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New & Upcoming Canadian Album Releases: Shawn Hook, Karan Aujla, Alexisonfire and More

Find a full list of new and just-announced Canadian albums, including Mattmac, Donovan Woods, Orville Peck and more.

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'Beauty In Surrender' art

There are some notable new Canadian albums and EPs out this week. Leading the list are hard rock heroes Alexisonfire, who have a new live album, and a new EP from rising Punjabi-Canadian star Karan Aujla. Also out this week, Mattmac has a new collaborative album that brings together fifteen Indigenous hip-hop artists from around North America. Others include prolific indie rocker Homeshake, a debut from Edmonton’s premier party brass band Brasstactics and more.

See the full calendar of new and upcoming Canadian releases after our Album of the Week feature below.


Album Of The Week: Shawn Hook, Beauty In Surrender

Multi-platinum-selling BC pop hitmaker Shawn Hook returns to the spotlight with a new EP, Beauty In Surrender, out today (June 28), via Infinity & Records/UMG. The follow-up to 2020 EP, Take Me Home, it emerges from the personal ordeal of facing tonsil cancer, now in remission. “Releasing new music after overcoming cancer puts this release on another level. Not being able to sing after my treatment was a realistic outcome,” says Hook. “I had to surrender to what was in front of me and let go of everything that defined me to that point in my life. I found light in the darkest moment of my life.”

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“Bigger Than The Night” showcases Hook’s skill at creating widescreen pop with a big emotional impact, while "Magic," is more upbeat, and sports a danceable groove. Over the course of a career now spanning three albums and three EPs, Hook has scored such major hits as "Reminding Me” (with Vanessa Hudgens) and “Sound of Your Heart” (both certified double platinum), plus three Juno Award nominations, and the Allan Slaight Music Impact Honour from Canada’s Walk of Fame.

June

21: Belfountain, Some Hearts

21: Celeigh Cardinal, Boundless Possibilities

21: Avril Lavigne, Avril Lavigne - Greatest Hits (Legacy/SME)

21: Islands, What Occurs

21: Celine Dion, I AM: CELINE DION (OST) (Sony Music Entertainment Canada/Legacy Recordings )

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21: Neon Dreams, The Good, The True, and The Beautiful

27: Alexisonfire, LIVE Born & Raised 2022, St Catharines ON

28: Mattmac, All Eyes On Us (Mattmac Music Group/N’we Jinan Records)

28: Homeshake, Horsie (Dine Alone Records)

28: Shawn Hook, Beauty in Surrender (Infinity & Records/UMG)

28: Karan Aujla, Four Me (Apple Music Edition)

28: Mike Boguski, Here's To Tomorrow / Goodbye To Yesterday

28: Brasstactics, Tribute to the Groove

28: Tommy Crane, Dance Music for All Occasions (Elastic Recordings)

28: Harry Lee Follon , Uncle's Lament (Bandcamp)

28: The Once, Out Here

28: Romi Mayes, Small Victories

28: Rose Morrison, The River She Knows

28: WAASH, WAASH (Light Organ Records)

July

1: Mr! Mouray, Lady Rock And Roll

3: John Gogo, Western Balladeer

5: Future Star, It’s About Time! (Mint Records)

5: Truck Violence, Violence (Mothland)

5: Olivia Penalva, Spiderwebs (Deluxe)

5: Amanda Martinez, Recuerdo

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

12: Colin Fisher, Suns Of The Heart (We Are Busy Bodies)

17: Begonia, Open Swim (Birthday Cake Records)

19: Oleyada, Late Night Jam

19: Boy Golden, For Eden (Six Shooter)

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

26: Wild Rivers, Never Better (Nettwerk Music Group)

August

2: Orville Peck, Stampede

9: Fucked Up, Another Day

16: KROY, Militia

16: Dee Holt, loving in the dark

23: The Secret Beach, We were Born Here, What's Your Excuse? (Victory Pool)

23 Colin James, Chasing The Sun (Stony Plain)

28: Ghostkeeper, Cîpayak

30: The Sound of Eddy, Ladders (Ensoul Records)

September

6 : Hansom Ēli, Sip

6: Cuff The Duke, Breaking Dawn (Cardinal Records)

6: Thélonius García, Marche Nocturne (night walk)

6: SUUNS, The Breaks (Secret City)

6: Mo Kenney, From Nowhere

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13: Colin Stetson, The love it took to leave you (Envision Records)

13: Joel Plaskett, One Real Reveal

20: Golden Feather, Release

27 : Leif Vollebekk, Revelation (Secret City Records)

27: Julian Taylor Pathways (Howling Turtle, Inc.)

October

4: Mia Kelly, To Be Clear

4: Devarrow, Heart Shaped Rock (Paper Bag Records)

11: Klô Pelgag, Abracadabra (Secret City Records)

11: Jadea Kelly, Weather Girl

18: Twin Flames, Hugging the Cactus

November

8: The Tragically Hip, Up To Here (box set)

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