- Song that caught my attention: "Hummingbird" (2011)
- Latest album: "Temporary Resident" (2011)
- These guys are from Winnipeg and this is their first album. They formed in late 2009 and this has been a stellar year for the group! They were long listed for the Polaris Prize and were voted number one on CBC Manitoba. I love pretty much every song on this album and it feels so good to belt it out in the car with Marti when I'm driving alone!
- Song that caught my attention: "Shankill Butchers" (2009)
- Latest album: "The King is Dead" (2011)
- Ok, technically I had heard that song a couple of years ago on a mixtape from a friend but I didn't really look into the band until this summer. They are amazing!!! "The Hazards of Love" (2009) rock opera album is one of my favourite works of music ever. It's a twisted fairy tale set to beautiful and interesting music. These guys really know how to compose complex pieces.
- Song that caught my attention: "The Beat and the Pulse" (2011)
- Latest album: "Feel It Break" (2011)
- These guys were short listed for the Polaris this year. They are an electronica band lead by Katie Stelmanis who was trained as a classical musician.
- Song that caught my attention: "Holdin' on to Black Metal" (2011)
- Latest album: "Circuital" (2011)
- This band has been together since 1998 but I just found out about them this year (Q). I believe much of this album was recorded in an old abandoned church. And they actually played together in stead of layering the instruments separately.
- Song that caught my attention: "Night by Night" (2010)
- Latest album: "Business Casual" (2010)
- P-Thugg and Dave 1 are a French Canadian ElectroFunk duo from Montréal. These guys are absolutely hilarious and can spin some hot make-you-want-to-host-a-dance-party beats. I love them so much!!!
- Song that caught my attention: "Today"(2010)
- Latest album: "She Was a Boy" (2010)
- This French-Israeli singer-songwriter first gained popularity when her single "New Soul" was used in an Apple ad. I now recall hearing that song but she was news to me until this year.
- Song that caught my attention: "Oxford Comma" (2008)
- Latest album: "Contra" (2010)
- Ok, so I had heard about this band ages ago but it wasn't until this summer that my DJ cousin recommended it as good road trip music that I had actually listened to it. It rocks.
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- Song that caught my attention: "Cold War" (2010)
- Latest album: "The ArchAndroid (Suites I and II)" (2010)
- I don't usually go for R&B style of music, but I really enjoy this album. It's a bit more geeky and intellectual than most pop music these days.
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- Song that caught my attention: "Gin Bombay" (2009)
- Latest album: "Les Sentinelles Dorment" (2009)
- Another French Canadian singer. Such a pretty voice and beautiful music!
- Song that caught my attention: "Love Like Semtex" (2006)
- Latest album: "Universe in Reverse" (2008)
- This is a gem of a band gifted to me by my hubby. He's into British music. It's one of the many reasons I love him. Like Semtex. One thousand degrees!
Did you fall in love with any new musicians this year?
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