Across The Board – Sonic Boom

Any band that has been trying to make it in this wild music industry knows that it takes a tremendous amount of hard work and determination to make progress. We recently discovered Across The Board who definitely have the correct work ethic in place. The Canadian rock band has been putting in the time touring across Canada and getting their sound in front of as many new fans as possible.(Indie Band Guru)

Century Thief – Deaf Beneath the Waves EP

Century Thief is a six-piece band based in Toronto, ON. Their favourite description comes from a sound engineer in Montreal, who described the band as trash lounge folk prog rock. Drawing on influences like Broken Social Scene, Radiohead, Jeff Buckley, Wilco, and Elliott Smith, it seems pretty apt. They are noisy and melodic, with a touch of salty nostalgia.(Spill Magazine)

Felix Cartal – Next Season

Canadian DJ Felix Cartal has been on a roll these last couple of weeks. Not only did he receive his first Gold certification for his hit song “Get What You Give” but he has also been busy in the studio creating some more magical things for all of his fans. The products of his efforts have been released one by one this year, bringing us such joys as the tracks “Runaway” and “Walking By“, now leading to the climax that we have all been waiting for.(CelebMix)

Mariel Buckley – Driving In The Dark

If you’re looking to hear some contemplative, solemn, and passionate Americana-outlaw country tunes about our bizarre modern world, you don’t have to look long once you find Calgary’s Mariel Buckley. The young singer-songwriter has a way of emulating the greats like Lucinda Williams and Patsy Cline though her newest album Driving in the Dark—set to release May 4—could also be compared to The Boss, a.k.a. Bruce Springsteen.(Vue Weekly)

Matthew Barber – Phase Of The Moon

Had a rough day at work? At least Matthew Barber is here to let you know you aren’t alone. That’ll be apparent the instant you listen to “A Living,” the aptly titled standout track on the Mississauga, ON-born singer-songwriter’s new album, Phase of the Moon. The tune is replete with lyrics that are both universally broad and surgically specific.(Exclaim!)

Reuben and the Dark – Arms Of A Dream

Titled Arms of a Dream, the new effort from songwriter/vocalist Reuben Bullock and co. arrives May 4 through Arts & Crafts. The album is said to be Bullock’s “most vivid and transformative music to date: an intimate exploration of the inversion of imagination and reality in dreams.”(Exclaim!)

Tequila Jay & Los Diablos – Goodtimes

I couldn’t find much about this release so here is their Facebook page

The Young Novelists – in city & country

Based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the Young Novelists have graced listeners with a new single, the contemplative and slow-brewing “Back to the Hard Times”. With a remarkably understated and haunting sense of melody and mood, the duo convinces us that we have lived a lifetime in the space of moments as the tune works its gorgeous charms upon us. Reminiscent of Canadian heavyweights such as k.d. lang, Cowboy Junkies, the Sadies and, in a way, Bruce Cockburn, the Young Novelists are informed with a cool authenticity that many of their U.S. counterparts can only dream of. There’s a confidence in this understatement, a heart-filled hopefulness that one can only hope blazes a trail for various Americana-minded acts to follow in the coming years.(PopMatters)