Bobbo Byrnes Pays Homage to His Singer/Songwriter Sisters in New Single, “Queen of the Party”

Fri Jun 18, 2021

For many of us, “Catch a Falling Star” is a classic Perry Como song. For acoustic storyteller Bobbo Byrnes, it also describes a once-in-a-lifetime experience the Anaheim-based artist had that led to the creation of his new single tribute to his female contemporaries, “Queen of the Party”.

Check out “Queen of the Party” on YouTube here:

“We were there to see the Sin City All-Stars and waiting at a bar in Los Angeles when I saw the person next to me trip and start falling,” Byrnes recalls. “I caught her and stood her upright. She thanked me and was on her way. It was then I realized I had just caught Lucinda Williams in my arms.”

It’s a Full “June” as Folk-Rocker Deanna Drudge is Killing Time with Release of New Album & Video

Fri Jun 18, 2021

Settling soundly within this month of “June” comes Canadian folk-rock recording artist Deanna Drudge’s new single, video and album, Killing Time.

Check out “June” on YouTube here:

At eleven tracks strong, the release is woven together with a lifetime of earnest experience left bare between the bars of song. The indie singer/songstress hails originally from Ontario farmlands, but has found herself among the wooded scenery of Squamish, British Columbia — a juxtaposition she says she leans on in her lyrics.

Canadian Country Crooner Laurie LeBlanc Releases New Single, “I’ve Never Known”

Fri Jun 18, 2021

Dare to learn something new when you take a spin of Canadian country artist Laurie LeBlanc’s new single, “I’ve Never Known” single.

The latest release from his recent full-length offering,  When It’s Right, It’s Right, the East Coast cowboy crooner stares love straight in the eyes on this track, humbly confessing that this — this feeling — this is beyond all comprehension.

A delicately strung together single, it gets right to the heart of the matter from the first chord. Unabashedly slow and melodic, “I’ve Never Known” is a transpiring tale of finally finding the one.

Check it out on YouTube here:

“Stand Up” and Cheer for Pop-Infused Hip Hop Artist & Producer same as me & New Single

Fri Jun 18, 2021

What the world needs now is love. And same as me. And the reigning queen of pop-infused hip hop’s new single, “Stand Up”.

Check out “Stand Up” on YouTube here:

In a love letter to a broken world, and in an effort to reunite us all, the Edmonton-born, Toronto-based singer/songwrtier, producer and rapper same as me is her own mighty mecca of music.

From the production, to the vox, to the rap, to the visuals, the artist takes creative command from every lyric she pens, every note in her insanely wide range, to every treatment of her videos. Unsurprisingly, the indie songstress from Hollywood North is getting picked up for what she’s putting down. And it’s a whole lotta – you got it – love.

Steve Marriner Makes the Move to Solo Artist

Fri Jun 18, 2021

Ottawa, ON-based bluesman Steve Marriner is ushering a decidedly more roots-rock Americana sound to the forefront with the release of his new solo album, Hope Dies Last.

Crafted through COVID — and inspired by years on the road, and back — the 10-track full-length is available this July 2 via Stony Plain Records. It explores not only an evolving sound for the ever-busy artist, but an ever-expanding skill set as well.

Check out “How High” on YouTube here:

“I like to be on the move,” Marriner shares, who took on engineering the project. “To me, standing still feels the same as walking backwards; not only is it a survival mechanism, but it truly is my passion to have my hands in so many different projects. There’s just so much to learn, and it’s that learning that sustains me as an artist.

Folk Band Samways Poetically Trek Untrodden Ways with New Album & Single, “The Mother”

Fri Jun 11, 2021

Toronto-based acoustic folk group Samways sets poetry in musical motion again with their new single, “The Mother,” and debut album, Untrodden Ways.

With previously released singles “The Wind of Death” and the album’s title track, “Untrodden Ways,” serving as previews to the 10+2-track LP, the Toronto-based innovative quartet unveils another intriguing mashup of turn of the century poetry in “The Mother.”

Check out “Untrodden Ways” on YouTube here:

Not this century, but the last one… Complete with a soundscape that is totally today; the song is ancient prose living in perfect harmony with modern folk.

Americana Folk-Roots Rocker Chris Ronald Shines with Fifth New Album, Light & Dark

Fri Jun 11, 2021

With poetic lyrics steeped in his British roots, Canadian artist Chris Ronald captures his signature blend of folk and rock reminiscent of 60s-era revivalists and 70s-era singer/songwriters in this, his fifth and latest album, Light & Dark.

Leaning towards a decidedly rootsy sound, Ronald’s powerful vocals and accomplished musicianship in guitar, harmonica, and ukulele serve up a delicious folk-Americana, roots-rock release that lands just where he and his long-time collaborator, award-winning producer and multi-instrumentalist John MacArthur Ellis, set their sonic sights a few years ago.

“After showcasing at Americanafest in Nashville in 2018 — and really soaking up the vibe of the Americana music scene down there — John and I knew which direction to take this next album,” Ronald recalls. “Where my most recent album, Fragments, was more on the folk-side of Americana, Light & Dark has more of a contemporary roots sound.”

Amir Brandon Intoxicates with Debut Single, “champagne”

Fri Jun 11, 2021

Extraordinary vox and melodic sensibilities combine for Ottawa-born, Toronto-based pop singer/songwriter Amir Brandon and his debut single, “champagne”.

Check out “champagne” on YouTube here:

Having gained early accolades from chart-topping Billboard singer/songwriter JoJo, Amir Brandon has performed headlining showcases at Canadian Music Week, shared the stage with Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo, and amassed more than 2+ Million streams on YouTube for his stunning takes of R&B greats.

Folk Pop Artist Kele Fleming Creates Natural Buzz with New Single “Vanishing of Bees”

Fri Jun 11, 2021

At the crossroads of a child’s wonder at discovery and an adult’s grief over what’s been lost stands Canadian singer/songwriter Kele Fleming’s song-of-the-times, “Vanishing of Bees”.

Fleming re-released “Vanishing of Bees” accompanied by a new live video featuring her full band to continue the efforts of the UN World Bee Day. Additionally, 100% of digital sales of the single via Bandcamp will be donated to the David Suzuki Foundation.

With the double whammy of a worsening climate emergency damaging our planet and a worldwide pandemic ravaging our population, there’s no time like the present for this clarion call-to-action that Fleming also describes as “a beautiful lullaby for a time passing and a way of life that is threatened”. 

In what the Vancouver Sun’s Stuart Derdeyn calls “a lush pop ballad boasting a soaring vocal on the chorus”, “Vanishing of Bees” powerfully juxtaposes a nostalgic, youthful world view with the harsh reality of today’s global environmental crisis.

Joseph Brooks Organ Promises to “Make Sure You Know” on New Single

Fri Jun 11, 2021

Remember when James Taylor hummed that we’ve “got a friend”? And all we’d have to do is call out, and a friend would be delivered? Welcome Joseph Brooks Organs — a singer/songwriter, troubadour, and softly sweeping lyrical mastermind who could readily be James Taylor making-good on that 70’s promise.

Originally hailing from London, Ontario, but calling Toronto home for nearly the past two decades, this multi-instrumentalist’s charming indie-acoustic vibe is a quaint canvass of love and all its wonderment on his latest offering, Lovelorn.

The sophomore album is a follow-up to Organs’ debut EP Tape from 2013. As he recalls, “[This album was] recorded by nine different musicians all in their own apartments due to self-isolation protocol,” adding, “Lovelorn is a product of the pandemic, and a testament to the will to go on creating whatever the impediments to that process may be.”

Frank Patrick Proposes Unity in George Floyd-Inspired Single, “The Almighty We”

Fri Jun 11, 2021

With a mission and message towards celebrating unity, Canadian adult contemporary musician Frank Patrick has released a touching single and music video for the titular track of his new studio album, The Almighty We — available now.

While it’s an upbeat dance song, filled with a joyous and undeniable explosion of musical goodness and variety, “The Almighty We” came pouring out of Frank’s head after witnessing the horrific and unjust murder of George Floyd last year. “Watching and feeling (that video) catalyzed a massive call to action,” the veteran singer notes. A close friend of Frank’s even called “The Almighty We” a “planetary anti-racism and COVID dance song,” he adds.

Check out the video of “The Almighty We” on YouTube here:

Laszlo Jones Announces the Release of His Latest Crossover Single Titled “In The Morning”

Fri Jun 04, 2021

Beirut-based multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, and producer Gilles Jan Petersen, better known under his stage name Laszlo Jones, announces his latest single and music video, “In The Morning,” a track off his upcoming collection of work, the EP Beyond The Door. Delivering a unique sound reflecting his multiple talents and vivid creativity, Jones continues his musical journey in style with this record mixed by Kane Churko (In this moment, 5 Fingers Death Punch, Ozzy Osbourne, Papa Roach, Skillet, Disturbed) at the “Hideout” studio in Las Vegas, and featuring drummer Ralph Sammins, bassist Michael Buyens, arranger Marcos Barilari, and pianist Michael Arrom.

“In The Morning” sees Laszlo Jones express the contrast between the atrocities of a night of modern warfare (bombing and killing) and the calm and gentleness of a morning with rising sun and light breeze. For the music video, the concept was transposed into a night of ultra-violence between a man and a woman, leading to the murder of the man. In the morning the woman wakes up and goes about her day, dancing it away.

Check out “In The Morning” on YouTube here:

Get “High” on Jordana Of Earth’s Stunning New Electro-Pop R&B Single

Fri Jun 04, 2021

Breathy.  Sultry. A fusion of electro-pop with notes of R&B. Canadian singer/songwriter Jordana of Earth is back with her latest offering, an intimate love letter simply titled, “High”.

Check out “High” on YouTube here:

Her delicate vocals float like silk between the melodies, dripping with passion and eroticism in a vein not unlike Childish Gambino’s “Redbone” mingled with the edginess of The Weeknd — a near-notable nod to the indelible Toni Braxton. With “High,” the Toronto-based artist takes calculated risks with the track, tying off intricate beats with smart lyrics and a dream-like vox that transcends the listener into a sphere caught somewhere between being in love, and making it.

Pop Dynamo Andrew Cassara Says “Gimme More Bass” with the Release of New Official Video

Fri Jun 04, 2021

At upwards of a quarter-million streams worldwide, it’s more Freak on Repeat for multi-award nominated Canadian pop dynamo Andrew Cassara and his latest official music video for “Gimme More Bass” – check it out at YouTube here:

The freshly pressed visual lands on the heels of Cassara’s not one, but two 2021 Ottawa Music Industry Coalition Capital City Music Award nominations - Artist of the Year, and Album of the Year for 2020’s Freak on Repeat (Deluxe Version).

“Gimme More Bass is one of those songs that kind of surprised me,” Cassara shares of the deep-grooved and dazzling track. “It happened so quickly; at the beginning, it was just a melody that was really catchy and it felt like, in the blink of an eye, it came to life.

Cyber-Metal Psy-Rocker Delivers S4lvati0n with New Single, “Weird Equals Cool”

Fri Jun 04, 2021

Prepare to thrash when you go deep with Canadian cyber-metal psy-rocker S4lvati0n and his blood soaked, sweat-stained, melodic massacre of a new single, “Weird Equals Cool” — available now.

The self-proclaimed indie metalhead leaves it all on the mix as he storms the gates with his newly dubbed genre cyber metal. A sophisticated remix of synth, industrial, heavy bass and percussion intertwined with traditional metal maximized, “Weird Equals Cool” is a welcome foray into a constantly evolving genre. Where S4lvati0n picks up is off the trail of his idols before him, blazing a new course into headbanging utopia.

“In 2019 and 2020, I was at my lowest mental health-wise,” S4lvati0n shares. “I lost my motivation completely, and I stopped being myself.

“I became a bit of a dulled, ‘chilled-out’ caricature of who I was before,” he reveals, adding, “but the thing that I find most outstandingly upsetting is that people started telling me I was ‘cool’ now, and they started talking badly about how I was before.

Prog-Metal Trio Derev Shake Things Up with Hard-Hitting, Thought-Provoking New Single & Album

Fri May 28, 2021

The latest to land alongside their newest EP, Leap of Faith, Canadian prog-metal rockers Derev have unleashed their heaviest track yet; “Turab” – Watch it here on YouTube:

Featuring guest vocalist Adel Saflou, the five-minute hard-hitter includes the Derev members Armando Bablanian, Michel Karakach, and Liam Horrigan, and picks up right where the album’s previous single, “Futile,” left off…

Think: intense guitar riffs, chest-pounding drum beats, and mesmerizingly groovy time changes — all backed by the track’s thought-provoking nature sparked by the trio’s poetic and harrowing lyrical efforts.

Meaning ‘earth’ in Arabic, “Turab” was written with the purpose of “questioning things that are culturally presumed as absolute truths,” the band says, using the culture of war as an example to question the “honour” of sacrificing oneself for “the land.”

Award-Nominated Country Artist Lisa Richard and Releases New Single, “Together”

Fri May 28, 2021

In an homage to the bright side of life, award-nominated Halifax, NS country crooner Lisa Richard spins a tale of good vibes, good company, and good times on her single “Together” – check it out on YouTube here:

“‘Together’ was written a few years ago with my co-writers Rick Tiger and Jeff Wanex in Nashville,” Richard says of creating the track. “We wrote it after one of my trips to Europe where I got to perform in Budapest. I remember thinking that, although the majority of the audience didn't understand English, they could fully understand the music I was playing. It's true what they say… Music is a universal language!”

Globetrotter Troubadour Mike Green Honours the Hometown Ties That Bind with New Single, “Always”

Fri May 28, 2021

Music may have taken him around the world, but alt-rock singer/songwriter Mike Green knows the undeniable pull of home and the lasting power of lifelong friendship. With this, his new single “Always,” the L.A.-based and New England raised guitarist and producer pays moving homage to a fateful first crush, and the gratitude that comes when it transforms into a cherished bond that defies time, circumstance, and distance.

“When we're apart
Only seasons change
You and I will be friends always”

The song’s personal but oh-so-relatable story of looking back on young love is skillfully underscored by Green’s beautifully hypnotic guitar riff. Always “percolates on sweet guitar picking as his voice holds sway” says notable indie music blog American Pancake, calling it “honest, lovely storytelling.” 

Check out “Always” on YouTube here:

Canadian Rock Pianist Curtis Labelle Plays in the Key of Joy with New Single, “Run Run Away”

Fri May 28, 2021

If you believe a piano can’t rock, Curtis Labelle is going to make that misconception “Run Run Away” with his pedal pumping, sing-along-able new release. Check out “Run Run Away” on YouTube here:

The Sylvan Lake, AB-based rock pianist masterfully lives up to his handle with this blast of energy anthem that irresistibly dares listeners to join in as he soars through the hook-powered “Run run away! Run run away-ay!” chorus. That same ten-fingered, passionate engine that drove Elton John, Billy Joel, and Ben Folds up the keys into stardom is also propelling Labelle and this new, rhythmically infectious release is the vehicle that will have  everyone riding along.

Alfie Zappacosta - Saved

Fri May 28, 2021

Canadian treasure Alfie Zappacosta has released his 16th album “Saved” to rave reviews and critical acclaim. The iconic singer, songwriter and producer with the rich soaring voice that has  graced the airways for 5 decades has, like a fine wine, gotten better with age.  The album “Saved” is a new level of performance for an already stellar singer.

This latest effort contains beautiful, romantic ballads like “ Here In My Heart “, the moving “Always Near,” and the beautiful  “Unspoken.” Changing it up is the gospel inspired  title track“Saved,” and the jazz influenced  “Had Enough.”

The mixture of styles and feels and vocal tones on the album show all the different layers Alfie has brought to his vocal repertoire through the years. In Alfie’s words, “I’m a writer and I like to write as many different kinds of songs as I can. Once upon a time, record labels would want you to have a certain style so they knew how to market you, but now I can do anything I want.”