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Top local releases of 2017: #50–41

By Greggory Clark on December 26, 2017








Apt613 has a unique take on the “best” albums of 2017. We’ve looked to the charts published by CHUO 89.1FM to see which records made the highest weekly appearances. Most campus and community radio stations send play logs to !earshot, a website where you’ll find the national Top 50 reported weekly.

N.B. Not every album was released during this calendar year. In several instances, you’ll see a 2016 release which stayed in the charts. There are even one or two much older releases which appear to coincide with the artist’s 2017 concert dates.


Title: Sunshine OccultWeeks: 4
Artist: Shadow HighPeak: #5
Label: IndependentAvg: 15.25

The post-punk band’s debut record started charting late in 2017 – a trend which could very well continue into 2018.


Title: He Don't [Single]Weeks: 4
Artist: BoyhoodPeak: #7
Label: IndependentAvg: 14.5

DJs at the station got their hands on Boyhood’s single a few weeks ahead of its official release in December. “He Don’t” entered the charts immediately and has appeared for four consecutive weeks. Likely to continue charting in 2018.


Title: Born YesterdayWeeks: 4
Artist: HolleradoPeak: #3
Label: Royal Mountain RecordsAvg: 13.25

Manotick’s prolific indie rock export released their 3rd full length album this year and toured the UK in support of Sum 41.


Title: Tight SnakeWeeks: 4
Artist: Mushy GushyPeak: #9
Label: IndependentAvg: 12.75

Would you look at that. Mushy Gushy’s *2016* release spent 4 weeks in the charts this year. Guaranteed their 2017 effort More Butter will rank in this Top 50 countdown—only where?


Title: Intimacy Issues
Weeks: 5
Artist: TaxiPeak: #12
Label: IndependentAvg: 20.2

Emma Lamarre aka Taxi said in an interview she writes at least three pages a day and has kept a diary since she was 7 years old. What’s your New Year’s resolution?


Title: Tearing Up The RailsWeeks: 5
Artist: Lucas Haneman ExpressPeak: #9
Label: IndependentAvg: 19.4

Tearing Up The Rails is a late 2016 release which proved popular this year. Lucas Haneman Express is a blues band to see live, as evidenced by so many DJs spinning LH Express tracks to promote their gigs. In 2017 alone, LH Express appeared at Westfest, the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival and opened for The Robert Cray Band at Algonquin Commons Theatre.


Title: IIWeeks: 5
Artist: DOXXPeak: #7
Label: IndependentAvg: 19

II is two straight for DOXX in Apt613’s annual Top 50. The hardcore punk band’s debut record tied for #19 in 2016.


Title: Modern Ruin [Single]Weeks: 6
Artist: Kyrie KristmansonPeak: #2
Label: naïveAvg: 19.5

The classically trained Ottawa songwriter is now based in Paris, however was invited to perform at the National Arts Centre in October of this year. Kristmanson’s single got some play before the show and demonstrated real staying power by charting for five weeks after.


Title: Nada Es Para SiempreWeeks: 6
Artist: Lucila Al MarPeak: #3
Label: IndependentAvg: 19.2

On Nada Es Para Siempre (“Nothing is forever”), Lucila Al Mar moves between garage folk and soul songs, bouncing back and forth again from Spanish to English.


Title: Heartsparkle [Single]Weeks: 6
Artist: ValoisPeak: #5
Label: IndependentAvg: 16

Valois hasn’t put out the entire album but DJs are spinning the first single, “Heartsparkle”. A Facebook post by Valois says the new record is going to be released in February 2018.

A total of 88 local albums made it into the CHUO 89.1FM charts this year. Watch this space while the Top 50 countdown continues daily until NYE.