Best Of 2022 – Our team’s favourite albums & shows of the year

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Steve Gerrard | Editor/Photographer

Albums
1. Indigo Sparke – Hysteria
2. Birds In Row – Gris Klein
3. Ethel Cain – Preacher’s Daughter
4. The Smile – A Light For Attracting Attention
5. Cult Of Luna – The Long Road North
*Honourable mention: Shaina Hayes – To Coax A Waltz

Concerts
1. Pearl Jam @ Centre Videotron, Quebec
2. Bonny Light Horseman @ Higher Ground, Burlington VT
3. Converge @ Damnation Festival, England
4. The Smile @ Mtelus
5. Knocked Loose @ Olympia
*Honourable mention: Wolf Alice @ Corona Theatre

Almost too many amazing albums and incredible concerts to digest. After the past couple of years, we’ll never complain about having too many shows to check out though. There were some truly special records in 2022, especially in the world of heavy music. And I managed to see shows in three different countries this year.

Here’s to an amazing 2023!

Randal Wark | Writer

Albums
1. The Mysterines – Reeling (Makes me want to drive fast and take chances…but I didn’t!)
2. Tamar Aphek – All Bets Are Off (I was addicted to this, as the songs constantly changed upon every listen.)
3. Fontaines D.C. – Skinty Fia (They just get better with every album!)
4. Sofcult – Year Of The Snake (Can’t get enough!)
5. HVOB – TOO (EDM at its finest)

Concerts
1. Mysterines (L’Escogriffe)
2. Tamar Aphek (L’Escogriffe)
3. Fontaines D.C. (Corona)
4. Actors (Sala Rosa)
5. Wolf Alice (Corona)
Runners Up: King Hannah (L’Escogriffe) + New Candys (L’Escogriffe) + Wet Leg (Osheaga) + IDLES (Osheaga)

This year, the British invasion was held mostly at L’Escogriffe. Although the crowds were small, the energy was high, and we got a chance to see bands that are exploding right now in an intimate setting. Bonus, hanging with the band, chatting and getting vinyl signed.

Simon Williams | Writer

Albums
1. The Smile – A Light for Attracting Attention
2. Beth Orton – Weather Alive
3. Florence + the Machine – Dance Fever
4. Pinegrove – 11:11
5. Aldous Harding – Warm Chris

Concerts
1. The Smile @ MTelus
2. Florence + the Machine @ Place Bell
3. Sigur Ros @ Place Des Arts
4. Jack White @ Place Bell
5. Future Islands @ MTelus

Ryley Remedios | Photographer/Writer

Albums

  1. Fontaines D.C. – Skinty Fia
  2. Palace – Shoals 
  3. Loyle Carner – hugo 
  4. Georgia Harmer – Stay In Touch
  5. Alex G – God Save The Animals

Concerts

  1. Dijon – May 11 – Le Studio TD
  2. Perfume Genius – April 3 – Theatre Rialto 
  3. Alexisonfire – July 14 – MTelus
  4. Charlotte Day Wilson – June 16 – Corona Theatre
  5. Porches – March 21 – Bar Le Ritz 

Eric Brisson | Photographer

Albums
Machine Gun Kelly – Mainstream Sellout
Papa Roach – Ego Trip
Luke Combs – Growin’ Up
Yungblud – Yungblud
Parkway Drive – Darker Still

Concerts
Rage Against The Machine – FEQ, Quebec City, QC
Metallica – Highmark Stadium, Buffalo, NY
Maneskin – MTelus, Montreal, QC
Beartooth – The Strand, Providence, RI
Iron Maiden – Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, ON

Francesca Sacerdoti | Writer

Albums
Alexisonfire – Otherness
Florence + the Machine – Dance Fever
Marcus King – Young Blood
Harry Styles – Harry’s House
Beyoncé – Renaissance

Ryan Rumpel | Photographer

Albums
Sabaton – The War to End All Wars
Seven Kingdoms – Zenith
Fellowship – The Saberlight Chronicles
Heilung – Drif
Nekrogoblikon – The Fundamental Slimes and Humours

Concerts
Rammstein @ Parc Jean-Drapeau)
Sabaton @ Place Bell
The Warning @ Foufs
Within Temptation @ Club Soda
NOFX @MTelus

Jamie Siddall | Writer

Albums
Laurel Hell – Mitski
With her last album being released in 2018, I didn’t expect Mitski to be releasing anything this year. She’d been quiet for so long, keeping her promise of hiatus. Alas, she surprised the world with her release of “Laurel Hell,” a record deeply inscribed with the question, “but at what cost?”

God Save The Animals – Alex G
A beautifully written album about the innocence of animals, the relationships people have with them, and connecting with one’s own spirituality.

HIS HAPPINESS SHALL COME FIRST EVEN THOUGH WE ARE SUFFERING – BACKXWASH

This album sounds incredible. Gothic rap with lyrics that are heavily biblical, lots of names and terms that someone raised religiously would recognize. You can easily hear the pain and frustration BACKXWASH is displaying about the prejudices geared towards people due to their backgrounds, the colour of their skin, gender identity and sexuality.

Too Much To Ask – Cheekface
Similar to their past albums, “Too Much To Ask” is quite lighthearted and catchy. There’s humour in each song, and Greg Katz’s talk-singing does a very good job of making the lyrics seem much lighter than they actually are. Even though the record sounds very cheeky (haha), the lyrics speak about hopelessness and dread. It’s a Cheekface trait that I greatly admire.

Live at The Cabin – Slaughter Beach, Dog
Like their other albums, “Live at The Cabin” sounds so soothing and soft. Like the warmth of the sun on your skin when you step outside on a windy day. Each song is appropriately emotional, bringing your chest to swell as you might think of someone you love or once loved.

Concerts
Laura Jane Grace
My Chemical Romance
Indigo De Souza
Dorian Electra
Mitski

Giosi Tortorici | Writer

Albums

1 Def Leppard – Diamond Star Halos
2 Harry Styles – Harry’s House
3 Billy Idol – The Cage
4 Kane Brown – Different Man
5 Bruce Springsteen – Only the Strong Survive

Concerts
1 Def Leppard/Motley Crue/Poison/Joan Jett – The Stadium Tour
2 Matt Lang @ Corona Theatre
3 Kane Brown @ Bell Centre

Issy Oleksiuk | Photographer

Albums
SZA – SOS
Peach Pit – From 2 to 3
Fletcher – Girl of my Dreams
Backseat Lovers – Growing/Dying
Soccer Mommy – Sometimes, Forever

Richard Brunette | Writer

Albums
1. Ghost – Impera
2. Ozzy Osbourne – Patient No.9
3. Electric Callboy – Tekkno
4. Architects – The Classic Symptoms of a Broken Spirit
5. The Hu – Rumble of Thunder

Concerts
1. Rage Against the Machine – FEQ
2. Twenty One Pilots – Bell Centre
3. Slipknot – Bell Centre
4. Steel Panther – Corona
5. Alanis Morrisette – Bell Centre

Annette Aghazarian | Writer

Albums

1. Dance Fever – Florence and the Machine
2. Entering Heaven Alive – Jack White
3. Blood Harmony – Larkin Poe
4. White Jesus Black Problems – Fantastic Negrito
5. Renaissance – Beyoncé

Concerts

1. Florence and the Machine (Place Bell)
2. Allison Russell (Rialto)
3. Greta Van Fleet (Centre Bell)
4. J.J. Wilde and Billy Raffoul (Le Studio TD)
5. Hanorah (Le Studio TD)

Dominic Blewett | Photographer

Albums
Gilla Band – Most Normal
Alvvays – Blue Rev
Mitski – Laurel Hell

Concerts
Low @ Theatre Fairmount
Perfume Genius @ Rialto
The Rural Alberta Advantage @ Petit Campus
Fontaines DC @ Corona
Johnathan Personne @ Theatre Fairmount

Rachel Lynn | Writer

Albums

1) Eros Massacre – Brutalismus 3000
2) PREY//IV – Alice Glass
3) Horseshit on Route 66 – The Garden
4) AS HARD AS YOU CAN – Lust Sick Puppy + Andy Morin
5) My Bestfriend’s House – Blue Hawaii

Concerts

1) Alice Glass – Belmont
2) George Clanton – La Sala Rossa
3) Gorillaz – Bell Centre
4) Beach House – MTelus
5) HEALTH + Perturbator – Corona Theatre

Jason Maher | Writer

Albums
Gridiron – No Good at Goodbyes
Soulthief – Citadel
Prowl – Forgotten Realms
Terror – Pain into Power
Banshee – Fairy Metal

Concerts
Sabaton at Place Bell
Prowl record release with Scaramanga, Scorching Tomb, Shut away at Foufs
Desecrate, Gavel, Mile End, Sicada, Deadbolt under the Van Horne overpass
Drain at Bar le Ritz
Ghost at Place Bell

Kieron Yates | Photographer

Concerts
1. Judas Priest, Laval (Place Bell)
2. Ghost, Quebec City (Centre Videotron)
3. Amon Amarth, Laval (Place Bell)
4. Midnight Oil, Toronto (Massey Hall)
5. Puscifer, Montreal (L’Olympia)

Albums
1. Ghost – Imperia
2. Dead Lord – Dystopia
3. Amorphis – Halo
4. Night Demon – Year Of The Demon
5. No Fun At All – Seventh Wave

Brittany Salmaso | Writer

Concert (I only went to 1 this year 😭)
Streetlight Manifesto @ Olympia

Albums
Lupe Fiasco – Drill music in Zion
Chris Brown – Breezy
The Weeknd – Dawn FM
Alt J – The Dream
Bloc Party – Alpha Games

Ema Riot | Photographer

Albums
The Linda Lindas – Growing Up
Death Proof – Parallel World
Sniffany & The Nits – The Unscratchable Itch
Escuela Grind – Memory Theater
Vidro – Glod

Concerts
Amyl and the Sniffers @ La Tulipe
Turnstile @ Osheaga
Rage Against The Machine @ FEQ
My Chemical Romance @ Centre Bell
Laura Jane Grace @ Le National

Mike Rogers | Writer

Concerts
1 Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Osheaga
2 The Killers – Bell Centre
3 Death from Above – Corona
4 Faye Webster – Corona
5 Khruangbin- Osheaga

Albums
1 Eddie Vedder – Earthling
2 Khruangbin and Leon Bridges – Texas Moon
3 Tears For Fears – Tipping Point
4 Danger Mouse and Black Thought – Cheat Codes
5 Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Cool It Down

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