Top 100 Albums of 2022 and Specialty Charts

CFBX Top 100 Albums for 2022

Artist Title Label

  1. Art d’Ecco* – After the Head Rush (Paper Bag)
  2. Blue Moon Marquee*- Scream, Holler and Howl (Independent)
  3. Sister Ray* – Communion (Royal Mountain)
  4. Deanne Petcoff* – To Hell with You, I Love You (Royal Mountain)
  5. David Gogo* – Silver Cup (Cordova Bay)
  6. Sean Luciw** – Under the Wire (Ulusulu)
  7. NOBRO* – Live Your Truth, Shred Some Gnar (Dine Alone)
  8. Kiwi Jr.* – Chopper (Sub Pop)
  9. Julie Doiron* – I Thought of You (You’ve Changed)
  10. Cola* – Deep in View (Next Door)
  11. Metric* – Formentera (Thirty Tigers)
  12. Pharis and Jason Romero** – Tell ’em You Were Gold (Smithsonian Folkways)
  13. Amandra Rheaume* – The Spaces in Between (Ishkode)
  14. OMBIIGIZI* – Sewn Back Together (Arts and Crafts)
  15. The Weather Station* – How is it That I Should Look at the Stars (Next Door)
  16. Said the Whale* – Dandelion (Everything Forever)
  17. Pierre Kwenders* – Jose Louis and the Paradox of Love (Arts and Crafts)
  18. Basia Bulat* – The Garden (Secret City)
  19. Sweet Alibi* – Make a Scene (Comino)
  20. George Woodhouse and the Public Service* – Songs for the Living (Independent)
  21. Mariel Buckley* – Everywhere I Used to Be (Birthday Cake)
  22. The Royal Foundry* – Little High, Little Low (Independent)
  23. Strange Colours* – Future’s Almost Over (Slovenly)
  24. Hot Garbage* – Rise (Mothland)
  25. Odonis Odonis* – Spectrums (Felte)
  26. Abigail Lapell* – Stolen Time (Outside)
  27. Heaven for Real* – Energy Bar (Mint)
  28. Tanya Tagaq* – Tongues (Six Shooter)
  29. Lisa Leblanc* – Chiac Disco (Bonsound)
  30. Izzo Blues Coalition* – Take it or Leave it (Independent)
  31. Motherhood* – Winded (Forward)
  32. Summer Bruises* – Light to Waste (Independent)
  33. Bibi Club* – Le Soleil et la Mer (Secret City)
  34. Kalisway* – Hit ’em with the Funk (Independent)
  35. HuDost* – Anthems of Home (Independent)
  36. The Sadies* – Colder Streams (Dine Alone)
  37. Church of Trees* – Pish Posh (Independent)
  38. Apollo Ghosts* – Pink Tiger (You’ve Changed)
  39. Gordie Tentrees* – Mean Old World (Independent)
  40. Kingfisher* – Kingfisher EP (Independent)
  41. Softcult* – Year of the Snake (Independent)
  42. Ghost Woman* – Ghost Woman (Victory Pool)
  43. L00ping* – Zero Point Energy (Independent)
  44. Destroyer* – Labyrinthitis (Merge)
  45. Broken Social Scene* – Old Dead Young: B-Sides and Rarities (Arts and Crafts)
  46. Angela Verbrugge* – Love for Connoisseurs (Gut String)
  47. Colin Linden* – bLOW (Thirty Tigers)
  48. Durham County Poets* – Out of the Woods (Independent)
  49. The Burning Hell* – Garbage Island (Independent)
  50. Samantha Savage Smith* – Fake Nice (Independent)
  51. Anyway Gang* – Still Anyways (Royal Mountain)
  52. Death Hags – Big Grey Sun #4 (Independent)
  53. Bright World* – Cloud Parade (OneRPM)
  54. Rob Heath* – Biggest Moments (Independent)
  55. Leeroy Stagger* – Dystopian Weekends (Tonic)
  56. Lammping* – Stars We Lost (We Are Busy Bodies)
  57. LooPS** – LooPS (Independent)
  58. Susan Aglukark* – The Crossing (Independent)
  59. Snotty Nose Rez Kids* – Life After (Independent)
  60. Stretch Alexander** – Simple Pleasures (Ulusulu)
  61. The Night Bluemers* – Welcome Aboard the Midnight Train (Independent)
  62. The Projectors* – The Projectors (Sakamano)
  63. Rip Pop Mutant* – Fluxus Pop (Simone)
  64. Whitey Somers* – The Call of the Blues (Independent)
  65. Montgomery Street Band* – For the Time Being (Independent)
  66. John Mayall – The Sun is Shining Down (Forty Below)
  67. Dustbowl Daddies* – Boom and Bust Economies of Love (Independent)
  68. Old Soul Rebel* – Old Soul Rebel EP (Independent)
  69. Gus Englehorn* – Dungeon Master (Secret City)
  70. Encephalon* – Echoes (Artoffact)
  71. Frog Eyes* – The Bees (Paper Bag)
  72. Teenage Art Scene* – Wrong Datum (Independent)
  73. Stars* – From Capleton Hill (Last Gang)
  74. Jasmyn* – In the Wild (Royal Mountain)
  75. Folkapotamus – We’ll Dance Again (PhatCat)
  76. Patrick Holland* – You’re the Boss (Next Door)
  77. Caity Gyorgy* – Now Pronouncing (Independent)
  78. M.M. Crone* – Ghost Crystal (Independent)
  79. Donovan Woods* – Big Hurt Boy EP (Independent)
  80. King Aurorus* – Sunset Design (Independent)
  81. Wine Lips* – Mushroom Death Sex Bummer Party (Stomp)
  82. JayWood* – Slingshot (Captured Tracks)
  83. Mama’s Broke* – Narrow Line (Free Dirt)
  84. Missy D* – Case Depart (Birthday Cake)
  85. Le Vent du Nord* – 20 Printemps (Independent)
  86. Hounds** – Demo (Independent)
  87. Megamall* – Escape from Lizard City EP (Fanta)
  88. Ann Vriend (AV)* – Everybody Matters (Independent)
  89. Dear Rouge* – Spirit (Pheromone)
  90. Love Light Orchestra – Leave the Lights On (Nola Blue)
  91. Shoulder Season* – Not the Time (Independent)
  92. Ben Sures* – The Story That Lived Here (Independent)
  93. Wise Old Owl* – Dance, Fk—rs (Independent)
  94. TRAITRS* – Horses in the Abattoir (Freakwave)
  95. Tia Brazda* – When I Get Low (Flatcar)
  96. Hollow Twin* – Soft Hearts (Independent)
  97. Chastity* – Suffer Summer (Dine Alone)
  98. Georgia Harmer* – Stay in Touch (Arts and Crafts)
  99. Island Eyes* – Other Heaven (Independent)
  100. Fake Shark* – Time for the Future (Light Organ)

CFBX Top 25 Jazz Albums for 2022

  1. Caity Gyorgy* – Now Pronouncing (Independent)
  2. Angela Verbrugge* – Love for Connoisseurs (Gut String)
  3. Tom Keenlyside* – A Night at the Espresso (Cellar)
  4. Way North* – New Dreams, Old Stories (Independent)
  5. Tia Brazda* – When I Get Low (Flatcar)
  6. Cory Weeds* – What Is There to Say? (Cellar)
  7. Greg Amirault* – News Blues (Independent)
  8. Deb Rasmussen* – Unspoken (Independent)
  9. Roberto Occhipinti* – The Next Step (Modica)
  10. Trombone Shorty – Lifted (Blue Note)
  11. Ryan Oliver* – With Strings (Cellar)
  12. Jami Templeton* – The Shape of My Heart (Independent)
  13. Montreal Jazz Trio* – Montreal Jazz Trio (Odd Sound)
  14. Saxophone Legacy* – Saxophone Legacy (Chronograph)
  15. Ella Fitzgerald – Ella at the Hollywood Bowl (Verve)
  16. ES:MO* – The Weight of Hope (Modica)
  17. Maria Muldaur and Tuba Skinny – Let’s Get Happy Together (Stony Plain)
  18. Roberta Brenza – It’s My Turn to Color Now (Origin)
  19. Gerald Clayton – Bells on Sand (Blue Note)
  20. JoyRide* – JoyRide (Independent)
  21. Roddy Ellais Free Spirit Ensemble* – Not This Room (Independent)
  22. Micah Barnes* – Vegas Breeze (Independent)
  23. Yvonne Flores – Sheer Bliss (Cristabel)
  24. Joey Alexander – Origin (Mack Avenue)
  25. The Cookers Quintet* – The Path (Do Right!)

CFBX Top 25 Worldbeat/International Albums for 2022

  1. Pierre Kwenders* – Jose Louis and the Paradox of Love (Arts and Crafts)
  2. Dubmatix* – System Shakedown 2010 (Echo Beach)
  3. Phonosonics* – New Again (Independent)
  4. The Ark Band – The Ark of the Covenant (Little Fish)
  5. Queen Kong* – Fray (Independent)
  6. Dubmatix/Future Dub Orchestra* – Frontline Dub (Echo Beach)
  7. Sonia Aimy* – Reconnect (Independent)
  8. Sultans of String* – Sanctuary (Independent)
  9. So Long Seven* – Only Elephants Know Her Name (Independent)
  10. Boogaloo en Orbit* – Over the Moon (Independent)
  11. Lenka Lichtenberg* – Thieves of Dreams (Six Degrees)
  12. The Human Rights* – Reggae Strong (Independent)
  13. Andino Suns* – 9-11 (Independent)
  14. Eccodek* – Recalibrate (Big Mind)
  15. Sonny Singh – Chardi Kala (Independent)
  16. Plinio Fernandes – Saudade (Decca)
  17. Luis Mario Ochoa* – Forever Lecuona (Independent)
  18. Rakkatak* – Char Taal and a Raga Rainbow (Independent)
  19. Heart of the Dragon Ensemble – The Art of Chinese Xiao and Hulusi (Naxos World)
  20. PIQSIQ* – Live at Christ Church Cathedral (Independent)
  21. G-Bolo* – Oh Canada (Independent)
  22. Joy Lapps* – Girl in the Yard (Independent)
  23. Minyeshu – Netsa (ARC Music)
  24. Daniel Bellegarde* – Pastourelle (Quartier General)
  25. Toronto Tabla Ensemble* – For the Love of Tabla (Independent)

CFBX Top 25 Loud/Metal Albums for 2022

  1. NOBRO* – Live Your Truth, Shred Some Gnar (Dine Alone)
  2. Hemptress** – Fast Times (Independent)
  3. Strange Colours* – Future’s Almost Over (Slovenly)
  4. No More Moments* – Quarter Life Crisis (Cursed Blessings)
  5. Trashed Ambulance* – Future Considerations (Thousand Island)
  6. Hounds** – Demo (Independent)
  7. The Hypnotics* – Static Fuzz Radio Singles EP (Independent)
  8. Modern Terror* – Going Viral EP (Cursed Blessings)
  9. Hate it Too* – Gaslighting EP (Hell for Breakfast)
  10. Garden Dog* – Battle Zone! (Independent)
  11. Let’s Go** – Disposable Year (Independent)
  12. Depleted Uranium* – Origin (Independent)
  13. Shoulder Season* – Not the Time (Independent)
  14. Liquor Store* – F*ckin’ Cheers EP (Independent)
  15. Kingfisher* – Kingfisher EP (Independent)
  16. TJ Webb* – Worms (Independent)
  17. Various Artists* – Probably House (Louder and Faster)
  18. Visibly Choked* – Visibly Choked (Mothland)
  19. Thunderor* – Fire it Up (Boonsdale)
  20. Kitty Prozac* – None Shall Be Afraid (Fanta)
  21. Various Artists* – Zoo 666 (Slam Disques/Hell for Breakfast)
  22. Wine Lips* – Mushroom Death Sex Bummer Party (Stomp)
  23. Powertron* – Neon Vice EP (Independent)
  24. PUP* – The Unravelling of PUPTHEBAND (Little Dipper)
  25. Weird Nightmare* – Weird Nightmare (Sub Pop)

CFBX Top 25 Electronic Albums for 2022

  1. Alice Glass* – Prey/IV (Eating Glass)
  2. Odonis Odonis* – Spectrums (Felte)
  3. T. Gowdy* – Miracles (Constellation)
  4. Beatchild* – Unselfish Desires (BBE)
  5. Various Artists* – Forest City Sessions, Vol. 5 (A Person Disguised as People)
  6. Wise Old Owl* – Dance, Fk–rs (Independent)
  7. M.M. Crone* – Ghost Crystal (Independent)
  8. Eine Kleine China* – Prince Tushinkogyu (Boat Dreams from the Hill)
  9. Various Artists* – Emerge: A West Coast Dance Music Sampler (Surkeus)
  10. Encephalon* – Echoes (Artoffact)
  11. Tanya Tagaq* – Tongues North Star Remixes (Six Shooter)
  12. King Aurorus* – Sunset Design (Independent)
  13. Zenjungle and Valiska* – Years from Now (Trouble in Utopia)
  14. Sean Beaver* – Electric Turtle Dreams (Independent)
  15. Para Palabras* – Two Lakes (A Person Disguised as People)
  16. DenMother* – Frantic Ram (Independent)
  17. Ned Flangers* – Vibe Radar (A Person Disguised as People)
  18. Selci* – Fallen Woman 1 (Independent)
  19. Untrained Animals* – Stranded Somewhere on Planet Fantastic (Independent)
  20. Claude L’Anthrope* – Les Lumiers Sont Tue la Nuit (Independent)
  21. Memory Pearl* – Music for 7 Paintings (Tin Angel)
  22. Silla and Rise* – Silarjuaq (Balanced
  23. )Aagtive* – Internal Happiness (Independent)
  24. Lodgepole Kind* – Treehouse EP (Independent)
  25. A Pact Between Strangers* – There Are Dead Things Pretending to Be Living (Independent)

CFBX Top 25 Rap/Urban Albums for 2022

  1. Haviah Mighty* – Stock Exchange (Mighty Gang)
  2. Snotty Nose Rez Kids* – Life After (Independent)
  3. Lxvndr and Fortunato* – Moonwater (Black Buffalo)
  4. Missy D* – Case Depart (Birthday Cake)
  5. Maryze* – 8 (Hot Tramp)
  6. Tendavillage* – A Tenda Universe (Unbound by Sound)
  7. Sargeant x Comrade* – The Elephant in the Room (Independent)
  8. Swamp Thing* – World War Swamp (Urbnet)
  9. DJ Pnutz – Semi-Live Entertainment (Independent)
  10. Elaquent* – Long Drives to Nowhere (Urbnet)
  11. Bullosa* – Bullosa (Independent)
  12. Kyla Charter* – Edible Flowers (Independent)
  13. Glitterkid* – Sally (Independent)
  14. Kalisway* – Hit ’em with the Funk (Independent)
  15. Molecule Monkeys* – Polar Equanimity (Independent)
  16. Shauna Seeteenak* – Therapy Sessions (Hitmakerz)
  17. Primal Winds* – Crowd Control (Hand’Solo)
  18. Tachichi* – Gremmy Sip (Black Buffalo)
  19. bRavenous* – Ghosts of Rockingham (Black Buffalo)
  20. Chris Grey* – Together, But Barely (Independent)
  21. Ujevn Tripp* – Uneven (Tripp Right)
  22. Aquakultre* – Don’t Trip (Forward)
  23. Lexxicon* – Tropicon Islands (Independent)
  24. Clout Game* – Vertebrate Land Invasion (Independent)
  25. Sports and Music* – Sports and Music (Independent)

CFBX Top 25 Folk/Roots Albums for 2022

  1. The Sadies* – Colder Streams (Dine Alone)
  2. Amanda Rheaume* – The Spaces in Between (Ishkode)
  3. Pharis and Jason Romero** – Tell ’em You Were Gold (Smithsonian Folkways)
  4. George Woodhouse and the Public Service* – Songs for the Living (Independent)
  5. Sweet Alibi* – Make a Scene (Comino)
  6. Mariel Buckley* – Everywhere I Used to Be (Birthday Cake)
  7. Gordie Tentrees* – Mean Old World (Independent)
  8. HuDost* – Anthems of Home (Independent)
  9. Folkapotamus – We’ll Dance Again (PhatCat)
  10. Madison Violet* – Eleven (Passenger)
  11. Raine Hamilton* – Brave Land (Independent)
  12. Ben Sures* – The Story That Lived Here (Independent)
  13. I Draw Slow – I Draw Slow (Compass)
  14. The Fortunate Ones* – That Was You and Me (Sonic)
  15. Abigail Lapell* – Stolen Time (Outside)
  16. Dustbowl Daddies* – Boom and Bust Economies of Love (Independent)
  17. T. Buckley* – Frame By Frame (Fallen Tree)
  18. Jocelyn Pettit* – Wind Rose (Independent)
  19. Le Vent du Nord* – 20 Printemps (Independent)
  20. Leeroy Stagger* – Dystopian Weekends (Tonic)
  21. Ken Dunn* – Anthology Vol. 1 (Independent)
  22. Slocan Ramblers* – Up the Hill and Through the Fog (Independent)
  23. Rob Heath* – Biggest Moments (Independent)
  24. Tami Neilsen* – Kingmaker (Outside)
  25. Elliott Zimmerman* – In the Name of Love and More (Independent)

CFBX Top 25 Blues Albums for 2022

  1. David Gogo* – Silver Cup (Cordova Bay)
  2. Blue Moon Marquee* – Shout, Holler and Howl (Independent)
  3. Duke Robillard – They Called it Rhythm and Blues (Stony Plain)
  4. Waterstreet Blues Band* – Talkin About (Independent)
  5. Ann Vriend (AV)* – Everybody Matters (Independent)
  6. Angel Forrest* – Angel’s 11 Vol. II (Ad Litteram)
  7. Mike Nagoda* – Outside the Box (Independent)
  8. The Night Bluemers* – Welcome Aboard the Midnight Train (Independent)
  9. Delbert McClinton – Outdated Emotion (Hot Shot)
  10. Izzo Blues Coalition* – Take it or Leave it (Independent)
  11. Scott Ellison – There’s Something About the Night (Swordfish)
  12. Love Light Orchestra – Leave the Light On (Nola Blue)
  13. Stretch Alexander** – Simple Pleasures (Ulusulu)
  14. Colin Linden* – bLOW (Thirty Tigers)
  15. South Island Rhythm Kings* – Still That Way Today (Independent)
  16. John Mayall – The Sun is Shining Down (Forty Below)
  17. Colin James* – Open Road (Stony Plain)
  18. Durham County Poets* – Out of the Woods (Independent)
  19. Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder – Get on Board (Nonesuch)
  20. Horojo Trio* – Set the Record (Independent)
  21. Dionne Bennett – Super Hip Ya Ya (Hunnica)
  22. Zoom and Shawn Kellerman* – Chocolate Cake (Independent)
  23. Lindsay Beaver and Brad Stivers* – Lindsay Beaver and Brad Stivers (Vizztone)
  24. Johnny Sansone – Into Your Blues (Shortstack)
  25. Mississippi Heat – Madeleine (Van der Linden)

CFBX Top 15 Classical Albums for 2022

  1. Michael Cohen – A Song for Silenced Voices (Navona)
  2. Berlin Philharmoniker/John Williams – The Berlin Concert (Deutsche Grammophon)
  3. Paul Cohen Heard – Again for the First Time (Ravello)
  4. Tim Fallon – Crupuscolo: Songs by Ottorio Resphigi (Bis)
  5. Ferdinando deSena – Tocca Miami (Navona)
  6. Peter Greve – Oerbos and Other Works (Navona)
  7. Duo Dramatique – Crossroads (Navona)
  8. Philadelphia Orchestra – Price: Symphonies Nos 1 and 3 (Deutsche Grammophon)
  9. Jean-Michel Blais* – aubades (Arts and Crafts)
  10. City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra – Kieffer: The Ambassador’s Wife (Navona)
  11. Jill Haley* – The Forest and Shores of Acadia (Independent)
  12. Claudette Sorel – Rediscovered (Sorel)
  13. Roger Eno – The Turning Year (Deutsche Grammphon)
  14. Saxcess – Windpower: Music for Classical Sax (Navona)
  15. Daniel Pelton Collective* – The Gold Coin Sessions (Independent)

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