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Picks for 2021

  • Luca Capone - The Night Shift
    Tuesday 9PM - 10PM

    Mount Maxwell - People's Forest

    Ashley Shadow - Only The End

    Jazz Ali - You Can't Go Home, But You Can't Stay Here

    Dear Laika - Pluperfect Mind

    Boy Golden - Church of Better Daze

    L'Rain - Fatigue

    Album - Album

    New Chance - Real Time

    Arif Mirbaghi - 5 Moods For Dirty Dishes

    Estyr - All Tied Up

    Masahiro Takahashi - Flowering Tree, Distant Moon

    Jennifer Castle - Live at the Music Gallery

    L'Eclair - Confusions

    Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra - Promises

    Fog Lake - Tragedy Reel

    Possum - Lunar Gardens

    Kitjohari - Tango Mango

    Century Egg - Little Piece of Hair

    Bell Orchestre - House Music

    Samantha Crain - I Guess We Live Here Now

    Beverly Glenn-Copeland - Keyboard Fantasies Reimagined

    JONCRO - RIchmond Station

    Slow Down Molasses - Minor Deaths

    Dos Santos - City of Mirrors

    Del Stephen - Good Spirit Inner Station

    Julie Doiron - I Thought of You

    Ryley Walker And Kikagaku Moyo - Deep Fried Grandeur

    Lammping - Flashjacks

    Carlos Niño & Friends - More Energy Fields, Current

    Dorothea Paas - Anything Can't Happen

    TEKE::TEKE - Shirushi

    Ben Seretan - Cicada Waves

    Central Heat Exchange - Central Heat Exchange

    Status/Non-Status - 1, 2, 3, 4, 500 Years

    The Luvmenauts - In Space

    arushi jain - Under the Lilac Sky

    Fiver with the Atlantic School Of Spontaneous Composition

    Emma Donovan & The Putbacks - Under These Streets

    Jon Hopkins - Music For Psychedelic Therapy

    NYC Milky Band - Burn'IN

  • Sam Thompson - Witchpolice Radio
    Friday 7AM - 8AM

    My favourite local albums of 2021. There were easily this many again that could have made the cut, but I just decided to go with the stuff I listened to the most this year.The order could probably be totally shuffled and it would still be accurate:

    Kitz Willman - Royal Visit to Uranium City
    Tetyana Haraschuk - The Intentions of Honesty, Kindness and Perseverance
    hopscotchbattlescars - First Name Hopscotch, Last Name Battlescars
    Two Crows for Comfort - Show Me Light
    Gruf and Yy - Mental Health Day
    VAN ALLEN - Small Eclipse
    Primordial Serpent - Ancient Myths and Legends
    Bobby Dove - Hopeless Romantic
    Bazooka Joe - Prairie Nilsson
    MahoganyFrog- In the Electric Universe
    The Uglies - Something’s in the Water
    Midnight Review Presents - Ghoulish
    Dog Dad Posse - Lefebvre
    Jon Gordon - Stranger Than Fiction
    DJ KUTDOWN and Cypha Diaz- Dim Mak: The Def Touch
    Erin Propp & Larry Roy - We Want All the Same Things

  • Gareth Rice - Canadiana Suite
    Wednesday 1 PM - 2 PM

    Top 10 Canadian Albums That I Particularly Liked This Year (in no particular order):

    Amanda Tosoff - Earth Voices
    Will Bonness - Change of Plans
    Erin Propp and Larry Roy - We Want All The Same Things
    Greg Amirault - News Blues
    Bernie Senesky - Don’t Look Back
    Alain Caron - Multiple Faces
    Robi Botos - Old Soul
    Jazzlab Orchestra - LogoslabusmUzikus
    Renee Rosnes - Beloved of The Sky
    Oscar Peterson Trio - We Get Requests

  • Jared McKetiak - And The Rest Is Noise...
    Satur
    day 7PM - 9PM

    1. Little Simz - Sometimes I Might Be Introvert
    2. Ducks LTD. - Modern Fiction
    3. Madlib - Sound Ancestors
    4. Helado Negro - Far In
    5. Lucy Dacus - Home Video
    6. Spirit Of The Beehive - ENTERTAINMENT, DEATH
    7. Leanne Betasamosake Simpson - Theory Of Ice
    8. War On Drugs - I Don't Live Here Anymore
    9. The Weather Station - Ignorance
    10. Dry Cleaning - New Long Leg
    11. Injury Reserve - By the Time I Get to Phoenix
    12. Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra - Promises
    13. Black Country, New Road - For The First Time
    14. Arlo Parks - Collapsed In Sunbeams
    15. BadBadNotGood - Talk Memory
    16. Low - HEY WHAT
    17. Japanese Breakfast - Jubilee
    18. Vince Staples - Vince Staples
    19. Makaya McCraven - Deciphering the Message
    20. American Cream Band - Dark Hemisphere

  • John Prentice - Planet Mainstage
    Saturday 2 PM - 4 PM

    Planet Mainstage- Best of 2021 (in Random Order)

    Fretless Open House (c)
    Del Barber Stray Dogs (c)
    Allison Russell Outside Child (c)
    Alison Krauss and Robert Plant Raise the Roof
    Kelly Bado Hey Terre (w)
    Watermelon Slim Golden Boy (c)
    Stephen Fearing The Unconquerable Past (c)
    Big Little Lions Are we there yet ? (c)
    John Wort Hannam Long Haul (c)
    Rum Ragged The Thing About Fish (c)
    Ariel Posen Headway (w)
    Yasmin Williams Urban Driftwood
    Flook Ancora
    The Lost Words (Musicians) Spell Songs
    Sam Allison, Chris Coole Adrian Gross, Mark Kilianski John Showman Adeline (c)
    Elage Diof Wutiko (c)
    Maria Dunn Joyful Banner Blazing (c)
    Ana Egge Between Us (c)
    Amythyst Kiah Wary and Strange
    Joey Landreth All That You Dream (w)
    The McDades The Empress (c)
    Sultans of String Sanctuary (c)
    Suzie Ungerleider My Name is Suzie Ungerleider (c)
    Whitehorse Modern Love (c)
    Juvel Juvel (w)
    Caroline Marie Brooks Everything at the Same Time (c)
    Playing for Change Listen to the Music (c)

  • Jeremy Ranson - A Sordid Hour
    Monday 8 PM - 9 PM

    Best Of 2021 (In no particular order)
    Why Bother?
    - s/t (Antena Krzyku Records) “Wild, explosively dynamic Post-Progressive Noise Rock.”
    Cairo Jag
    - Wasted Priorities (Kafadan Kontak Records) “Pure, raw, unadulterated Rock & Roll, channelling MC5 & The Stooges for maximum effect.”
    Devils Teeth
    - La leggenda di Chong Li (Triple Eye Industries) “A Spaghetti Western Garage Rock Operetta inspired by the antagonist from Bloodsport. ‘Nuff said.”
    Arno De Cea & The Clockwork Wizards
    - Retro Futurisme Vol II (Otitis Media Records) “A blast of sci-fi Surf Rock à la Man… Or Astroman?”
    Halley
    Dna Futurismo e Fastidio (self released) “Sublimely catchy post punk.”
    Iron Lizards
    - Hungry For Action (The Sign Records) “A furious blast of picture perfect Action Rock taken straight from the book of late 90’s Scandirock.”
    Bad Waitress
    - No Taste (Royal Mountain Records) “A delightfully acerbic debut; noisy, trashy, at times delicate, but always enchanting.”
    Rid Of Me
    - Travelling (The Ghost Is Clear Records) “Angry, poignant Noise Rock with incredibly powerful yet vulnerable vocals.”
    Tamar Aphek
    - All Bets Are Off (Kill Rock Stars) “Innovative Jazz Rock with hypnotizing rhythms, captivating guitar work and haunting vocals.”
    Flores y Fuego
    - Altar (digital self release) “Furious Hardcore Punk with a Rock & Roll swagger.”

  • Olivia Tefft - Night Light
    Sunday 9 PM - 10 PM

    Night Light’s top 15 albums of 2021:

    Nao – And Then Life Was Beautiful
    Lucy Dacus – Home Video
    MARINA – Ancient Dreams in a Modern Land
    Porter Robinson – Nurture
    Joy Crookes – Skin
    Remi Wolf – Juno
    LOONY – Soft Thing
    Arlo Parks – Collapsed in Sunbeams
    chloe moriondo – Blood Bunny
    Little Simz – Sometimes I Might Be Introvert
    Eloise – Somewhere In-Between
    The Staves – Good Woman
    Chiiild – Hope For Sale
    Alessia Cara – In The Meantime
    Charlotte Day Wilson – ALPHA

    Honourable mentions (EP-length):

    Olivia Dean – Growth
    Litany – Adult Movies
    Dizzy – Separate Places

  • John Guttormson - Bang & Whisper
    Thursday 1 PM - 2 PM

    1. "No Action," Elvis Costello & The Attractions & Nina Diaz
    2. "Billy," Horsegirl
    3. "Heading West," Neil Young & Crazy Horse
    4. "Montreal (Live)," The Tragically Hip
    5. "Scratchcard Lanyard," Dry Cleaning
    6. "Butterfly," Mega Bog
    7. "Failed," Paul Weller
    8. "Sidelining," Royal Canoe
    9. "Please Don't Try," Daniel Lanois
    10. "Mine Forever," Lord Huron
    11. "Can't Let Go," Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
    12. "Sunblind," Fleet Foxes
    13. "I've Got You Under My Skin," Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
    14. "Candy Darling," St. Vincent
    15. "6 Am," Sigrún Stella
    16. "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning," Willie Nelson

  • Bryan Sveinson - The Pity Party
    Friday 1 PM - 3 PM

    Svenny's Top 10 Releases of 2021:

    10. PUP - Kill Something
    9. Bicycle Inn -The Time and Place Is All I'll Ever Know
    8. Arm's Length - Everything Nice
    7. Free Throw - Piecing It Together
    6. Julien Baker - Little Oblivions
    5. Pinegrove - Alaska
    4. Origami Angel - GAMI GANG
    3. John Mayer - Sob Rock
    2. Tigers Jaw - I Won't Care How You Remember Me
    1. Ratboys - Happy Birthday, Ratboy

  • Alex Braun - Pastoral MIDI
    Thursday 2 PM - 3 PM

    Dean Blunt – BLACK METAL 2
    Grouper – Shade
    Black Country, New Road – For the First Time
    Lana Del Rey – Chemtrails Over the Country Club
    Yu Su – Yellow River Blue
    Spellling – The Turning Wheel
    Erika de Casier - Sensational
    Black MIDI – Cavalcade
    Meadows – wild flower
    SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE – ENTERTAINMENT, DEATH

  • Tyler Rosmus - Precious Metals
    Tuesday 12 AM - 1 PM

    1. Plebeian Grandstand – Rien Ne Suffit
    2. JPEGMAFIA – LP!
    3. Dean Blunt – Black Metal 2
    4. Sermon of Flames – I Have Seen the Light, and It Was Repulsive
    5. Spectral Wound – A Diabolic Thirst
    6. black midi - Cavalcade
    7. Defacement - Defacement
    8. White Ward – Debemur Morti
    9. Lingua Ignota – Sinner Get Ready
    10. Craven Idol – Forked Tongues

  • Ray Alexander - Fascinating Rhythm
    Sunday 10 AM - 12 PM

    International Albums
    1. Jeff Hamilton - Merry & Bright (Capri)
    2. Ian Charleton Big Band - A Fresh Perspective (2Hip Arrangers Music)
    3. Richie Cole-Have Yourself An Alto Madness Christmas (RCP)
    4. Albare Plays Jobim-Vol.2 (Alfi Recs.)
    5. Doug Macdonald Duo - Toluka Lake Jazz (DM18)
    6. Dave Brubeck - Lullabies (Verve)
    7. Edward Decker - The Best You Can Give (Edward Decker Music)
    8. Rossano Sportiello - That's It! (Arbors Recs.)
    9. Gerry Gibbs - Thrasher Dream Trios (Whaling City Sounds)
    10.Julian Gerstin-Music For The Exploration of Elusive Phenomena (Songtalk)
    
    International Vocals
    1. Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga - Love For Sale (Columbia)
    2. Nicki Parrott - If You Could Read My Mind (Arbors)
    3. Jamie Cullum - The Pianoman At Christmas (Blue Note)
    4. Uptown Vocal Jazz Qt. - Fools For Yule (HouseKat)
    5. Amber Weekes - 'Round Midnight Re-Imagined (Amber Inn Recs)
    6. Jim Altamore - Celebrating Sinatra - Live In France (Splank Music)
    7. Kristin Korb - Why Not?/What If? (DKM212221)
    8. Alexis Cole - Sky Blossom -Songs From My Tour Duty (Zoho)
    9. Seth MacFarlane-Great Songs From Stage & Screen (Verve)
    10.Rebecca Kilgore - The Rebecca Kilgore Trio - Vol. 1 (Heavywood)
    11.Dawn Derow - My Ship: Songs from 1941 (Zoho)
    
    Canadian Albums
    1. Cory Weeds With Strings - What Is There To Say? (Cellar 20)
    2. Stephen Riley with Ernest Turner - Original Mind (Cellar 20)
    3. Jonathan Bauer - Sings & Plays (Slammin' Media)
    4. NightCrawlers - Do You Know A Good Thing? (Cellar 20)
    5. Fifth Element - Fifth Element (fifthelementjazz)
    6. Nick Maclean - Can You Hear Me? (Browntasauras Recs.)
    7. Bernie Senensky Qt./Quintet - Don't Look Back (Historical) (Cellar 20)
    8. Shannon Gunn - On A Mountain (Cellar 20)
    9. Benny Benack 111 with the Steven Feifke Big Band-Season's Swingin'
    Greetings (Cellar 20)
    10. TuneTown - Entering Utopia (Three Pines)
    
    Historical Albums
    1. Sheila Jordan - Comes Love-Lost Sessions 1960 (Capri)
    2. Oscar Peterson-A Time For Love - Live In Helsinki, 1987 (Mack Ave)
    3. Ella Fitzgerald-The Lost Berlin Tapes (Verve)
    4. Dave Brubeck - Time Out Takes (Brubeck Editions)
    5. Bill Evans - Live At Ronnie Scotts (Resonance)
    
    Books/DVDs
    1. We Know What We Had-The Greatest Jazz Story Never Told (MCG Jazz)
    2. Enter The Blue (Note)-Dave Chisholm (Graphic Novel)
    3. There Was Fire-Jews, Music & The American Dream-Ben Sidran (Nardis)
    4. Sight Readings-Photographers & American Jazz 1900-1960 -Alan Ainsworth
    (University of Chicago)
    
    The Dearly Departed Class of 2021
    1. Lyricist Stephen Sondheim
    2. Pianist/Producer/Impresario George Wein (Newport Jazz & Folk Festivals)
    3. Co-Founder of Preservation Hall New Orleans Sandra Jaffe
    4. Pianist/Composer Chick Corea
    5. Bassist George Mraz
    6. Organist Dr. Lonnie SMith
    7. Pianist Dorothy Dodgion
    8. Saxaphonist/Composer Alfred Pee Wee Ellis
    9. N.York Broadcaster Phi Schaap
    10.Singer/Composer Ruth Cameron Haden (Charlie)
    11.Composer/Lyricist/Pianist/Humorist Dave Frishberg
    12.Guitarist Pat Martino
    13. Pianist Norman Simmons
    14. Drummer Charlie Watts
    15.Trombonist Curtis Fuller
    16.Pianist Barry Harris
    17.Canadian Guitarist Jimmy Kilburn
    18.Bassist Mario Pavone
    19.Former Downbeat Editor (1956 ? Gold
    20.Vocalist with Glenn Miller Ginny O'Connor (Henry Mancini's wife)
    21.Drummer Jerry Granelli
    22.Teacher/vocalist/composer Lianne Fournier
    23.Downbeat Editor Don Gold
    
    Jazz Magazines
    1. Downbeat
    2. Jazz Times
    3. Jazz Land Now.com (a work in progress)
    
  • Neil Kraemer - Prick Up Your Ears
    Monday 4 PM - 5 PM

    My favourite releases of 2021, in no particular order:

    Buffet Lunch - The Power of Rocks
    Silicone Prairie - My Life on the Silicone Prairie
    Freelove Fenner - The Punishment Zone
    Fitness - Full Well
    Dry Cleaning - New Long Leg
    N0V3L - Non-Fiction
    Ducks Ltd. - Modern Fiction
    Folly Group - Awake and Hungry
    Maraudeur - Puissance 4
    Black Country, New Road - For The First Time
    The Goon Sax - Mirror II

  • Michael Elves - TGIFR
    Friday 6:30 - 8 PM

    TOP ALBUMS

    20. Theo Croker- BLK2LIFE || FUTUREPAST [Sony Music Masterworks]
    19. Kaley Rutledge - Tender Heart [Tone Tree]
    18. Ryan Dugre - Three Rivers [11A Records]
    17. Nala Sinephro -Space 1.8 [Warp]
    16. The Motion Orchestra - All One [Bathurst]
    15. Menagerie- Many Worlds [Freestyle]
    14. Shannon Lay - Geist [Sub Pop]
    13. LIFAFA - SUPERPOWER 2020 सुपरपॉवर २०२० [Self-Released]
    12. Bremer/McCoy - Natten (The Night) [Luaka Bop]
    11. Men I Trust - Untourable Album [Return to Analog]
    10. Japanese Breakfast - Jubilee [Dead Oceans]
    09. Helado Negro - Far In [4AD]
    08. Kings of Convenience - Peace or Love [EMI]
    07. Malcolm Jiyane Tree-O - Umdali [Mushroom Hour Half Hour]
    06. Joy Cookes - Skin [Insanity / Speakerbox]
    05. Flock of Dimes - Head of Roses [Sub Pop]
    04. Floating Points, Pharaoh Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra - Promises [Luaka Bop]
    03. Aaron Frazer - ...Introducing [Dead Oceans / Easy Eye Sound]
    02. Arlo Parks - Collapsed In Sunbeams [Transgressive / PIAS]
    01. The Weather Station - Ignorance [Next Door / Fat Possum]



  • Dan Raposo - Free Range Radio
    Thursday 6:30 PM - 8 PM

    1. Top 20 Favorite albums of 2021

      1. Leon Bridges - Gold-Diggers Sound
      2. Slow Leaves - Holiday
      3. Bleachers - Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night
      4. Arlo Parks - Collapsed in Sunbeams
      5. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - G_d's Pee AT STATE'S END!
      6. The Black Keys - Delta Kream
      7. Mogwai - As the Love Continues
      8. Coeur de Pirate - Perseides
      9. Julien's Daughter - The Static That Carries Over
      10. Weezer - OK Human
      11. Snail Mail - Valentine
      12. Jade Bird - Different Kinds of Light
      13. Andy Shauf - Wilds
      14. Curtis Harding - If Words Were Flowers
      15. My Morning Jacket - My Morning Jacket
      16. Martha Wainwright - Love Will Be Reborn
      17. Aaron Frazer - Introducing…
      18. Blockhead - Space Werewolves Will Be the End of Us All
      19. The Uglies - Something's In the Water
      20. Royal Canoe - Sidelining