Year-end round-up—Vancouver albums you might have missed part I

Chamber-pop band Gentle Party released Jouska in March.

In what has become an annual tradition, Inside Vancouver has tried to dig up as many below-the-radar releases from Vancouver artists as possible. We found quite a few—so many that we’re dividing this post into two parts. The first, this one, covers albums released between January and June of this year. The second, which goes live Dec. 29, covers the second half of the year.

The list skews heavily towards rock, pop, country and folk. There are probably many electronica, hip-hop and metal records that we’ve missed. If you know of any, please let us know in the comments section.

The main qualification for making this list, besides relative obscurity and a release date between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 2017, is length. The release must be either at least 10 songs or over 30 minutes. Otherwise, the list would be overrun with EPs, which are more plentiful than full-length albums. Thanks to all who suggested albums, including Mark Bignall, Ford Pier, Nancy Lanthier, and David Rust.

We have however included a few EPs, mostly based on the fact that we were already aware of them. We’ve also included a list of higher-profile reissues, as well as a couple of re-releases. We hope you enjoy the list and discover some new Vancouver talent.

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Year-end round-up—Vancouver albums you might have missed part I

Musicians showcase new material at Railtown Sessions Vinyl Release

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Sarah Jane Scouten plays the Fox Cabaret as part of a record release party for the Railtown Sessions this Friday night.

Every few months over the last year, a small group of musicians and music fans have been coming together at a little recording studio in East Vancouver.

The occasions have been the Railtown Sessions, intimate shows at the headquarters of local record label Light Organ. At the Sessions, local musicians have debuted material to small audiences, as well as for Internet listeners via livestreaming.

All of the Sessions were also recorded. This Friday, Dec. 9, the four acts showcased play the Fox Cabaret (2321 Main St.) to celebrate the release of a record of those songs. Scroll below to find out more about the talent involved.

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Musicians showcase new material at Railtown Sessions Vinyl Release

Vancouver-raised singer chosen to represent Switzerland

Rykka after winning Die Grosse Entscheidungsshow. Photo courtesy SRF/Mirco Rederlechner.

Rykka after winning Die Grosse Entscheidungsshow. Photo courtesy SRF/Mirco Rederlechner.

A Vancouver born-and-raised singer won the contest to represent Switzerland at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

The competition was held Feb. 13 at the Bodensee Arena in Kreuzlingen. Six acts performed their competing entry as well as cover song to show their musical versatility and live performing abilities. Vancouver’s Rykka, who won the provincial music contest the Peak Performance Project in 2013, won through a combined vote of the televoters and an expert jury.

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Justin Bieber and Adele tributes in Vancouver

British singer Adele gets her own tribute night at the Biltmore Cabaret in March.

British singer Adele gets her own tribute night at the Biltmore Cabaret in March.

Tribute nights have become a thing in Vancouver. In 2015, local musicians came together to celebrate the music of Taylor Swift, Bjork and Prince. In January, a Drake tribute brought out “an incredibly diverse lineup of Vancouver musicians.

The tribute nights are proving so popular that there are more on the way for 2016. Two that have been recently announced are tributes to Stratford, Ontario bad boy Justin Bieber and the powerhouse British vocalist Adele.

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Groundbreaking Vancouver label celebrates 30th anniversary with limited edition vinyl!

A publicity photo of Single Gun Theory.

A publicity photo of Single Gun Theory.

This year, the label that gave the world Sarah McLachlan, Skinny Puppy and a host of other homegrown talent is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

For the occasion, Nettwerk Records has already released limited edition vinyl versions of three of its most influential albums. As of last week, Delerium’s Karma, MC 900 Ft Jesus’ Welcome To My Dream and Single Gun Theory’s millions, like stars in my hands, the daggers in my heart rage war were available in new editions in the format. This Friday (Nov. 27, Black Friday), Nettwerk is releasing Trespassers William’s Different Stars.

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Next wave of Vancouver musical talent showcased this Thursday

This guy calls himself Bed of Stars.

This guy calls himself Bed of Stars.

This Thursday marks the climax of the Peak Performance Project. Over the last seven years, the Project has groomed bands from throughout B.C. for the next stage of their careers. Through writing workshops and live showcases, the PPP has brought a wealth of local talent to the attention of music lovers across the province and beyond.

On Nov. 19 at the Commodore Ballroom (868 Granville St.), the finalists of the last year for the initiative will take the stage. Let’s take a look at who’s made it to the final round of the final round.

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Next wave of Vancouver musical talent showcased this Thursday

Vancouver’s next big musical export – Tobias Jesso Jr

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Tobias Jesso Jr plays the Electric Owl in Vancouver March 30.

Tobias Jesso Jr. is blowing up.

The North Vancouver-based singer/songwriter recently performed on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. The 29-year-old has been profiled in the Vancouver Sun, the New York Times and Vogue (in which he calls rumours that he’s dating Taylor Swift “ridiculous”), and his debut album Goon, released this week, is receiving glowing reviews across the board.

And for only $12, you can see this rising star play a hometown show at the Electric Owl in Vancouver March 30.

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Vancouver’s next big musical export – Tobias Jesso Jr