New Releases: Matthew Good, Tenille Arts, and More!

We have new albums this week from 3 JUNO winners and an additional 4 nominees, one multiplatinum artist, one platinum, and one gold. At the bottom of this post find a listing of 17 LPs and 6 EPs/mini albums for your enjoyment. We wish to highlight a few of these.

For those who like to get jiggy wid it, Orangeville, ON EDM duo DVBBS presents full-length album Blood of My Blood. The lads landed a JUNO nomination and struck platinum with previous single “Tsunami” which also went all the way to #1 on the British charts. The album is a bit more urban flavoured for those who dig it.

Toronto’s Carol Welsman has yet to win a JUNO for her exquisite vocal jazz, scoring six nominations over the years. Her new album is entitled For You. Find her interpretations of such classics as “Close to You” and “My Funny Valentine”.

Rock man Matt Mays of Dartmouth, NS is back with an album that is selling well, Once Upon a Hell of a Time. In 2014, Matt’s album Coyote won the JUNO for Rock Album of the Year.

Toronto’s very popular Tenille Arts introduces her debut LP, Rebel Child. There are many emerging country artists, and she is leading most with her energetic delivery and splendid vocals.

Multiplatinum 4-time (2 as a soloist) JUNO winner Matthew Good of Coquitlam, BC gives us his latest effort which is Something Like a Storm. It leads the week’s releases at iTunes (currently #4). Matthew likes to craft rock with a hint of new wave.

Alternative folk comes by way of Toronto’s Skydiggers. The band won a JUNO for Most Promising Group of the Year way back in 1993. It’s good the outfit is still making music. The latest work of art is Warmth of the Sun.

Drummondville, QC’s Andy St-Louis (female) contributes a delightful 4-track EP of beautiful adult contemporary tunes worth checking out; Chez Moi is doing quite well on the Musique fracophone charts.

Finally, something of a treat, St. John’s Kim Stockwood joins jazz pianist Bill King with an easy listening EP, Sometimes the Moon. It feels like watching a classy old-time movie. Very nicely done. Kim was nominated for a JUNO in 1996 (Best New Solo Artist).

A number of new singles and music videos are out this week as well. We’d like to highlight “Darts in the Dark” from multiplatinum group MAGIC! The band has gone for a little more of an electronic sound on this, and it sounds nifty.

One of the best songs of the year off one of the best albums gets a music video. We’re talking about “Moonlight Shadow” off album Young Mopes from British Columbia’s Louise Burns. View it below, and find underneath a listing of some of the week’s Canadian artist LPs and EPs.

Adieu Veracruz Cherry Cherie Alt Rock  
L’alphabet des animaux Natasha St-Pier Children’s 1JN; G
Blood of My Blood DVBBS EDM 1JN; P
Break Andre Bisson  Blues  
Le demon normal Oktoplut Metal  
For You Carol Welsman Jazz 6JN
Morose Les Poules à Colin Folk  
Nothing Else Matters ViVA Trio EL  
Nouveau depart! Jacques & Geneviève AC  
Once Upon a Hell of a Time Matt Mays Rock 1JW
Rebel Child Tenille Arts Country  
Rever plus fort Thierry Bruyere Alt Rock  
Rivers Mark Martyre S-S  
Sanza Soul Laetitia Zonzambé World  
Shame Tough Age Alt Rock  
Something Like a Storm Matthew Good Rock 4JW; 2xP
Warmth of the Sun Skydiggers Alt Folk 1JW
Chez moi (EP) Andy St-Louis AC  
Downtown Kids (EP) David James Country  
Etre social (EP) Émilie Landry AC  
Low Light (EP) Lydia Persaud S-S  
Sometimes the Moon (EP) Kim Stockwood EL 1JN
Yugen (EP) Gazoline Alt  

JN – Juno Nominations
JW – Juno Wins
G – Gold (highest certification on a recording)
P – Platinum (highest certification on a recording)
2xP – Double Platinum (highest certification on a recording)
EL – Easy Listening
AC – Adult Contemporary
S-S – Singer-Songwriter


Selected New Releases 16 September 2016


Oh, how we dig some of the new music out this week. In alphabetical order by title, we begin with 11 LPs.

Award winning progressive garage rock group Gazoline pumps potent petrol juices into the scene with new album Brûlensemble. Toronto’s Tami Neilson is highly adept at whipping up a delicious amalgam of rockabilly, blues, soul, and alternative country as demonstrated on fresh disc Don’t Be Afraid. Charlottetown’s Paper Lions present music in Full Colour, a quaint indie pop record that will get you boppin’. Limoilou, QC is the spot that had GLD rap into the limelight and now delivers Laisse moi faire ma musique. Regina may seem an unlikely platform for world music but stereotypes can be shattered, and LP Madera from the city’s Andino Suns will have you dream of partying on the Andean Mountains.

JUNO nominated group Valaire (also longlisted for the Polaris Prize) knows how to do pop music right, especially considering the amazingly good Oobopopop, funky, upbeat, brisk, and invigorating. Another standout this week is Regarde Autour from Charlesbourg, QC’s world famous singer Bruno Pelletier. Some of the songs on here are irresistibly infectious. If you’re seeking something a little more alternative and experimental, we’ve got Says You by Montreal’s The Luyas. More alternative music comes from a city not as prolific in terms of artists these days as its size would suggest. Yes, Winnipeg. Something Got Lost Between Here and the Orbit is the new album from Royal Canoe.

The highly anticipated new LP from Ottawa, JUNO winning powwowstep masters A Tribe Called Red topped iTunes upon release. It is perhaps a little more vocal and diverse with spoken word, some rapping, chants, and the like with a number of guests including Shad and Tanya Tagaq. The clever title is We Are the Halluci Nation. Finally, we have another top seller, A Wider Space from Montreal’s Groenland gracing the land with alternative pop.

There are three extended play records of note this week. After the Glow is an alternative rock effort by Montreal’s Jesse Mac Cormack with some catchy numbers. Synth pop specialist Lyon from Toronto launches her latest EP Falling Up which is just fab. New Richmond, QC popular folk sisters Les soeurs Boulay return with classy EP Lendemains.

Lots of new singles out. Of most interest should be “C’est La Vie” from Canadian soul singer Bobby Bazini who had one of the best-selling albums of 2014. The new song is an instant smash and a must grab. It heralds the 4-time JUNO nominee’s upcoming third studio album. Both of his priors went platinum.