New Canadian Releases – November 1, 2011
Welcome back to my weekly rundown of new releases by Canadian artists. This post will cover the week of October 25 to November 1, 2011.
First up is Down With Webster and their release of “Time To Win, Vol. II”, which is an aptly titled follow-up to their award-winning 2009 release “Time To Win, Vol I”. The band is from Toronto and is in the rock rap category of music. The band is a textbook case on how to break through. They have played everywhere and at any function in their quest for success. My personal first exposure was during a half time show at a Grey Cup game (Canadian Football League Championship Game), when they played “Whoa Is Me”. That song was an immediate iPod download. I have chosen a video of a song called “She’s Dope”, which was released in May as the first song off the album.
Next up is a Canadian favourite, Jann Arden. This singer-songwriter is from Calgary ( we ate at her restaurant when it was open) and has had success for many years, having released her first album in 1993. On the way she has been nominated for Juno Awards on 19 occasions, winning 8 times and has a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame. She is known for her quirky sense of humour and her easy way with people, not to mention a stellar singing voice. This release is titled “Uncover Me 2”, and contains her covers of a range of tunes. There are no videos off the new album, so I have inserted one of her classics, “Insensitive”
Our 3rd release is by a Kitchener, Ontario indie-pop band, Courage My Love. Don’t know much about them other than they are a 3 piece band with high intensity in their sound. They have toured extensively and may be appearing at a venue near you. Their album is “For Now” and the cut I have here is titled “Barricade”.
My final band for the post is Hey Ocean! and their new release “Big Blue Wave”. This is a discovery. They are definitely an up and coming alternative band. I started looking for tunes online for a video link and found a live version of the title track on the album, followed by a second tune “Liar”.. Astounded. This band will be heard from, a lot. The band hails from Vancouver and is quickly gaining a fan base with their energetic, clean and different sound. Very impressed.
- New Canadian Releases – September 27, 2011 (joebeans2002.wordpress.com)