TOP 30

  1. BIRD CITY*   Winnowing (Label Fantastic/Coax)
  2. GORD DOWNIE*   Introduce Yerself (Arts & Crafts)
  3. FAITH HEALER*   Try ;-) (Mint)
  4. LEMON BUCKET ORKESTRA*   If I Had the Strength (Self-Released)
  5. BONNIE DOON*   Dooner Nooner (Bruised Tongue)
  6. COLLEEN   A Flame My Love, A Frequency (Thrill Jockey)
  7. NAI PALM   Needle Paw (Sony Masterworks)
  8. BONNIE TRASH*   Ezzelini's Dead (Self-Released)
  9. KAZUMI KANEDA   Hard Light (Inner Ocean)
  10. RENE LUSSIER*   Meuh (Self-Released)
  11. TOUGH AGE*   Shame (Mint)
  12. THE WEATHER STATION*   The Weather Station (Outside Music)
  13. WEAVES*   Wide Open (Buzz Records)
  14. MAUNO*   Tuning (Idee Fixe)
  15. BELIEFS*   Habitat (Hand Drawn Dracula)
  16. BULLY   Losing (Sub Pop)
  17. TERRA LIGHTFOOT*   New Mistakes (Sonic Unyon)
  18. CHAD VANGAALEN*   Light Information (Flemish Eye)
  19. THE RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE*   The Wild (Paper Bag Records)
  20. PARTNER*   In Search Of Lost Time (You've Changed)
  21. BLUE HAWAII*   Tenderness (Arbutus)
  22. CURTIS HARDING   Face Your Fear (Anti-)
  23. JULIE & THE WRONG GUYS*   Julie & The Wrong Guys (Dine Alone)
  24. MICH COTA*   Kija/Care (Egg Paper Factory)
  25. MOSES SUMNEY   Aromanticism (Jagjaguwar)
  26. THE FRIGHTNRS   More To Say Versions (Daptone)
  27. HEATERS   Matterhorn (Beyond Beyond is Beyond)
  28. WAND   Plum (Drag City)
  29. CATHERINE MACLELLAN*   If It's Alright With You: The Songs of Gene MacLellan (True North)
  30. WOLF PARADE*   Cry Cry Cry (Sub Pop)

Electronic

  1. COLLEEN   A Flame My Love, A Frequency (Thrill Jockey)
  2. BLUE HAWAII*   Tenderness (Arbutus)
  3. MICH COTA*   Kija/Care (Egg Paper Factory)
  4. SHIGETO   The New Monday (Ghostly International)
  5. RICHARD HOROWITZ   Eros In Arabia (Freedom To Spend)
  6. BYRON WESTBROOK   Body Consonance (Hands in the Dark)
  7. OFF WORLD*   2 (Constellation)
  8. KXNGS   Air Sign EP (Tru Thoughts)
  9. VALISKA*   On Pause (Trouble In Utopia)
  10. KAITLYN AURELIA SMITH   The Kid (Western Vinyl)

Hip Hop

  1. KAZUMI KANEDA   Hard Light (Inner Ocean)
  2. JAMILA WOODS   HEAVN (Jagjaguwar)
  3. RAPSODY   Laila's Wisdom (Roc Nation)
  4. SLY5THAVE   The Invisible Man: An Orchestral Tribute To Dr. Dre (Tru Thoughts)
  5. MOKA ONLY*   Concert For One (Urbnet)
  6. DAN-E-O*   Dear Hip Hop: 20 Years Later (Urbnet)
  7. OPEN MIKE EAGLE   Brick Body Kids Still Daydream (Mello Music Group)
  8. SMOKE DZA & PETE ROCK   Don't Smoke Rock (Babygrande)
  9. MASTA KILLA   Loyalty Is Royalty (Nature Sounds)
  10. ILLISM   Love and Loyalty (Self-Released)

International

  1. LEMON BUCKET ORKESTRA*   If I Had the Strength (Self-Released)
  2. THE FRIGHTNRS   More To Say Versions (Daptone)
  3. AUTORICKSHAW*   Meter (Tala-Wallah)
  4. IKEBE SHAKEDOWN   The Way Home (Colemine)
  5. BROOKLYN RAGA MASSIVE   Terry Riley in C (Northern Spy)
  6. KXNGS   Air Sign EP (Tru Thoughts)
  7. THE SOULJAZZ ORCHESTRA*   Under Burning Skies (Do Right! Music)
  8. RUDRESH MAHANTHAPPA INDO-PAK COALITION   Agrima (Self-Released)
  9. OMAR SOULEYMAN   To Syria, With Love (Mad Decent)
  10. OUROBOROS*   Kitchuses (Self-Released)

Jazz & Experimental

  1. NAI PALM   Needle Paw (Sony Masterworks)
  2. GRDINA, HOULE, LOEWEN & DELBECQ*   Ghost Lights (Songlines)
  3. THE REMPIS PERCUSSION QUARTET   Cochonnerie (Aerophonic)
  4. SLY5THAVE   The Invisible Man: An Orchestral Tribute To Dr. Dre (Tru Thoughts)
  5. KAMASI WASHINGTON   Harmony of Difference (Young Turks)
  6. CECILE MCLORIN-SALVANT   Dreams And Daggers (Mack Avenue)
  7. JOSEPH SHABASON*   Aytche (Western Vinyl)
  8. JOHN STETCH & VULNERAVILLE*   The Vancouver Concert (Live) (Self-Released)
  9. ERNESTO CERVINI TURBOPROP*   REV (Anzic Records)
  10. RUDRESH MAHANTHAPPA INDO-PAK COALITION   Agrima (Self-Released)

Loud

  1. BONNIE DOON*   Dooner Nooner (Bruised Tongue)
  2. BULLY   Losing (Sub Pop)
  3. METZ*   Strange Peace (Royal Mountain)
  4. TAU CROSS   Pillar Of Fire (Relapse)
  5. FLAT WORMS   Flat Worms (Castle Face)
  6. EX EYE*   Ex Eye (Relapse)
  7. POWERFLO   Powerflo (Caroline)
  8. BIBLICAL*   The City That Always Sleeps (New Damage)
  9. CANNIBAL CORPSE   Red Before Black (Metal Blade)
  10. BECOMES ASTRAL*   Paleblood Sky (Self-Released)

Folk/Roots/Blues

  1. BIRD CITY*   Winnowing (Label Fantastic/Coax)
  2. RENE LUSSIER*   Meuh (Self-Released)
  3. THE WEATHER STATION*   The Weather Station (Outside Music)
  4. THE RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE*   The Wild (Paper Bag Records)
  5. CATHERINE MACLELLAN*   If It's Alright With You: The Songs of Gene MacLellan (True North)
  6. LITTLE MISS HIGGINS   My Home, My Heart (Self-Released)
  7. ANNIE SUMI*   In The Unknown (Self-Released)
  8. ALANNA GURR AND THE GREATEST STATE*   Stand Still (Missed Connection)
  9. ELLIOTT BROOD*   Ghost Gardens (Paper Bag)
  10. PHOEBE BRIDGERS   Stranger In The Alps (Dead Oceans)