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canadian music rising

Forget the superstars of the 90s and 00s. Here in Canada lately, good music is underground – in the clubs, in small venues across the nation, and on YouTube! Marcello is on the task to bring you the greatest fresh sounds out there... from little ol'Canada.

You have to dig a little for solid Canadian music... Above, Matthew De Zoete and his latest release 'Colour Film'.

Canadian music – where exactly is it going these days? What happened to the great artists that we had all grown to love in the 90s and 00s? What happened to Amanda Marshall, Allanah Myles, and Alanis Morissette? These three 'A Ms' were all-the-rage once and, even though they continue to record, we don't hear them on the radio too often...

There simply doesn’t seem to be a plethora of new music being released across the board lately. What happened to Nickleback? Right, Chad Kroeger is keeping himself busy in marital bliss with Belleville’s Avril Lavigne. How about superstar Celine Dion? We understand that she is drawing the masses, for those Vegas-loving travellers who don't mind paying top dollars to see her show south of the border... but we, in English Canada, haven't heard anything new since her 2007 rock experiment in Taking Chances. Rumours suggest that a new album is to be released sometime in early 2013. Let's hope the rumblings and accidental media leaks are true...

Bottom line, we have a rich history of Canadian artists like The Guess Who, 80s and 90s rock sensation Brian Adams, The Tragically Hip, The Barenaked Ladies, and Nelly Furtado just to name a few – but there hasn't been any music in my ears from any of them for far too long. 'Who?' you ask? Perhaps they're recording...? Getting married and having babies...? Maybe it's because nobody really buys entire albums anymore – we're simply not listening to what the record executives tell us we should.

On YouTube, however, the playing field is level, we decide – and it's open to anybody to audition or to be a judge. It's the simple truth that this is where Justin Bieber got his start to fame. Could this be the new business model taking over the old regime? Thankfully there are always new artists breaking into the Canadian music scene that I can't help but get excited about. Pay attention because these are some of the Canadian music superstars of the future.

Lexi Tellings, Oakville’s own. The 24yr-old's pop tracks have been gaining a reputation on the dance floor. Catchy hooks, addictive beats – and that soaring voice will become extremely popular in clubs, bars, and other social gatherings alike. Her latest single Just In Case has received positive reviews from publishers and industry players in the GTA. With tens of thousands of YouTube hits from the first single alone, her debut EP is scheduled to be released in May 2013. Check out her website for a sampling of the goods.

Serena Ryder. We are lucky to say hello again to someone we haven’t heard from in a while. Peterborough’s 29yr-old Juno award recipient and indie artist, Serena Ryder rocks with her new single Stompa. It alone has gained hundreds of thousands of YouTube hits. Debuting in 1999, she’s no newbie to the business. With her catchy riffs, strong beats, and raspy vocals, Serena simply produces some of the best music. And, seasoned in the industry, her confidence allows her the privilege to perform great songs. Don't take my word for it – check her out on her website right about now...!

Matthew De Zoete, the best for last. A long-time contributor to the Canadian music scene, he is a folk / rocker from the Hamilton, Ontario area. 'Folk and rock?' you might ask? Yes, get some culture under your belt because De Zoete truly has unmistakeable talent. He has put out three albums since 2006, his third – Colour Film – being the most recent. And he's touring Canada with rockin’ songs like Who Do You Think You Are? There is no venue too small or too far away for this artist – he's there doing what he loves best. Matthew is the 'guy next door' – a normal guy, quiet and anassuming. But when he gets onto that stage at the mic with his guitar, his powerful voice captivates the entire room. Don't take my word for it, visit his website.

These are the kinds of musicians that makes me proud to be Canadian. We all enjoy great-sounding, fresh, inspiring, and homegrown talent. Let’s hear more great music, Canada! If you have any new Canadian artists you want us to know about, contact us so that we can share it with all of Canada.


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