Selected New Releases 10 February 2017

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Vibrant Heels of Lévis, QC contributes a good metal album for fans of the genre. Crank up Driven for some concussion inducing hard rock tunes. It’s not all noise and fury but offers too some skilled instrumentation and blends in a little alternative rock which makes the disc more engaging.

Winnipeg’s The Treble could not be more excited to release its debut album Modernaires, and we are impressed with it. The group has a pleasant, driving folk-pop sound which will get you slapping your knee along to the well-crafted tunes.

Vancouver alternative group Mother Mother delivers No Culture. Described by iTunes as a mix of “crunchy rock and explosive pop”, it debuted on the platform’s chart at #2. It is certainly a fun album to listen to with ample theatrics and pizzazz.

Like Mother Mother, but more on the roots as opposed to progressive side, two JUNO nominations deck The Sadies‘ halls. The new album Northern Passages blends several genres together resulting in an alternative soup that is quite delicious.

Surprisingly fine is the self-titled album from Cape Breton’s Port Cities. Smooth groove and punchy pop music with some heartland ambiance makes this one of the best releases this week.

Raton Lover does soft rock right on Le sens du vent. The band is from Quebec City. You will hear the occasional spark of country and some clever hooks yielding a rewarding listening experience.

Our pick for the week is electronic project Teen Daze from the Fraser Valley, BC’s exceptionally talented Jamison Isaak. Album Themes for Dying Earth is both soothing and dazzling, conjuring up an atmosphere of futurism and dreamy melancholy that transported us to another dimension. The album is unbelievably good.

Those eager for some 60s style French pop, look no further than the new album from bilingual artist Sally Folk, 3e acte. She’s from Montreal.

There are a few EPs this week to talk about. Montreal’s Nicolas Patterson contributes a really nice singer-songwriter disc Everything Is Changing. Begonia, project of Chic Gamine singer Alexa Dirks, releases alternative EP Lady in Mind. Raphaël Dénommé of Quebec makes decent blues trash rock on a new eponymous disc. Finally, Vancouver’s Emma Citrine serves gritty folk rock on EP Sad Surprise.

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Winnipeg’s The Treble #SingForVictoria

24 shows in 24 hours WinnipegWhile their Canadian sister Victoria Duffield recovers from vocal cord surgery, the gentlemen of Winnipeg group The Treble have sent some happiness her way with a sweet MV cover of her smash hit “Shut Up and Dance”. The Twitter campaign #SingForVictoria was launched by her Warner Music label mate band Eleven Past One. The idea is that, as Victoria’s voice gets better, others will sing for her. We have embedded The Treble’s cover below. It comes complete with Christmas light attire. Also, if you dig these dudes, you can check out their album from last year, Northern Lights.

The Treble CupcakesEvery year, for the past few, The Treble plays 24 shows in 24 hours in support of Cancer Care Manitoba. This year, the event will take place from December 11th to 12th presented by Virgin Radio 103.1 FM Winnipeg. Also, local bakery Popp Chocolates is batching up some special Treble cupcakes, proceeds of which will go to Cancer Care Manitoba. It sounds like wonderful things are happening in central Canada!