O Canada ... our music continues to flourish. Here's five homegrown acts that should be poised for a big breakout if anyone has the good taste to listen.
Liz Rodrigues of The New Royales (Toronto):
Eminem's song Survival features a big, booming female voice singing: "This ... is ... survival of the fittest! This ... is ... do or die!" That's Liz Rodrigues of The New Royales, the band who co-wrote the tune with Slim Shady. It won't be long before the rest of the world knows, given Survival is also featured in ads for one of the biggest video games of the year, Call of Duty: Ghosts. Otherwise, The New Royales released Today, a remake of the Jefferson Airplane cover about a year ago, leading up to their mix tape, Freedom's For The Brave, due in January.
His Clancyness (Ottawa/Bologna):
Besides having one of the best band names going, Ottawa-born, Bologna-based Jonathan Clancy also has a great sound, on his 2013 debut, Vicious (on Fat Cat records), that borrows heavily from the lo-fi-punk-glam-rock of '70s-era Lou Reed to the gloomy '80s synth-dance of New Order or Joy Divison before them.
Jessy Lanza (Hamilton):
This dreamy-sounding electro-R&B singer from Hamilton, Ont., is making huge waves across the pond in London where they can't get enough of her. On her debut disc, Pull My Hair Back (released on London label Hyperdub), she hooked up with Jeremy Greenspan of fellow Hamilton-birthed act Junior Boys after they first met when she sang on JB's 2011 release It's All True.
Glenn Morrison (Toronto):
This classcially-trained pianist -- who received his diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music while he was just 14 -- was drawn to techno and eventually DJing before establishing his own music label, Morrison Recordings, and producing electronic music. DJ Tiesto featured Morrison's Contact on a compilation, and with vocalist Islove, Morrison has finally scored a charting single, Goodbye, that debuted on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 at No. 73. Hey, it's a start!
Melissa Laveaux (Montreal/Ottawa):
This Montreal-born singer-songwriter-musician of Haitian descent is based in the nation's capital where her winning roots-folk-blues sound has seen her open for Feist and Meshell Ndegeocello. Otherwise, her 2006 debut disc, Camphor & Copper, was re-recorded and remixed after she won a busary and the new 2009 version, including a cover of Beyonce's Crazy in Love as a b-side on the deluxe edition, has now been followed up with her 2013 sophomore effort, Dying is a Wild Night.