Oct 13 Releases: Alan Doyle and The Glorious Stars

Among this week’s new releases are 3 EPs and 29 LPs. Two are from JUNO winners and 10 from JUNO nominees. Eight currently twinkle from the iTunes Top 20. Two are Christmas albums (from The Tenors and Sultans of String) which will probably pick up in sales as we head closer towards that holiday. The Voice winner Ludovick Bourgeois launches his debut eponymous album.

Fans of rock, whether on the roots or alternative sides, have many to choose from this week. The ace players of the genre include Kingston’s The Glorious Sons, Hamilton’s Terra Lightfoot, Toronto’s The Beaches, and Saskatoon’s awesome One Bad Son. Alternative works include the hypnotic Queens of the Breakers from The Barr Brothers, punchy The Wild from The Rural Alberta Advantage, and orchestral synth pop There Is No Love in Fluorescent Light from Stars. Also find folk-fab disc A Week at the Warehouse from Alan Doyle, adult contemporary covers on Signé Plamondon from Brigitte Boisjoli, R&B rubbed Morning After from dvsn, pop-rock cool on The Trouble with Teeth from Little Coyote, singer-songwriter warm Keep the Fire from Gabrielle Papillon, alternative adept Politesses from Félix Dyotte, and pop proficient EP Love from Chloé Breault.

A list of these and more of this week’s releases are outlined in the table below. Our year to date album count is up to 101 EPs and 553 LPs. Of the latter, 34.7% are from groups, 34.0% from male soloists, 21.7% from female soloists, 8.7% from duos, and 0.9% from various artists.

TITLE ARTIST ORIGIN JUNOS
A Week at the Warehouse Alan Doyle NL 1N
In the Unknown Annie Sumi ON  
C’est ca l’Amerique, Vol. 3 Aspect Mendoza QC  
Tempest Band of Rascals BC  
The Drifter & the Preacher Barney Bentall ON 1W
Queens of the Breakers The Barr Brothers QC 2N
Late Show The Beaches ON  
Signe Plamondon Brigitte Boisjoli QC  
Something I’ve Done Downchild Blues Band ON 1N
Morning After dvsn ON 1N
Beauty Community The Elwins ON 1N
Politesses Felix Dyotte QC  
Keep the Fire Gabrielle Papillon NS  
Old Cosmos Giant Hand ON  
Young Beauties and Fools The Glorious Sons ON 1N
Héra Ménard Héra Ménard QC  
Innocent OST Ian Kelly QC  
The Trouble with Teeth Little Coyote ON  
Ludovick Bourgeois Ludovick Bourgeois QC  
Tuning Mauno NS  
Made in the Name… One Bad Son SK  
Dollhouse The Pack A.D. BC 1N
Calendar Patrick Ballantyne ON  
The Wild Rural Alberta Advantage ON 1N
Ray of Hope Sina Bathaie  ON  
There Is No Love… Stars QC 3N
Christmas Caravan Sultans of String ON 3N
Christmas Together The Tenors BC 1W
New Mistakes Terra Lightfoot ON  
Love (EP) Chloe Breault NB  
Within Waves (EP) The Kents ON  
Free (EP) Rosa Laricchiuta QC  
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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

Guided by Stars, No One Is Lost

stars - no one is lostMontreal quintet Stars, around since Y2K, has released its 7th studio album, No One Is Lost, which debuted in the iTunes Top 10. To date, the band has received three JUNO nominations, scored one gold album, and charted one single, “Take Me to the Riot,” peaking at #84 on the Hot 100 in early 2008. The new album is a great demonstration of how experienced the group has become with slick composition and a tight sound. The flavour is indie synth pop but with a more organic sound. Standout tracks are the first and last. We have embedded a live performance of the album’s title track from CBC’s Q where you can see them dancing on a Persian carpet.  iTunes

Roundup of Selected New Releases 14 October 2014

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Kira Isabella, star of country music from the nation’s capital, has launched her second studio album, Caffeine and Big Dreams, containing her big hit, “Quarterback”. Also in country this week, Alberta’s High Valley (now a duo) is back at it with County Line. The brothers have landed six singles on the Billboard Hot 100. Both High Valley and Kira Isabella are JUNO-nominated artists.

No One Is Lost is the latest from Montreal indie synth pop band Stars, a 3-time JUNO nominee. Also under the pop/rock umbrella are Parle de moi from 2009 Star Academy finalist Maxime Proulx and D’etoiles de pluie et de cendres from Montreal’s Guillaume Beauregard. The latter was in the JUNO-nominated group Vulgaires Machins. L.E.A.N. is a rap album by project Bozko (de Disstrick11).

As far as roots music goes, Ottawa’s JW-Jones gives us a blues album entitled Belmont Boulevard while Daran’s Le monde perdu is an exquisite folk work. Also worth checking out is Vancouver’s Frazey Ford and album Indian Ocean. She was a founding member of The Be Good Tanyas. Les duos inprobables 2, as the title suggests, is a various artists album, each track being sung in duet by improbable duos.

There are a couple of classical releases this week. Tocadeo is sort of a Franco version of The Tenors. To offset the ManCon, the four male singers feature a number of guest females on their new album, Ils chantent elles. Officer of the Order of Canada and 3-time JUNO winner Angela Hewitt has released her latest interpretation of Bach on piano with The Art of Fugue.

Ice Conduit to the 2013 JUNOs: ALTERNATIVE ALBUM Nominees

JUNO 2013 Alternative

Hannah Georgas, Hannah Georgas

Hannah GeorgasThough musically based in Vancouver, Hannah Georgas grew up in Newmarket, ON (where Jim Carrey is from). She was in a high school rock band with Tim Oxford who ended up forming The Arkells. Georgas’ first LP came out in 2010, This is Good, which garnered 2 JUNO nominations in 2011 (songwriter and new artist of the year). This is her second album, a mishmash of funky electronic beats, pulsating guitars, and shimmering synthesizers. Her voice sounds as if it is coming up the pipes from a factory’s boiler room along with puffs of dream steam. Hannah is recognized for being one of our best songwriters and certainly the arrangements on this little gem give her artistic credibility as well.

Hannah Georgas on iTunes     Hannah Georgas’ Website

Japandroids, Celebration Rock

Japandroids - CelebrationBased in Vancouver, this duo’s 2009 debut album was nominated in this very JUNO category. Celebration Rock is their second album. Their style of punky, spirited, vitamin potent tunes is guaranteed not to put you to rest. Their critical acclaim and popularity came in the nick of time as Brian King and David Prowse were about to call it quits. They went all out on this album crashing up the drums and revving up the guitars for a joy ride from Grouse Mountain to Mount Fuji on the back of a supercharged android gone berserk.

Celebration Rock on iTunes     Japandroids’ Website

Metric, Synthetica

Metric - SyntheticaToronto’s electronic rockers Metric won a pair of JUNOs in 2010, one for this very category. They have managed to score a pair of platinum albums and one gold. Synthetica is their fifth studio album and debuted at #2 on the Billboard Canadian albums chart. Singles “Youth Without Youth” and “Breathing Underwater” both made the Hot 100 proving the height of Metric’s success cannot be measured in feet and inches. Less ethereal than their previous work Fantasies, the band made music for this album encompassing the spectrum of moulds through all previous works. The result is an album that packs a brass knuckle punch of spicy anthems that leave you breathless.

Synthetica on iTunes     Metric’s Website

Said The Whale, Little Mountain

Said The Whale - Little MountainVancouver’s five-piece ensemble Said the Whale kicked things off in 2007 and won the JUNO in 2011 for New Group of the Year. They have released a number of EPs. Little Mountain is their third full-length studio album. Rolling drums, earnest yet theatrical vocals, and punctuated keyboards conjure up an image of a beached whale floundering on the sand in the pangs of heartbreak. Essentially this is indie rock with touches of new wave and sunny pop thrown into the mix. The songs come waltzing down at you from a little mountain and are varied in fragrance like a sonic potpourri making the ears perk up in an unpredictable listen.

Little Mountain on iTunes     Said The Whale’s Website

Stars, The North

Stars - The NorthThis five-member, twinkling, progressive rock band from Montréal has been working hard; this is their sixth studio album which managed an impressive #5 position on the Billboard Canadian albums chart. Previously, two of their LPs have been nominated in this very category, including Set Yourself on Fire, a gold-certified work. Stroll by the Habitat 67 complex and you may hear music from The North emanating from some of those cubical apartments complete with its funky bass lines, scintillating synths and soft, eloquent male/female vocals.

The North iTunes     Stars’ Website

2012 Back to School Albums

A number of new album releases have come out in time for those hitting the classrooms but are not necessarily enjoyed only by the student crowd.  On August 28, supposed former infatuation junkie Alanis Morissette released her new studio album Havoc and Bright Lights which has topped the Billboard Canadian Album Chart.  Released the same day was Vancouver rapper Madchild’s Dope Sick which made it to #3.  On August 31, Manitoba punk band Propagandhi, around since 1986, launched the album Failed States.   We already talked about the new release from Montréal’s Stars (The North) which managed to top the iTunes albums chart a day after release on September 4.  We’ll profile some more albums coming out later this month.  For now, other releases that came out September 4 include the following.

Catherine DurandLes murs blancs du Nord

Studio Album: #5
Province: Québec
Félix Awards: 2 Nominations
Album Certifications: None yet
Official Website:
http://www.catherinedurand.com/

Folk singer Catherine Durand was signed by Warner Music and released her first album, Flou, in 1998. Her song “Peu importe” received a SOCAN award in 2002 as one of the 10 most played songs of the year. She has sung with Kevin Parent and written songs for Isabelle Boulay, Renée Martel, and Annie Blanchard. In 2009, she won a Canadian Folk Music Award for Songwriter of the Year. Her music has been endorsed by France’s heavyweight star Francis Cabrel.

In her new album, Les murs blancs du Nord, Catherine surrounds herself with a legion of all-star musicians, like Jocelyn Tellier, Robbie Kuster (of Patrick Watson) and François Lafontaine (of Karkwa). All tracks were recorded live in just five days. Durand is considered to be a trailblazer for a new generation of cheerful young folk singer-songwriters.

Matt MaysCoyote

Studio Album: #5
Province: Nova Scotia
JUNO Awards: 4 Nominations
Album Certifications: None yet
Official Website: http://www.mattmays.com/

He was born in Hamilton but grew up in Cole Harbour, NS. His first album, a self-titled work, appeared in 2002. He hooked up with band El Toredo and released an album three years later. Music videos were picked up by MuchMusic and Ron MacLean listed the band as one of his favourites. After releasing two additional albums, Matt Mays and El Toredo parted ways in 2009, although he kept a couple of its musicians to work with him. Coyote is released under his name, “Take It on Faith” being the lead single. Matt will be on tour to support the album, details on his website. Given the album title, I suppose he’ll be able to engage in product placement activities for Acme Corporation during his live shows.

The SheepdogsThe Sheepdogs

Studio Album: #4
Province: Saskatchewan
JUNO Awards: 3 Wins
Album Certifications: 1 Gold
Official Website: http://www.thesheepdogs.com/

Heavily hyped by the media and no doubt stoked by their JUNO awards this year, Saskatoon’s The Sheepdogs have released a new studio album that was produced by the drummer of American country rock band Black Keys whose statement earlier this year that Nickelback was the biggest band in the world was promulgated enthusiastically by the press. Although this is the fourth album from the band, it bears a self-titled name. “The Way It Is” which tips its toque to Bruce Hornsby while paying homage to early 70s style rock and roll is currently in the Billboard Hot 100.

Roch VoisineConfidences

Studio Album: #20
Province: New Brunswick
JUNO Awards: 2 Wins
Album Certifications: 3 Multi-Platinum, 3 Platinum, and 3 Gold
Official Website: http://www.rochvoisine.com/

Roch Voisine needs no introduction. He is one of the finest male vocalists around, and one of the few to have successful sales in both official languages. In 1989, he became the first Canadian singer to score a Diamond album in France. Its title track, “Hélène” was the first Francophone Canadian song to finish as the #1 song of the year on the Québec charts. The David Foster produced “I’ll Always Be There” is perhaps his most successful English song, which appeared on the RPM year-end charts of both 1993 and 1994. Having completed his Americana trilogy, Roch’s newest studio album, consisting entirely of original compositions, is a French-language release entitled Confidences, featuring the new single “Montréal-Québec” as well as a 14-minute song entitled “Le chemin”.

4 New Stellar Upcoming Releases

Besides Carly Rae Jepsen’s highly anticipated release on September 18, a number of other high-profile artists will be serving new treats for us that month and beyond.  Included are a progressive rock group, a punk band, a world-renowned jazz artist, and a house muscian.

StarsThe North (September 4)

Style: Progressive
City: Montréal
JUNO Awards: 2 nominations
Certifications: 1 gold album
Twitter Followers: 12,800+
Facebook Likes: 197,000+
Official Website: http://www.youarestars.com/

One of the most prolific bands in the nation, Montreal-based Stars are launching perhaps their best work to date.  Sounding like a scintillating blending of New Order, Foster the People, and Metric, their 6th studio album, The North will be hitting stores soon.  With 2 JUNO-nominated albums and nearly 200,000 Facebook likes, the creative, electronic-twinkling ensemble consists of Torquil Campbell, Chris Seligman, Evan Cranley, Amy Millan, and Pat McGee.  Lead single is a song with a title long enough to span across the CPR: “Hold on When You Get Love and Let Go When you Give It”. You can give it a listen HERE.

Billy TalentDead Silence (September 11)

Style: Punk
City: Mississauga
JUNO Awards: 7 wins
Certifications: 3 multi-platinum albums
Twitter Followers: 44,000+
Facebook Likes: 1.1+ million
Official Website: http://www.billytalent.com/

In the Great White North, Billy is not the name of a goat (though internet trolls may beg to differ).  Until their fame burgeoned after 2003, it was rare to see the terms “punk” and “talent” printed together in the press.  With a trio of multi-platinum albums under their rockabilly belts, Ben, Ian, Jonathan, and Aaron are ready to take in their next.  Two tracks have already moshed into the Billboard Canadian Hot 100: “Viking Death March” and “Surprise Surprise”.  You can watch the former’s MV HERE.

Deadmau5> album title goes here < (September 25)

Style: House
City: Toronto
JUNO Awards: 4 wins
Certifications: 1 platinum album and 1 gold single
Twitter Followers: 1.3+ million
Facebook Likes: 6.6+ million
Official Website: http://www.deadmau5.com/

Brush aside the mouse traps, Deadmau5 is a cool cat, and who would have ever thought that a house musician could become the 5th most popular Canadian artist on social media sites?  His real name is Joel Zimmerman and was born in perhaps the niftiest place in the country—Niagara Falls.  “The Veldt” (listen HEEEERE), his collaboration with Chris James, has already burrowed up the charts like a mouse through cheese, and now he is set to launch his 6th studio album.

Diana KrallGlad Rag Doll (October 1)

Style: Vocal Jazz
City: Nanaimo
JUNO Awards: 8 wins
Certifications: 7 multi-platinum albums
Twitter Followers: 36,000+
Facebook Likes: 414,000+
Official Website: http://www.dianakrall.com/

Born in the city after which Nanaimo bars were named (they were actually invented in Ladysmith where Stef Lang is from), Diana Krall spent her youth and adult years in several cities around the globe. She eventually became the best-selling female jazz artist of all-time. Her resume is exceptionally impressive: 7 multi-platinum albums (The Look of Love is 7x Platinum) and 8 JUNO awards. The singer-pianist’s website says of the new music, “swinging, rocking and taboo collide with songs of longing, solace and regret”. The album features guitarist T Bone Burnett. You can listen to one of the album’s tracks HERE.