I think by now, most people who know me know two things:
1: I have a zine called Thunder.
2: Every year, I compile a list of what I personally think is the best in Ontario’s Punk and Alternative Rock. Whoever wins gets my unwavering support and some kind of candy in a golden wrapper to mark the occasion. (If I had the money for actual trophies, the zine probably wouldn’t exist.)
This was a, pardon my language, a fu*king fantastic year for music in Ontario. Metal, Punk, and much more filled the clubs, streets, and headphones. Whether you were taking in a free show this summer at one of many festivals, or taking in a show in the colder weather, you were sure to be in awe. (I know I was.)
Now, a few things. I’ve added some new categories for this year; I allowed for more ties, and I vow to hand out the momentos. (So bug me if you don’t get your gold-encased chocolate.)
Best Album (Punk) Tie:
Adelleda ‘Let’s Talk About Adelleda’
Born Wrong/ Klein96 Split 10″
Best Album (Non-Punk) Tie:
The Barettas ‘The Night Is Young’
Best Album Not From This Decade:
UXB ‘Tick Tock Boom’
Best Bassist (Female): Lindsay Campbell Beaudoin. (Rackula.)
Best Bassist (Male): John “Uprise” Kedini. (The Pre-Nods.)
Best Guitarist (Female):Candice Skullian. (Skullians.)
Best Guitarist (Male): Brandon Kummer. (Web Society.)
Best Drummer (Female): Justine Cowie. (The Boys.)
Best Drummer (Male): Alex Sallas. (Gatling.)
Best Vocalist (Female): Samantha Rutherford. (The Boys.)
Best Vocalist (Male): Glen Faulman. (The Steeltown Spoilers.)
Best Musician Who Plays An Instrument Uncommon To Their Genre:
Female: Alisun (no last available) Band: The Saints Are Coming. Instrument: Violin.
Male: Jim Fitzgerald. Band: The Pre-Nods. Instrument: Harmonica.
Best ‘Intense’ Performer: Nathan Ivanco. Band: NOT.
Best Duo: Frankie And Jimmy.
Best Band (All Members Under 25): NOT.
Best Band (That Sounds Like Another Decade): Wiggler!?! And The Tiny Humans.
Best Band (Mixed Gender): Skatalyst.
Best Band (All Members Over 25): The Steeltown Spoilers.
Best Band (Female-Led): Rackula.
Best Band (Male-Led): The Safety Collective.
Best Band (From Outside Of Hamilton): Armed And Hammered.
Best New Band: The Sketchbooks.
Best Band (Cover Band): The Krumones.
Best Band. (This Year. Period.): Web Society.
Best Song (Tie):
‘Threat From The Deep’ Wiggler!?! And The Tiny Humans.
Best Band Name: Nothing Helper.
Best Album Name (Tie):
‘Lets Taco Boat Life’ NOT
‘Summertime Blues’ Wiggler!?! And The Tiny Humans
Best Solo Project (Tie):
Steve Hanson In Transit
Best Record Label (Tie):
Rebel Time Records
Best Event: Rebel Fest.
Best Way To Spend A Weekend: At a show.
Best Store (Punk Rock): Crash Landing.
Best Store (Non-Punk Rock): The Button Pushers.
Best Place For Rare Music (Tie):
Hammer City Records
Best Venue (Indoors): Crash Landing basement (R.I.P!)
Best Venue (Outdoors): Gage Park.
Best Festival (Tie):
It’s Your Festival (New Music Expo)
Burlington Sound Of Music
Best Venue Outside The City: The Horseshoe Tavern.
Best Idea: Zines Becoming Widespread Again.
Even though they did not win, I would like to thank the following bands/ artists. I’ve been listening to them all year, and I think they’re fantastic. I encourage everyone to check them out!
Stick and Bone
Weekend Riot Club
Trampled By Turtles
The Cola Heads
Sondra Du Ville
The Safety Collective
Swords Of Texas
Sailboats Are White
Social Club No. 27
The Lucky Ones
Emma Hill And Her Gentlemen Callers
The Rebel Arms
Alert The Medic
Hold A Grudge
The Dinner Belles
Brixton Robbers (R.I.P!)
Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra
Darcy Hepner Jazz Band