2017 Easter Releases

Babins is a jazzy alternative group with members from Saint-Hippolyte and Saint-Jérôme Quebec. The band’s self-titled album, pinecone and all, funks its way into shops. This one’s a delight.

Charles-Antoine Gosselin of Sherbrooke is quite a talented folk artist. Fans of the genre can check out his beautiful new disc Bleu soleil.

Nominated for the New Group of the Year JUNO in 2011, punky alt-rock band Hollerado of Ottawa talks about being Born Yesterday on the its new LP.

Montreal’s CO/NTRY is a synthwave duo, and album Cell Phone 1 comes fully charged with delectable tracks.

For his second project, Montreal jazz saxophonist, composer and arranger Benjamin Deschamps invited trombonist Jean-Nicolas Trottier to join his usual quartet of players: Charles Trudel, piano; Sébastien Pellerin, double bass; and Alain Bourgeois, drums. The quintet’s beautiful instrumental jazz album Demi-nuit greets us this week. (Not pictured above).

Diamond jangle pop group Barenaked Ladies joins New York’s The Persuasions on album Ladies and Gentlemen with the latest penned batch of smile-inducing lyrics.

Vancouver punk group Isotopes contributes disc 1994 World Series Champions for those who like music that moves as fast as baseballs being knocked out of the park.

Toronto’s Graham Ko gets the indie rock rolling, at times folky and at others funky, on Outside Looking In. (Not pictured above).

Lakefield, ON’s Luke Nicholson popifies the folk with catchy tunes on album Shape and Sound. From the sounds of it, Luke is as talented as they come.

Vincent Boucher is a classical organist. He interprets the compositions of French composer Charles Tournemire on Tournemire: Mariae Virginis. This one’s gorgeous especially for those who love organ music.

There’s no shortage of rap these days. Montreal’s MC June explores the Vérités on his fresh LP. His voice is much easier on the ears than your usual MCs.

In lieu of the fifth season of La Voix (The Voice), a various artists’ album featuring the contestants and coaches has appeared. It is bilingual, and the players cover all sorts of big numbers including Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud,” Bryan Adams’ “Somebody,” and Stromae’s “Papaoutai”. The album currently sits in the iTunes Top 10. (Pictured below).

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Selected New Releases: 31 March 2015

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La+ch has sidestepped from Toronto band Sideways for solo album +. It blends R&B singing with dancey beats and electronica. With the release of its last album White Paint, Ottawan Juno-nominated band Hollerado promised a customized song for each fan who pre-ordered it. The band has delivered on the promise releasing 111 Songs on 4-discs. Montreal instrumental post rock band Godspeed You! Black Emperor should beef up its cult following with new atmospheric four-track LP Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress. Vancouver synth rock duo Dear Rouge launches debut album Black to Gold. We have embedded the eye-popping MV for the title track below.

The A-list singer-songwriters seem to have released new albums at the same time. Juno winner Ron Sexsmith drops his 14th album, Carousel One, and it’s one of his best with beautifully written jewels. Singer-songwriter Beth Moore from the Niagara region has won a number of awards in Ontario as well as the CBC. Five Out of Ten is her sophomore LP. The aforementioned Sexsmith appears as a featured artist along with David Myles, Alejandra Ribera, Kuba Oms, and Anya Marina on Alex Cuba‘s new LP, Healer. With it, The Smithers, BC Juno winner gives us a bilingual album: English and Spanish.

Hard rock lovers will rejoice for the fifth Three Days Grace album, Human. The Norwood, Ontario band has been nominated six times at the Junos, not winning one yet. However, the group has achieved multiplatinum status and hopes fans will accept new lead vocalist Matt Walst from My Darkest Days. Matt replaces Adam Gontier who departed for health reasons and is the brother of bassist Brad Walst. Also in the realm of high profilers is Mia Martina who gives us her self-titled second dance album which includes a few previously released hit singles and some new songs. The New Brunswick singer has scored three Juno nominations and three gold singles to date.

Lisbonne Télégramme is a new quartet that performs dream folk debuting with the compelling album Miroir d’automne. Le Vent du Nord performs more traditional folk; Têtu is the name of its new album. For those hungry for something weird and wonderful, a captivating, eponymous work has appeared from alternative act, The Loodies. All three of the above are from Montreal.

Valerie Lahaie was a contestant on The Voice. Her coach was rocker Éric Lapointe. She puts forth her debut rock album, Vertige that holds some really good numbers. Another exquisite singer-songwriter is Peter Katz from Toronto. He releases We Are the Reckoning which is quite mind blowing to say the least. Peter is a Juno nominee. Finally, we have an EP from Toronto’s Taylor Knox called Lines which is a rock work. We leave you with the promised MV from Vancouver’s Dear Rouge. Enjoy the music.

Hollerado Brushes Up with White Paint

hollerado - white paintMenno Versteeg (lead vocals), Nixon Boyd (guitar), Dean Baxter (bass), and Jake Boyd (drums), as Hollerado, hail from the snow-blown city of the Rideau Canal and perform a catchy punk rock with elements of ska that landed them a JUNO nomination in 2011 for New Group of the Year. They have as of late released their second full-length album, White Paint. Somewhat unique in the genre for all singing vocal harmonies and hollering together atop the punky drumming and crisp, assertive guitar work, the boys were road mates growing up on the same street in the Ottawa south suburb of Manotick. As Montréal boasts a more established industry, they recorded there prior to touring China. Lead single off the new 14-track album is “Pick Me Up”. The songs are packed full of details, surprises, and a plethora of varied guitar riffs replacing a standard cup of black coffee with a cup of spiced up Indian tea. The paint may be a plain white, but while listening to the record, it flakes off revealing a deep layer of rich colours both lyrically and musically. Hollerado is a talented bunch and we look forward to witnessing their career flourish.

White Paint on iTunes     Hollerado’s Official Website