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New and Upcoming Canadian Album Releases: Ruby Waters, Alex Cuba, Celine Dion & More

Other artists with new releases this week include Pezz, Sam Jr., David Strickland and more.

Ruby Waters

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This week, new Canadian album releases are headed by the debut full-length of feisty alt-rocker Ruby Waters. Others include Alex Cuba, David Strickland, Luka Kuplowsky & The Ryokan Band and more.

Some big albums were also announced this week, including Super Duty Tough Work, a Celine Dion soundtrack and Shawn Hook.


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

Album of the Week: Ruby Waters, What's The Point

Ontario rock singer-songwriter Ruby Waters may have only just released her debut album, What’s The Point (on May 31), but she’s already been making waves. She has toured with City and Colour, been nominated for a Juno as Best Alternative Artist, earned impressive streaming numbers, and just headlined a hometown show at The Danforth Music Hall. A feisty attitude, spirited rock sound and raunchy lyrics (sample from “Adult Swim”: “ I know I’ve been up and down lately / But right now I want you to go down on me”) have helped fuel a buzz that keeps growing. Her persona feels convincing, not contrived, and you should look for 2024 to be a real breakout year for her. Waters recently announced a major 29-date North American tour in the fall, beginning with two nights in Victoria, Sept. 25 and 26. Tickets here. She begins a 14-date tour of the U.K. and Europe on June 4.

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May

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

24: Kiesza, Dancing and Crying: Vol. 1

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

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

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

31: David Strickland, Foundation (MNRK Music)

31: Campbell & Johnston, Paisley Hearts

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31: Alex Cuba, Voces De Mi Familia

31: Sammy Volkov and Dana Wylie, The Day Had To Come

31: Bus People, Starcade

31: Pezz, Watoosh!

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

31: Natasha Blackwood, Love Songs for Good Machines

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 Shades, EP

7: Super Duty Tough Work, Paradigm Shift Extended (Next Door Records)

7: Kaytranada, Timeless

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: Tevet Sela, Sweet Tears.

14:Ellen Doty, Every Little Scene

14: Geoffroy, Good Boy

21: Belfountain, Some Hearts

21: Celeigh Cardinal, Boundless Possibilities

21: Islands, What Occurs

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

21: SUBB and Mudie, Cat Songs EP

21: Lori-Ann Speed, Somewhere in Time

28: Homeshake, Horsie (Dine Alone Records)

21: Karma Glider, Ocean Honey Violence

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

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

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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)

26: Romi Mayes, Small Victories

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

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

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

13: Joel Plaskett, One Real Reveal

27: Leif Vollebekk, Revelation (Secret City Records)

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

October

11: Klô Pelgag, Abracadabra (Secret City Records)

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Shaq’s classic with Biggie is finally available on streaming services. The news was broken by FakeShoreDrive on X earlier this week, and the Hall of Fame big man confirmed the news Thursday afternoon (June 13).

The year is 1996 and Shaquille O’Neal and the Notorious B.I.G. are two of the biggest figures in their respective fields. Shaq was entering the last year of his deal with the Orlando Magic before he headed west to the Los Angeles Lakers at the end of the 1995-1996 season. Biggie was getting ready to release his sophomore album, Life After Death, while in the throws of a beef with 2Pac. Big name-dropped the NBA player on the song “Gimme the Loot” off his debut album, Ready to Die, and the two had a mutual respect for each other ever since.

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