Multi-Award Winning Canadian Duo Red Dirt Skinners Look to “Brighter Days Ahead” in New Single

Fri Jul 30, 2021

Award-winning Red Dirt Skinners’ latest single release “Brighter Days Ahead” signifies the duo’s foray into 70s-esque indie-pop easy-rock loud and clear. Available now, the new song lands ahead of the Belleville-based band’s forthcoming album release, Bear With Us — coming this Fall.

Rooted in a time when the Skinners — Rob and Sarah — were on tour in Scotland and noticed, amongst the rain clouds, the shadows always pointed towards a rainbow. It seemed to be an observation that could be applied to life in general too, and from that idea, “Brighter Days Ahead” was born.

“We are living in strange and confusing times,” Sarah says. “‘Brighter Days Ahead’ is intended to give the listener hope. It's a positive summer anthem for 2021!” Give a watch and listen to “Brighter Days Ahead” on YouTube here:

Former ARKITEX Frontman ROGOV Revisits Questions on the Meaning of Love with New Single, “Love Is A Killer”

Fri Jul 30, 2021

Canadian artist (and former frontman of 80s-era rockers ARKITEX) ROGOV describes a cautionary tale of the consequences of love in this re-imagined version of his alt-rock single, "Love Is A Killer" — check it out on YouTube here:

Working with long-time friend and Canadian collaborator, Stacy Heydon — former lead guitarist for David Bowie and Gold & Platinum-selling producer (Teenage Head, Long John Baldry, Sheriff) — the two found themselves revisiting an old song off of ROGOV's demo reels.

"We followed ‘Mistakes are Beautiful’ with ‘Love is a Killer’ because, not only is it a defining song between Stacy and me, but because it is relevant today,” ROGOV shares.

Hip Hop Artist Toronto Poor Boy Drops Debut Album & New Single, “No Stressing”

Fri Jul 30, 2021

By sonically documenting his experiences, and taking no aspect of his music for granted, Canadian hip hop artist Toronto Poor Boy has laid it all out on the line with this, his debut studio album, Until the End of Hurting Times.

“Last year was definitely a year for reflection for a lot of people,” the Jamaican-born artist says, “and it gave me the ability to really put my thoughts and feelings into my lyrics.”

Featuring new single “No Stressing” his recently released 26-song LP, Until the End of Hurting Times, is the culmination of patience, character, and self-determination in putting out the most authentic sound possible. Filled to the brim with a range of hip hop bangers, to motivational and inspirational songs, previously released singles “Big Dreams” and “Low Key” were only a palette cleanser for the breadth of insight found within the melodies and lyrics of this immense musical effort.

Check out “No Stressing” on YouTube here:

There Are No "Lonely Days” with Folk-Pop Artist Adrienne Nye's New Single

Fri Jul 23, 2021

Canadian folk-pop and roots artist Adrienne Nye is prepared to transfix even the loneliest listener with her pulsing new harmony-driven song, “Lonely Days”.

A song steeped in utter truths, hinging on pleading, and questioning, and ultimately surrendering to reality, the Montreal-born, Vancouver-based singer/songwriter strikes a chord both on her stunning acoustic, and straight through the heart of any lover lost to love.

Give a listen and watch“Lonely Days” here on YouTube:

This indie songstress has a voice as rich as mahogany and a sensibility in songwriting that flows eagerly between traditional roots, with a nod of country folk, for good measure. Seizing listeners with her enchanting intros that rush like a freight train as the song churns along the track, Nye dares you to join her on the journey — regardless of where it goes.

Forget Ghosting… Toronto Sad Girl R&B Pop Artist ANLIL Haunts with “Phantom”

Fri Jul 23, 2021

At her most vulnerable and raw, Toronto-based self-described ‘sad-girl’ pop artist ANLIL is here to haunt with the release of her slick, R&B-infused banger, “Phantom”.

The track is Sade-smooth with JoJo-dreamy vocals that curl inside your earbuds and nest. Charming harmonies add velvety layers to this already evocative ballad about loving and losing.

Chased with soothing synth, “Phantom” is a bop that exposes ANLIL in her rawest, most vulnerable self. Prepared to leave it all on the lyrics, she delivers on relating and resonating with the pieces each of us are desperate to put back together.

Check out “Phantom” on YouTube here:

It’s Time to Open the Astral Gates on “Devil In A Silk Dress”

Fri Jul 23, 2021

Once again unleashing a sonic flood all their own, Montreal low-fi alt-rockers Astral Gates have flung open a preview to their forthcoming EP with the release of this, their new single, “Devil In A Silk Dress”.

An all-familiar tale of a tantalizing woman who uses what she needs to get exactly what she wants, the supercharged rock hit “Devil In A Silk Dress” is told in a way only Astral Gates can. A heart-thumping anthem to the jezebel that fooled ‘us all,’ its lyrics spell out a defiant notion that we won’t fall prey to her trap — which is both equally worth rooting for as it is a knowing grin that this scarlet letter will charm her way into your arms, whether you like it or not.

Check out “Devil In A Silk Dress” on YouTube here:

Cameron & Crawford Reminisce In Their Joy-Filled New Single, “This Time, This Place”

Fri Jul 23, 2021

Using the momentum from the debut of their emotionally authentic releases “I Want a Song,” “Dark Road,” and “Sometimes in September,” Saskatoon, SK sister-singer-songwriters Cameron & Crawford celebrate connection and gratitude with their new single, “This Time, This Place”.

This poetic duo, Trish Cameron and Wendy Crawford, continue to diversify their catalog of music, stepping across the constraints of genre to focus on melodic and lyrical prowess; "This Time, This Place" does everything right when tugging at the nostalgic heartstrings behind the folksy guitar and soothing vocals.

Check out “This Time, This Place” here on YouTube:

Vancouver's Michelle Creber Captures a Picture-Perfect Day with “Feels Like Summer”

Fri Jul 23, 2021

Canadian singer-songwriter Michelle Creber is cruising into summer with a fresh pop jam radiating some seriously sunny, positive vibes. “Feels Like Summer” is cruising in a convertible in the warm sunlight along a coastline of glimmering water and under cloudless skies. In other words, it’s paradise — check it out on YouTube here:

A co-write between Creber, Christopher Ward (writer of the smash hit, “Black Velvet”), Luke McMaster, and Arun Chatervelli, “Feels Like Summer” is a delightful mix of crystal-clear vocal harmonies layered over easy, beachy beats.

Part of me says that you’re the one
Little voice says wait and see
Your touch, your touch is like the summer sun
And the heat’s comin’ over me

Blue skies are all I see
As long as it’s you, lying next to me

Canadian Roots & Blues Singer/Songwriter Steve Paul Simms is “Rolling” Along with New Single

Fri Jul 23, 2021

He’s “Rolling” down the line now, a freight train headed straight for you… It’s Canadian artist Steve Paul Simms and his latest bluesy, grassroots fed cut newly released single. A testament to the charm of Steve Paul Simms, “Rolling” is the latest from the veteran singer/songwriter with more than two decades of legacy to write home about. The third single from his widely acclaimed fourth release, Ingrid and the Messenger Boy, “Rolling” is Simms’ follow-up to his well-loved “No Money Comin’ In” (April, 2021)

Check out “Rolling”on YouTube here:

“’Rolling’ is a celebration of freedom on the open road, the need to just go, with or without a destination,” Simms explains. “A great driving tune based on a hypnotic guitar riff, it’s a rootsy, bluesy, upbeat tune with acoustic and electric textures.”

Award Winning Artist Sammy Jackson Sings Regret So Sweet in New Release “What Is There To Say?”

Fri Jul 23, 2021

Fresh off the sweet success of her first time win for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year at the 2021 JUNO Awards, Canadian Jazz-Pop R&B singer-songwriter Sammy Jackson arrives with her rapturous new single, “What Is There To Say?”

Further exemplifying her distinct sound that smoothly melds elements of jazz, R&B and pop, “What Is There To Say?” showcases the celebrated Jamaican-Canadian vocalist and songwriter in top form; it’s the perfect happy-sad song with Jackson delivering an achingly beautiful lament of pain and uncertainty juxtaposed with an instrumental melody that evokes warmth and contentment.

Drive me crazy or make me sad
I just want to forget what we had

“‘What Is There To Say’ is about a relationship ending and not knowing what the future holds,” Jackson notes. “The lyrics illustrate a feeling of sadness and regret while the harmonic progression conveys a feeling of hope and a new beginning.”

Listen to “What Is There To Say?” on YouTube here:

Folk-Rock Duo Robinson Kirby Dub 2021 the “Summer of Love” with New Feel-Good Single

Fri Jul 23, 2021

Following hot on the heels of their recently released debut LP, Little Dreams, Canadian folk rock duo Robinson Kirby serve up the sure-fire feel-good hit of the season; “Summer of Love”.

Their fifth single, the release is accompanied by a simple, yet aesthetically pleasing lyric video which sees the Toronto-based band singing and jamming together by some rocks at the shore of Lake Ontario. Just as the pair intended with this single, the low-key visuals of this video allow the lyrical and instrumental elements to shine through in a truly authentic manner — clear of any distraction.

Luke Robinson and Madelyn Kirby, the masterminds behind the tune, simply wanted to create a “summer song,” henceforth: “Summer of Love”. They agreed it would have to be a song that just “sounded good played loud” — say, if you were driving down the highway with your windows down on a blazing hot day.

Check out “Summer of Love here on YouTube:

Rocker JJ’s Music Retaliation Ushers In My Blue Beat

Fri Jul 16, 2021

More than a decade after the release of his sophomore album, Ancient Futures (2010), Toronto-based musician Daniel Greenwood has released his highly-anticipated third record, My Blue Beat, under a brand-new moniker: JJ’s Music Retaliation.

Even with the name JJ’s Music Retaliation, it’s quite clear that “My Blue Beat” could undoubtedly be Greenwood’s most ambitious musical project to date. The experimental sonic mastermind has received great acclaim over the years and after much time away, began brewing an unstoppable wave of rampant inspiration and experimentation. With that, he decided it was time to make a bold comeback to the scene.

Listen and watch “My Blue Beat” on YouTube:

Folk Singer/Songwriter Raina Krangle Takes You On A Road Trip With “West Coast Huck Finn”

Fri Jul 16, 2021

Grab the keys to your imagination, fill your tank with wanderlust, and get ready to hit the Trans-Canada Highway westbound; Canadian folk rock artist Raina Krangle has your ticket for a super-naturally satisfying trip to the Pacific with this, her new single, “West Coast Huck Finn”.

Check out “West Coast Huck Finn” on YouTube here:

Pop Singer/Songwriter Gabriella Verdugo Is Out to “Finish Strong” with New Single

Fri Jul 16, 2021

Canadian pop singer/songwriter Gabriella Verdugo embraces living life to its fullest with the release of this, her new single “Finish Strong”: Check it out on YouTube here:

Produced by Grammy-nominated and multi-award winning producer Roy Hamilton III, the song is inspiring, radiant, and refreshingly reflective.

It also weaves neatly with the Milton, Ontario-based multi-talented artist’s musical passion to help others thrive.

Where the acoustic guitar forms the threading melody of the track, and Verdugo’s soprano vocal delivery keeps the track trendy and light, the track’s lyrics play like a deeply personal letter informing listeners that life is worth living.

Indie Rocker Sharkorama Invents a 'Wicked Machine' in His Basement

Fri Jul 16, 2021

While life was put on pandemic pause for most of us during the past 15 months, Chicago-based indie rock artist Sharkorama kicked quarantine into creative high gear, building a new album from the first note up from down in his basement; Wicked Machine.

Check out the title track “Wicked Machine” on YouTube here:

Sharkorama is the solo vehicle of singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Cody Knauer, who says he “crafts earnest rock ‘n’ roll for slackers.”

Slackers take heed though... Knauer’s productivity is far more earnest than slack: Wicked Machine was built completely during a string of all-nighters Knauer pulled over the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve in 2020.

Country Singer/Songwriter Tommy John Ehman is All About the Journey with “Road Band 101”

Fri Jul 16, 2021

Canadian country singer/songwriter Tommy John Ehman takes you on a revved up journey down the hard highway of a touring musician’s life with this, his new single, “Road Band 101” — give a listen and watch it on YouTube here:

According to Albert Einstein, “the only source of knowledge is experience.” Therefore, longtime recording and touring artist Ehman (pronounced ēmn, with a hard ‘e’), needed only to look in his rearview mirror to rediscover the rich road life experiences that have been the most challenging and cherished parts of his career.

Playing gigs all over Western Canada and beyond since 1988 has given the multiple SCMA nominee a great perspective on the passion, commitment and drive it takes to survive, thrive, and be able to give it your all, night after night after night.

Singer/Songwriter Trevor Owen Releases ASL-Enhanced Videos and debut of And the Moon Rising

Fri Jul 16, 2021

Since the stirring and sterling release of his debut album, And the Moon Rising, Canadian musician Trevor Owen has been keen to incorporate American Sign Language into his music videos. The time has finally arrived, and the complete 10-track set of his ASL-enhanced music videos are available now.

The brimming double-handful of videos — including “Not the Only One,” “Fire Moon,” and the album’s title track, “And the Moon Rising” — feature actress and Deaf rights advocate Dawn Jani Birley, who Owen ultimately connected with through the Canadian Hearing Society.

Check out the video of “And the Moon Rising” here:

“It turned out to be more involved than I had imagined,” Owen revealed of the process of finding the right translator for the job. “A common response I received was ‘I don’t do music.’

“Indeed, I could not find anyone who would do it.”

Alt. Rockers The High Loves Say Hey, “Call Me Back” Single Lands Ahead of New Album

Fri Jul 16, 2021

Hear that? It’s The High Loves calling you. You should probably answer.

Alt-rock five-piece The High Loves lend credence to the connotation that Toronto is the creative capital of Canada with this, their new single “Call Me Back”- check it out on YouTube here:

Freshly pressed from their forthcoming album, Too Much Of A Good Thing, this electric groove-laden rockin’ offering is one of the “catchiest songs” lead guitarist and vocalist Noah Monckton has ever written, he says.

“When I first wrote the hook, I wasn’t able to get it out of my head for weeks,” he adds. “For better, or for worse.”

Indigenous Blues Singer/Songwriter Donita Large is “Going To Walk That Line” with New Single

Fri Jul 16, 2021

An emotionally charged power song for those finding strength to put one foot in front of the other, Saddle Lake First Nation, AB-based Indigenous blues singer/songwriter Donita Large unveils her empowering gospel-esque vocalizations and dynamic lyricism with this, her new single, “Going To Walk That Line” — check out “Going To Walk That Line” on YouTube:

That said, however, gospel does not define this Cree blues-inspired singer-songwriter. If anything, it’s more of the “line” Donita Large has walked in life.

With a singing career that started early on in life, and having so much Métis, country, and gospel music around her, Donita started singing at funerals and weddings early on. Learning how music could be a powerful tool in healing hearts, she decided it was time to branch out.

“I want to share my music, and belt my heart out,” she says. “I am ‘going to walk that line.’”