The East Coast Music Hour 2021 album wish list

It's the ECMH wish list for the months ahead on the East Coast music scene. You'll hear from bands we KNOW are releasing an album soon, and you'll also hear from groups we really HOPE are releasing soon!

New music we would love to hear in 2021!

Program host Bill Roach rang in the new year with a sparkling playlist of artists we're anticipating new music from in 2021. While some of the artists on this list have already announced new releases coming later this year, the others have been added to his East Coast Music Hour wish list as we all look forward to a better year to come.

It's a great way to kick off the new year, so grab your headphones and head on over to the CBC Listen App!

(The Motorleague)

The show kicked off with Moncton, N.B.'s The Motorleague, one of the few artists on this list to have announced a release date. Their new album Discordia is set to drop January 29, but for the show, we reached back to their 2015 album Holding Pattern to play the ferocious All The Words.


Halifax's Hillsburn is another group we would love to hear from in 2021, and they have been working on a new record for the coming year. Until then, we can all enjoy the riveting Hold Me Now from the band's Canadian Folk Music award-winning debut album, In The Battle Years.

(Quote the Raven)

Newfoundland folk-pop duo Quote the Raven had planned to drop a new album in 2020, but once the pandemic turned everything sideways, that release date was pushed back. Here's hoping we hear new music from them in 2021. In the meantime, our playlist features the excellent Golden Hour.

(The Once)

Up next, another Newfoundland folk artist, The Once. Their beautiful song The Blood Inside Your Heart was inspired by vocalist/instrumentalist Phil Churchill's Aunt Ollie, who battled schizophrenia throughout her life. While no new album has been announced, we look forward to new music from the band in 2021.

(Kellie Loder)

Canadian Folk Music Awards contemporary singer of the year and Music Newfoundland's Ron Hynes songwriter of the year award winner Kellie Loder released her new single Afterglow recently, and we're hoping that leads to a full album release in 2021. Our playlist features the stirring Loaded like a Monster.

(Jeremy Dutcher)

Wolastoqiyik tenor, composer, performer and musicologist Jeremy Dutcher painstakingly transcribed Wolastoq songs from wax cylinders dating back to 1907 for his powerful 2018 album Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa. From that stunning debut, we chose the gorgeous track Mehcinut.

(Wolf Castle)

Another New Brunswick Indigenous artist is up next on our playlist. Wolf Castle, the two-time East Coast Music Award-nominated Mi'kmaq rapper, singer, producer and songwriter recently released Gold Rush, a 6-song EP that dealt with the isolation of living through the 2020 pandemic. We love the joyfully infectious track Cha Cha, and look forward to more new music from this artist.

(Port Cities)

Cape Breton roots/pop act Port Cities recently became a duo with the amicable departure of singer-songwriter Breagh MacKinnon. Will we hear new music from both the remaining members of Port Cities? If the synthesizer-driven Sound Of Your Voice is any indication of what's to come, we look forward to it. The band did release a song in 2020 with guest vocalist Emma Lee, and they'll be releasing another new song in the spring. Stay tuned.

(photo by Noah Bender)

St. John's-based P.E.I. artist Jenina MacGillivray garnered an impressive list of accolades for her 2018 debut Marion, including a top-ten ranking on The East's Best Music of 2018 for the track Carvoeiro. Our playlist features that same moody track, an ode to ill-fated seaside love in a Portuguese fishing village. Here's to new music from this charming songwriter in 2021. 

(Mo Kenney)

We recently hosted Mo Kenney on East Coast Music Hour, performing live tracks from her upcoming album Covers. Although it's not scheduled for release until February 26, the Dartmouth, N.S. artist has been previewing new tracks, including her favourite Patsy Cline song, You Belong To Me, and will release a brand new song the week of January 11th.  

(Good Dear Good)

With their debut single The Storm, Halifax's Good Dear Good are one of the few on the list to release new music in 2020. Show host Bill Roach chatted with the band's producer John Mullane recently, who confirmed a new album is scheduled for 2021. We look forward to new tracks from the band on East Coast Music Hour this year!

(photo by Chris LeDrew)

St. John's singer-songwriter Ian Foster closes the show with Voyager, a brand new single from an album scheduled to drop in 2021. Foster has described the song as exuding a faith in both ourselves and science, providing comfort in these challenging times. It's the perfect ending to our playlist as we all look forward to a better year and a wealth of new music in 2021!

Which artists are on your new music wish list? Hit up the East Coast Music Hour on Facebook and let Bill know!