Listen to this: New singles from Diana Krall and The New Pornographers

By Nicholas Jennings

It’s the Juno Awards weekend, with Drake, The Weeknd, Shawn Mendes, Alessia Cara and the late Leonard Cohen leading the nominations. With the spotlight firmly focused on the best in Canadian music, we thought this week’s picks should include new songs from two previous Juno-winning artists.

Diana Krall

“L-O-V-E”

The native of Nanaimo, B.C. has won eight Juno Awards as well as five GRAMMYs and is the only jazz singer-pianist to have eight albums debut at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. Diana, who is married to Elvis Costello with whom she has 10-year-old twin sons Frank and Dexter, is readying her 13th studio album, Turn Up the Quiet. Following a cover of the Cole Porter classic “Night and Day” and “Blue Skies,” “L-O-V-E” is the third track to be released ahead of the album’s May 5 release of jazz standards. Full of sass and swing, the laid-back song is certain to have fans falling in love with Diana all over again.

Although a Twitter newbie, Diana wasted no time in posting a cool, windswept photo of herself with a hashtag to promote her upcoming album.

The New Pornographers

“High Ticket Attractions”

Vancouver’s New Pornographers have only won one Juno Award to date, for the band’s debut album Mass Romantic. But the indie-rock group led by Carl Newman and often featuring acclaimed vocalist Neko Case, a solo star in her own right, is a critical favourite. The band’s first four albums placed in the Top 40 of The Village Voice’s influential year-end “Pazz & Jop” poll of hundreds of music reviewers. The Pornos’ new album, Whiteout Conditions, is about to come out and is preceded by the single “High Ticket Attractions,” which features the group’s trademark power-pop sound and euphoric harmonies. The video for the song paints a scene of high-school mayhem at its craziest.

New Pornographer frontman Carl Newman has curated a tasty playlist of his favourite current songs by his band as well as other indie-rock stars.

Hello! music columnist Nicholas Jennings surveys the pop landscape each week to find the most dynamic tracks to add to your playlist.

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