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November 11, 2011 10:45 AM   Subscribe

What's the best darned NEW Canadian music you've heard in the last six months?

Help me educate myself and otherwise get my ears out of the past. I'm programming a few radio shows in which I'd like to play some great new Canadian music. No particular genre. Just narrow it down, please. Give me your best shots.

Thanks in advance.
posted by philip-random to Media & Arts (34 answers total) 39 users marked this as a favorite
 
I like Grimes.

Crystal Ball
Vanessa
posted by oceanview at 10:52 AM on November 11, 2011


Exclaim.ca and their print monthly are good resources to find out what new Canadian acts are causing a buzz.
posted by oceanview at 11:06 AM on November 11, 2011


Whitehorse -- husband-wife team Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland. Great sound.

Emerald Isle
I'm on Fire (Springsteen cover - could only find an older live version on YouTube but their album version is similar)
posted by pised at 11:09 AM on November 11, 2011


The Braids
posted by KokuRyu at 11:15 AM on November 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


I like Slow Down, Molasses - a mix of folk, indie, shoegaze.
posted by Infinite Jest at 11:15 AM on November 11, 2011


Chad VanGaalen, Malajube.
posted by TheGoodBlood at 11:19 AM on November 11, 2011


Coeur de pirate. She sings in french, but that's ok... right?
posted by ninebucks at 11:30 AM on November 11, 2011 [2 favorites]


I don't know what kind of "new" timeframe you're looking for but: Basia Bulat (of course. love her.), Mother Mother, Hey Ocean. Basket of Figs.
posted by hepta at 11:36 AM on November 11, 2011


I like Terra Lightfoot/The Dinner Belles a lot!
posted by bewilderbeast at 11:42 AM on November 11, 2011


Seconding Whitehorse, and both Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland on their own though his latest solo album is not as good as any of his previous ones.

The latest albums by Christine Fellows, Chad van Gaalen, Dan Mangan, Jill Barber, Ohbijou and Feist are all good. (And all of their previous work, but the latest albums all came out in the last year or so.)

The R3-30 podcast plays the top 30 tracks on CBC Radio 3 each week - www.radio3.cbc.ca has the link to the podcasts. You can also see the list of this week's songs on the website. They also stream most of the songs there, too, so you can take a listen.
posted by kyla at 11:55 AM on November 11, 2011 [2 favorites]


One Hundred Dollars - Powdered Confessions

PS I Love You - Facelove - this song is 2 years old but I believe they have a new B-side type release out

Austra - Beat And The Pulse

Owen Pallett - The Great Elsewhere
posted by skwt at 12:51 PM on November 11, 2011


Bill Bill - Im in Oshawa
posted by skwt at 1:10 PM on November 11, 2011


To be fair, he's a friend, but Snailhouse is one of my favourites.
posted by ITheCosmos at 1:10 PM on November 11, 2011


Diamond Rings.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 1:12 PM on November 11, 2011


Anything nominated for a Polaris Prize is interesting and worth looking at.
posted by ovvl at 1:29 PM on November 11, 2011


Rich Aucoin (link is to full album stream) - saw him at Halifax Pop Explosion last month, in an intimate church show with just him, 30 guest musicians, and a 50 person choir. I think he's going to blow up this year.

Purity Ring

And Fucked Up's David Comes To Life came out less than 6 months ago... you can't say their name on the radio but you can play (at least some of) the songs.
posted by Gortuk at 1:39 PM on November 11, 2011


pised - thanks for that! I listened to Emerald Isle, and within 30 seconds, I was at iTunes, buying Whitehorse's album! Great stuff!
posted by newfers at 1:51 PM on November 11, 2011


Sarah Slean's new Land and Sea. Obvious, old & busted, i know, but I'm a total fanboy.
posted by bonehead at 1:58 PM on November 11, 2011


I loved, loved, loved Kathryn Calder's 2010 album Are You My Mother?--I heard If You Only Knew on CBC One and immediately went and bought it. Her new album, Bright and Vivid, was released last month and it is just as good.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 2:39 PM on November 11, 2011


Adam & the Amethysts.
posted by furtive at 3:22 PM on November 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


Since everyone I was going to mention has been mentioned already, let me plug Reverie Sound Revue. They released a much loved (by me, anyway) EP in 2002 (two tracks: 1, 2) and disbanded a couple of years later without putting anything else out there. A little while later they reformed without anyone noticing (well, I didn't notice, and back then I used to read all the music blogs (slight hyperbole)). They released an album in 2010 (some sources say 2009) to little fanfare, but... I really quite like it a lot. I only just found out that they had gotten back together a little while ago, and their new album (two tracks: 1, 2) has lodged itself into steady rotation on my iPod.
posted by Kattullus at 4:00 PM on November 11, 2011


I saw Planet Creature last week and really enjoyed them. I have their CD-R but I'm not sure what they have released. Slutarded is still my favorite though.
posted by saucysault at 4:14 PM on November 11, 2011


The Blue Seeds!
posted by bunji at 4:18 PM on November 11, 2011


Hooded Fang is a fun band (I sort of know one of 'em, but I do genuinely like their music).
posted by sevenyearlurk at 4:25 PM on November 11, 2011


thanks all.
I'm definitely listening. some great stuff so far.
And please do keep posting.
posted by philip-random at 4:34 PM on November 11, 2011


And Fucked Up's David Comes To Life came out less than 6 months ago... you can't say their name on the radio but you can play (at least some of) the songs.

Actually, I can say their name. At least I have and will continue to until some bureaucrat with a big stick tells me I can't. Haven't heard the whole album but what I have is great.
posted by philip-random at 4:39 PM on November 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


Absolutely, without a doubt - Craig Cardiff - his songs "Wait, Maybe Love" and "Safe Here" are sure to be hits!
posted by adamfunman at 5:38 PM on November 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


Ingrid St-Pierre, whom I found out about through AskMeFi.
posted by Multicellular Exothermic at 5:47 PM on November 11, 2011


kyla's link to the R3-30 podcast is excellent.

Dan Mangan's new songs are great, love Austra, and Fucked Up should be on your list.
posted by arcticseal at 6:04 PM on November 11, 2011


Oh and I just learned about The Daredevil Christopher Wright (via a friend who went to a Dan Mangan show the other week). Totally charmed me. The Wilderness of Manitoba is also charming, and recently did a Daytrotter session that I am super into.
posted by bewilderbeast at 7:17 PM on November 11, 2011


i love this album by the group sound.
posted by noloveforned at 7:58 PM on November 11, 2011


The Rural Albert Advantage, without a doubt.
posted by god hates math at 5:31 AM on November 12, 2011


Thanks all -- best answers to everyone that gave me a link.
I've got a lot of cool listening to look forward to.
posted by philip-random at 10:12 PM on November 12, 2011


But do post more if you feel inclined.
posted by philip-random at 10:13 PM on November 12, 2011


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