Ruth B, Florida Georgia Line to Guest on The Voice Finale

The Voice/La Voix crowned four finalists this past weekend, one for each of the four teams. Team Pierre settled upon David Marino, Team Éric Ludovick Bourgeois, Team Isabelle Frank Williams, and Team Marc Rebecca Noelle.

The Grand Finale will feature some big-name guests while celebrating music from the world’s second most famous family in song: The Jacksons. But of course shall be added the most famous of all, Les Sœurs Boulay!

Hot Albertan newcomer Ruth B, with a triple platinum single under her tuque as well as a recent JUNO award, will lend her support and her vocals to the contestants. American duo Florida Georgia Line will countrify the atmosphere with its signature brand of greatness. As well, Canadian duo, the platinum folk-pop 2frères will enchant with their unifying choruses. Stéphanie St-Jean, the winner of the last season of The Voice in 2016, is launching her debut album this Friday (May 5, 2017) and will be present to cheer on the victor of 2017. A number of other La Voix alumni will grace the stage at the big shindig including Matt Holubowski, Philippe Touzel, Éléonore Lagacé, and winner of Season One that started off the series, Valérie Carpentier.

To this wealth of exceptional artists are added the 4 fabulous finalists, David Marino, Frank Williams, Ludovick Bourgeois, and Rebecca Noelle, who will have the privilege to offer viewers, for the first time, an original song composed especially for them by their coach. The show, hosted by Charles Lafortune, airs Sunday night at 7:30 pm, live on the TVA network.

David Marino

This potential teen heartthrob, at 18 years old from Montreal, is currently pursuing college studies in science. He’s a lover of 50s music and hopes to introduce its style to the present generation. Convinced of the power of music, he set up a benefit concert for the Mental Health Foundation of the Jewish General Hospital. Good luck, David!

Ludovick Bourgeois

This 24-year-old from Lorraine, QC is the son of Les BB singer Patrick Bourgeois, and naturally fell in love with music at a young age, turning to it at the close of his adolescence after enthusiastically pursuing sports. He performed with his dad at Francofolies in 2015 before a crowd of 50,000. But it was his mom who convinced him to join The Voice. Good luck, Ludovick!

Frank Williams

Hailing from Moncton, NB, this 32-year-old is a psychiatric nurse at the Moncton University Hospital Centre. He’s a fan of both rock and country and picked up music by scratching into his father’s guitar. Frank has already led a few local bands including Spiral Case. Frank’s second love is natural scenery, as he spends time exploring his province’s countryside and beaches. Good luck, Frank!

Rebecca Noelle

At 32, this Ottawa native is an exceptional R&B and jazz singer. She has performed at venues for 15 years accompanied by her grandpa on piano. She has collaborated with David Gogo touring the U.S. and Europe opening for such wonders as ZZ Top, B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt and Johnny Winter. Rebecca has served as a member of The PepTides. Good luck, Rebecca!


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.

Vancouver in November Celebrates Musique Francophone

Farthest removed from the Francophone music scene stands British Columbia, a province where its performances are scarce and its CDs have a hard time making their way into the record shops. However, there is a small and closely knit community of Francophones, Anglophones, and Allophones who love and support music of the Franco persuasion. In November, Vancouver celebrates a humble but beautiful festival called Coup de Cœur.

Coup de coeur

2014’s Coup de Cœur Francophone de Vancouver marks its 20th anniversary with performances by artists accounting for seven nominations from the upcoming Quebec Music Industry (ADISQ) Awards. Below is a roundup of the three events.

Saturday November 15th: Salomé Leclerc & David Giguère

8 pm, Jules Verne School auditorium, 5445 Baillie Street, Vancouver

Salomé Leclerc performs songs from her critically acclaimed, artistic sophomore album 27 fois l’aurore. Salomé has received nominations from SOCAN as well as ADISQ and glowing praises from around the world.

David Giguère caps off the evening performing songs from his Félix-nominated third album Casablanca.

Friday, November 21st: Les Hay Babies & Les Soeurs Boulay

8 pm, Norman Rothstein Theatre, 950 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver

Les Hay Babies are three spirited female folk singers from New Brunswick who are up for multiple Félix awards this year. They will perform songs from album Mon Homesick Heart.

Les Sœurs Boulay is a duo who will perform songs from gold-certified album Le poids des confettis. Multiple Félix nominations grace the pair as well, and the album was long-listed for the Polaris this year!

Saturday November 22: Arnaud Granoux

8 pm CBC Studio 700 stage, 700 Hamilton Street, Vancouver

Arnaud Granoux is a proud Francophone British Columbian who released album Les gens qui s’aiment last year, containing songs of beautiful and heart-tugging melancholy. He is releasing new album Crescendo in October and will be presenting its songs for us.

The Coup de Cœur itself is nominated by the ADISQ for Event of the Year. Tickets will be available at the door or you can guarantee a spot by purchasing them in advance online at the links provided above. This is very, very exciting!

Gold/Platinum Certifications June – July 2014

Certifications from 2014 -  06 - 11

For both albums and digital singles released from May 1, 2008 onwards, definitions are: Gold = 40,000 units sold, Platinum = 80,000 units sold, Double Platinum = 160,000 units, Triple Platinum = 240,000 units, etc.

Ice Conduit to the 2013 ADISQ Gala: Critics’ Choice Album of the Year Nominees

Chic de ville by Daniel Bélanger

Daniel Belanger Chic de VilleThis rich blend of rockabilly and country from multiple JUNO-winning, double-platinum Daniel Bélanger made it to #2 on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart. Daniel has sold over half a million records since his debut in ’92. He provides a number of vocal styles through the album, whether it’s Roy Orbison reverb, 5th gear falsetto, letting loose, or lullabying. On this fabulous disc, Daniel masters the music of train chugging bass, Brylcreem-haired guitar playing, Hawaii 5-0 drumming, and play-it-again-Sam piano, all garnished with intricate string arrangements.

Le treizième étage by Louis-Jean Cormier

Louis-Jean Cormier - Le Treizieme EtageThis stunning piece of work is the front man of Karkwa’s first solo album, and it nabbed the JUNO for Francophone Album of the Year in April. It is melancholy, reflective, introspective, and at times psychedelic, centered on acoustic guitar with some electric jolts and electronic ambiance to make the listener feel as if he is waddling through dust on the dark side of the moon. Cormier’s singing style of half-whispered determined calm is a perfect match for the soft strums of the guitar that seem to come at you as if from the no-zone space of the thirteenth floor.

Le poids des confettis by Les sœurs Boulay

Les Soeurs Boulay - Le poids des confettisMaking this year’s Polaris Prize long list, this debut LP from sisters Stéphanie and Mélanie is a masterwork of song-writing expressed in beautiful folk arrangements, simple yet effective. Although the music is as light as … confetti blowing around on the beach, the sisters in their delivery exude passion and energy which crash ashore like whitecaps on a windy day. It is this zealous singing and vigorous instrumentation which has made the duo a practically overnight sensation. What’s more, their song “Mappemonde” was a nominee for the 2013 SOCAN Songwriting Prize.

FOX by Karim Ouellet

Karim Ouellet - FoxBorn in Dakar, Senegal, Karim is currently one of the hottest new Francophone artists in the country. Off this musically and culturally rich album, “L’amour” was a charting single, scaling up to #64 on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100. The title track was also a big radio hit in Québec. Karim has been praised for both his guitar skills and soft, handsome voice. His music embodies a potpourri of styles—folk, soul, African pop, reggae, with even some electro beats thrown in—all bound together by his direct and chipper spirit. This music will put a smile on your face.

Une version améliorée de la tristesse by Peter Peter

Peter Peter - Une version améliorée de la tristesseThe indie lovers behind the Polaris Prize long-listed this jewel of synth-heavy new wave earlier in the year. Peter Peter launched his debut album in 2011 which was a more guitar-infused work. This second album will hit the spot for those who grew up spinning Rubik’s Cube and punching the colourful buttons on Simon. The album is subdued, melancholy and consistently good with enough variety to be enjoyed as a whole. The end result of all this is that Peter Peter has established his credibility as a songwriter, and we look forward to his next release.