The snow has arrived in the GWN neighbourhood and it’s starting feel typically Canadian out there again. Now comes hot chocolate, mittens, skating, and scraping sheet ice of your windshield. Time to embrace the coming deep freeze or batten down the hatches and hibernate. And what better way to hibernate with some great Canadian music. GWN‘s here to fill your ears with the last vestiges of 2022’s musical offerings – that includes Christmas tracks. Too early, you say? Bah! Humbrag. It’s been a tough 2 1/2 years, we believe in spreading the musical (and festive joy) as soon as we can. From here until Christmas we’ll drop a few new Christmas releases into our blogs.
And remember, most of the songs and artists we discuss in this issue are available on our weekly Spotify playlist (just click the icon below)
Having just signed with Sonic Envy Records, Lowest of The Low is currently working in John Critchley’s (13 Engines, Mr! Mouray, The Discarded) recording studio, Green Door Studios, on their next record tentatively titled Welcome To The Plunderdome. The record is slated for a 2023 release. The band has released a sneak peek of two new tracks here.
The new children’s book, The Cat Who Played Guitar, is available in time for Christmas from famed Canadian classical guitar virtuoso Liona Boyd.
The story of Ray Gran will soon be the subject of both a book and a documentary, as well as the latest single from The James Clark Institute entitled “Marcella Never Got The News.” The pilot crashed his plane in 1959 in Saskatchewan and it was not recovered until 2018. His wife Marcella was pregnant at the time of the accident, and passed away the night of the discovery of the wreckage without ever hearing the news.
Toronto Alt-Pop singer-songwriter Lisa Humber is urging people to critically think and start making post-pandemic human connection on her new songs “Shades of Grey.”
Victoria, British Columbia musical mainstay Jonathan (Williams) once shared stages with legendary Canadian artists including Colin James, Trooper, 54-40, Spirit of the West, Edwin, and legendary American act Dr. Hook. After spending the majority of his life as a music artist and performer, Jonathan put it all away for the next 15 years and went into law enforcement to build and support his new family. In the last three years Jonathan endured massive life changing events, and has returned to fulfill his dream and passion of music. Jonathan speaks to this in his newest single release called “Untethered”. Jonathan states: “‘Untethered’ is my personal testimony of how my life fell apart in 2017. Suffering from betrayal, depression, loss of identity, and PTSD from my job as a police officer, this song is about my struggle to fill the emptiness of my life with distractions and pleasures rather than seeking what matters most.”
Windsor, Ontario’s MELØ has released a new single and lyric video for the song “Things We Lost,” which is the title track from his debut EP.
Toronto Pop songstress Sam Casey wrestles with the hurt of a one-sided fling on her new single/video “New Company.”
The Trews have released a new Christmas tune called “Xmas (Merry Christmas).”
Jon Mullane is an award-winning Canadian singer//songwriter/performer who has gained international acclaim and success with his music. Having released five successful full length albums, Jon has had several Top 40 Billboard -charting radio singles in Canada to his credit, and his song “My New American Girl” broke into the Top 40 at #32 on the Hot AC Billboard Chart in the US. “Feels Like Christmas” is Jon’s new Holiday album that features new original songs plus Jon’s previously released Holiday singles. Check out the title track:
Bend Sinister’s Dan Moxon has embraced being a steady, stay-at-home adult on the new single “Real Good Guy.” Taking its cues from easygoing ’70s soul, “Real Good Guy” features tinkling piano, joyful horns, subtle harmonies, and even some exuberant whistling as Dan basks in the reality of being a responsible member of a household. Throughout the song, there’s the sense that Dan isn’t actually trying hard to convince anyone that he’s a good guy, but that he’s instead marveling at a particular stage of life. It’s an attitude that fits with the greater theme of Dan’s sophomore album, All My Friends.
Yet another new single, “High Times,” from Nickelback has been released from their upcoming new album Get Rollin‘.
Toronto’s Shawn Molko’s new song “I Will Wait,” is causing a lot of word of mouth support across all platforms. Check it out.
Canadian Alt-Country artist Andrea England gets honest about Holiday bitter-sweetness on the new seasonal single “Jolly Melancholy Christmas.”
Toronto’s Americana/Roots-Rock singer-songwriter Ryan Wayne – most often remembered as one of the two spark plugs that fired up the award-winning, much-loved Toronto band Warped 45s – has released “Wherever You Land,” the first single from his upcoming debut album Crow Amongst The Sparrows.
Toronto’s NUMB TONGUES have released their new “Whaddaya Say” featuring Prince/Toto’s Dominique Xavier. The inspiration behind “Whaddaya Say” first came to lead singer Jonah Grinberg in 2017. The singer went through a depression after finishing college, feeling a sense of aimlessness and disposition within the world. He developed a nihilistic take on life and realized that the world would forever remain in a constant state of chaos, and there was nothing he or anyone he knew could do much about.
Toronto’s rising Pop sensation, Victoria Alex, on the heels of her hit “Screaming” and “I Hate Your Friends,” returns with a new single entitled “Let’s Pretend.”
A collective of Canada’s top artists are lending their voices to raise awareness of the fight for democracy in Iran. This reimagining of U2’s iconic protest song “Sunday Bloody Sunday” was originally recorded and released in the summer of 2019 to raise awareness of the political crisis and human suffering in Sudan. With this new lyric video, A4A Records and participating artists once again hope to put the spotlight on the fight for human rights, in solidarity with the women and people of Iran. The participating artists are: Ian D’Sa (Billy Talent), Ben Kowalewicz (Billy Talent), Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo), Cone (Sum 41), Neil Sanderson (Three Days Grace), Matt Walst (Three Days Grace), Damhnait Doyle, Emmanuel Jal, Serena Ryder, Corey Hart, Ron Hawkins (Lowest of The Low), Scott Anderson (Finger Eleven), Simon Ward, Amy Millan (Stars), Colin MacDonald (The Trews), John Angus (The Trews), and Ewan Currie (The Sheepdogs)
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Jaimie Vernon, 2022
Jaimie “Captain CanCon” Vernon has been president of the on again/off-again Bullseye Records of Canada since 1985. He wrote and published Great White Noise magazine in the ‘90s, has been a musician for 44 years, and recently discovered he’s been happily married for 26 of those. He is also the author of The Canadian Pop Music Encyclopedia and editor of “Sunny Days: The Skip Prokop Story.” Available through Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Jaimie+Vernon