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New & Upcoming Canadian Album Releases: Ruth Moody, Charlotte Cardin & More

Other artists with new releases this week include Kaïa Kater, Coleman Hell and Lemon Bucket Orkestra.

Ruth Moody

Ruth Moody

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This week's Canadian album releases include a keenly-anticipated solo effort from folk singer Ruth Moody of The Wailin' Jennys.

She joins a big release week that includes a surprise EP from Charlotte Cardin, fellow buzzy folk artist Kaïa Kater, rock band The Anti-Queens and more.


Some Canadian favourites recently announcing upcoming album dates include Colin Stetson, Cherie Camp, The Secret Beach and Colin Fisher.

See the full calendar below, after our Album of the Week feature.

Album Of The Week: Ruth Moody, The Wanderer

She now spends a lot of time in Nashville, but Manitoban singer-songwriter Ruth Moody remains a potent force on the Canadian folk scene. The Wailin’ Jennys, the Juno-winning trio she co-founded 22 years ago, is still going strong, while her parallel solo career and extensive collaborations with Mark Knopfler have brought international recognition. Expect that to grow with this new album, her first solo release since 2013’s These Wilder Things. It is co-produced and engineered by A-lister Dan Knobler (Allison Russell, Lake Street Dive), and new single "The Spell of the Lilac Bloom” features Joey Landreth guesting on vocals and guitar. The rich instrumentation incorporates strings, pedal steel, synths, vintage keyboards (mellotron, Wurlitzer) and a large arsenal of guitars, but Moody’s pure soprano and poetic lyrics hold centre stage. Moody plays U.S. dates May 21-31, then performs at the Winnipeg Folk Festival in mid-July. Itinerary here.

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May

10: Abigail Lapell, Anniversary (Outside Music)

10: Sebastian Bach, Child within the Man, (Napalm)

10: Myriam Gendron, Mayday

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

10: Orville Peck, Stampede Vol. 1 (Warner Records)

13: Dump Babes, Known Liar

15: Aiza & C The Reason, Winds of Change (BMG Production Music)

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)

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17: Nichol Robertson, Mimico Moonlight

17: Kaïa Kater, Strange Medicine (Acronym)

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

17: Charlotte Cardin, A Week in Nashville

17: The Luvmenauts, Ephemera (Do Right Music)

17: Ruth Saphir, Accolades of Time (Orchard of Pomegranates)

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

17: Coleman Hell, Joyride (604 Records)

17: John Kameel Farah & Nick Fraser, Farahser (Elastic Recording)

17: Tess Anderson, Before I Come Unhinged

17: Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Cuckoo

17: Ghostly Kisses, Darkroom

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

24: Wes Carroll Confabulation, Helium

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: Alanna Sterling, Everything’s gonna be just fine (Indica Records)

24: Kenton Loewen, Petrol Matches Boom (Drip Audio)

24: Deanna Knight, Every Little Spark

24: VISHTÈN CONNEXIONS, Expansion

24: Lynne Hanson, Just A Poet

24: Joe Rocca, Hybride(Bonsound.)

29: Spencer Jo, The Water (Moments Fest Records)

30: David Picco, Until Now

30: Cherie Camp, Love and Blood

31: Mary-Frances Leahy First Light

31: Ruby Waters, What’s The Point

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

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

31: Luka Kuplowsky & The Ryokan Band - How Can I Possibly Sleep When There Is Music (Next Door Records)

June

7: Rick White and The Sadies, S/T (Blue Fog)

7: Jeffrey Straker, Great Big Sky

7: Penny Shade, EP 2

13: Christin Hyshka, Rescue

13: Kym Gouchie,Shun beh nats’ujeh

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

14: Maggie Andrew, Day Job (turtlemusik)

14:Ellen Doty, Every Little Scene

14: Geoffroy, Good Boy

21: Belfountain, Some Hearts

21: Celeigh Cardinal, Boundless Possibilities

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21: Islands, What Occurs

21: SUBB and Mudie, Cat Songs EP

28: Homeshake, Horsie (Dine Alone Records)

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

July

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

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)

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

August

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

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

September

6: Hansom Ēli, Sip

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

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

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