Newcomer Cubby V Lands a Top 10 Album

From out of nowhere into the iTunes albums Top 10 arrives Cubby V and LP with the nice long title, If This Is Life, It Might Get Strange from Now On. The work was released March 24 through Hopeful Tragedy Records (Your Favorite Enemies). Cubby V, like Grimes, was a dabbler in the thriving Montreal club scene. She developed a knack for remixing songs and embarked on a path to create her own. The fruit of her labours is this album of instrumental electronica. Cubby V cites as inspirations Kraftwerk, Jean-Michel Jarré, and ABBA. It’s quite an amazing work, and we at Canadian Music Blog are thrilled that it’s a hit.  iTunes


Ice Conduit to the 2015 JUNOs: Rock Album of the Year Nominees

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The nominees for Rock Album of the Year are chosen by a 50/50 combo of sales and voting by the judges. CARAS members will now vote for the winner.

Although none of the nominated albums has as yet reached gold sales status, four of the five peaked within the Top 10 on the weekly Billboard Canadian Albums Chart.

Hamilton’s Arkells won two JUNOs previously. The band has not yet been awarded with any gold/platinum certification. Track “Come to Light” off album High Noon became the group’s only charting single, spending two weeks on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 and reaching a peak position of #81. The song was the 4th biggest from a homegrown artist on Canadian rock radio through 2014. The album achieved a Top 10 weekly Billboard Canadian Albums placement. Arkells will be performing at the JUNOs this year before a hometown crowd.

Big Wreck is a multiplatinum rock band that has not yet won a JUNO award. The group has landed a pair of songs on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100. Ghosts made the weekly Billboard Canadian Albums Top 10. The album’s title-track was one of the 40 biggest songs of the year on rock radio.

Montreal’s Sam Roberts is a favourite at the JUNOs winning six awards to date. He has scored one platinum and three gold albums. From album Lo-Fantasy, a #3 Billboard Album, “We’re All In This Together” spent 17 weeks on the Hot 100, peaking at #70 and was the top Canadian song of the year on rock radio. “Human Heat” also from the album was the #2 CanCon entry. The Sam Roberts Band was the top homegrown artist of the year on the radio format.

The Glorious Sons hail from Kingston, Ontario and did well in 2014. The group was the second top Canadian artist of the year on rock radio. Track “White Noise” from album The Union was the 3rd biggest CanCon entry of the year on the radio format.

Between Illness and Migration from Your Favourite Enemies debuted at #6 on the Billboard Albums chart after peaking at #2 on iTunes. Based in Montreal, the band formed just east of there in Drummondville and has toured globally.

The JUNOs may want to award Arkells before the hometown crowd, though the band has already won a pair of awards. They may also want to finally acknowledge the brilliance of Big Wreck and give the band a JUNO which many feel is overdue. It is likely, however, that the JUNOs will stand their ground and honour the Sam Roberts Band as they usually do. Sam Roberts is very adept at combining both the progressive and roots elements of rock which is appealing to CARAS members as it has been at rock radio. On the other hand, The Glorious Sons and Your Favourite Enemies, as newer artists, have momentum on their side, something that is not uncommonly rewarded. The winner is anybody’s guess at this point.