NMC Staff Pick Top 5s of 2015

December 03, 2015

Grimes_Art AngelsGrimes’ album Art Angels is just one of the music things that made NMC’s Top 5s of 2015. 

The National Music Centre’s staff and contributors share their top 5 Canadian releases, songs, live gigs, and more over the last year. Let us know in the comments if you think we missed any made-in-Canada music gems from 2015.


Barbara Bruederlin, Volunteer and Amplify Contributor

Top 5 Canadian Performers at the 2015 Calgary Folk Music Festival (in alphabetical order)
1. the Dead South
2. Frazey Ford
3. the Jerry Cans
4. Socalled
5. the Strumbellas

Frazey Ford’s “Done.”


Julijana Capone, Publicity Coordinator and Amplify Senior Editor

Top 5 Canadian Songs of 2015
1. Junior Boys “Over It”
2. Drake – “Hotline Bling”
3. Basic Nature – “Gone”
4. Dilly Dally – “Purple Rage”
5. Ought – “Men for Miles”


Kirsten Christopherson, Acqusitions and Loans Coordinator

Top 5 Canadian Country Songs of 2015
1. Dallas Smith – “Cheap Seats”
2. Jason Benoit – “Gone Long Gone”
3. Kira Isabella – “Shake It If Ya Got It”
4. High Valley – “She’s With Me”
5. Jess Moskaluke – “Kiss Me Quiet”

On-the-rise Saskatchewan-born country star Jess Moskaluke’s “Kiss Me Quiet.”


Adam Fox, Director of Programs

Top 5 Canadian Albums of 2015
1. Destroyer –  Poison Season (Merge Records)
2. Siskiyou – Nervous (Constellation Records) 
3. Faith Healer – Cosmic Troubles (Mint Records)
4. Joshua Van Tassel – Understar (Backward Music)
5. The Weeknd – Beauty Behind the Madness (Republic Records, XO)

Destroyer’s “Times Square.”


Adam Kamis, Event Coordinator

Top 5 Canadian Albums of 2015
1. Mick Futures – Banned From The Future (Telephone Explosion)
2. Zacht Automaat – Disturbed Ground (Planet Of The Tapes)
3. Cindy Lee – Act Of Tenderness (CCQSK)
4. Monroeville Music Centre – Choose Your Own Adventure (Independent)
5. OK Jazz – OK Jazz (Independent)

Mick Futures “A Few Pieces” from Banned From The Future.


Kevin Laforest, Amplify Contributor

Top 5 Quebec Albums of 2015 (As far as I’m concerned, in Quebec, 2015 was the year of great albums by female artists)
1. Ingrid St-Pierre – Tokyo (La Tribu)
2. Coeur de Pirate – Roses (Dare to Care Records)
3.  Grimes – Art Angels (4AD)
4. Marie-Pierre Arthur – Si l’aurore (Simone Records)
5. Safia Nolin – Limoilou (Bonsound)

Safia Nolin’s “Igloo” off her 2015 album, Limoilou.


Julien Sicard, Development Manager

5 chansons canadiennes en français qu’il faut avoir écoutées en 2015
1. Caravane – “Minuit” 
2. Ariane Moffatt – “Miami” 
3. Jean Leloup – “Paradis City” 
4. Le Couleur – “Voyage Amoureux”
5. Ponctuation – “La réalité me suffit”

Quebecois garage rockeurs Ponctuation and their track “La réalité me suffit.”


Chad Saunders, Acting Director of Operations and Special Projects

Top 5 Music Things in 2015
1. The sad: Rising shipping rates, the weak dollar, and lack of core operation grants all led to the closing of the Mammoth Cave Recording Company. After seven years and 44 releases, this label dared to go where no one else would to put out some Canadian great records by B.A. Johnston, Ketamines, Teledrome, Nervous Talk, and many others.

2. And now for some better news: Calgary became the home of Canada’s only vinyl-pressing plant this year. With a few bugs still being worked out since the plant hosted an open house this past September, the future of vinyl looks shinier than ever before.

3. Live gig highlights: Andy Shauf; Kalabante; Chad VanGaalen; Kid Koala; Melted Mirrors; Kraftwerk; Tomi Fujiyama; Surf Kitties; Daniel Lanois; Obnox; and many more!

4. Rad Calgary things: Girls Rock Camp Calgary, Femme Wave Fest, and the artist-in-residency program at the Drop-In Centre.

5. Craziest record purchase of 2015: Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Total Body Workout. All one can ask is “why?”

Daniel Lanois’ master session at NMC during Sled Island was a standout live gig of 2015.


Jason Tawkin, Collections Assistant

Top 5 Canadian Live Music Venues to Close in 2015
1. The Zoo – Winnipeg
2. Republik – Calgary
3. Pawnshop – Edmonton
4. Les Bobards – Montreal
5. The Artery – Edmonton


Jason Valleau, Public Programs Coordinator

Top 5 Tunes I Had to Learn for Gigs in 2015
1. Blake Reid – “Windmill”
2. Lynn Miles – “Unravel”
3. John Wort Hannam – “Goodnight Nova Scotia”
4. Ghost Boy – “Vinyl” 
5. The Blackbelts – “Waiting On You”


Matt Williams, Amplify Contributor

Top 5 Canadian Performers at Top Canadian Festivals of 2015
1. Shotgun Jimmie’s closing set at SappyFest X (Sackville, New Brunswick)
2. Grimes at M for Montreal (Montreal, Quebec)
3. Greg MacPherson at In The Dead of Winter (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
4. Operators at RiverFest Elora (Elora, Ontario)
5. Duchess Says at Festival du Musique Emergente (Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec)

Greg MacPherson’s “Submarines” courtesy of Manitoba Music’s Loft Sessions.


— NMC staff and contributors 

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