jepsen to the sweetest bakeries in the beautiful country of Japan. Fresh off her recent, successful concert tour of sakura land, Carly will be joining Hedley and the aforementioned Francesco Yates on tour across Canada through April and May. Things kick off in St. John’s, NL at Mile One Stadium on April 7. The final show will be May 20 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.

Headlines and Footdots for 18 December 2015

Billboard Names 8 Canadian Songs IN Best of 2015

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U.S. based Billboard magazine has published a list of its picks for the 25 Best Songs of 2015. Within the top 18 of the list are 8 songs by Canadians, including #1. At #18 is “Know Yourself” by Drake. Grimes’ “Flesh Without Blood” is #15, The Weeknd’s “The Hills” #10, Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” #9, and Alessia Cara’s “Here” #6. “Where Are U Now” which features Justin Bieber is #5 and Drake’s “Hotline Bling”, a modern take on Timmy Thomas’ 1973 hit “Why Can’t We Live Together”, is #2. Billboard names the best song of the year, “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd.

Jepsen’s “I Really Like You” 6th of 2015 in Japan

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Radio in Canada may have been lukewarm towards Carly Rae Jepsen’s “I Really Like You” which managed to go gold despite this, but it was a major smash in Japan, finishing the year as the 6th most popular song in the world’s second largest music market. It was also the top song from an international artist in Japan, as the top 5 on the Japan year-end Billboard Hot 100 were from Japanese artists. Carly’s song was more popular than both “Shake It Off” (#12) and “Uptown Funk” (#18). That is very impressive.

Rachel Woznow GAINING MOMENTUM in The States

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“Big and Loud” from Edmonton pop singer Rachel Woznow has been gaining traction in the United States, reaching the Top 30 on Billboard’s Indicator chart helped by airplay on some radio stations in California. While stations in Edmonton have been supporting her, it appears that her momentum in the States is growing more rapidly than in The Great White North. We wish Rachel great success. The fantastic song will be appearing in our best of list for 2015!

Jocelyn Alice Signs with Sony

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A number of record labels have been fighting over Calgary’s Jocelyn Alice since her hit “Jackpot” went gold in 2015. She has settled on a deal with Sony affiliate Disruptor Records which will distribute her music worldwide. Because of a potential deal around the corner, Jocelyn cancelled release of her album this past summer and will now give us new and perhaps reworked music with her new team.

JUNO Nominations EXPECTED Early February

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CARAS will be holding a press conference in Calgary on February 2, 2015. It is expected that the JUNO nominations will be announced at that time. The year 2015 was a big year for Canadian music internationally, but with unique tastes, it will be interesting to see which Canadian albums and songs are loved most by Canadians themselves.

Songwriters Hall of Fame Inducts Garnett Piece

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The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF) has inducted Gale Garnett’s “We’ll Sing in the Sunshine”, a #2 hit in Canada in 1964, and covered over the years by a slew of international artists – Dean Martin, Wayne Newton, Dolly Parton, and Sonny and Cher. The song was heard on television shows, movie soundtracks, and appeared on dozens of compilation albums throughout the 1970’s and beyond. Gale was born in New Zealand but emigrated to Canada at 11 years old. She wrote the song when she was only 14, and it was to be given to Hoyt Axton, but she ended up recording it herself. It became an international hit and won a Grammy Award, beating out Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin”.

Justin Bieber to Perform at 2016 Brit Awards


The Brit Awards, celebrating the best in United Kingdom music, does have a few international categories. The British JUNOs have not yet announced nominations; however, a couple of performers at the 2016 gala have been announced: Adele, Coldplay, and Canada’s own Justin Bieber. British comedy duo Ant & Dec will host the show February 24, 2016, at the O2 Arena in swinging London.

Tyler Shaw Gets Dizzy

Coquitlam, BC gold recording artist Tyler Shaw launched a new MV with lyrics today for his new song “Dizzy”. Check it out below.

Headlines and Footdots for October 1, 2015

States-Side Canadian Invasion

Canadian Invasion States-side

All top 4 hits on this week’s U.S. Billboard Hot 100 are from Canadian artists: “The Hills” by The Weeknd #1, “What Do You Mean” by Justin Bieber #2, “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd #3, and “Hotline Bling” by Drake #4. Drake is now one of only four artists to have landed 100 tunes on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The Weeknd’s recent success has helped his previous album Kiss Land to be certified gold in Canada. We’ll see what we can do to get a Canadian invasion going in Britain as well.

Anik Jean Releasing Anglo Album

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Superb, JUNO nominated Canadian rocker Anik Jean will be following up her acclaimed Franco album Schizophrène with a brand new English language album entitled Lost Soul. The album will be out October 30. For those who prefer rock in the French language, we are super excited that Andie Duquette will be releasing her debut album Ton problème October 16. We will continue to list all new Canadian releases through the month of October to help you find music you like.

David Foster’s Miracle Gala Raises $6.5 Million

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Skylark keyboardist turned super producer David Foster held his Miracle Concert and Gala in Toronto recently, an event that raised $6.5 million for his foundation which supports families with children who are in need of organ transplants. Among the big names in attendance were Gordon Lightfoot, Kiesza, Stevie Wonder, Michael Bolton, and Peter Cetera.

LIGHTS Raises $50 Thousand for MusicCounts

LE-UFC-LightsRecording Artist LIGHTS recently teamed up with Kiehl’s Canada. She designed the cover art for Ultra Facial Cream, 100% of the net profits going towards organization MusicCounts to help keep music education in schools and assist children with music instrument costs.

Love Will Light the Way


Toronto’s Roveena has recorded a new version of “Love Will Light the Way” from her 2012 EP Perfect World to raise awareness on lymphoma. Net proceeds from the sale of the single will go to Lymphoma Canada in search of a cure to this terrible disease. Roveena’s vocals are simply beautiful and the song is exquisite. You can watch the MV hereiTunes

Carly Rae Jepsen Greases Up

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Having given us one of the best albums of 2015, Carly Rae Jepsen will be returning to her other love, acting. This time she will appear in a televised live musical of Grease. Carly will be cast as Frenchy, the role played by Didi Conn in the original Hollywood feature film. The U.S. network Fox will premiere the special on January 31, 2016.

2016 JUNO Submissions Now Open


A reminder that submissions for the 2016 JUNO Awards to take place in Calgary are now open. There have been a few rule changes to take note of, a key one being a change in definition between LP and EP. More details can be found here.

A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Michelle Thibodeau

Moncton, NB’s Michelle Thibodeau (now based in Toronto) has released a brand new MV for “Hey Hitchhiker” which is definitely worthy of a placement in the CMB! You can grab a copy of the new single on iTunes.

Headlines and Footdots for Mid-September 2015

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Carly Rae Jepsen will be signing autographs and performing an acoustic set at HMV at 363 Oxford Street in swinging London September 18 to celebrate the UK release of her album Emotion. The vintage shop has been there since 1921. One week after, Carly’s Canadian brother will hit London as well.

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Yes, The Weeknd will be guesting on Britain’s The Graham Norton Show along with Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, and Peter Capaldi on September 25! It is the season opener of the comedy chat show on BBC One. Other Canadian recording artists to have appeared on the show include Michael Bublé, Alanis Morissette, Arcade Fire, and Justin Bieber.

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The latter celeb was recently inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records for becoming the youngest male artist to debut at #1 on the Billboard U.S. Hot 100. He was presented with a plaque in honour of the achievement. In Canada, the #1 hit “What Do You Mean?” was certified gold just one week after its release.

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Also going gold is “3-2-1” from Flat Lake, AB’s Brett Kissel. It is his first certified recording. Brett was one of the winners at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards this past weekend. The big winner of the evening, scoring a cowboy hat trick, was Gord Bamford. A list of all the winners can be found here.

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Immediately after the broadcast, CMT announced the release of the brand new music video for “I’m and Open Road” by Paul Brandt featuring two-time CCMA Female Artist of the Year winner Jess Moskaluke. It is beautifully shot, worthy of inclusion on our year-end best MVs list, and we have embedded it below. Jess has a new EP coming out on September 25 called Kiss Me Quiet.

Avril Lavigne Surprises at Petco Park and Other Newsy Tidbits

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Rock superstar Avril Lavigne surprised a crowd of over 40,000 at Petco Park in San Diego, USA, last night when she took the stage to join the night’s headliner Taylor Swift. The two performed the Canadian star’s first hit single “Complicated”. Swift introduced Lavigne by saying, “She’s one of my favourite artists, and we’ve been texting all week. Today I got to meet her. Please make some noise! Avril Lavigne is here!” The two successfully foiled an online attempt made to turn them against each other which was overblown by the press. At her earlier Los Angeles concert on tour, Taylor performed with another Canadian icon, Alanis Morissette.

In other news, Carly Rae Jepsen’s “I Really Like You” MV surpassed 100 million views yesterday making it her latest Vevo certified work. Her label mate Justin Bieber topped the iTunes singles chart in 82 countries with new single “What Do You Mean”. In the Canadian platform’s albums chart, five Canadian releases made the Top 15 last week.

New Releases: 21 August 2015

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We begin this week’s new releases with Montreal’s Patrick Lehman. His third album Butchy’s Son continues his adeptness at old-school flavoured R&B. Formerly recording under Alice and the Intellects, Ariane Bisson McLernon, under Alice, gives us latest alternative album Climbing Away. Superb rock band from Charlottetown, Racoon Bandit, launches Close Your Eyes.

Easily living up to the hype, Carly Rae Jepsen slays with alt-pop masterpiece Emotion, her third LP. Winnipeg’s JP Hoe presents wonderful singer-songwriter album, Hideaway. With members from Mississauga, Guelph, Milton, and Toronto, fabulous Ontario alt-rock group Before the Flood releases Hole in the Sky.

The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra hails from Victoria and contributes delicious folk album Love. Seasons from Fredericton’s Andy Brown contains some amazing songwriting with catchy triple-A tunes. Another fine singer-songwriter is Simon Kearney from Quebec whose artistic album bears the title La vie en mauve.

Three EPs this week are Ottawa/Sault Ste. Marie singer-songwriter Kalle Mattson with Avalanche, Oshawa energetic rock band The Standstills with From the Devil’s Porch, and Milton, ON country-rock ace Steve Rivers with No Boundaries.

Enjoy the new music!

Headlines and Footdots for the Ides of August, 2015

Nikki Yanofsky Is Something to Live For


Vancouver EDM maker Felix Cartal, best known to date for cut “Don’t Turn On the Lights,” has teamed up with multiplatinum artist Nikki Yanofsky in new single “Something to Live For”. He says the song was inspired by missing out on real life experiences due to heads buried in cell phones and social networking timelines. Nikki’s voice sounds superb as always, scraping the sky on the big chorus before a plundering of beats. The MV out later this month Felix says is a modern take on The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony”. His debut LP Life Online, via Universal Music, follows in the autumn.  iTunes

Johnny Reid Back in the Game


Another ace player frisbeeing out a new single this week is multiplatinum soul singer Johnny Reid. While known mostly for country, there are indications that he is veering over to the adult contemporary field, and that is where new song “A Picture of You” is framed. Johnny is even sporting a Dan Hill beard these days. After only two days, the song has broken into the iTunes Top 40. In the words of Chuck Berry, “Go Johnny go, go”.  iTunes

Francesco Yates’ Debut EP


Hot, fresh teen star Francesco Yates has announced that his debut EP will be out September 11 and is now available for pre-order on iTunes. The 6-track, self-titled disc will include three previously released singles, “Call”, “When I Found You”, and Billboard Top 40 hit “Better To Be Loved”. Opening track “Honey, I’m Home” available now.  iTunes

Carly Rae Jepsen Has Billboard Seeping in Emotion


Billboard Magazine’s recent feature on Mission, BC pop superstar Carly Rae Jepsen remarks on the progression she has taken from “the squeaky-clean, high-school-crush pop” of Kiss to “edgier, more mature alt-pop territory” on upcoming album Emotion. During the Manhattan (New York) interview, Carly stated, “There’s a stereotype idea of what a pop star is, and I don’t really fit into that. … The expectation that every song you’re putting out is doing well on radio — that’s stuff that you can’t control. To try would drive you insane.” Lead single “I Really Like You” went gold and reached #14 on the charts with little radio support. The pop artist took a detour from the mainstream to reel in indie specialists like Dev Hynes, Ariel Rechtshaid and Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij on the new album. “I wanted to be brave and [record] music that was really me rather than just putting out what I thought would sell. I would’ve regretted more not doing what I did — making a passion project come to life.” Emotion will be out August 21, 2015. The CMB will publish an early review in the next few days.

Drake Breaks Silence on Toronto Shootings


Toronto rapper Drake broke his silence regarding the two shooting deaths that occurred at the afterparty of his OVO Fest in Toronto. Bystander Ariela Navarro-Fenoy, 26, was killed in outside crossfire after being refused a taxi ride home because of the short distance. Drake says he was caught in the dilemma of pressure for making a statement by Crime Stoppers, the victims’ families and public posts online and pressure against it by his PR team worried that misinterpretations would damage his public image. He decided to go with his heart and stated the following (it is unknown whether he came up with these words himself or they were written for him):

“I am plagued and pained by the violence that continues to escalate in our city. I stare into the eyes of so many young people and I wish to see them all shine as bright as they possibly can in this lifetime. I encourage my generation to show as much value and gratitude as you can for the lives we have been gifted.

“My deepest condolences go out to the Navarro-Fenoy and Hibbert families for their loss of Ariela and Duvel. Along with them I send my condolences to all of the families that have lost loved ones to the senseless violence that has and continues to occur in our city.

“Although Toronto is globally viewed as a major city, at the core we are still a small close-knit community, and it is our public responsibility to ensure the safety and wellbeing of one another. We need each other to further our communities for generations to come.

“I pray for better times and better understanding.”

Bring Down The House With Gold

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Country music A-lister Dean Brody has a new gold single. “Bring Down the House” received the certification by Music Canada just 8 weeks after release. It is his fourth single to be graced with a precious metal, the others being “Bounty” (gold), “It’s Friday” (gold), and “Canadian Girls” (platinum). Dean’s album Dirt has gone gold. In Canada, gold certification is given for sales reaching 40,000 units.

Mia Martina at Virgin Radio Beach Ball

Mia Martina Virgin Radio Beach Ball

New Brunswick empress of EDM, Mia Martina was on the West Coast recently to perform at a summer Beach Ball hosted by Vancouver’s number one CHR station Virgin Radio 94.5 (formerly The Beat). During a televised interview on CTV Morning Live, she revealed plans in the works to release a Franco album with a team of Francophone writers and producers. Fluently bilingual, she wishes to make a contribution to the Franco realm in honour of her Acadian roots. We look forward to it. Martina joined Shawn Hook, Dragonette, and Trevor Guthrie at the concert which was held at classic venue The Commodore Ballroom.

Dear Rouge Tongues

We leave you with the latest MV by synthrock duo Dear Rouge for “Tongues”:

Canadian Urban Artists Slay in The USA

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If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late by Toronto rapper Drake has become the first 2015 album to sell 1 million copies in the United States. R&B star The Weeknd, from the same city, has topped the Billboard American Hot 100 this week with “Can’t Feel My Face”. The song has peaked at #2 domestically, thus far unable to dethrone OMI’s reggae anthem “Cheerleader” which has perched itself on top for 8 weeks. At end of June, Nielsen confirmed that the Drake album was the 6th best-selling of the year at home and second most successful from a Canadian artist, outdone only by the debut album from country star Yoan. In the UK, Carly Rae Jepsen’s “I Really Like You” and The Weeknd’s “Earned It” are the year’s most successful Canadian singles to date, achieving peak chart positions of #3 and #4 respectively.

10+1 Anticipated Albums Out Before September 2015

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As future Canadian works come into focus, we are super stoked for what’s about to drop prior to the shallow-angle sun rays of September!

Burlington, Ontario rock band, known for radio staples like “Paralyzer”, draws five crooked lines with finger eleven to spell out a new album release set for July 31! August 7 will see another one surfed up by Edmonton blue wave jangle popper Mac Demarco as well as a dose of faded gloryville by exquisite Toronto country superstar Lindi Ortega! Holy smokes! But that’s not all…

Led by sumptuous female vocals, hard rock enthusiasts are pining heavily for the new release by Toronto’s Diemonds, Never Wanna Die, out August 14! Wow! But brace yourselves! One of the most anticipated albums of the year, Emotion, by Mission, BC superstar Carly Rae Jepsen graces August 21 in addition to Hideaway from Winnipeg’s marvellous JP Hoe! And if that’s not exciting enough…

Slated for launch on August 28 are a batch of mouth-watering delicacies! Toronto urban wizards k-os and The Weeknd BOTH churn out respectively Can’t Fly Without Gravity and Beauty Behind the Madness! Oh my freaky-deaky gosh! Even more, Vancouver alt-rock master Destroyer takes us into Poison Season, while Outremont, QC’s Coeur de Pirate will have everything comin’ up roses! How about one more?

Plus, rumoured for an August 21 release is the debut album by superb young hot shot Francesco Yates!

Consider us completely floored!

Headlines for Early July 2015


Toronto’s The Weeknd becomes the first Canadian artist to see a 2015 single earn multiplatinum status, as “Earned It” strikes double platinum for sales in excess of 160,000 copies. Other certified 2015 singles are “I Really Like You” from Carly Rae Jepsen and “Sound of Your Heart” from Shawn Hook, both gold. “Where Are U Now” which features Canadian artist Justin Bieber has gone gold as well. “Something Big” by Ontario’s Shawn Mendes, though released in November 2014, peaked on the charts this year and has gone platinum.

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Vancouver based recording artist Wanting Qu now has scholarships named in her honour by The Art Institute of Vancouver. Launched on Canada Day, the college is now accepting applications for the Wanting Qu Rising Star Scholarship ($20,000) and the Wanting Qu Most Dedicated Artist Scholarship ($10,000). Qu was a 2007 graduate of the college with a Certificate in Electronic Music.

Wanting is featured on various artists album Herstory with Mayday. The latter is a very popular rock band based in Taiwan. The album is a compilation of some of the band’s greatest hits all covered by female superstars like Fish Leong and Sandy Lam. Wanting voices the opening track, “There Is An Absolute In Life”. See the MV below.


Things appear to be settled now on a long-running dispute between Disney and deadmau5 regarding his mau5 head. The EDM superstar had already trademarked his gear in 30 countries but was unable to do so in the United States because Disney objected saying that it bore too close a resemblance to Mickey Mouse ears. Deadmau5 retorted by demanding Disney stop using his track “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff” in a remix featuring Mickey. The two parties seem to have realized that working together rather than being at odds would be more mutually profitable.

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Ottawan country superstar Kira Isabella will be performing July 11-12 with American artist Jason Aldean during the Calgary Stampede this year. With two stupendous albums under her belt, we do wonder why they would not have Kira headline her own show to a sold out Saddledome crowd, but the country music broadcast scene is in “bro mode” these days. In related news, the Calgary Stampede will not be serving cockroach pizza as originally planned because the critters were barred entry to Canada at the border. Last year, scorpion pizza was apparently a big hit!



BC band Hedley has created its own brand of shoes. They do look kinda nifty. Whether you use them to bowl, dance, or peddle bicycles is up to you.

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Elle magazine has decided to feature Carly Rae Jepsen on the front cover, looking super cool:

Carly Rae Jepsen Elle Magazine

As promised, we leave you with Wanting Qu’s cover of Mayday’s “There Is an Absolute in Life”.