The signs of fall are here: shorter days, falling leaves, warm and cozy sweaters. And that irrepressible feeling that winter is, in fact, coming.

While the temperatures are indeed cooling throughout the province (except for this week), the local music scene is still white-hot with new albums from key Manitoba-based artists scheduled for release this fall.

Here are three of the top fall releases:

Greg MacPherson: Fireball to be released on Oct. 29 (Disintegration Records)

GMac returns with his sixth full-length record and early chatter says it’s the local singer-songwriter’s best offering to date.

Given MacPherson’s celebrated back catalogue, that is saying a lot.

On Fireball, he touts a shift in musical direction compared to previous releases: shorter songs, more danceable numbers, and an overall infusion of kinetic energy. First single and album opener, “1995” delivers on this promise: just try not to bop around to the streamlined guitars, driving rhythms, and MacPherson’s honest, from-the-gut vocals. 

Jordan St Cyr: Anchors to be released on  Oct. 15 (Independent) 

Jordan St Cyr is a rising artist around these parts.

A national finalist in this year’s Great Canadian Song Search for his song “Who are you (to leave me alone)”, the Niverville-based roots-rocker crafts music that is sincere, instantly engaging and anchored by his natural gift for melody.

If the rest of the album is as promising as his award-nominated number, then this record will be a winner. Don’t worry, the above-mentioned track is included on the record.

Emma Cloney: Stars for Streetlights coming out Oct. 12 (Independent)

For her second proper album, resident singer-songwriter Emma Cloney has enlisted the services of many key players in this town: producers Scott Nolan and Jeremy Rusu; folkie Dan Frechette; fiddler Patti Lamoureux; and a few members of the Duhks. The result is Stars for Streetlights, a record that will likely build on what Cloney is best known for: her highly personal, inviting tales and unaffected, evocative delivery hovering over elements of folk, pop, and bluegrass.