The 15 Best Music Videos of 2016

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We are counting down our favourite music videos of 2016. A good music video is one that keeps your attention even with the sound turned off. We admire MVs that are cinematic, adventurous, fun, sentimental, clever, artistic, original, that have attractive wardrobe choices, breathtaking shots, architectural or natural wonders, or a stellar message. With high standards, we prefer MVs that are low on violence, lechery, expletives, self-mutilation, and do not display the use of toxic substances, all of which are ugly to us. We select videos that are beautiful to look at, colourful, with crisp, clear photography and brightness/contrast controls properly balanced. Below is a list of our 15 favourite Canadian MVs released in 2016. As YouTube often changes the addresses of videos, we have not embedded the MVs here but have provided links to them for your convenience. (Do note that these may become invalid in the future). As usual, we allowed only one entry per artist on the list and have provided a screen capture for each video below.

15Black Moon by Amaara

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New Canadian singer and dream pop specialist Amaara, based in Toronto, launched debut single “Black Moon” complete with a music video that is filled with mystical themes and dark ambience. Find Amaara near a misty forest joined by some real animals—horse, wolf dog, and owl—lightning, and a rising supermoon. The MV was shot in Alberta.  Link

14Time by Dean Brody

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Time is a subject many recording artists like to address. Country superstar Dean Brody does a fine job especially when singing about how time can alienate generations. “He takes her fishing but he feels bad; she can’t take her eyes off that Facebook page”. And then speaks of how taking time for granted will result in missed opportunities. “But someday soon, who knows how long, she’ll look up from that phone and he’ll be gone.” The wonderful music video does the song justice with many beautiful, related shots that are often dark, damp, and leafy.  Link

13How Far I’ll Go by Alessia Cara

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Alessia performs the song from the Disney animated film Moana on the beach. She has the mother of all sticks and has fun drawing intricate patterns in the sand.  Link

12Faint of Heart by Tegan and Sara

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The Calgary twins put out a number of impressive MVs for tracks off the Love You to Death album. We liked this one best. It features a number of music fans dressing up as their favourite icons with suitable backdrops. Included are Madonna, Elvis, David Bowie, and more.  Link

11Armageddon by Michelle Treacy

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Michelle Treacy was one of the breakout artists of the year; her song “Armageddon” made the Billboard Hot 100. She’s from Ottawa. In the MV, she takes notes in her big journal with a plume and decks herself in colourful attire surrounded by a crowd of teddy bears. Can she make it through the Armageddon?  Link

10Mea Culpa by Automat

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Quebec City’s Automat knew just where to find some picturesque landscapes heading over to Iceland for the shoot. It’s always a good idea to use a decent camera to take advantage of the climes which the band has done here. Exploring a new land is always fun and the MV perfectly captures that spirit.  Link

9Je Reviens by Marie-Mai

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Pop-rock platinum superstar Marie-Mai released this MV at the end of last year after we published our best MVs of 2015 list, so we’ve given it a home on 2016’s. The song is a supercharged rock juggernaut with electronic pulses and a cool oriental vibe; the MV is a feast for the eyes.  Link

8World Princess Part II by Grimes

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Vancouver’s Grimes treated us with a number of music videos in 2016 and just about any of them could be placed here. We like this one best with its raindrops falling on green grass next to a dilapidated castle and footbridge backed by great architecture among other sights.  Link

7Shore by Daniela Andrade

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This popular Edmonton indie pop whiz delighted us with 4 music videos for the 4 tracks on her 2016 EP, Shore. They are all spectacular, shot in Canada, Cuba, and Morocco. We settled on the MV for title-track “Shore”.  Link

6So Far Away by Bridgeway ft. Stéphanie Bédard

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One of the year’s best bilingual version songs came from Bridgeway and features Drummondville, QC’s Stéphanie Bédard. It has a nice pop/rock feel with rich textures reminiscent of Take That. The MV for “So Far Away” presents some spectacular views of snowy land surrounding a tower.  Link

5Need You Now by Gelsea Mae

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Newcomer Gelsea Mae from Vancouver Island put out the perfect video for pop song “Need You Now” as she dances amidst jiving neon lines, kaleidoscopes, and flashes of glitter.  Link

4Too Young by Zeds Dead

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One of the cleverest videos of the year, one can only imagine how much work went into it. A model with various rooms and sets showcases the goings on with the animated figures. Zeds Dead is from Toronto.  Link

3Underside by You Say Party

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This music video deserves an award. Inspired by Hayao Miyazaki’s classic movie Princess Mononoke, we watch a little one journeying through vast terrain to find something or perhaps hoping to be found. The group filmed 4,000 km around Japan. This is pretty amazing.  Link

2Diamond Eyes by Lexi Strate

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Making effective use of contrasts between shadowy turquoise verses and a glittering peachy chorus, as well as adding a mixed emotion pink/blue combo for the bridge before going for the kaleidoscope at the close, this is fabulous music video art that complements an artistic pop track perfectly. A delicious dessert for both the ears and eyes.  Link

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Canadian Music Blog’s 2016 Music Video of the Year

The iceman cometh. When grief-stricken in a cold and very sad, blue world, one must be careful lest the sudden arrival of the warmth of love cause the heart to melt and the body too! Being thrown from one world to the opposite one may be a relief but sometimes the change is too much. Our protagonist is melting like wax and his beautiful companion is rushing to save him with a bag of ice. But will it be too late? However you may interpret it, what an amazing music video, beautifully shot, and with all kinds of meanings. Canadian Music Blog declares “Demain vendredi” from Jason Bajada as 2016’s music video of the year!  Link

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Selected New Releases: 21 Oct 2016

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Dean Brody has released his sixth studio album, Beautiful Freakshow. The Jaffray, BC raised platinum country superstar is a multiple JUNO winner. Toronto duo Harrow Fair launches debut album, Call to Arms stomping out early country and rock & roll with some gritty ballads. Artistic master Antoine Corriveau contributes brilliant alternative work with the long title Cette chose qui cognait au creux de sa poitrine sans vouloir s’arrêter. Translation: Heart?

Hailing from Ontario’s Wikwemikong Reserve, Crystal Shawanda is back with sumptuous blues album Fish Out of Water. Canada’s James Blunt is here, and his name is Stéphane McNicoll gifting us with sweet album Foncer. Mort de rire by Les Tavarneux is an awesome blues-rock effort.

The king of swing returns with album Nobody but Me. Diamond artist Michael Bublé of Burnaby, BC intersperses jazz pieces with pop on his latest. Cambridge Bay’s JUNO and Polaris winner Tanya Tagaq releases the atmospheric Retribution. From the standpoint of songwriting alone, Toronto roots act The Heartbroken delivers a winner in Storm Clouds.

Barrie, ON’s Dani Strong launches the exquisite Time to Breathe which is sitting at #2 on the iTunes Canada country chart! Charles Landry‘s Ton Coeur is a beautifully done singer-songwriter album. Winnipeg’s John K. Samson explores the phenomenon of Winter Wheat in his alternative work which is selling well.

Halifax raised diamond artist Sarah McLachlan contributes gorgeous Christmas album Wonderland. Currently outselling Lady Gaga is Leonard Cohen‘s You Want It Darker which is darkly gratifying for those who enjoy the Quebec artist’s gruff vocal style and captivating poetry. As far as EPs go, Barrie, ON’s Chantal Preston launches the impressive singer-songwriter job Call You Later.

Enjoy the new music!

Jess, Dean, Madeline, HV Performing at 2016 CCMA Gala

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The Canadian Country Music Association announced today that Jess Moskaluke, Madeline Merlo, High Valley, and Dean Brody will take the stage to perform at the 2016 CCMA Awards Show on Sunday, September 11. This will be the first time for the gala to be held in London. The program will air on CBC at 8 p.m. and be emceed by comedian Jessi Cruickshank.

Jess Moskaluke has won the CCMA award for female artist of the year for the past two years in a row. She is acclaimed as the first female Canadian country solo artist since Shania Twain to score a gold single with hit “Cheap Wine and Cigarettes”. This year, she has landed two songs in the country radio top 10.

Winner of the 2015 CCMA Rising Star Award, Madeline Merlo, is nominated for the 2016 CCMA Female Artist of the Year Award. In April, she released her debut album, Free Soul which spawned Top 10 hit “Whatcha Wanna Do About It”.

Beginning as a trio, Alberta’s High Valley is now a duo and has score a pair of gold singles. HV won the 2015 CCMA award for Group or Duo of the Year.

The Four Kings of Country Airplay

There are the sizzling female soloists and the delicious groups and duos, but from 2013 through to 2015, it is four Canadian male soloists who have scored #1 hits on Billboard country airplay. Other artists have succeeded in different ways (awards, gold platinum certifications, etc.), but in this post, we take a look at the four Canadian kings of country airplay and review the songs that climbed to the very top. They are Gord Bamford, Dean Brody, Dallas Smith, and Brett Kissel via “When Your Lips Are So Close”, “Bounty” (with Lindi Ortega), “Wastin’ Gas”, and “Airwaves” respectively.

GORD BAMFORD

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Origin:  Lacombe, Alberta
Formal Debut:  2001
Certification Level:  Platinum
Studio Albums to Date:  7
Hot 100 Songs:  14
JUNO Awards:  3 nominations
CCMA Awards:  15
Interesting Fact:  Gord was born in Australia but emigrated to Canada when he was 5.
#1 Single:  “When Your Lips Are So Close”

DEAN BRODY

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Origin:  Jaffray, British Columbia
Formal Debut:  2008
Certification Level:  Platinum
Studio Albums to Date:  5
Hot 100 Songs:  19
JUNO Awards:  1
CCMA Awards:  9
Interesting Fact:  Originally from BC, Dean now lives in Chester, Nova Scotia.
#1 Single:  “Bounty” (featuring Lindi Ortega)

DALLAS SMITH

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Origin:  Langley, British Columbia
Formal Debut:  2011
Certification Level:  Platinum
Studio Albums to Date:  2
Hot 100 Songs:  11
JUNO Awards:  1
CCMA Awards:  1
Interesting Fact:  Dallas used to be lead singer of rock band Default.
#1 Single:  “Wastin’ Gas”

BRETT KISSEL

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Origin:  Flat Lake, Alberta
Formal Debut:  2013
Certification Level:  Gold
Studio Albums to Date (major label):  2
Hot 100 Songs:  6
JUNO Awards:  1
CCMA Awards:  3
Interesting Fact:  Brett keeps a king of diamonds beneath his cowboy hat.
#1 Single:  “Airwaves”

Headlines and Footdots for the Ides of August, 2015

Nikki Yanofsky Is Something to Live For

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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

Dean Brody Travels the Gypsy Road

DeanBrody_GypsyRoadStar of country music Dean Brody was born and raised in British Columbia, now residing in Chester, Nova Scotia. As a BC boy, Dean worked in a sawmill while honing his guitar skills and writing songs. He was offered a recording contract in 2008 and launched his career. Since then he has done exceptionally well, planting a total of 18 songs into the Billboard Hot 100. “Canadian Girls” broke into the Top 40 and was certified platinum. “It’s Friday” and “Bounty” have struck gold. The latter reached #1 on BDS Country. Brody’s third album Dirt was his best seller, certified gold. His last, Crop Circles, received the JUNO Country Album of the Year Award.

Dean Brody’s new album Gypsy Road (Open Road Recordings) is his fifth and mounted the iTunes Top 10 upon release. “Upside Down” heralded the LP. Like his past works, the album was produced by Matt Rovey. Dean gives us a new batch of beautiful songs with engaging lyrics strengthening his foothold at the forefront of Canadian country.  iTunes

Selected New Releases 21 April 2015

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New releases this week include Aimer comme une emeute by Saskatoon singer-songwriter Anique Granger. Montreal soul pop singer Valerie Clio releases L’autre nous. Vancouver’s No Island specializes in retro pop-rock; Better Days is the new album. Sudbury’s Sea Perry presents a folkier pop-rock sound on Do What You Do. Twice nominated for a JUNO, roots group Great Lake Swimmers of Wainfleet, Ontario presents A Forest of Arms. Kelowna rock band The Wild launches GxDxWxB.

This week’s high profile release is Dean Brody‘s new country album Gypsy Road. The platinum JUNO winner is originally from Jaffray, BC. Heads Are Gonna Roll is the new album from Edmonton rock band Raygun Cowboys. Another country music release comes to us from PEI thanks to Heartbreaker of the Year by Whitney Rose. The members of rock group Sens with a self-titled work are from the Laurentides. Hamilton rock band Flamingo Bay serves Steak N’ Eggs. Two EPs this week have emerged from Montreal artists:  Pink Venus from new wave act Les Incendiaires and Side A from The Muscadettes.

Terri Clark Hosting CCMA Holiday Special

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Fans of Canadian country music will be pleased that the Canadian Country Music Association will be presenting the CCMA Holiday Special, airing on CBC-TV on Monday, December 15 at 9 p.m./9:30 p.m. NT and on CMT Canada on Thursday, December 18 at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET. The special will be hosted by multiplatinum artist Terri Clark and will feature performances by some of Canada’s top country greats.

Terri will be joined on stage by Gord Bamford, Jason Blaine, Dean Brody, Chad Brownlee, Lindsay Ell, Tim Hicks, High Valley, Kira Isabella, Brett Kissel, Beverley Mahood, One More Girl, Lindi Ortega, Deric Ruttan, and Tebey. As well, The Stellas will be performing with their daughters Lennon and Maisy.

Clark says, “I hope this Special brings some holiday spirit to our country music fans.” Don Green, president of the CCMA, adds, “The CCMA, and the Canadian country music industry, really does feel like a big, extended family.” The CCMA Holiday Special was filmed at Rexall Place in Edmonton this past September. A portion of all ticket sales from the filming has gone towards MusiCounts.

In addition to the televised airdates above, the audio of the CCMA Holiday Special will broadcast on CBC Radio One, Canada Live on Friday, December 19 at 2 p.m./2:30 p.m. NT and CBC Radio 2, Canada Live on Monday, December 22 at 7 p.m./7:30 p.m. NT. It will also re-air on CMT on December 25 at 1 a.m. ET.

Update: You can watch the CCMA Holiday Special here.

2014 Canadian Country Music Association Award Winners

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7 September 2014 – Tonight Edmonton played host to the annual Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) awards, emceed by Calgarian pop star Jann Arden and Newfoundland comedian Rick Mercer. The sold out affair saw Gord Bamford take home the Song of the Year trophy for “When Your Lips Are So Close” which topped the Billboard Country Airplay charts last year. The Australian-born Albertan was also named Male Artist of the Year. The Female Artist of the Year award went to Saskatchewan’s Jess Moskaluke whose hit single “Cheap Wine and Cigarettes” was recently declared gold by Music Canada for sales in excess of 40,000 units. Dean Brody’s Crop Circles was named Album of the Year while Scottish Canadian Johnny Reid took home the Fans’ Choice Award. Other trophies went to Small Town Pistols (Group or Duo of the Year), Lindi Ortega (Roots Artist of the Year), and Tim Hicks (Rising Star of the Year). Brett Kissel’s “3-2-1” was named Video of the Year. Below is a list of nominees in selected categories with the winners bolded in green. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Bounty – Dean Brody
Started With A Song – Brett Kissel
Take The Week Off – Deric Ruttan
Tippin’ Point – Dallas Smith
When Your Lips Are So Close – Gord Bamford

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
All Kinds of Crazy – Codie Prevost
Crop Circles – Dean Brody
Started With A Song – Brett Kissel
Throw Down – Tim Hicks
Tippin’ Point EP – Dallas Smith

FANS’ CHOICE AWARD
Gord Bamford
Paul Brandt
Dean Brody
George Canyon
Johnny Reid

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Terri Clark
Kira Isabella
Jess Moskaluke
Lindi Ortega
MacKenzie Porter

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Gord Bamford
Dean Brody
Brett Kissel
Dallas Smith
Bobby Wills

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
Autumn Hill
The Boom Chucka Boys
The Road Hammers
Small Town Pistols
The Western Swing Authority

ROOTS ARTIST OF THE YEAR
The Lovelocks
Corb Lund
Lindi Ortega
Jimmy Rankin
The Western Swing Authority

RISING STAR
Lindsay Ell
Tim Hicks
Wes Mack
Jess Moskaluke
Tebey

CMT VIDEO OF THE YEAR
3-2-1 – Brett Kissel
Bounty – Dean Brody
Duet – Wes Mack ft. Carly McKillip
Friends Of Mine – Jason Blaine
Got A Feeling – Tim Hicks ft. Blackjack Billy
Take The Week Off – Deric Ruttan

SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR

Bounty, Dean Brody
(Written By: Dean Brody)

Hell Raisin’ Good Time, Tim Hicks
(Written By: Jeff Coplan, Tim Hicks, Casey Marshall, Neil Sanderson)

Mine Would Be You, Blake Shelton
(Written By: Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, Deric Ruttan)

Started With A Song, Brett Kissel
(Written By: Brett Kissel, Craig Wiseman)

When Your Lips Are So Close, Gord Bamford
(Written By: Gord Bamford, Brent L. Baxter, Byron Hill)

2014 CCMA Nominations

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The Canadian Country Music Association has announced the nominees for its 2014 music awards. Broadcasted on the CBC and CMT, the gala will be held in Edmonton on September 7 and will be hosted by two of the funniest Canadians: Jann Arden and Rick Mercer.

In terms of radio airplay these days, country music in Canada is predominantly a boys’ club. Male singers made up 84% of 2013’s top 50 spins. The nominations this year are a reflection of this male dominance, as the main categories – Album of the Year, Single of the Year, and Fans’ Choice Award – are an all-male sweep. Bright new faces like Kira Isabella, Jess Moskaluke, and Lindsay Ell are working very hard in the midst of this. Good for them.

Flat Lake, Alberta’s Brett Kissel leads the pack with 8 nominations. He is followed by Dean Brody (6) and Gord Bamford (5). Saskatchewan’s Jess Moskaluke has 3 nominations. Below in selected categories are the nominees. A full list is available HERE. You can vote for the Fans’ Choice Award HERE.

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Bounty – Dean Brody
Started With A Song – Brett Kissel
Take The Week Off – Deric Ruttan
Tippin’ Point – Dallas Smith
When Your Lips Are So Close – Gord Bamford

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
All Kinds of Crazy – Codie Prevost
Crop Circles – Dean Brody
Started With A Song – Brett Kissel
Throw down – Tim Hicks
Tippin’ Point EP – Dallas Smith

FANS’ CHOICE AWARD
Gord Bamford
Paul Brandt
Dean Brody
George Canyon
Johnny Reid

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Terri Clark
Kira Isabella
Jess Moskaluke
Lindi Ortega
MacKenzie Porter

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Gord Bamford
Dean Brody
Brett Kissel
Dallas Smith
Bobby Wills

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
Autumn Hill
The Boom Chucka Boys
The Road Hammers
Small Town Pistols
The Western Swing Authority

ROOTS ARTIST OF THE YEAR
The Lovelocks
Corb Lund
Lindi Ortega
Jimmy Rankin
The Western Swing Authority

RISING STAR
Lindsay Ell
Tim Hicks
Wes Mack
Jess Moskaluke
Tebey

CMT VIDEO OF THE YEAR
3-2-1 – Brett Kissel
Bounty – Dean Brody
Duet – Wes Mack ft. Carly McKillip
Friends Of Mine – Jason Blaine
Got A Feeling – Tim Hicks ft. Blackjack Billy
Take The Week Off – Deric Ruttan

SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR

Bounty, Dean Brody
(Written By: Dean Brody)

Hell Raisin’ Good Time, Tim Hicks
(Written By: Jeff Coplan, Tim Hicks, Casey Marshall, Neil Sanderson)

Mine Would Be You, Blake Shelton
(Written By: Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, Deric Ruttan)

Started With A Song, Brett Kissel
(Written By: Brett Kissel, Craig Wiseman)

When Your Lips Are So Close, Gord Bamford
(Written By: Gord Bamford, Brent L. Baxter, Byron Hill)

Dean Brody’s 16th Hit, “Another Man’s Gold”

Dean Brody - Another Man's Gold“Another Man’s Gold” is the new single with music video from Canadian country music superstar Dean Brody. The song debuted on the Hot 100 this week, his 16th to make the charts! As far as homegrown artists go, only Drake, Hedley, and Justin Bieber have landed more songs on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 than Dean Brody. The song is his third single from album Crop Circles. It builds stories around the concept that what one man throws away is another man’s gold. Dean reminisces about a time in his childhood when his dad took him to the dump and they found a bicycle that someone had thrown away. With a little oil it was as good as new. He fast forwards to his youth when he got his first job at a dairy farm driving tractor and bailing hay. He discovered an old Mustang abandoned in a bog. He asked the farmer and was told it was his if he wanted it. He towed it home and restored it. The third story deserves quoting. Read it below and enjoy the music video.  iTunes

It was an awkward blind date
We met at a park
She had her little girl tagging along
A Beautiful smile hadn’t been out in a while
She was a hard working single mom
In time I learned he’d left her
He said I’m just way too young
To be having a kid, I’m not ready for this
If you keep it I’m good as gone

He never looked back
As she watched him go
She stood there crying in the rain
Til one January day she had a beautiful baby girl

Tonight I took her in and read her stories
And hold her mama while the sun set low
My two arms full
Of this man’s gold

Gold/Platinum Certifications January – March 2014

Here are the latest certifications from Music Canada. Congratulations to the artists and a big thank you to Canadians for continuing to support them by buying their music. Dean Body has a pair. His 2012 single “Canadian Girls” has been certified platinum and 2013 single “Bounty” gold. Other singles are “Feeling Good” by The Sheepdogs from 2012 at gold and current hit singles “Rude” by MAGIC! and “Goodbye” by Glenn Morrison (featuring Islove), both platinum. Arcade Fire has the latest multiplatinum certification; Reflektor has been awarded triple platinum status. Hedley’s Wild Life album is now platinum as is City and Colour’s The Hurry and the Harm. Serge Fiori’s self-titled LP released just last week has become the first gold Canadian album of 2014, and Valerie Carpentier’s L’ete des orages, released at the end of 2013 has also gone gold.

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DEFINITIONS

For both albums and digital singles, current definitions are: Gold = 40,000 units sold. Platinum = 80,000, 2x Platinum = 160,000, 3x Platinum = 240,000, 4x Platinum = 320,000, etc. Diamond is equivalent to 10x platinum or 800,000 units sold.

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

Serena Ryder - What I Wouldn't Do

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

The Wilderness of Manitoba - Echoes

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

Glenn Morrison - Goodbye

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

Dean Brody - Bounty

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

Tegan and Sara - I Was a Fool

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

Wanting - Love Ocean

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.

Avril Lavigne - Let Me Go - Canadian Music Video of the Year 2013

Dean Brody’s Hot New Single “Bounty”

dean brody - bountySmall town BC raised country star Dean Brody is doing exceptionally well. He has won seven Canadian Country Music Association awards, this year crowned Male Artist of the Year. Dean’s album Dirt struck gold as did two of his singles “It’s Friday” and “Canadian Girls”. The latter was a Top 40 single on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 (#36), a rare feat for a country song. And would you believe that since 2008 Dean has enjoyed 14 charting singles on the Hot 100! His latest, “Bounty”, tells the story of slaying a lecher attacking his girl and having to flee the law to Mexico. The song features Lindi Ortega and heralds his upcoming 4th studio album Crop Circles (due out Nov 5). “Bounty” catapulted itself 46 positions up the Billboard chart to #49 this week making it Brody’s second highest charting single. The music video is such a delight, we thought we’d share it with you.

“Bounty” on iTunes     Dean Brody’s Website

2013 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Award Winners

Gord Bamford kira isabella ccma 2013

The CCMA gala was held in Edmonton today during which the final lot of awards for the year’s best in country music were announced. Below is a list of nominees for all major awards with the winner bolded in red. A list of further CCMA awards is HERE.

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
It’s Friday – Dean Brody feat. Great Big Sea
Jumped Right In – Dallas Smith
Leaning On A Lonesome Song – Gord Bamford
Main Street, 1979 – Deric Ruttan
Show Some Respect – Bobby Wills

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Classics II – George Canyon
Is It Friday Yet? – Gord Bamford
Jumped Right In – Dallas Smith
Roll – Emerson Drive
Small Town Pistols – Small Town Pistols

CMT VIDEO OF THE YEAR
A Little More Work – Kira Isabella
Hope & Gasoline – Beverley Mahood
I’m Movin’ On – Terri Clark feat. Dean Brody
Leaning On A Lonesome Song – Gord Bamford
Maybe You Remember Me Now – Hey Romeo

SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR
Baby I Know It (written by Caeland Garner/Johnny Reid; performed by Johnny Reid feat. Carolyn Dawn Johnson)
Bob Marley (written by Dean Brody; performed by Dean Brody)
Cool (written by Jason Blaine/Deric Ruttan; performed by Jason Blaine)
It’s Friday (written by Dean Brody; performed by Dean Brody feat. Great Big Sea)
Leaning On A Lonesome Song (written by Gord Bamford/Buddy Owens/Ray Stephenson; performed by Gord Bamford)

FANS’ CHOICE AWARD
Gord Bamford
Dean Brody
George Canyon
Terri Clark
Johnny Reid

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Terri Clark
Jaida Dreyer
Kira Isabella
Carolyn Dawn Johnson
Michelle Wright

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Gord Bamford
Dean Brody
Chad Brownlee
Dallas Smith
Bobby Wills

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
Emerson Drive
Hey Romeo
High Valley
Small Town Pistols
The Stellas

ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Clayton Bellamy
Shane Chisholm
The Heartbroken
Corb Lund
Lindi Ortega

RISING STAR
Autumn Hill
Tim Hicks
MacKenzie Porter
Tebey
Bobby Wills

INTERACTIVE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Terri Clark
Leah Daniels
High Valley
Codie Prevost
Tenille

SOME OTHER AWARDS
CCMA Hall of Fame Inductee – Rita MacNeil
CCMA Discovery Award – Wes Mack
Top Selling Album of the Year – Red by Taylor Swift
Top Selling Canadian Album of the Year – Fire It Up by Johnny Reid