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Canadian Album Releases Spike In The Pre Christmas Run-Up

Canadian releases last week hit some sort of record, with 30 albums released

Canadian Album Releases Spike In The Pre Christmas Run-Up

By FYI Staff

Canadian releases last week hit some sort of record, with 30 albums released to DSPs, pure music streamers and, to a lesser degree, pure record shops.


About half as many have been released this week. Among the acts hoping to win notice are Dave Young, Shred Kelly, Sam Roberts Band, Peripheral Vision, Tim Baker, The Commotions, The Fugitives, LTtheMonk, Aysanabee, The Sun Harmonic, Connie Kaldor, Julian Taylor, Curtis Nowosad, Rêve, Shawnee Kish, Emilie Kahn, Billy Raffoul, Radar Peak, Jordan Klassen, Joseph Shabason, Arielle Soucy, James Barker Band, Arlo Maverick, The Painters, Night Lunch, Rival Sons, Robbie Robertson, Skydiggers, Moka Only, Marianne Trudel, The Wildwood Family, and Wes Mack. Added to the list this week are projects from Jon McCann, Eli Rose, John Herberman, Sue Foley, Robyn Ottolini, Nick MacLean Quartet ft Brownman Ali, Allison Au,  Norma MacDonald, NOBRO, Sean Burns, Swamp Thing & Danny Miles, Jerry Leger, Pony Girl, and Shiv and the Carvers.

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There is no available data for the number of Canadian album releases for the first ten months of 2023. However, according to FACTOR’s 2021-2022 annual report, the Foundation funded 324 recordings (from 1,161 applicants), for a total grant spend of $3.9M.

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Jay-Z and Alicia Keys perform onstage during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sept. 13, 2009 in New York City.
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Jay-Z and Alicia Keys perform onstage during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sept. 13, 2009 in New York City.

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