Folk & Roots Duo TOMATO/TOMATO Are “Chasing Rainbows” With Their New Song

Fri Nov 06, 2020

Saint John, New Brunswick folk and roots duo Tomato/Tomato have been “Chasing Rainbows” when it comes to their new single.

The track is the first to land from their forthcoming album, It’ll Come Around, set for release this November 20th, and was penned on a picture-perfect morning with their daughter Lucy. “It was a sunny Saturday, and we were reflecting on some vivid childhood memories,” John and Lisa McLaggan share of the song’s creation process.

Check out “Chasing Rainbows” here:

“When we began writing for the album, we weren’t quite sure what direction we would be heading,” John continues. “We were, though, feeling strong pulls back to our roots.”

RIVER NORTH New Single, “This Too Shall Pass” Created By Poem Written By Their Parents

Fri Nov 06, 2020

With more than 100,000+ streams on Spotify combined, multi-award winning Toronto-based artists Heather Christine and Matt Zaddy have connected their life partnership into a formal musical one to release the debut single, “This Too Shall Pass” as folk duo River North.

“This song began as a poem written by my parents, who are both writers,” Heather shares. “They wrote it to express their emotions during the start of the lockdown when an entire generation was essentially isolated for fear of what the virus could do to older adults.”

Watch and experience “This Too Shall Pass” here:

“Their words inspired us to express what we’ve been thinking and feeling during these strange times,” Matt adds. “We wrote ‘This Too Shall Pass’ as a beacon of hope, and to remind us that many things have come before us — and passed. That we will make it through this together,” they agree.

Grunge Alt-Rockers NeoNera Reevaluate Society’s Misguided “Saviour” Complex in New Single & Video

Fri Nov 06, 2020

Canadian grunge alt-rockers NeoNera reevaluate society’s misguided “Saviour” complex in this, their new single and video release.

The Ottawa-based three-piece that is Dylan Gunnell, Evan McCluskey, and Stephanie Leger are on a dedicated mission to dismantle the world’s toxic cocktail of conceit, artificiality, perfection and celebrity worship through a heady combination of progressive percussion, driving bass, manic riffs and prescient lyrics.

“Saviour” is no exception as the band unveils a song about “men who believe women need to be saved both from society and from themselves,” Gunnell explains. “The superhero in the video is a man who wants to save, help and support women, but fails because he doesn’t understand them.

“Unfortunately, he’s most men.”

Watch and experience “Saviour” here:

Toronto's Queen of the Dance Scene MELLEEFRESH is Invincible with New Full-Length LP

Fri Nov 06, 2020

When it comes to the Canadian electronic music scene, there are indisputable legends among us. One just so happens to be the inimitable and iconic Melleefresh and her newest album release, Invincible — available now!

The newly minted knock-out LP is teeming start to finish with alluring tracks that gracefully gravitate to that space between dance pop and classic house — a space the acclaimed dance music diva has arguably owned since stepping onto the scene in the early ‘90s.

Watch Melleefresh / Let's Do It Together here:

Speaking of the space between, Invincible is not without the very mischievous moments Melleefresh is known for, while a step back reveals powerful, inspiring themes of togetherness, unity, positivity, and a brighter future; it’s an album offering that’s found the prolific chanteuse at her most self-assured and hopeful.

Toronto Electropop R&B Artist JORDANA OF EARTH No Longer Going Through the “Motions”

Fri Nov 06, 2020

Toronto Electropop R&B artist Jordana of Earth has channeled her intuitively sensual and deeply introspective style into this, her newest single “Motions”.

Check out “Motions” here:

“I wrote ‘Motions’ when I felt like I was falling for someone,” Jordana of Earth reveals of the track’s inspiration and seeming muse. “I wasn’t sure, though, if I was feeling true feelings of love, or just getting caught up in the excitement of a new person and convincing myself that it was something real.”

‘hold on, wait, in a way I feel like I’m just moving through all of the motions, and that this ain’t true’

“That line is meant to really illustrate a moment where I catch myself before I get too carried away,” she continues. “The song is, in this way, very self-aware, and I paint this picture that my self-awareness and doubt is some sort of gate, wall, or barrier.

Francine Honey Takes Stock Of The World In New Double-Single, “Can’t Press Reset” & “2020 Vision”

Fri Nov 06, 2020

Life can change in an instant. That saying has never been more relevant than it is today. In the blink of an eye, our world has been turned upside-down and forever changed by pandemic and protest, political upheaval and climate change, racism and revolution. Thankfully, there are glimmers of light in the darkness: Neighbours who help each other. Activists who campaign for change. And artists who unite us with timely, touching works, like Francine Honey's new double single "2020 Vision” and “Can't Press Reset”.

Check out “Can't Press Reset” here:

"’2020 Vision’ is a song about what was supposed to happen in 2020," the Ontario-based singer-songwriter explains, while "’Can't Press Reset’ is a song that summarizes what has actually happened in 2020 and a transformational call to action.”

Watch ’2020 Vision’ here:

Folk Artist AUSTIN EATMAN Is "Walking Paranoia" On Debut EP, Broken Radio

Fri Nov 06, 2020

Saint John, NB folk artist Austin Eatman delivers a new video for his breakthrough single “Walking Paranoia,” the latest from his debut album Broken Radio.

The video is a live pull from Eatman’s EP release party at Peppers Pub and quickly confirms why the Saint John, New Brunswick-based artist has been a fast-rising fixture on the local scene; his distinct alt folk style rich with melody and charm draw from the likes of his inspiration from John Prine to Jack White, while remaining decidedly all his own.

“‘Walking Paranoia’ is one of my personal   favourites from the album,” Eatman shares of the introductory six-track EP. “This album started out as a wedding… Well, that is to say it started as a wedding invitation.

Check out ‘Walking Paranoia’ live here:

SULTANS OF STRING Raise Awareness of the 26+ Million Stateless Around the World

Fri Oct 30, 2020

For their latest release, Canadian world music collective Sultans of String set out to raise awareness of the nearly 26 million+ refugees currently stateless and away from their homes in a project centred around the positive contributions of new immigrants. The result was Refuge, and its title track, the award-winning “Refuge” featuring Edmar Castaneda.

Experience “Refuge” here:

The song just won Folk Music Ontario’s Songs From The Heart Award — Instrumental, and is raising funds for the band’s campaign to aid the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Canada.

The single spotlights the work of the astonishing Colombian harpist known for reinventing the instrument the world over, and celebrated for his improvisation and dynamic counterpoints created in the track. “It’s a great vibe, the whole tune,” Castaneda says. “It fits right with the harp, so I’m happy to be a part of this.

Indigenous Rocker PaulStar Is Living His Best Life After A Mission To “Find Myself” On New Single

Fri Oct 30, 2020

Award-nominated alt-pop / contemporary rocker and producer PaulStar is living his ‘Best Life’ after a mission to “Find Myself” with the release of his introspective and astute new single and same-titled album.

Watch “Find Myself” here:

“This song is about spiraling through dark times, and how you need to find that balance in life,” he shares. “I’m happy to say that music has helped my broken heart heal and that, no matter what obstacle you may face, you just need to keep going. “‘Sacrifice’ is very relatable,” PaulStar continues. “The message is to keep going, no matter what is trying to hold you back, whereas ‘Shine Brighter’ is a song about haters and ignoring what they say or think about what you’re doing.

Winnipeg's Alt-Rockers GLASSREEL Draw a Line in the Sand for New Single, “Ride Along”

Fri Oct 30, 2020

Winnipeg’s alt rock-pop outfit Glassreel draw a line in the sand of inter-attached habits and newfound independence with the release of their new single, “Ride Along”.

“At its core, ‘Ride Along’ is a song about codependency,” Kelly Beaton details. “It’s a song about falling back on a shared past in order to justify present relationships.”

“I view the lyrics as a message to a weak-willed past self,” songwriter Graumann shares. “It’s a reminder to go for it rather than letting the people around you control your life. This message is tempered with a reminder in the bridge to not be too hard on oneself — ‘ride along / it’s okay.’”

Check out the video and the message of “Ride Along” here:

St. Catharines' Jazz-R&B SAMMY JACKSON is 'With You' In Her Sophomore Release

Fri Oct 30, 2020

Jazz- R&B artist Sammy Jackson is With You in song, thanks to the release of her sophomore EP and its title track.

The five-track album’s unveiling follows this year’s earlier release of single, “Past Tense,” and fully encapsulates Jackson’s uniquely distinct, genre-fusing sound with thoughtful lyricism that’s honest and relatable.

“With You” explores themes of vulnerability, broken relationships, and love,” the St. Catharines, Ontario-based singer/songwriter shares. “The song ‘With You’ was inspired by the many road trips my husband and I have taken in Canada, the most memorable being our cross-country trip from Toronto to Vancouver where we marvelled at some of Canada’s finest landscapes, monuments, cities and parks.”

“‘With You’ symbolizes the overall journey in a relationship and the changes you encounter,” Jackson continues. “Much like a road trip, you often face detours and setbacks, but the destination is worth it.”

Watch and read the great lyrics of “With You” here:

Music NB 2020 Breakthrough Artist Of The Year KYLIE FOX Navigates Nostalgia And The Now In GREEN

Fri Oct 30, 2020

Winsome and tender at every turn, Saint John and this week announced as Music NB’s 2020 Breakthrough Artist Of The Year KYLIE FOX has released both her new alt-folk LP, Green and its latest single, “Glowstars”.

Check out “Glowstars” here:

The album wastes little time showcasing Fox’s unique brand of song-based storytelling, and the results teem with unmistakable genuineness and endearing charm — all traits that have earned Fox an attentive audience coast to coast, including features on CBC, charting on earshot!, festival stage spots, and more, for the quick wit, signature sarcasm, and inherent empathy that drives her delightful songwriting.

Kingston's Singer/Songwriter ASTRID TANTON Offers “Comfort” with New Single

Fri Oct 30, 2020

Kingston, ON”s indie pop singer/songwriter Astrid Tanton shares the view from her perspective with “Comfort,” the premiere single ahead of her forthcoming debut album, From My Eyes — available now!

“‘Comfort’ focuses on a lot of uncertainty and, unlike the name, uncomfortable times in your life,” Tanton muses. “It’s tough to leave something behind that was hurting you because there was some sense of certainty around it, and it’s a common thing for people to sacrifice their feelings for what’s comfortable.

“To me, that’s not okay and never will be.

“Once you can move into the unknown and away from the ‘comfortable’ with your head held high, you always become stronger.”

Check out “Comfort” on YouTube here:

At Over 500,000+ Streams, Halifax Rockers Dali Van Gogh Release Ode to Our Times with “Boneyard”

Fri Oct 30, 2020

Canadian rockers Dali Van Gogh have released a high-energy and poignant ode to our times in “Boneyard” — their new single produced by JUNO-nominated songwriter Rob Laidlaw (Platinum Blonde, Honeymoon Suite) available now.

Check out “Boneyard”

The song is the latest installment into The Testimony, a story being delivered through both music and a digitally-issued tie-in novel unveiled in parts every Friday by the Halifax-based band — Isaac Kent, John Scotto, Johnny Moore, Rachelle Moreau, and Lance Hicks — as part of their intricate and innovative concept release.

Keith Phelps’ “Harlins Renaissance” Featured on Oscar-winning Documentary

Fri Oct 30, 2020

Hip hop R&B artist and producer Keith Phelps and his visionary insights and prescient lyricism are once again front and center for the song, “Harlins Renaissance” — a track co-produced by his brother, Brendan Phelps, and featured in the Oscar-winning film, The Dope Years: The Untold Story of Latasha Harlins.

Check out “Harlins Renaissance” here:

Niagara Rockers Revive The Rose Already Miss Hockey in New Single, “Bar Down"!

Fri Oct 23, 2020

Canadian rockers Revive the Rose harken true to their national pastimes and hometown roots with their widely lauded tribute to hockey, “Bar Down”.

Enjoy “Bar Down” here:

At 240,000+ streams across platforms, Revive the Rose is lead singer Andy Colonico, guitarist Peter Antoniou, guitarist Matt Cookson, and Steve Stercho on bass; “Bar Down" is the latest to come from the Welland, Ontario-based band’s 2019 self-titled debut LP.

The song originally started as a theme song for a local OHL team and eventually, explains Colonico, was passed onto the NHL. "Toronto Maple Leafs DJ Cale Granton entered the track into heavy rotation during home games,” Colonico says. “From there, it became a 2019-2020 official warm-up song for the team. Then one thing led to another and, after informing EA Sports about this, we’re now in a video game. “Bar Down” will be featured in the EA Sports NHL 21 video game as a warmup song.

THE THICK Band O' Brothers Of Funk Rock; Release Debut Full-Length "If You Don’t Already Know"

Fri Oct 23, 2020

This is a band to watch for in future and in the meantime check them out!

“If You Don’t Already Know,” Canadian band o’ brothers funk rockers The Thick are back with their new single and full-length album of the same name.

Watch the video “If You Don’t Already Know” here:

“This is one of the more mysterious sounding songs on the record, and it’s our personal favourite,” the band says — including members Charlie Rosenberg, Richard Stirling, and Jeff Stirling. “The song touches on personal regret and nostalgia, yet we find solace in these aspects of our lives through the performance and the expression of the song.

"It’s the cornerstone of, not only this album, but of our entire discography.”

Canadian Matriarch of the Blues Dalannah Takes a “Look Ahead” with Powerful Single

Fri Oct 23, 2020

Canadian matriarch of the blues and veritable force of musical nature Dalannah takes an optimistic, introspective, and encouraging “Look Ahead” with the release of her new single and video — each available now.

Check out “Look Ahead” here:

“This song is an invitation and a reminder for us all as ‘stewards of the land’ to ensure we walk consciously and conscientiously in regard to Mother Earth and all living things,” Dalannah says. “The current climate in regards to Mother Earth is a sign that we must be aware of the damage we are causing; waters are receding and flooding, ancient icebergs are melting.

The Odds' MURRAY ATKINSON Releases “#Grinding” From Instrumental EPM Mubla Tubed

Fri Oct 23, 2020

Canadian rocker Murray Atkinson is nothing short of “#Grinding” in this, his new single off his epically masterful instrumental hard rock album, Mubla Tubed.

Watch and experience “#Grinding” here:

“Mubla Tubed is the result of a few years of experimentation and vibe chasing at home with no one else around — just me and my guitar and a vision of creating something energetic and interesting,” Atkinson shares of the project. “Most of the songs are straight ahead instrumental rock tracks, with the exception of ‘Moonlight’ and ‘Endless’ — the former being a nylon guitar Spanish-sounding composition, the latter being a vast, lush orchestral ambient piece, another genre of music I’ve been exploring lately.

Nashville's Kevin B Klein Is All About Making His Own Choices in "The Wrong From Right"

Fri Oct 23, 2020

Award-winning rocker Kevin B Klein continues to amplify freedom of choice with his signature retro rock with a modern vibe in the celebrated release of “The Wrong From Right” and  his sophomore album, They Call It Rock n Roll.

“The vision I had while creating this song was about making choices in life,” Klein says of ‘The Wrong From Right.” “This song is about our free will. I wanted it to be rhythmic, primal, and edgy, and I wanted it to reflect the current world we live in: relatable and powerful for all to enjoy.”

Check out “The Wrong From Right” here on YouTube:

Mission accomplished.