Top Five is a new feature that we are so excited to share with you on a weekly basis! Every week, the team and I will show you our favorite five of anything music-related (songs, albums, etc), and trust me we have some great lists coming up, so stay tuned!
First off, we have the Top Five Cover Songs that have been released in 2022 so far, all chosen by Editor, Jenna Melanson.
Enjoy these five picks. and while you’re at it, listen to the originals as well. These five Canadian artists and bands have done an incredible job making each track their own.
British Columbia-based The Arctic unveiled their darker, alternative take on the 1999 Backstreet Boys hit, “I Want It That Way”. The cover will find love from die-hard fans of the original and new music lovers who deemed the Backstreet Boys as cheesy, bubblegum pop stars. Read more about The Arctic and their reimagining of “I Want It That Way”, here.
Based in Los Angeles, with his roots in Toronto, Jarvis Church has released a whole album of cover songs entitled Vol 3: A Tribute to Bill Withers and Beyond. A good portion of these tracks were originally performed by Bill Withers. “Just The Two Of Us” is a beautiful track, which pays fitting homage to the late legend while remaining unique all on its own. Find out more about Jarvis Church, and his reimaginings of classic Bill Withers songs, here.
Toronto’s rising Ghost Caravan (the project of singer, songwriter, actress, and performer, Shaina Silver-Baird) has released a danceable, exciting, and vibrant cover of Elvis Costello‘s “Girls Talk”. Bringing up teenage memories, Ghost Caravan felt the track was reminiscent of a group of friends huddling, laughing, and chatting. The single is featured in the recent release, COVERAMA, which features various artists.
Vancouver, BC-based indie-pop duo, Twin River has shared a cover of the Canadian classic – Sloan’s “The Other Man”. The two also unveiled a live video filmed at 604 Records in Vancouver. Want to know more about the release, click here.
Toronto, ON-based rising pop duo, TANDM released their infectious cover of The Counting Crows tune, “Accidentally In Love” earlier this month. The original was a frequent spin on the stereos of band members, vocalist-guitarist Maxine Beck-Sinderby, and drummer Thomas Franklin (particularly for its notable feature on the Shrek 2 soundtrack!). They have also shared a stop-motion video directed and animated by Akash Jones, written and art directed by Bronte Brazier, and its cast (wooden artist dolls) that were named after the band members, Maxine and Thomas. You can find this release on COVERAMA.
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.