Canadian Beacon | The Secret Beach, Chemical Club & More New Homegrown Sounds

Welcome to the end of another week. We made it. Now it’s time to jump out of the hamster wheel, break out the sweatpants, crack open a beer and relax — while enjoying the latest and greatest new singles and videos from some of Canada’s finest artists. Your weekend starts right here, right now:


The Secret Beach | Buying You A Garnet Amp

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:The Secret Beach are an ever-shifting group of musicians and co-conspirators orbiting around the songs and voice of Winnipeg singer-songwriter Micah Erenberg. The band moniker — in the same vein as Guided By Voices and Tame Impala — helpfully points out that a songwriter is not an island (or indeed, a beach) unto themselves, and the contributions from the involved parties go a long way in making this project what it is. Today, Erenberg shares Buying You A Garnet Amp, which follows the storyteller’s journey on their search to find an illustrious Garnet Revolution II. In the 1960s, the Winnipeg-made amps took on worldwide acclaim when they were popularized by artists like The Guess Who. They became known as indestructible amps and the company was commissioned to make amps for esteemed companies such as Gibson and Fender. Today they are sought after by musicians and recording studios around the globe, but the best place to find them is always a Winnipeg Kijiji search.”

Chemical Club | Brave In My Arms

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Rising indie-pop duo Chemical Club return with new single Brave In My Arms. With catchy basslines and jangly guitar riffs, the mid-tempo groovy song is a motivational message about finding fulfillment within yourself in the months after the end of a long-term relationship: ‘So I’m brave in my arms / Braver than I’ve been in any other arms / Before today.’ On the single, Chemical Club says “Brave in My Arms is a song about finding fulfillment within yourself in the months after the end of a long term relationship. The demo was recorded in Los Angeles in the spring of last year while we were on tour with fanclubwallet. Other members of the band took a day trip to the Malibu coastline while Eric opted to stay in and write. Months later, we finished the song together at our home in Ottawa.”

Bobbi | Lie To Me

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Bobbi, Montreal’s rising star in the realm of alternative pop music, is out to captivate audiences worldwide with her latest single Lie to Me, a sonic journey that delves into the complexities of illusion and perception. Accompanying the track is an equally mesmerizing music video by Louis Faury which transports viewers through a surreal landscape of emotions and imagery. “We wanted to create something that would not only complement the song but also enhance its thematic depth,” says Bobbi. “We aimed to capture the essence of being caught in a mental loop, oscillating between reality and illusion… inviting viewers to delve deeper into the complexities of the human psyche.” Lie to Me marks the second single from Bobbi‘s EP Harsh, slated for release on May 24.”

Major Love | Time

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Time is the new single from Major Love — the collaborative project between Edmonton songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Colleen Brown and Scenic Route to Alaska. Taken from their upcoming album Live, Laugh, Major Love, the song “reflects on the passing of youth, the loss of years in lockdown, the looming reality of death, and even the sort of comforting promise of its inevitable arrival for each of us,” says Brown. Brown, Trevor Mann (guitar and vocals), Shea Connor (drums and vocals) and Murray Wood on (bass) recorded the single literally in time — to sync up with the ticking of the clock’s second hand. “We took pains to create space, and not to fill every nook and cranny with sound,” explains Brown. “I love how Trevor’s guitar mimics the lead vocal, but they never totally align. They feel like otherworldly echoes to me in some Chris Isaak musical universe.”

FKB | Mirror On The Ceiling

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:FKB are a high-energy indie-pop band influenced by the mystique, glamour, and excess of the 1960s-1980s entertainment business. Formed in Bonnyville, Alberta, they are fronted by Juno-nominated songwriter (2019) Drew Shalka, along with Travis Topylki (lead guitar), Derek Chalut (drums) and Alex Fedorouk (rhythm guitar). FKB’s nostalgic, reflective single Mirror On The Ceiling was co-written and produced by Shaun Frank (Chainsmokers, Dua Lipa, Liam Payne). “Mirror On The Ceiling is about the innocence of youth and wanting to live in those moments forever,” says Shalka. “Sonically, we wanted to express a feeling of longing by combining a variety of influences from different eras like Prince, The Killers and Bruce Springsteen.”

Union Duke | Coming In Clear

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Union Duke is two parts country, two parts city, and one part whiskey. They have been described as a raucous collision of alt-rock and twang, bringing crowds to their feet with songs from the heart. Soaring harmonies, driving rhythm, and an infectious enthusiasm have seen these five guys from youth to young manhood, and helped them carve out a space for themselves in the annals of Canadiana. Coming In Clear is a song about getting older, about change, about how some relationships and habits don’t serve you anymore and how we all have to choose how we want our lives to look and who we want to spend them with. Maybe we’re getting wiser or maybe we just see things clearer. Or hey, maybe that IS wisdom! Life is beautiful even if change is scary and hard.”

Caméra | Carrousel

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Buried deep in Montreal’s lingering winters, a trio of musicians sat in a room together. Used to the crazy pace of working in the city’s hyperactive music industry, they might have been unconsciously looking to do something slower, calmer, and free from commercial constraints. Looking at the snow battering the wide windows by the train tracks, they spent the afternoon playing around with what was in the room: A slide whistle, a Juno, and some guitar pedals. The table was set for what would become Caméra. They eventually spent more time together, finding sounds, exploring bizarre ideas, but always seeking beauty. The song Carrousel was composed in one snowy afternoon; it’s a picture of a moment that the trio spent together. It was actually the first song written together. The band sat in a room not really expecting anything to happen. After a fun afternoon of playing around with bits and pieces of melody, this song came to life. It felt like they were digging up something that has always been there.”

Little Misty | Scarlet Town (Live From Mixart)

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Little Misty are a progressive folk band founded in Montreal and led by Kathryn Samman (vocals) and François Jalbert (guitar). Although firmly grounded in folk, their repertoire mixes indie and progressive rock with broader compositions. From cinematic landscapes to wailing guitar solos, the group explores a full range of musical possibilities, always searching for innovative ways to serve their storytelling. Little Misty are releasing a few songs that they recorded and filmed at Studio Mixart, including their new single, a cover of Scarlet Town originally performed by Gillian Welch and produced by David Rawlings. “This is a completely live performance by Little Misty,” states Jalbert. “We basically took a picture of what the band could deliver, without any post production. No edits, no tuning, no overdubs. What you hear was all played together as if it were a show.”

Dany Horovitz | Roads & Roses

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Dany Horovitz is a Canadian singer-songwriter known for delighting audiences with his memorable melodies and beautiful storytelling through vivid lyrics of love, loss, and life, drawing inspiration from ancient poets, modern philosophers, and personal experiences. Born to a middle-class Jewish family in Montreal and raised outside Toronto, Dany’s music is infused with modern takes on familiar sounds: melodic guitar and piano chords, popping bass licks, and toe-tapping percussion. Roads & Roses” is about more than a breakup, it’s about breaking promises. The new single features an all-star cast of collaborators: The StrumbellasIzzy Ritchie on fiddle, The OBGMsColanthony Humphrey on drums, Shade’s Sean Royle on bass, guitar, and keys.”

Cinnamon Sandhu | Materialistic Rani

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Vancouver fusion-pop artist Cinnamon Sandhu shares her new single Materialistic Rani. The fun and empowering pop song is a cultural blend that nods to Cinnamon’s identity as an Indo-Canadian. The track encourages listeners to embrace their desires and aspirations through the spirit of modern feminism. The song’s message invites audiences to reconsider their views on materialism and recognize its positive aspects within the context of personal agency and empowerment. “Materialistic Rani is a lively fusion of English and Punjabi, capturing the essence of a modern-day queen who revels in materialism,” says Cinnamon. “The song embodies the spirit of Rani — meaning ‘queen’ in both Hindi and Punjabi — celebrating a bold embrace of desires and dreams in a catchy, culturally rich anthem.”