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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New Releases June 3, 2016

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With some high profilers dropping seismic shakeups this week, the overall number of releases is a tad lower than usual. We have six LPs and three EPs to tell you about.

In alphabetical order by artist, full length albums begin with this week’s finest work (to our ears). It is Love & Lust by Toronto’s Jadea Kelly. A singer-songwriter juggernaut, it echoes some of the rich roots and progressive fusion of artists like Beth Ornton and Lissie. We recommend checking it out.

For country, or Née country to be more precise, Saint-Tite, QC’s Manon Bédard serves a disc of pure fun and even does some yodelling.

Montreal’s Nomadic Massive does a very impressive job with pleasant rap album, The Big Band Theory, one of the year’s better contributions to the genre.

For those who dig rock tipped towards the gear-cracking blues side, enjoy Relentless from Montreal’s The Paul DesLauriers Band.

When Atlantic Canadians do pop, the final product tends to have an extra special earthy quality, and the major label debut self-titled album from Halifax’s Ria Mae is a beauty.

Finally, Love You To Death has topped iTunes. It is Calgarian twin sister duo Tegan & Sara‘s highly anticipated followup to JUNO-winning pop breakthrough album Heartthrob. Is it as good as Heartthrob? Well, that all depends on whom you ask.

Onto the EPs, Lindsay, ON rock group The Kents deliver music ripe for Waking to, fabulous Montreal pop outfit Lily K.O. treats us to a more dancey remix album of Le Chaos, and Hamilton, ON’s Matt Paxton goes full throttle on the indie treatment to country EP Let Me Rock ‘n Roll Tonight.

Expect reviews from us on a few of these charmers in a bit.

Headlines Late July 2015

The Weeknd Dethrones OMI’s Cheerleader

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It’s not too often we see a homegrown artist hit #1 in iTunes Canada’s Top Songs, but dethroning OMI’s “Cheerleader” today is none other than The Weeknd. We sincerely hope that he can feel his face now. Hollywood actor Tom Cruise recently performed an impressive lip sync to “Can’t Feel My Face,” and he called it “the song of the summer”.

Halifax’s Ria Mae Is One to Watch

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Shooting up the radio charts is song “Clothes Off” by Halifax’s Ria Mae, and the artist received a feature in this week’s Nielsen newsletter. She has already won at the East Coast Music Awards. Though released last year, the single charmed the folks over at Sony Music Canada and has been re-released through them with mightier force.

Justin Bieber Launching New Single

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Justin Bieber, as revealed during a recent interview with American radio host Ryan Seacrest, will be releasing a new single August 28 called “What Do You Mean?” He explains that the title is a reference to his frequently encountering people who say one thing but mean something else. He often has to clarify by asking, “What do you mean?” Bieber has landed more songs on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 than any other homegrown artist — 47 including his 2015 platinum collaboration with Skrillex and Diplo, “Where Are U Now”.

Rule the Gold Bungalow

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Music Canada has confirmed gold certification for Scott Helman’s “Bungalow” as well as Walk Off the Earth’s “Rule the Word”. They are the 6th and 7th 2015 singles involving Canadian artists to receive gold/platinum certification. For Canada, a single (i.e. digital download) must achieve 40,000 purchases to go gold.

Shawn Mendes Dabbling in TV Acting

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While Shawn Hook’s songs are being featured in TV series Rookie Blue, Shawn Mendes will be testing out his acting skills by appearing in the Season 3 premiere of series The 100. All we know at this point is that he will be playing a scrappy young Ark survivor who gets into a tricky situation and has to use his talents to get out of it. Mendes recently performed a duet with actress Hailee Steinfeld for his current hit single “Stitches”. We hope she gave him some acting tips.

Hit and Run at YYZ

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From the city that supposedly rhymes with piranha, dance duo YYZ has garnished excellent third single “Hit & Run” with an MV. Check it out below and if you like what you hear you can grab a copy of the track on iTunes.