Coleman Hell – Summerland – Oct. 14
Fun Fact: Some of the songs from this debut album were written while he and his musical collaborators were on a cabin retreat, in between building bonfires, going fishing and partying in the wilderness.
Quote: On going back to his hometown of Thunder Bay after 10 years in Toronto: “I wanted to re-embrace that life, those great summers I remembered, and also get in touch with some of the music that influenced me at that time.”
Gord Downie – The Secret Path – Oct. 18
Fun Fact: There will be CBC special of the film, The Secret Path inspired by Downie’s music and the illustrations in the accompanying graphic novel.
Quote: On raising awareness of Canada’s residential school system: “We are all accountable, but this begins in the late 1800s and goes to 1996. ‘White’ Canada knew — on somebody’s purpose — nothing about this. We weren’t taught it; it was hardly ever mentioned.”
Lady Gaga – Joanne – Oct. 21
Fun Fact: It’s confirmed and official that she’ll be performing during the halftime show at the Super Bowl on Feb. 2, 2017.
Quote: “Returning to your family and where you came from, and your history, this is what makes you strong. It’s not looking out that’s going to do that – it’s looking in. Joanne is a progression for me. It was about going into the studio and forgetting that I was famous.”
Michael Buble – Nobody But Me – Oct. 21
Fun Fact: For the first time ever, the album includes an original song that he didn’t write. Instead it was written by Meghan Trainor and Harry Styles, formerly of One Direction.
Quote: On Meghan Trainor: “Listen, she’s a great singer and a great entertainer. What people may not know is what an incredible writer she is, what an incredible musician she is, and the fact that she’s a bada** producer.”
The Weeknd – Starboy – Nov. 25
Fun Fact: His signature hairdo is no longer; he’s shaved it all off!
Quote: I’ve got nothin’ – his tweets are things like “GO CRAZY” and “XO” but he did perform his follow-up single to Starboy on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live so you can watch that!
What album are you most excited for?