Eight Canadian albums deck the halls of record shops this week. Surprise, surprise, while fresh releases by Adele and Enya are eating up the charts and Bieber and 1D are still going strong from last week, a couple of Canadian acts are giving them all a run for their money with new albums. In the lead of these on iTunes is Manu Militari, a popular Francophone rapper from Montreal. Océan is the name of his album. Right behind him is two-time JUNO nominated Les Trois Accords from Drummondville, QC. Continuing to mix rock with often humorous lyrics, the new album is called Joie d’être gai.
More Montreal rap appears in the form of Reality Check by Vendetta. Released back on the 17th is a delicious self-titled rock album from Winnipeg’s amazing Brandy Zdan. Alternative artist Foxtrott from Montreal launches the very cool A Taller Us.
For album N’we Jinan the Gathering, Vol. 2, Quebec-based label N’we Jinan produces a various artists compilation of songs by First Nations youth all across Canada and in a few different genres. In Tous en choeur, legendary country singer-songwriter Patrick Norman performs some of his greatest hits with the accompaniment of a choir. Finally, ten-time JUNO winning multiplatinum rock group Rush treats us with live album R40 Live in celebration of 40 years in music.
The Canadian album count for 2015 to date is 626 LPs and 140 EPs. There will be a few more releases next week. Not much is expected in December. Last year the whole month saw only seven LPs.