Mid-June 2017 Hot Canadian Tracks

We’re closing in on summer, upon Canada’s 150th, and upon us is a tasty batch of new tracks which we present. Hopefully at least one of these will do it for ya.

Quebec’s Arcade Fire has decided to release a second track off upcoming album Everything Now. “Creature Comfort” offers a style that is punchier than the bouncy title track released not too long ago. An ultra widescreen MV complete with lyrics is out, the coolest part of which is to see Régine pull a LIGHTS and wield a keytar.  iTunes

The Great White North’s most popular pop group, British Columbia’s Hedley, has wrapped up the Hello era to launch a stand-alone single, “Love Again”. A new album is undoubtedly in the works.  iTunes

Montreal alternative group Stars releases a traditional two-track single as A-Side: “Privilege”, B-Side: “We Called It Love”.  iTunes

Ontarian Donovan Woods has crafted a super catchy singer-songwriter ditty called “All Mine”. He sounds a bit like John Mayer which we mean as a compliment. Wonderful track!  iTunes

The incomparable Pierre Lapointe cranks up the artistry on “La science du cœur” which builds to a satisfying climax. The music video (subtitled in English) has the camera slowly pulling back as Pierre stands before a beautiful set design.  iTunes

Nova Scotian Ria Mae is back with a bite on wonderful new pop song “Bend”. If she can consistently come up with songs this good, the platinum singer and songwriter has a great career in store.  iTunes

The production on Toronto’s Alvvays‘ last effort pushed Molly’s beautiful vocals into the background drowning them out into a muffle which disappointed us. Hopefully, a smarter job will be done on upcoming album Antisocialites. Lead single “In Undertow” is … in tow.  iTunes

Death from Above 1979 casts forth new song “Freeze Me”, a boss alternative rock track. The outfit has a JUNO and a gold-certified disc.  iTunes

Metric singer Emily Haines echoes the beautiful piano balladry of Emm Gryner (21st Century Ballads) while filling it with alternative ornamentation. The new track is “Fatal Gift” in which she addresses extremes of wealth and poverty.  iTunes

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Selected New Releases 23 September 2016

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Dieppe, NB’s Caroline Savoie kicks of this week’s batch of new releases with her beautiful singer-songwriter self-titled album. From her over to the province of Quebec, eclectic, though leaning towards progressive rock, is MauvesCoco as well as adult contemporary release Décibels et des silences from internationally famous Lynda Lemay.

We get some more singer-songwriter / folk from Toronto’s Justin Rutledge on East and more adult contemporary from Châteauguay’s Ima on Femme. For those who like bossa nova, Jean-François Léger does a fine job covering some of the big hits of the genre over the past 50 years on 50 ans de Bossa Nova.

Topping iTunes in 65 countries, Pickering, ON’s teen sensation Shawn Mendes releases his sophomore album Illuminate drawing comparisons to John Mayer and Ed Sheeran. Orillia, ON’s Kirty delivers an excellent, melancholy, alternative self-titled LP. Find rock with melody on the eponymous album from St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC’s O Linea.

The legend who is Plume Latraverse gifts us with his latest, Rechut, focussing on roots music and unsurprisingly tops iTunes musique francophone. Always providing the fun, couple Marie-Eve Janvier and Jean-François Breau are back at it with adult contemporary work La route infinie. Two great alternative works from Montreal are Scavenger by KROY and Solitudes by Matt Holubowski.

A pair of EPs this week are Alright, Alright, Okay by Edmonton’s Havelin and They Are Going Away by Sarnia’s Donovan Woods. Both would fall into the singer-songwriter / folk realm, though the first is more perky and the latter more reflective. Both are superb.

New Releases February 26, 2016

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Arcade fire member and violinist Sarah Neufeld launches The Ridge. She is originally from British Columbia. The album is essentially an alternative work. One of the founding members of Men Without Hats has been dabbling in soundtrack style electronic music and books of poetry. Under project name, Le souffleur de sons, Jérémie Arrobas releases De l’invisible on ne voit que le mot. The baritone voice of Montreal new wave specialist Stefie Shock returns on a tribute album of songs from French alt-pop singer Serge Gainsbourg. 12 belles dans la peau features a bevy of high-profile female guest vocalists including Marie-Pierre Arthur and Fanny Bloom.

In the folky singer-songwriter field we have roots-oriented Honest Man from New Brunswick’s Matt Anderson and the more laid back Hard Settle, Ain’t Troubled from Toronto’s Donovan Woods. For those who like punk, a harder work is High Power by Dundas, Ontario’s Dirty Nil while on the more pop-punk side, there is Regarde maman I’m on the TV from Verdun, QC’s Kamakazi. And now for something completely different… Franco children’s music thanks to Kattam et ses Tam-Tams and De Tombouctou a Bombay. It is world music flavoured and includes an interpretations of Stromae’s blockbuster hit “Alors on dance”. Merci…Mes grands success is a new greatest hits LP from successful recording artist Marie-Chantal Toupin.

A few EPs are out. Ryan Playground is a Montreal-based electronic project. Disc Elle features a few guests including JUNO winner Ryan Hemsworth. From the same province, alternative artist Philémon Cimon releases 4-track disc Psychanalysez-vous. With Vancouver’s 604 Records, former Jackie Valentine front man Kieran Mercer of White Rock has launched his debut EP Help Me Help You, a great pop outing.