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On The Rise: Looking Ahead to 2024


Tune in on January 12 when Dawn Pemberton and Brendan Cross share the first Top 30 Chart of 2024 during On the Rise. 

If you can’t wait that long for music news, don’t despair! We checked in with the Production Assistant in CKUA’s music library, Bailey Richards, and she had some fun teasers to share about new music that just might chart early in 2024. 

First, Bailey thinks that some of 2023’s late releases are still strong chart contenders. “Some of my favourites that I hope continue to live on the chart include Alogte Oho & His Sounds of Joy, Lightning Dust, Bry Webb, Jessica McMann, Khruangbin, and Baby Jey.”

And some Edmonton-bred musicians have new music to share. Bailey is excited about Kaiya Kodie‘s new EP, When The Lights Have All Gone Out, and also notes that CKUA’s very own Amy van Keeken released an EP at the end of 2023, called Wave At Me. “Both are really beautiful!”

“The debut album by Edmonton’s Pearly Moon is out now, and I absolutely love it. He recently played with Child Actress (another recent library addition that I really hope gets some attention!), and I know our hosts have been digging his singles so I’m really looking forward to what people think of the full album. Our audience can also look forward to two releases from musicians on opposite ends of the spectrum, Béla Fleck‘s Rhapsody in Blue(grass) and Sleater-Kinney‘s Little Rope.”

“But what I’m most excited for is this album by Bill Ryder Jones. It’s called Iechyd Da and it comes out on January 12 and is littered with interesting samples. His solo work is a new find for me and I’ve only heard a track or two from it so far but if those are any indication the whole album is going to be just incredible.”

Thanks, Bailey! We’ll be watching future charts to see where these new releases land. Don’t miss On the Rise every Friday, noon – 3pm.