New and Upcoming Canadian Album Releases: iskwē, METZ, Elliott BROOD & More

The fourth full-length from Juno winner iskwē is our album of the week, while Scenic Route to Alaska and hip-hop star Classified also have upcoming new releases.



Lili Peper

It's a very busy week for new releases from Canadian artists, including new ones from rockers METZ and roots-rock band Elliott Brood (all veterans of their music scenes).

There are also a number of notable artists who've announced upcoming album arrivals, including Coleman Hell, Ruby Waters, Boogát', CHXMERAS and Ellen Doty.

Check out the full schedule after our album of the week from iskwē.

Album of the Week: iskwē, nīna

Juno-winning Cree Métis singer-songwriter iskwē releases her fourth album this week. Highly autobiographical, nīna reflects upon her turbulent recent personal experiences. Written during a sojourn in Mexico, the album, produced by 10x Grammy nominee Damian Taylor (Björk, The Killers), emerges as iskwē’s most adventurous yet. A collaboration with Nina Hagen on “I Get High” made the Top 20 alt-rock charts, while “Waiting For The Laughter” and album closer “Exhale” are dramatic ballads with a rich production sound. The below single, “A Little Piece,” is a candid look at her personal solitude “A little piece had died, A little piece of mind, A little peace inside,” she sings.



1: George Crotty, Inner Nature

1: Hugh Christopher Brown, Pacem 2 - Music from the original motion picture soundtrack 1968.

4: The Dirty Nil,Free Rein to Passions deluxe edition(Dine Alone Records)

4: Crash Kelly, Mïxx Täpe

5: Dana Gavanski, Late Slap (Full Time Hobby)

5: Annie-Claude Deschênes, LES MANIÈRES DE TABLE ( Bonsound)

5: Warburton, Sad Songs for Happy People

5: Sam Jr., Inner Shadow (Arts & Crafts)

5: Kiran Ahluwalia, Comfort Food

5: Carson Janik,Neon to Lean On

5: Sam Wilson, Wintertides

5: Wine Lips, Super Mega Ultra (Stomp Records)

5: Caméra, S/T

5: Shawn Austin, Words (Local Hay / Big Loud Records)

5: Tara Kannangara, Extraordinary People

5 :Ballsy, Bisou

5: Julie Aubé, Boiling Over

5: Ivytide, portable darkroom (Indica Records)

5: Honeymoon Suite, Alive (BCMG)


5: Grace Marr, Supernatural

5: poolblood, (Next Door Records)

5: Chief State, The Acoustic EP (Mutant League Records)

5: The Way Back Whens, Live at the Yardbird Suite (Chronograph Records)

5: Jerry Leger, Why Should we Try Anymore: Jerry Leger Sings Hank Williams (Bandcamp)

10: Mawzy, Long View

11: Scenic Route to Alaska, Lasts Forever

12: iskwē, nīna

12: Temporal Waves, S/T (People Places Records / Linear Fade Records)

12: Elliott BROOD - Country (Six Shooter)

12: Sarah Jerrom, Magpie (TPR Records)

12: Gillian Hay, Magnolia Baby

12: METZ, Up On Gravity Hill

17: OVK3 - Meeting Point (Modica Music)

19: Michael Feuerstack, Eternity Mongers ( Forward Music)

19: Cadence Weapon, ROLLERCOASTER (MNRK Music)

19: Nice Horse, S/T (Sakamoto Music/Warner Music Canada)

19: The Brenan Brothers, Valley of Silence

19: Leaf Rapids, Velvet Paintings

19: Kellie Loder, Transitions

19: Ndidi O, Simple Songs for Complicated Times

19: Daniel Janke's Winter Trio, Available Light ( Chronograph Records)

20: Coney Hatch, Postcard from Germany (vinyl)

24: Thunder Queens, Strike One (Victory Pool Records)

26: Classified, Luke's View (HalfLife Records & Big Story Entertainment)

26: Northern Ranger, Taken By Violet

26: Trashed Ambulance, Trashed At The Vat

26: Ellis, No Place That Feels Like


26: Corridor, Mimi (Bonsound)

26: MacKenzie Porter, Nobody's Born With A Broken Heart (Big Loud)

26: Anthony D’Alessandro, Searchin’

26: ambroise: la première caresse goûte toujours la neige

26: Joshua Hyslop, Evergold

26: Neil Young & Crazy Horse, FU###IN' UP

26: Colour Film, Half An Hour

26: Kyp Harness, Kick The Dust

26: PartyNextDoor, PartyNextDoor4 (OVO Sound)

26: Boogát, Del Horizonte

26: Alex Henry Foster, Kimiyo

26: Lee Aaron, Tattoo Me

29: Lemon Bucket Orchestra, Cuckoo


1: Deep Dark Woods, Broadside Ballads Vol. III. (Victory Pool)

3: Clever Hopes, New Kind of Familiar

3: Charlotte Day Wilson, Cyan Blue


3: Dun-Dun Band, Pita Parka Pt. 1 — Xam Egdub (Ansible Editions)

3: Jon Gordon, 7th Ave South

.3: Laraw, Quarter Life Crisis (Bravo Musique)

3: CHXMERAS, Terminal City (Virtua94 Records)

6: Stephen Hamm, Songs of the Future

9: Roddy Ellias, Moon Over Lake

10: Xana, The Sex Was Good Until It Wasn’t

10: Abigail Lapell, Anniversary (Outside Music)

10: Sebastian Bach, Child Within The Man

10: Olivia Penalva, Spiderwebs

10: Potatohead People, Eat Your Heart Out (Bastard Jazz Recordings)

10: Bibi Club, Feu de garde (Secret City Records)

13: Dump Babes, Known Liar

17: Alana Yorke, Destroyer (Paper Bag Records)

17: Major Love, Live, Laugh, Major Love (Slow Weather)

17: Maple Mountain Sunburst, Ecstatic

17: Telehorn, The Gravity Of See You Later (Touch in Motion)

17: Kaïa Kater, Strange Magic (Acronym)

17: Ruth Moody, Wanderer (Blue Muse Records/True North Records)

17: The Anti-Queens, Disenchanted ( Stomp Records)

17: Coleman Hell - Joyride (604 Records)

17: Ghostly Kisses, Darkroom

24: David Myles, Devil Talking (Little Tiny Records / turtlemusik)

24: Priori, This But More (NAFF)

24: Kiesza, Dancing and Crying: Vol. 1

24: Old Man Luedecke, She Told Me Where to Go

24: Wyatt C. Louis - Chandler (Royal Mountain Records)

24: Lynne Hanson, Just A Poet

31: Unessential Oils, S/T (Secret City Records)

31: Mary-frances Leahy First Light

31: Ruby Waters, What’s The Point

31: Kym Gouchie, Shun beh nats’ujeh


7: Maggie Andrew, Day Job

14: The Hi Tops,Lips, Hips, and Counterfeits

14:Ellen Doty, Every Little Scene

21: Belfountain, Some Hearts

21 - Celeigh Cardinal, Boundless Possibilities


12: Donovan Woods, Things Were Never Good If They’re Not Good Now (End Times Music)

19: Oleyada, Late Night Jam

26: Electric Religious, The Taste (Red Music Rising)

Arthur Fogel photographed in Los Angeles.
Lane Dorsey

Arthur Fogel photographed in Los Angeles.


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