December 2015

Best Albums of 2015

When it comes to best albums of the year I try to include the albums I honestly listened to unabashedly on repeat throughout the year. Sleater-Kinney and Courtney Barnett topped it. I also only got into Of Monsters and Men after catching them at Osheaga this summer and then being lucky enough to attend an invite-only acoustic duo at CityFolk with about another dozen people there… and it was amazing. (See photo below!)

Best Albums of 2015

  1. Sleater-Kinney- No Cities to Love
  2. Courtney Barnett- Sometimes I Sit And Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  3. Of Monsters and Men- Beneath the Skin
  4. Alabama Shakes- Sound and Colour
  5. Eagles of Death Metal – Zipper Down (Point here: I genuinely was toting this album as a best of in September before the tragedy)
  6. Father John Misty- I Love You Honeybear
  7. FOALS- What Went Down
  8. Leon Bridges- Coming Home
  9. Yacht- I Thought the Future Would be Cooler
  10. The Wooden Sky- Let’s Be Ready
Of Monsters and Men- CityFolk

Of Monsters and Men- CityFolk


Best Shows of 2015

Let’s make it a baker’s dozen here because this year I saw so many good shows from international acts and major festivals to invite-only showcases. Numbers indicate how many times seen in 2015.

Japanese psych-rock band Bo Ningen set a new standard for all rock acts I ever see in the future. Do yourself a favour, seriously, and just click here to witness the show I caught. I was lucky enough to be standing in front of the red guitar player the whole time. My partner and I are already planning our return to Reykjavik for Iceland Airwaves again.

  1. Bo Ninjen- KEXP KEX Hostel – Iceland Airwaves, Iceland (x2)
  2. Fleetwood Mac- Air Canada Centre- Toronto
  3. Of Monsters and Men- private show, CityFolk, Ottawa (x2)
  4. Wand, Heaters- Silver Dollar, Toronto (x2)
  5. Father John Misty- Field Trip Festival, Toronto (x3)
  6. Sharon and Bram – Field Trip Festival, Toronto
  7. Metz, Lee’s Palace, Toronto
  8. Refused, Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto
  9. Arkells, Ottawa Bluesfest, Ottawa (x3)
  10. Stars, Panamania, Toronto (x4)
  11. Jacco Gardiner, Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto
  12. The Pixies, Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto