2016 is one for the record books but not before we reflect on the amazing accomplishments of some of our Canadian artists who happened to be nominated this year and our Canadian Beats awards. Yesterday, we touched on what our Favourite Album of 2016 nominees had been up to this year, and now it’s time to see how 2016 has treated our Favourite EP of 2016 nominees!
Owen Meany’s Batting Stance
2016 was the year that Halifax based band, Owen Meany’s Batting Stance released their highly anticipated self-titled debut EP. On top of this, the band played shows in Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia and once again took part in Nova Scotia Music Week, and the year isn’t over yet. This talented up & coming band will be back in Ontario at the end of the month playing The Cameron House, so don’t miss that!
The New Electric
The New Electric have had one hell of a year! Formed in 2014, the band has worked hard to earn their spot in Canada’s pop music genre. Their single Life’s What You Make it got the attention of the industry and landed them spots on multiple pop charts, including #18 on Hot AC and #28 on main AC. After the release of Inside Out in February, it also peaked at #20 on main AC. The New Electric were also hard at work on their 6 track EP and working with legendary producer Brian Howes (Hedley, Simple Plan). Living Loud was released on October 28th, and has been widely well received by their peers and of course dedicated fan base. Single Ride This Feeling was #2 on the most downloaded song list on DMDS during it’s first week. And you can’t talk about the year The New Electric has had without mentioning their cross Canada tour with Backstreet Boy’s own Nick Carter! They also took home an award for Group of the Year at the 2016 YYC awards. I can only be certain 2017 will bring nothing but more great things for The New Electric.
The Town Heroes
2016 was a big year in the lineup of The Town Heroes. They went from being a duo to becoming a 4 piece with the addition of Aaron Green on guitar and Tori Cameron on bass. The band also released a new EP, titled Closer, in April which consisted of acoustic renditions of song from 2015’s Please, Everyone and 2013’s Sunday Movies. During this years Nova Scotia Music Week, Please, Everyone picked up a nomination for Rock Recording of the Year and won the band the award for Group Recording of the Year. The Town Heroes ended the year by travelling to Boston for the tree lighting ceremony.
This year I’ve been watching Shae Dupuy and her rise in the country music scene. She was the CMAO artist of the month for November and also launched her Brave Tour. She released her 7-track Brave EP on Oct 28, 2016, which is now available exclusively at HMV (Ontario stores) via DEP / Universal Music Canada and released 3 music videos on the same day, which is a first for a Canadian female country artist. Shae also appeared on Etalk to promote the release of Brave, along with several interviews at radio, magazines and online publications. Shae released “Liar” (co-written with Jessica Mitchell”), which was a Spotify exclusive.
London, Ontario was the place to see her performing at showcases during Canadian Country Music Week. Shae recorded with award-winning producer David Kalmusky at Addiction studios this year! Shae was a Finalist in the 2016 Unsigned Only Music Competition for “Drink About It”. She was also named Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO) 2016 New Faces Showcase Artist. Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO) 2016 Nominee, Rising Artist and Video of the Year. She released “Tin Man” music video, Directed by CCMA Award winning Stephano Barberis. Three music video premieres on Cool 100.1 in Belleville Ontario. “A GOOD YEAR” for Shae Dupuy.
The year 2016 has been brought to you by the word… WHISKEY! And, what a year it has been for Canadian country songstress, Jessica Mitchell. Mitchell released her debut EP, Hold Onto The Light, which is a collection of four songs that “cater to a growth and time in my life that I can proudly say ruled my world both with pain and acceptance of not only myself but of others”, as she stated. Her hit single, “Workin on Whiskey”, rose through the charts throughout the year and set the stage for many successes and celebrations. Later in the year she also released an official video for the single. An absolute highlight in 2016 was her acoustic performance of “Workin on Whiskey” at the CMAO awards in May that received a standing ovation at the end of her performance (she was nominated twice at this awards ceremony for the 2016 Female Artist of the Year CMAO and Rising Star Award). Mitchell surprised fans with a performance with Lindsay Ell at the Boots and Hearts Music Festival in Oro-Medonte this summer with a performance of “Tennessee Whiskey”. She also toured with Kiefer Sutherland on the “Not Enough Whiskey” tour this year. Beyond all of the whiskey, Mitchell was also a two-time nominee at the CCMA awards in her hometown of London. She also performed on stage with some amazing Canadian talent including Dean Brody at the CNE this summer, in the CCMA Legends Show during Country Music Week, and with Royal Wood in September. She performed nonstop at radio and television stations in support of her EP and hit single and performed at many festivals including Manitoulin Country Fest. More recently Mitchell announced that she will be opening for Terri Clark in March on her tour. She also recently released her countrified version of “Blue Christmas” and recorded an CMT One Shot version of this song. Over the Christmas season fans could see her on stage at the Art of Time Ensemble which is a unique concert which fuses high art and popular culture in music.