Top Albums of 2016


* indicates Canadian Content
** indicates a local artist

1 Grimes* Art Angels (4AD)
2 Jay Arner* Jay II (Mint)
3 Operators* Blue Wave (Last Gang)
4 Black Mountain* IV (Dine Alone)
5 Supermoon* Playland (Mint)
6 You Say Party* You Say Party (Paper Bag)
7 Blue Moon Marquee* Gypsy Blues (Independent)
8 Hot Panda* Bad Pop (Bandwagon)
9 Plants and Animals* Waltzed in from the Rumbling (Secret City)
10 BadBadNotGood* IV (Arts and Crafts)
11 Rae Spoon* Armour (Coax)
12 Suuns* Hold/Still (Secret City)
13 A Tribe Called Red* We Are the Halluci Nation (Pirates Blend)
14 Basia Bulat* Good Advice (Secret City)
15 Wintersleep* The Great Detachment (Dine Alone)
16 Tanya Tagaq* Retribution (Six Shooter)
17 Preoccupations* Preoccupations (Flemish Eye)
18 The Pack A.D.* Positive Thinking (Cadence)
19 Whitehorse* The Northern South Vol. 1 (Six Shooter)
20 Tim Hecker* Love Streams (Paper Bag)
21 DJ Shadow The Mountain Will Fall (Mass Appeal)
22 Susie Arioli* Spring (Spectra)
23 Various Artists* Fresh Baked Blues (Independent)
24 Rootbone* The Long Road Home (Independent)
25 Snowblink* Returning Current (Outside)
26 JPNSGRLS* Divorce (Light Organ)
27 Nap Eyes* Thought Rock Fish Scale (You've Changed)
28 Holy Fuck* Congrats (Last Gang)
29 David Bowie Blackstar (Columbia)
30 Sunday Wilde* Blueberries and Grits (Hwy 11)
31 We Are the City* Above Club (Boompa)
32 Language Arts* Able Island (MapleMusic)
33 Al Lerman* Slow Burn (Independent)
34 Tracy K* What's the Rush? (Independent)
35 Savages Adore Life (Matador)
36 The Town Heroes* Please, Everyone (Ground Swell)
37 Coco Love Alcorn* Wonderland (Independent)
38 Simone Denny* The Stereo Dynamite Sessions Vol. 1 (Stereo Dynamite)
39 Dub Trinity* The People Hold the Power (Independent)
40 Moths and Locusts* Helios Rising (Noise Agony Mayhem)
41 Ra Ra Riot Need Your Light (Arts and Crafts)
42 July Talk* Touch (Sleepless)
43 Walrus* Goodbye Something (Madic)
44 Kacy and Clayton* Strange Country (Big White Cloud)
45 Bear Mountain* Badu (Last Gang)
46 Cecile Doo-Kingue* Anybody Listening Part 2: Dialogues (Independent)
47 LAL* Find Safety (Coax)
48 Moss Lime* Zoo Du Quebec (Telephone Explosion)
49 Young Rival* Strange Light (Paper Bag)
50 TUNS* TUNS (Royal Mountain)
51 Twin River* Passing Shade (Light Organ)
52 Royal Canoe* Something Got Lost Between Here and the Orbit (Nevado)
53 Tropic Harbour* Glowing Eyes (Independent)
54 No Sinner* Old Habits Die Hard (Provogue)
55 Claptone Charmer (PIAS)
56 Dylan Wickens and the Grand Naturals* Hi Lo-Fi (Independent)
57 Weaves* Weaves (Buzz)
58 The Tubuloids* Getting Weird (Beer City)
59 Zonnis* Rise of the Sheep (Independent)
60 Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne* Jumpin' and Boppin' (Stony Plain)
61 Villas* Medicine (Independent)
62 Hannah Georgas* For Evelyn (Dine Alone)
63 The Wainwright Sisters* Songs in the Dark (MapleMusic)
64 PUP* The Dream is Over (Royal Mountain)
65 Erin Costelo* Down Below the Status Quo (Venue)
66 Daughter Not to Disappear (Glassnote)
67 Young Rival* Interior Light (Paper Bag)
68 Lantern* Black Highways and Green Garden Roads (Fixture)
69 Smokes* Zone Eater (Independent)
70 Young Galaxy* Falsework (Paper Bag)
71 Autumn Still* When it Was (Independent)
72 Ross Neilsen* Elemental (Independent)
73 Groenland* A Wider Space (Bonsound)
74 St. Germain St. Germain (Nonesuch)
75 The Kat Kings* Swingin' in the Swamp (Kool Kat)
76 Jason Collett* Song and Dance Man (Arts and Crafts)
77 Lauren Mann* Dearestly (Wildwood)
78 We Are Wolves* Wrong (Fantome)
79 Jordan Officer* Blue Skies (Independent)
80 Peppermoth* Now You Hear Me (Big Mind)
81 Laura Carbone Sirens (Aporia)
82 Peter and the Wolves* Papa's Goin' Out of Town (Independent)
83 Heaven for Real* Kill Your Memory (Mint)
84 Jo Passed* Out (Craft Singles)
85 Rooms* It Takes a Lot to Show Up (Pretzel)
86 Jake Chisholm* No More Sorrow (Independent)
87 Radiation Flowers* Radiation Flowers (Sundowning)
88 Whiskey Jerks* Neat (Independent)
89 No Aloha* Deluxe (Independent)
90 Pang Attack* Silent Deceivers (Independent)
91 Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle Colvin and Earle (Fantasy)
92 Killer Campground* In the Country (Independent)
93 Gary Clark Jr. The Story of Sonny Boy Slim (Atlantic)
94 ttwwrrss* ttwwrrss_3 (Maisonneuve)
95 Murray Kinsley and Wicked Grin* Storm Water (Independent)
96 KROY* Scavenger (Dare to Care)
97 Cliff Stevens* Grass Won't Grow (Independent)
98 Ken Whiteley* Freedom Blues (Borealis)
99 Miike Snow iii (Jackalope)
100 Andy Shauf* The Party (Arts and Crafts)

CFBX Top 25 Jazz Albums for 2016

1 Susie Arioli* Spring (Spectra)
2 BadBadNotGood* IV (Arts and Crafts)
3 Kinga* Guess Who I Saw Today (7 Arts)
4 Alexis Baro* Sugar Rush (G-Three)
5 Renee Rosnes*/td> Written on the Rocks (Smoke Sessions)
6 Michael Kaeshammer* No Filter (Independent)
7 Tony Foster* Project Paradiso (Independent)
8 Metalwood* Twenty (Cellar Live)
9 Roger Chong Quintet* Funkalicious (Independent)
10 Tim Tamashiro* Drinky (Cellar Live)
11 Various Artists* Oscar, With Love (2 Lions)
12 Turbo Street Funk* Momentum (Independent)
13 Al Muirhead* Oop! (Chronograph)
14 My Son the Hurricane* Is This What You Want? (Independent)
15 Allison Au Quartet* Forest Grove (Independent)
16 Amanda Tosoff* Words (Independent)
17 Mike Field* Attic Jump (Independent)
18 Bill Charlap Trio Notes from New York (Impulse!)
19 Brandi Disterheft* Blue Canvas (Justin Time)
20 John McRory Trio* John McRory Trio (Independent)
21 Parker Abbott Trio* Elevation (Independent)
22 Shirantha Beddage* Momentum (Independent)
23 Carrie Wicks Maybe (OA2)
24 Cheryl Fisher* Quietly There (OA2)
25 Eric St-Laurent* Planet (Independent)

CFBX Top 25 World Beat/Reggae Albums for 2016

1 Samito* Samito (Costume)
2 Intakto* Lazos (Justin Time)
3 Dub Trinity* The People Have the Power (Independent)
4 Various Artists Africa: Finding Graceland (ARC Music)
5 The Human Rights* The Human Rights (Independent)
6 Lorraine Klaasen* Nouvelle Journee (Justin Time)
7 Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate Monistic Theory (Cumbancha)
8 Tanya Tagaq* Retribution (Six Shooter)
9 Nomadica* Dance of the Infidels (Independent)
10 Andino Suns* Madera (Independent)
11 Rokia Traore Ne So (Nonesuch)
12 Dzambo Agusevi Orchestra Brass Like it Hot (ARC Music)
13 Lakou Mizik Wa Di Yo (Cumbancha)
14 Joyce N'Sana* Joyce N'Sana (Independent)
15 So Long Seven* So Long Seven (Independent)
16 Idan Raichel At the Edge of the Beginning (Cumbancha)
17 Beautiful Nubia* Taabaku (EniObanke)
18 Jim Balfour* In Jamaica (Independent)
19 Nii Okai Tagoe West to West (ARC Music)
20 St. Germain St. Germain (Nonesuch)
21 Delhi 2 Dublin* We're All Desi Remixed (Westwood)
22 Various Artists Discover Music from Brazil (ARC Music)
23 Mishka* Roots Fidelity (Independent)
24 Natty Nation Divine Spark (iNatty)
25 Turkwaz* Nazar (Independent)

CFBX Top 25 Metal/Loud Albums for 2016

1 Chairface* What is This EP (Independent)
2 The Tubuloids* Getting Weird (Beer City)
3 The Dirty Nil* Higher Power (Dine Alone)
4 PUP* The Dream is Over (Royal Mountain)
5 Flesh Rag* Flesh Rag (It's Trash!)
6 Painted Faces* Projects (Independent)
7 Terminal Licks* Terminal Licks (It's Trash!)
8 Soupcans* Soft Party (Telephone Explosion)
9 Kill Matilda* Songs of Survival (Independent)
10 Forever Dead* EpicDemic (NonFicti)
11 GOMS** Chain Reaction (7") (Slow Death)
12 The Zorgs* Chew on It (Transistor 66)
13 Red Arms* Let Every Nation Know (Yeah Right!)
14 Towanda* Plaything (Independent)
15 The Foul English* The Foul English (One False Move)
16 TV Freaks* Bad Luck Charm (Deranged)
17 Softess* Absolute Truth (Thankless)
18 Pkew Pkew Pkew* Pkew Pkew Pkew (Royal Mountain)
19 Dead Messenger* The Owl in Daylight (Skull Central)
20 Nerve Button* Nerve Button (Shake!)
21 Iron Maiden The Book of Souls (Parlophone)
22 Lie* Truth or Consequences (Monofonus Press)
23 Duchess Says* Sciences Nouvelles (Bonsound)
24 Dig it Up* Bad Water (Stomp)
25 Greys* Outer Heaven (Carpark)

CFBX Top 25 Electronic Albums for 2015

1 Grimes* Art Angels (4AD)
2 Holy Fuck* Congrats (Last Gang)
3 Operators* Blue Wave (Last Gang)
4 Villas* Medicine (Independent)
5 The Avalanches Wildflower (Modular)
6 River Tiber* Indigo (Independent)
7 DJ Shadow The Mountain Will Fall (Mass Appeal)
8 Tim Hecker* Love Streams (Paper Bag)
9 Kylo* Cosmic Vapour (Independent)
10 A Tribe Called Red* We Are the Halluci Nation (Pirates Blend)
11 Peaches* Rub (I U She)
12 FDLER* FDLER (Linus)
13 ttwwrrss* ttwwrrss_3 (Maisonneuve)
14 Air Twentyears (Polydor)
15 Bear Mountain* Badu (Last Gang)
16 Claptone Charmer (PIAS)
17 LAL* Find Safety (Coax)
18 Crystal Castles* Amnesty (I) (Last Gang)
19 Peppermoth* Now You Hear Me (Big Mind)
20 Yenta* 1 (Independent)
21 Pantha du Prince The Triad (Rough Trade)
22 MSTRKRFT* Operator (Last Gang)
23 Skim Milk* Ghost of Jazz (Independent)
24 St. Germain St. Germain (Nonesuch)
25 Braids* Companion EP (Flemish Eye)

CFBX Top 25 Urban/Hip-Hop Albums for 2016

1 My Son the Hurricane* Is This What You Want? (Independent)
2 Amplified* Black Bear (Independent)
3 Swamp Thing* Planet Murk (Urbnet)
4 Dufferin '83* Loud Dreams (Independent)
5 DJ Shadow The Mountain Will Fall (Mass Appeal)
6 Various Artists* The Eh List Vol. 4 (Bring Ya Eh Game)
7 Smoky Mirror and DJ AI* Smoke in the Machine (Independent)
8 Fortunato and Sean One* Blue Collar (Urbnet)
9 Ghettosocks* Wine 2 (Droppin' Science)
10 Eh440* Boss Level (Independent)
11 Blades of Steel* Kind Face (Independent)
12 Dead Obies* Gesamtkunstwerk (Bonsound)
13 Moka Only* Re-Bent, Twisted and Gnarled (Urbnet)
14 Pretty Boi KO* Road to Success (Independent)
15 Illvibe* Firebreather (Independent)
16 Radio Radio* Light the Sky (Bonsound)
17 10isee Williams Gorilla Warfare (Independent)
18 Budamunk and Ill Sugi* Spirit of the Golden Age (Urbnet)
19 Rel McCoy* Gas Money (Independent)
20 Geneva* Exhale (Urbnet)
21 DJ Pnutz The Good Wife's Guide to Beatmaking (Independent)
22 Elaquent* Less is More (Urbnet)
23 Pausemc Blue EP (Permanent Vacation)
24 Tragic Hero/td> My Own Worst Enemy (Independent)
25 ONTK* ONTK (Independent)

CFBX Top 25 Roots/Country Albums for 2016

1 Whitehorse* The Northern South Vol. 1 (Six Shooter)
2 The Wainwright Sisters* Songs in the Dark (MapleMusic)
3 Coco Love Alcorn* Wonderland (Independent)
4 The Railsplitters The Faster it Goes (Independent)
5 Derina Harvey Band* Rove and Go (Independent)
6 Donovan Woods* Hard Settle, Ain't Troubled (Meant Well)
7 Taylor Holden* Home (Independent)
8 Whiskey Jerks* Neat (Independent)
9 Jen Lane* This Life of Mine (Independent)
10 Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle Colvin and Earle (Fantasy)
11 Kacy and Clayton* Strange Country (Big White Cloud)
12 Ghostrain 3000** The Longest Moment is Now (Bush Party)
13 Zonnis* Rise of the Sheep (Independent)
14 Billie Zizi* Moon of Honey (Independent)
15 Hank Angel and His Island Devils* All Hopped Up! (Independent)
16 Petunia and the Vipers* Dead Bird on the Highway (Independent)
17 Maria Dunn* Gathering (Independent)
18 Peter and the Wolves* Papa's Goin' Out of Town (Independent)
19 Jack Garton* Move This Mess Around (Independent)
20 The Burying Ground* Big City Blues (Independent)
21 Kaia Kater* Nine Pin (Independent)
22 Daniel Romano* Mosey (New West)
23 Lowell Freisen** Home and Away (Independent)
24 David Francey* Empty Train (Laker)
25 Van Norden* The Space Between (Independent)

CFBX Top 25 Blues Albums for 2016

1 Blue Moon Marquee* Gypsy Blues (Independent)
2 Al Lerman* Slow Burn (Independent)
3 Cecile Doo-Kingue* Anybody Listening Part 2: Dialogues (Independent)
4 Sunday Wilde* Blueberries and Grits (Hwy 11)
5 Rootbone* The Long Road Home (Independent)
6 Jordan Officer* Blue Skies (Independent)
7 Various Artists* Fresh Baked Blues (Independent)
8 Paul Reddick* Ride the One (Stony Plain)
9 Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley* Blues Country (Big City Blues)
10 Jimmy Bowskill and Carlos del Junco* Blues Etc. (Big Reed)
11 Matt Andersen* Honest Man (True North)
12 No Sinner* Old Habits Die Hard (Provogue)
13 Simone Denny* The Stereo Dynamite Sessions Vol. 1 (Stereo Dynamite)
14 Tracy K* What's the Rush? (Independent)
15 Dylan Wickens and the Grand Naturals* Hi Lo-Fi (Independent)
16 Ross Neilsen* Elemental (Independent)
17 Gary Clark Jr. The Story of Sonny Boy Slim (Atlantic)
18 Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne* Jumpin' and Rollin' (Stony Plain)
19 Mark Crissinger* Night Light (Independent)
20 Harpdog Brown* Travelin' with the Blues (Dog House)
21 Layla Zoe* Breaking Free (Ruf)
22 Spencer Mackenzie* Infected with the Blues (Independent)
23 John McKinley* Window on the World (Independent)
24 Lazy Mike and the Rockin' Recliners* Workin' Man (Independent)
25 Sean Pinchin* Monkey Brain (Independent)

CFBX Top 10 Classical Albums for 2016

1 Yo-Yo Man and the Silk Road Ensemble Sing Me Home (Sony Masterworks)
2 Leonidas Kavakos Virtuoso (Decca)
3 Jean-Michel Blais* II (Arts and Crafts)
4 Elizabeth Joe Roe Field: Complete Nocturnes (Decca)
5 ECCE Argus Orchestra Eren: Color Studies (Ravello)
6 Pat Muchmore Babel Fragments (Innova)
7 Steve Reich The ECM Recordings (ECM)
8 Janoska Ensemble Janoska Style (Deutsche Grammophon)
9 Rufus Wainwright* Take All My Loves (Deutsche Grammophon)
10 Ksaneja Sidorova Carmen (Deutsche Grammophon)