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The Best Local Releases of 2014

If home is where the heart is, local is where the music starts.

Edited By Magnus Thyvold

Most of our nationally revered artists have emerged from a local scene somewhere where they paid their dues and made the jump to stardom,. Here are some insider tips to what maybe the next crop. We want to hear from you. Add your best live show of 2014 in the comments.

Follow our look back at 2016

The Top 200 of 2016

The definitive list of the best records of 2016 - including electronic, hip hop, international, jazz, loud and folk roots & blues.

Best of 2016

KenMODE's Jesse Mathewson
CFUV Music Director Troy Lemberg
When you get paid to listen to music all the time, you have an advantage finding the best and the over-looked.

Anita Eccleston Best Local Releases
If home is where the heart is, local is where the music starts.

Best of Jazz

Michael Kaeshammer Jazz Picks of 2016: Jim Dupuis
Jazz Picks of 2016: Shelley Gummeson
Jazz Picks of 2016: Ray Alexander
A look at some of the best jazz had to offer in a very good year

!earshot Top 200 of 2016

For the year 2016
TW  Artist - Title - (Label)
1 Basia Bulat Can Con
Good Advice - (Secret City)
IV - (Arts & Crafts)
3 Nap Eyes Can Con
Thought Rock Fish Scale - (You've Changed)
4 Black Mountain Can Con
IV - (Dine Alone)
5 The Pack A.D. Can Con
Positive Thinking - (Cadence Music Group)
6 Andy Shauf Can Con
The Party - (Arts & Crafts)
7 A Tribe Called Red Can Con
We Are The Halluci Nation - (Pirates Blend)
8 Grimes Can Con
Art Angels - (4AD)
9 Tanya Tagaq Can Con
Retribution - (Six Shooter)
10 Wintersleep Can Con
The Great Detachment - (Dine Alone)
View the full !earshot Top 200

Specialty Charts #1s
>Jessy Lanza - Oh No - (Geej Recordings)
Hip Hop
> A Tribe Called Red - We Are The Halluci Nation - (Pirates Blend)
> Bombino - Azel - (Self-Released)
> BADBADNOTGOOD - IV - (Arts & Crafts)
> Striker - Stand In The Fire - (Self-Released)
>Daniel Romano - Mosey - (New West)

Victoria, BC

Troy Lemberg, Music Director, CFUV 101.9FM in Victoria BC.

Iceberg Ferg – In The Valley Of The Purple Prince (Self-Released)
Iceberg Ferg shows are always delightful and such a nice treat on our island. I seem to always go back to a performance from a year ago sitting on a lawn listening to him play outdoors. He brings in an early blues sound with a modern folk/pop leaning. This album has since been issued on vinyl now on Triple Crown Audio Recordings of Canada.

Kamloops, BC

Jim Dupuis CFBX , Kamloops, BC

Jazz Notes – Wednesdays 5-7pm. See Jim's Best Jazz Records of 2016 list

Anita EcclestonMore Trumpet – (Independent)

It has been a great year for trumpet player/vocalist Eccleston. From Kamloops, she now lives in Vancouver and plays at venues around the city with her duo and in other combinations. For her most recent CD she has dropped the pop covers and concentrated on classic jazz. This is generally a trio album with her musical partner guitarist Andrew Smith and bassist Graham Clark on bass. She adds the cello of Doug Gorkoff for three tracks. Smith provides vocals on one track. Her journey through the Great American Songboook includes “Fly Me to the Moon,” “All of Me” and ends with triumphantly with her trumpet and voice with a song that was kind to Louis Armstrong, “What a Wonderful World.” This very talented woman is really coming into her own. She brought a larger band to the Vancouver International Jazz Festival on Canada Day. She had a large audience dancing and cheering throughout her performance. A fall mini-tour of the BC interior added more exposure and similar acclaim. Finally, a musician that had, well deserved good things happen in 2016.
Anita Eccleston (@AnitaEccleston) | Twitter

Winnipeg, MB

Jesse Matthewson, Thick & Friendly Radio UMFM (CJUM) 101.5 FM

Tunic -Disappointment EP – (Public Tone)
Tunic seems to be the next hope for a city with a rich history in noise rock, whether they grew up with that scene or not. A bunch of indie rock guys who faced a quarter life crisis by getting ugly and noisy. I’ll take it!

Shelley Gummeson, Jazz on the Rocks, CFBX , Kamloops, BC

National Hum - Tuesdays 2-3pm

Anita EcclestonMore Trumpet – (self–released)

Anita Eccleston hails from Kamloops originally and now lives in Vancouver.  Her album More Trumpet has just been released. The album showcases Anita’s ability on the trumpet, which on this album is clear, playful, and decisive without being strident. It very tastefully accentuates her warm soulful and caramel toned voice. 
Anita has played and continues to play a variety of genres, however I can’t help but think that she has a jazz heart. She has taken on these standard jazz nuggets and has added an element that I haven’t heard before.  Both Anita and her band treat the music with certain gentleness that allows everything to be heard and savored.  More Trumpet is clearly her best work.  You’ll be hearing more Anita Eccleston and More Trumpet on Jazz on the Rocks for sure.
Anita Eccleston (@AnitaEccleston) | Twitter


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