2012 has been the strongest year in memory for Canadian electronic pop. Established artists started new electronic projects, amazing new talents appeared seemingly out of nowhere, and one of our shining stars became a superstar recognized the world over. Canada is clearly at the epicenter of the zeitgeist – it’s a testament to the unbelievable talent in this country that we have 100 songs to present to you as the best of the year, and STILL had to exclude so many excellent tracks.
Montreal and Toronto may still have the most representatives of any Canadian city, but dark electro is thriving everywhere, from Halifax to Calgary, Ottawa to Vancouver, and exciting new hotbeds appearing in London, Ontario, and Grande Prairie, Alberta. We’re not too exclusively nationalist here at Silent Shout, so border states (minus NYC) appear too, with artists from Minneapolis, Seattle, and Brattleboro, Vermont making our list.
A huge thank you to all our readers, the folks who attend our events, and the bands that make brilliant music across this land for making 2012 an unforgettable year for us. Here’s to an even bigger 2013 for Canadian electronic music.
50. Kashka – Vichada
44. DKMD – Androide
37. Grapes Godly – I Can’t Remember
Silkken Laumann – House Of Common Problems
D’eon – Transparency Pt. II
One Place – Love Is Strange
Bzaryn – I’s the B’y (Part1)
Mac DeMarco – European Vegas
Jay Arner – Broken Glass
Dark Ages – Human Being
Ghibli – Babyface
Monroeville Music Centre – Somniculonia
Cora Kim – Apgetaryong
Soft Riot – You Can’t Please Everyone
Young Galaxy – Youth Is Wasted On The Young
Goose Hut – MACEE
It’s very rare that an a new artist manages to have a stellar live show and back that up with recordings that translate that energy. Toronto by way of Montreal artist Bzaryn pulls that off, and then some, with I’s the B’y, the first singles from his new EP. Formerly Armen at the Bazaar (hey, new name, WAY better), Bzaryn makes some of the best pure electro-pop we’ve heard in a long time.
The single is available for free from his website.