This week sees at least 26 Canadian artist LPs and 5 EPs bringing our year-to-date totals to 597 LPs and 113 EPs. Before we get to the new discs, there are a couple of newsworthy items to talk about.
Drake Does Not Submit to the Grammys
Drake stirred things up in some media circles recently because he did not submit his album More Life for consideration to the U.S. Grammy Awards. The diamond recording artist also did not submit any tracks from the album. More Life debuted at #1 on the official charts and has gone double platinum spawning four Top 10 hits: “Passionfruit”, “Portland”, “Blem”, and “Fake Love”. Nominations for the flagship U.S. music awards gala will be announced November 28. The rapper from Toronto has won three Grammys to date, and did not attend this year’s show despite winning two. His PR folks haven’t offered comment. It remains to be seen whether the album will be submitted to the JUNOs.
Kristina Maria Explains Her Absence
Highly successful, JUNO nominated Ottawan dance pop star Kristina Maria has been largely absent from social media over the past few years, and fans have been worried, including us. Kristina’s debut album Tell the World spawned an incredible 6 charting singles on the Billboard Hot 100; five of which made the Top 40, and three of which went gold. Maria finally spilled the beans on what has happened in a recent post. We quote it below.
I feel like I’ve been hiding from you guys, and it’s not what I wanted to do, I promise. I spent that last 2 years working on my new album and I had to walk away from the project because somethings weren’t feeling right. I’m not going to go into detail but I left my label to pursue music independently, well at least for now. I’ll be forever thankful for everything my previous label has done but my focus needs to be on me giving my fans 100% of who I am. I’ve hyped you guys up and then left you out in the dark and it hurts me to not be able to share what I’ve worked so hard on. I’m starting over from the ground up and to all my fans that stuck around, honestly I owe you the world!! I’m not going to rush a release or make any promises, all I can say for now is thank you.
New Releases: What’s Hot
JUNO winning Delta, BC rock band Theory of a Deadman gives us a Wake Up Call on the new album sitting comfortably in the iTunes Top 10.
Toronto R&B duo Majid Jordan examines The Space Between. Between what, we do not know. The album is very impressive, rich and catchy with downtempo grooves and perky beats.
New Releases: What’s Cool
Some of you may remember Pembroke, Ontario’s Blinker the Star‘s nifty brand of alternative rock in the 90s. Well, guess what, the band is still active, presenting fresh album 8 of Hearts which is a treat.
Vancouver based Wanting serves up her third album with the Nettwerk Music Group, LLL, which stands for Love, Loss, Latitude. One of the finest songwriters in the land, Wanting provides a neapolitan flavour disc of singer-songwriter, pop, and adult contemporary.
Toronto jazz group Turboprop wants to Rev things up, and does just that. Ernesto Cervini recruits expert players Tara Davidson, Joel Frahm, William Carn, Adrean Farrugia, and Dan Loomis on this great disc.
Saskatoon double JUNO nominated group The Deep Dark Woods is never short of ideas. Yarrow continues the creative journey in the realm of picturesque alternative folk.
There are a couple of Children’s albums out this week. Three-time JUNO winner Jack Grunsky outdoes himself on the highly engaging Theatro Muppiloo which is super fun for folks of all ages.
Finally, those who dig alternative modern rock will find plenty of savoury treats on Le trésor des bas fonds from Nico Lelièvre.
Western Canadian award-winning pop artist Lexi Strate has released brand new single “Going Going Gone” complete with a VHS-themed music video which we embed below. After that, find the above albums plus plenty more in a table of new releases.
|8 of Hearts||Blinker The Star||Alt Rock||ON|
|Influence||Brain Size 61||Punk Rock||QC|
|Apollo||Les Chercheurs d’or||S-S||QC|
|High Times||Dan Talevski||Pop||ON|
|Yarrow||The Deep Dark Woods||Alt Folk||SK|
|Introduce Yerself||Gord Downie||Alt||ON|
|Theatro Muppiloo||Jack Grunsky||Children’s||ON|
|Post Meridiem||Jasper Sloan Yip||S-S||BC|
|Priere||Kaas Sky Yassong||Reggae||QC|
|Working Man’s Blues||Kat Goldman||S-S||ON|
|Requiem||Kristina & A. Stanké||World||QC|
|The Space Between||Majid Jordan||R&B||ON|
|Les Monsieurs||Les Monsieurs||Rock||QC|
|Le trésor des bas fonds||Nico Lelièvre||Alt Rock||QC|
|This Trip||Petra Glynt||Alt||QC|
|Wake Up Call||Theory of a Deadman||Rock||BC|
|A Stare Ajar||Whimm||Punk||ON|
|De Cienfuegos a Montreal||Yordan Martinez||World||QC|
|Zero (EP)||Runaway Angel||Country||ON|
|Do You (EP)||Pony||Alt Rock||ON|
|On a Chain (EP)||Heavy Hearts||Alt Rock||ON|
|Songs for Georgia (EP)||Dan Davidson||Country||AB|
|All In (EP)||Clay Ravens||Folk Rock||BC|