Halifax jazz group Blue Spirits will release their debut album Liquid Courage online June 30, and on CD July 7. Liquid Courage includes a personal tribute by bandleader Paul St-Amand to his late uncle Dan St-Amand, a longtime fixture on the PEI music scene. “There’s a lot of music in my family, but Uncle Dan was certainly the reason I chose the trumpet,” says St-Amand. St-Amand formed Blue Spirits in 2016, recruiting guitarist Ross Avey, drummer Brendan Melchin and bassist Matt MacLennan. Andrew MacKelvie (saxophones) and Andrew Jackson (trombone) also perform on Liquid Courage.
My Canada/Mon cher Canada
A patriotic bilingual song “This Is My Canada / Mon cher Canada,” and an accompanying music video have been released by Belleville, Ontario-based Acadian singer-songwriter Jeanette Arsenault, wrote the song 25 years ago. She says, “My aunt Angèle, who was my idol…always encouraged me to launch this song nationally.” The song features vocalists David Clayton-Thomas, Liberty Silver, Wilfred LeBouthillier, The Good Brothers, Young Singers directed by Anna Lynn Murphy, Jeanette Arsenault and Don Coleman. The song is available for purchase on iTunes and other sites. The music video is available on YouTube.
Stompin’ Tom Connors with The Jim Cuddy Polley Family Band, George Canyon, Corb Lund and Whiskey Jack
Anthem Legacy is releasing Stompin’ Tom Connors 50th Anniversary CD. In association with Canada 150 this release will include all of Stompin’ Tom’s classics. The album also features four new renditions from The Cuddy/Polley Family Band, Corb Lund, George Canyon and Whiskey Jack. Songs on the album are Sudbury Saturday Night (Live at The Horseshoe), The Hockey Song, Bud the Spud, Tillsonburg, The Ketchup Song, The Moon-Man Newfie, Luke’s Guitar, Big Joe Mufferaw, The Bug Song, A Real Canadian Girl, To It and At It, Lady, K.D. Lang, Margo’s Cargo, My Stompin’ Grounds, Corb Lund—The Consumer (Corb Lund), Don Valley Jail (The Cuddy/Polley Family Band), Algoma Central #69 (Whiskey Jack), The Hockey Song (George Canyon).