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. We’ve been posting one a day and will continue until all categories and nominees are covered, so stay tuned! Today we have our Favourite Music Video of 2016 nominees!
Chad Brownlee – I Hate You For It
Chad Brownlee being one of the country favourites to Canadians is no surprise. The BC artist has become more and more popular over the last year or so after his release When The Lights Go Down (2014) and his latest release Hearts On Fire, released in April of this year. After tours that spanned the country, multiple awards (including Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year in the 2016 BCCMA Awards), he isn’t taking much down time as he winds up for his Hearts on Fire tour that starts early January 2017, and even teams up with fellow country favourite, Tim Hicks for some of the dates. Brownlee gave 2016 a run for its money and will surely continue in 2017.
Marianas Trench – Who Do You Love
Marianas Trench, a favourite of thousands across the country released their latest album Astoria in late 2015 and toured not only North America, but had a short stint in Europe as well. Unfortunately due to lead singer Ramsay’s poor health on the road, many shows were rescheduled or cancelled, but the band still showed that their new stage show is bigger and better than ever. Not only did they tour multiple countries, states, and provinces, they also released two music videos for “This Means War” and “Who Do You Love”, the latter being an extremely generous video, showing the band donating money, time and gifts to those in need, instead of spending the budget for their video on actors, theatrics, and everything else that comes with music video production. 2016 was a year that fans learned more about the backstory behind the four in the band, giving insight to a whole new emotional level of lyrics. Whether or not new music from Marianas will be seen in 2017 is yet to be known, but the band plans on finishing up the last few rescheduled dates for their Astoria album cycle early in the year.
River Town Saints – Cherry Bomb
Fresh on the heels of an amazing 2015, Ottawa-based country band, River Town Saints, carried that momentum all the way through 2016, which included being honoured with a nomination for the CCMA 2016 Rising Star Award. They toured a lot this year! Performances included the CMAO Awards Show, The Capitol Centre in North Bay with The Abrams, The One Horse Town Tour with Dean Brody and Chad Brownlee, Rock the Park in London, Cavendish Beach Music Festival, iHeart Radio Tailgate Party, Festival Country de Lotbinière, Sound of Music Festival in Burlington, Ottawa4FortMac, Canadian Music Week, The Queen’s Plate on Canada Day Weekend, on the main stage at The World Cup of Hockey and many others. And, how could we forget their amazing performance at Boots and Hearts to a crowd of thousands?! Many thousand miles were put on their new tour van, which was bought to replace their beloved Ron Burgundy, a van with its own web series. The newest addition to their tour family is Trailer Swift, a trailer bigger than their giant van! River Town Saints also demonstrated their giving side by posing in the 2017 Top Country Sounds and Rescue Hounds Calendar. 2016 also saw the release of the video for their first single, “A Little Bit Goes A Long Way” (February), and the release of their latest single “Cherry Bomb”, which also has a great official video now! A special mention to front man, Chris Labelle, who celebrated his own ups and downs this year. We want to congratulate him on the engagement to his lovely girlfriend. We hope that it takes the sting away from being denied a high five at the CCMA awards! All joking aside, River Town Saints is a super talented group who handle themselves with class, but have a ton of fun in the process. This fun permeates everything that they do. Recently the band announced that they have reached 1 000 000 streams on Spotify! Congratulations on this huge accomplishment! We can’t wait to see you soon on the “Shake These Walls” tour with Tim Hicks and Jason Blaine!
Hedley – Lose Control
2016 for Hedley consisted of a cross Canada Tour starting in St. Johns and ending in Vancouver. The tour was called Hello World Tour after their sixth album release entitled Hello, and had 28 stops in total. Hello World Tour was a full arena show and had Carly Rae Jepson and Francesco Yates as openers . Ever since the release of Hello in November 2015, Hedley has been climbing the charts with radio plays and iTunes downloads for their singles “Lose Control” and “Can’t Slow Down” in 2016. Hedley was nominated for a Juno for Group of the Year this year, and they also got the chance to be headliners of the post-Queen’s Plate concert held at Woodbine Racetrack. Hedley has had a very exciting year and we can’t wait to see what 2017 brings them!
Strumbellas – Spirits
It’s been a big year for folk rock group The Strumbellas, who have been rapidly growing a dedicated fanbase since the huge success of their single “Spirits.” Following the release of the tune’s music video in early 2016, it’s pretty much impossible to find anyone who doesn’t know all the lyrics to the anthemic single. The band followed the success of “Spirits” with “We Don’t Know,” an inspiring, progressive ballad. While the song is symphonic and uplifting, the video showcases a different side of their personalities. Featuring each member dressed as a video game character working together to defeat the final boss through power-ups and music, The Strumbellas proved that they know how to make good music and have a good time while doing it, which is why they’re able to connect so easily with their fanbase. The band have also been busy playing a number of live shows this year including performances at The Indies during Canadian Music Week, where they won Group of the Year and KOI Music Festival. They’ll be ending the year on a high note with two performances at the Danforth Music Hall just in time for the holidays on December 22nd and 23rd.