Notice something conspicuously absent in that title? The number 10.
Out of the 108 bands/performers we saw in 2011, we couldn't choose just 10. Because it's our blog and we'll do what we want to, here is our list, in chronological order, of our top shows from last year. Our criteria: it just had to be an experience that for whatever reason-- musically, emotionally, artistically-- was particularly memorable out of all the great shows we saw. Truly, we are continually amazed by the talent that's out there in Canadian indie. Note: since we did a Top Ten list for NXNE, we did not include any of those shows here.
Jenny Omnichord, Wax Mannequin
Les Jupes, Wheat Pool
The Rural Alberta Advantage
(wh)y.m.e.(??), Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, Rich Aucoin, Gobble Gobble (now Born Gold)
My Son the Hurricane, D-Sisive (with Muneshine)
Parlovr, Handsome Furs
Great Lake Swimmers
The Besnard Lakes, Malajube
We Are The City, Said The Whale
Will Currie & the Country French, Library Voices
Field Assembly, The Locusts Have No King, Sunparlour Players, The Sadies