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Ruth B: a 3-song Junos primer

Andrea Warner

Now with 11 acts and artists confirmed to perform so far (Feist was most recently announced for a tribute to Leonard Cohen), this year’s Junos broadcast on Sunday, April 2, promises to be one of the biggest in the award ceremony’s history.

From emerging artists like Ruth B to established acts like Sarah McLachlan and Billy Talent, there’s something for every music fan, and there are also a lot of great opportunities to discover exciting, new-to-you artists for your earbuds — to punch up your playlists or add to your record collection, or scope out for when their tours come to your hometown.

Think of the live Junos broadcast as an opportunity to survey just a little bit more of the country’s music scene, its depth and breadth, and then keep checking back daily as CBC Music posts its handy three-song primers for each artist and band to help deepen your appreciation of all these great musicians.

Ruth B

She broke big on the now-defunct Vine, making six-second videos covering an array of popular songs, but it was a snippet of an original tune that caused the Edmonton-based singer-songwriter to really blow up. Inspired by the television show, Once Upon A Time, Ruth B wrote her piano-driven ballad “Lost Boy,” released the full-length song on YouTube in January, 2015 and signed with Columbia Records just five months later. Her debut EP, the Intro, followed in late 2015, and her full-length debut, Safe Haven, will drop on May 5.

She has already accumulated tons of clout in the music industry, as evidenced by her three Juno Award nominations, including songwriter of the year. Below are three essential tracks that will help you get to know Ruth B.

Song: ”Lost Boy”
Album: The Intro (2016)

Song: “2 Poor Kids”
Album: The Intro (2016)

Song: ”Superficial Love”
Album: Safe Haven (2017)

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More to explore: 

Sarah McLachlan: a 3-song Junos primer

Arkells: a 3-song Junos primer

July Talk: a 3-song Junos primer

A Tribe Called Red: a 3-song Junos primer

Alessa Cara: a 3-song primer