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Fans of Saturday Night Jazz no longer have to wait for the weekend. Hand-picked jazz hits from the CBC Music collection including soulful singers and instumental masters. Hear: Oscar Peterson, Diana Krall, Molly Johnson, Michael Kaeshammer, Don Thompson, Robi Botos

The music of Afterdark. Avant-guarde and experimental new music from pop to electronic; singer-songwriter to ambient. Hear: Tei Shi, Chet Faker, Leif Vollebekk, Charlotte Day Wilson.

Distilling six decades of classic ska rhythms, beats and heros down into pure dancehall enjoyment. 2-Tone revival, Third Wave, and the original Jamaican jams. Hear: Desmond Dekker, Specials, and the Skatalites.

The twang of country, the rhythm of the blues, and the fire of rock-and-roll. The legendary rockabilly players of the 50s to the modern revivalists, all gathered around a stand-up bass. Hear: Carl Perkins, Wanda Jackson, Ray Condo, and Eddie Cochran

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The singer-songwriter's fourth album draws on an array of musical approaches as it seeks to find common traits among people.

Listen to three striking new ballet scores, premiered by the NAC Orchestra and conductor Alexander Shelley.

Surprise! The legendary Canadian pianist is back.

The first release from Kathryn Calder's Oscar St. Records features dream pop with an honest undertone. Listen to it now.

Metz is ready to unleash its highly anticipated third album. Listen to it now.

Toronto singer-songwriter Ben Stevenson offers up an eclectic pop album for his debut release.

Un Blonde's 2016 acclaimed cassette-only release has been remixed and remastered. Listen to it now.

Discover music by Jacques Ibert and Henriette Renié on this stunning new release.

You'll recognize the Cold Specks on Fool's Paradise — Ladan Hussein's voice is arresting, unmistakable — but she's taking more chances, both musically and personally. Listen now.

Brooklyn-based alternative R&B singer Tangina Stone's frank and introspective lyricism and melodic arrangements form a strikingly idiosyncratic melange on her debut album.

The East Coast songwriter has coupled his trademark love songs with Johnny Cash twang and Elvis swagger for a dancier — though still hopelessly romantic — sound.

Things are coming full circle for Emily Haines.

Wyclef Jean's first record in eight years covers a kaleidoscope of musical styles from Latin to Afrobeat.

U of T's MacMillan Singers and conductor Hilary Apfelstadt make an eloquent case for Chatman's choral music on this new album.

The Toronto post-punk group pushes boundaries on its new album. Listen to it now.

"I'm a songwriter because I wanted to be a guitar player." — Bruce Cockburn

Elliott Brood revisits the past on its sixth studio album. Listen to it now.

"I dedicate the album to my mom, grandma and aunt, three women who have been very important in my life and made me who I am." — Pierre Kwenders

Wildflower Blues is, more than anything, about the relationship between two kindreds finding their voices together again. Listen to it now.

Visual artist, animator, director, producer and musician Chad VanGaalen will release his sixth album on Sept. 8. Listen to it now.

The soprano channels 19th-century diva Julie Dorus-Gras (and Callas!) on her exciting new album.

The Toronto-based band is back with its anticipated second album — and a sophomore slump is nowhere in sight. Listen now.

Julie Doiron, Eamon McGrath and members of Cancer Bats have teamed up for a new album. Listen to it now.

Vancouver indie pop band Belle Game will release its label debut with Arts & Crafts on Sept. 8. Listen to it now.

Edmonton pop-rockers Faith Healer get candid on the new album Try ;-). Listen to it now.

San Francisco's Oh Sees releases its 19th album in 20 years on Aug. 25. Listen to it now.

Prepare to be blown away by the power and beauty of this group's debut album.

Joseph Shabason finds his voice as a saxophone player on his new album. Listen to it now.

The Young Rival singer is ready to put out his solo debut. Listen to it now.

The East Vancouver hip-hop artist walks us through her fourth album.

Alabama-born sisters Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer have released more than 20 albums between them, but nothing together — until this month. Listen to their collaboration now.

The Montreal singer-songwriter's debut album is charming and intimate. Listen to it now.

The Edmonton band has turned its earlier folk leanings into synth-pop bangers. Listen now.

The go-to Americana sideman — and musical partner to Gillian Welch — releases the first album solely under his own name. Listen to it now.

Providence, R.I., punk collective Downtown Boys will release its third full-length on Aug. 11. Listen to it now.

This fifth album from the Winnipeg singer-songwriter is a summer breeze of a release. Listen to it now.

There's an inquisitiveness to Unbuttoned's music that rarely stays in one lane, but is always marked by a meticulous and intricate approach to arrangement and production. Listen to the new album now.

Listen to the bold new album from Brooklyn-based rapper Miss Eaves.

A compilation of every track from the early recordings the singer did with Sun Studio, this is the deep dive you've been waiting for. Listen to a sampling of it now.

The Whitby, Ont., singer has created a debut album worth a front-to-back listen — followed by giving in to it many times over. Hear it now.

The Toronto power-pop band will release its new album on July 28. Listen to it here first.

Nicole Atkins explores the sound of retro soul on her new album. Take a listen.

The film's soundtrack includes Talib Kweli, Nelly Furtado, Chali 2na (of Jurassic 5) and Emmanuel Jal. Listen to it now.

The Dears play with darkness and light on their new album. Listen to it now.

Listen to Sheer Mag's debut album a week before its release.

Broken Social Scene releases its highly anticipated new album on July 7. Listen to it now.

The 2017 Juno winners release their debut album in July. Listen to it in advance now.

The U.K.-based post-rock trio will release Every Valley on July 7. Listen to it now.

Whitehorse is back with a cinematic new album. Listen to it now.

Winnipeg's Mise en Scene will release its new album on June 30. Listen to it now.