TOP 30

  1. UGLY BEAUTIES*   Strange Attractors (Self-Released)
  2. RICHARD LAVIOLETTE*   Taking The Long Way Home (You've Changed)
  3. THE LUYAS*   Human Voicing (Paper Bag)
  4. THUNDERCAT   Drunk (Brainfeeder)
  5. DAN MISHA GOLDMAN*   Champion of the Afterworld (Forward Music Group)
  6. TIM DARCY*   Saturday Night (Jagjaguwar)
  7. AUSTRA*   Future Politics (Pink Fizz)
  8. CASPER SKULLS*   Lips & Skull EP (Buzz Records)
  9. TEMPLES   Volcano (100% Silk)
  10. IBIBIO SOUND MACHINE   Uyai (Merge)
  11. DIRTY PROJECTORS   Dirty Projectors (Domino)
  12. SHED*   Worst Case Scenario (Hailstone)
  13. BRASSTRONAUT*   Brasstronaut (Unfamiliar)
  14. SINKANE   Life and Livin' It (City Slang)
  15. JON MCKIEL*   Memorial Ten Count (You've Changed)
  16. VARIOUS*   Spring 2017 (Egg Paper Factory)
  17. SOFTSIDE*   Lower Hands (Self-Released)
  18. SALTLAND*   A Common Truth (Constellation)
  19. CHICANO BATMAN   Freedom Is Free (ATO)
  20. JENS LEKMAN   Life Will See You Now (Secretly Canadian)
  21. VARIOUS   Disquiet Vol. 1 (Unseen Music)
  22. BEGONIA*   Lady In Mind (Self-Released)
  23. KIEFER   Kickinit Alone (Leaving)
  24. JENN GRANT*   Paradise (Ba Da Bing!)
  25. THE SHINS   Heartworms (Columbia)
  26. JAY SOM   Everybody Works (Polyvinyl)
  27. SEE THROUGH 5*   Margins (All-Set!)
  28. TINARIWEN   Elwan (Wedge)
  29. KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD   Flying Microtonal Banana (ATO)
  30. THE SADIES*   Northern Passages (Dine Alone)

Electronic

  1. AUSTRA*   Future Politics (Pink Fizz)
  2. SHED*   Worst Case Scenario (Hailstone)
  3. VARIOUS   Disquiet Vol. 1 (Unseen Music)
  4. BONOBO   Migration (Ninja Tune)
  5. KID KOALA FEAT. EMILIANA TORRINI*   Music To Draw To: Satellite (Arts & Crafts)
  6. FKJ   French Kiwi Juice (Believe)
  7. DJ SHUB*   Pow Wow Step (Self-Released)
  8. PICK A PIPER*   Distance (Tin Angel)
  9. KNAUTIC*   Asaka (East Van Digital)
  10. PIPPA*   sweetlow (Fan Club Records)

Hip Hop

  1. THUNDERCAT   Drunk (Brainfeeder)
  2. KIEFER   Kickinit Alone (Leaving)
  3. KARRIEM RIGGINS   Headnod Suite (Stones Throw)
  4. NILLA*   Valkyrie (Droppin' Science)
  5. CHANCE THE RAPPER   Coloring Book (Self-Released)
  6. RUN THE JEWELS   Run The Jewels 3 (Run the Jewels, Inc.)
  7. KIRK KNIGHT   Black Noise (Pro Era)
  8. COLDCUT   Only Heaven EP (Ahead Of Our Time)
  9. HAVIAH MIGHTY*   Flower City (Self-Released)
  10. ELAQUENT*   Worst Case Scenario (Urbnet)

International

  1. IBIBIO SOUND MACHINE   Uyai (Merge)
  2. SINKANE   Life and Livin' It (City Slang)
  3. TINARIWEN   Elwan (Wedge)
  4. DAYMÉ AROCENA   Cubafonia (Brownswood)
  5. LENKKODEK (ECCODEK + LENKA LICHTENBERG)*   Open My Ears (Big Mind)
  6. BAAST   Bazaar (Ubiquity Records)
  7. KOBO TOWN*   Where The Galleon Sank (Stonetree)
  8. THIEVERY CORPORATION   The Temple Of I & I (ESL/Eighteenth Street Lounge)
  9. LIDO PIMIENTA*   La Papessa (Self-Released)
  10. LULA PENA   Archivo Pittoresco (Crammed Discs)

Jazz & Experimental

  1. UGLY BEAUTIES*   Strange Attractors (Self-Released)
  2. THUNDERCAT   Drunk (Brainfeeder)
  3. SEE THROUGH 5*   Margins (All-Set!)
  4. STEVE KIRBY OCEANIC JAZZ ORCHESTRA*   All Over The Map (Head In The Sand)
  5. ON FILLMORE   Happiness of Living (Northern Spy)
  6. ANDRE LACHANCE*   The Orange Challenge (Self-Released)
  7. CHICAGO/LONDON UNDERGROUND   A Night Walking Through Mirrors (Cuneiform)
  8. FILM IN MUSIC*   Tell Tale (Drip Audio)
  9. JONATHAN FINLAYSON AND SICILIAN DEFENSE   Moving Still (Pi)
  10. UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO JAZZ ORCHESTRA*   Sweet Ruby Suite (University of Toronto Jazz)

Loud

  1. CASPER SKULLS*   Lips & Skull EP (Buzz Records)
  2. GREGORY PEPPER AND HIS PROBLEMS*   Black Metal Demo Tape (Fake Four Inc.)
  3. WHOOP-SZO*   Citizen's Ban(ne)d Radio (Out Of Sound)
  4. LIKE A MOTORCYCLE*   High Hopes (Ground Swell)
  5. PROTEST THE HERO*   Pacific Myth (Self-Released)
  6. SKALDIC*   Forest Of The North (Self-Released)
  7. DREAM WHIP*   Dream Whip (Self-Released)
  8. ZEAL & ARDOR   Devil is Fine (ADA)
  9. PALBERTA   Bye Bye Berta (Wharf Cat)
  10. IRON REAGAN   Crossover Ministry (Relapse)

Folk/Roots/Blues

  1. RICHARD LAVIOLETTE*   Taking The Long Way Home (You've Changed)
  2. JENN GRANT*   Paradise (Ba Da Bing!)
  3. THE SADIES*   Northern Passages (Dine Alone)
  4. ALEJANDRA RIBERA*   This Island (Pheromone)
  5. LISA LEBLANC*   Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen? (Bonsound)
  6. BEYRIES*   Landing (Bonsound)
  7. ROSE COUSINS*   Natural Conclusion (Outside Music)
  8. DAVID VEST*   Devestatin' Rhythm (Ark-O-Matic)
  9. JOE GRASS*   The Rest Will Disappear (Second Best Records)
  10. SMOKEY & THE FEEELINGS*   Smokey & The Feeelings (Mangled Tapes)