The Best of 2015

Releases We Loved

There is a new and exciting year ahead of us, but we here at CJLO 1690AM want to take this chance to reminisce about the wonderful music, film, events, and FUN that 2015 bestowed upon us. The folks at the "little station that does!" give you their top picks of the year, and the lists reflect the amazing radio that broadcasts on CJLO every day, as well as the eclectic tastes of our DJs, volunteers, and staff!

And while you're here, have a look at our on-air schedule for more information on our programming, or click on a DJ's show page, all hyperlinked for your convenience below (because we care, man).

Be sure to check out our TOP 100 to see what charted at CJLO in 2015.

All the best to you and yours in 2016!

Yours truly,

CJLO 1690AM in Montreal


Philliam is the host of Turn On The Darkness every Tuesday from 2 to 3 PM.



Steven Wilson - Hand. Cannot. Erase. - 'Honourable Mention' (Listen to this FOREVER) This album was released earlier in 2015. I picked it up by random at HMV, but I knew who Steven Wilson was, it really changed my life of progressive music forever, as one of the most ground breaking albums I've listened to in progressive rock/metal.

Between the Buried and Me - Coma Ecliptic - 'Honourable Mention' (Instant Classic) This was one of those rare gems of 2015, I was so skeptical about this album. It had me worried about the direction it was going in, but when the whole entire record came out, it blew me away. I was very happy to see some of the songs live when I saw them, when I interviewed Dan Briggs for the show. It was quite killer.

Soilwork - The Ride Majestic - (The most hard hitting album of 2015) This album really took me by surprised, that it wasn't going to be a double disc record unlike The Living Infinite. It was still a good record overall, having elements and more crazy things Soilwork had thrown at us.

Ghost - Meliora - 'Honourable mention' (Unexpected return) It's Ghost, you can never go wrong with Ghost. When I first heard "Cirice", I knew that this album was going to be an instant hit. Overall this album was really something, and it shows that Ghost is maturing more in their music.

Bring Me the Horizon - That's the Spirit - (Mixed bag) Even though I had mixed feelings about this record when it was first released, I gave it a couple more tries and it grew on me. It's a hit and miss record.


An Evening with Steven Wilson - Hand. Cannot. Erase Tour - A very intimate evening with Steven Wilson, being front row enjoying the entirety of "Hand. Cannot. Erase.", and ending with the melancholy "Raven Refused to Sing" made me cry so much, how beautiful this concert was, hands down one of my all time favourite experiences at a concert.

Soilwork + Soulfly @ Corona Theatre - I would wanna thank Andrew for this awesome birthday present. I had a good time at Soilwork, that was in fact seeing them for the first time. I was going through a breakup at the time, and Soilwork really helped me out going through that seeing them live, absolutely amazing performance and super tight.

Mellevon - March 2015 @ Piranha Bar - I always love seeing Mellevon live, as they are an up and coming band, who I think can really make it to the big leagues, because of how they execute everything with stage presence, interaction and loads of energy on stage. I feel like these guys can one day play Heavy Montreal.

Heavy Montreal - This three-day weekend was jam packed with a lot of bands, I loved the weekend so much. I was tired by the end of the weekend by just being outside and enjoying loud and heavy music... Was good this year, would totally go again next year for interviews and helping out with CJLO.

Godflesh @ Le National (POP Montreal) - Godflesh was incredible, whilst helping out CJLO!


  1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  2. Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Part 2
  3. The Night Before

FAVOURITE SHOW(S) AT CJLO: Burnt Offerings, BVST, The Noisy Loft, Grade A Explosives, Je Suis TBA, and Ashes to Ashes

BEST CJLO MOMENTS: The Metal Overnight for the funding drive and record fair


Joana Cumo is the host of Je Suis TBA every Monday from 9 to 10 PM.



  1. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
  2. Afrikan Science & Aybee - Sketches of Space
  3. Kamasi Washington - The Epic


  1. Leikeli47 - Leikeli47
  2. Erykah Badu - But You Caint Use My Phone
  3. $uicideboy$ - Now the Moon's Rising


  1. Toastdawg - Brazivilain Vol II: Revisté
  2. Gato Preto - Barulho Remixes EP Part 1
  3. Homeboy Sandman & Aesop Rock - Lice


  1. M.I.A, "Broader than a Border"
  2. Jamie xx, "I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)"
  3. Travi$ Scott, "Maria I'm Drunk"


  1. Riot (Le1f)
  2. M3LL155X (FKA TWIGS)
  3. Numéro Mad Max #7 (RockyRama Magazine)


  1. Under Pressure International Graffiti Festival
  2. Fantasia Film Festival
  3. OUMF Festival of Emerging Art


  1. Pizza & Kombucha
  2. Chili Powder & Mango
  3. Rhum & Maple Sirup

I'm probably forgetting a bunch of stuff. If you feel you did a great job this year, you're satisfied with what you've put out in the world, well consider your project in my Best of list.


DJ Jeneva is the host of The Sound You Need every Tuesday from 5 to 6 PM. She also manages the CJLO Audio-Visual team.



  1. Seoul - I Become a Shade – "Stay with Us"
  2. Alessia Cara - Four Pink Walls EP - "Know It All"
  3. Tender - Armour - "Melt"
  4. G-Eazy - When It's Dark Out - "Of All Things"
  5. Royal Canoe - Today We're Believers – "Exodus of the Year"

FAVOURITE SHOWS: G-Eazy, Royal Canoe
BEST FILM: Straight Outta Compton
BEST FILM SCORE: Hans Zimmer – Chappie
BEST PERFORMANCE: O'Shea Jackson Jr. in Straight Outta Compton
WORST MOMENT IN POLITICS: Donald Trump for Presidency




Simon Howell is a CJLO alumnus and the former host of Sucker Blues and co-host of Sound on Sight. He frequently calls in to Hooked On Sonics as the Major Label Misadventures Correspondent.



  1. Hop Along - Painted Shut
  2. Vince Staples - Summertime '06
  3. Susanne Sundfør - Ten Love Songs
  4. Natalie Prass - Natalie Prass
  5. Horrendous - Anareta
  6. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
  7. Protomartyr - The Agent Intellect
  8. Jeff Rosenstock - We Cool
  9. Bell Witch - Four Phantoms
  10. The Mountain Goats - Beat the Champ
  11. Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon
  12. The Amazing - Picture You
  13. Julia Holter - Have You In My Wilderness
  14. Angel Haze - Back to the Woods
  15. Beach Slang - The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us
  16. Jazmine Sullivan - Reality Show
  17. Mew - +/-
  18. Ghost - Meliora
  19. Jay Rock - 90059
  20. The Wonder Years - No Closer to Heaven
  21. Julien Baker - Sprained Ankle
  22. Dawn Richard - Blackheart
  23. Low - Ones and Sixes
  24. Failure - The Heart is a Monster
  25. Vhol - Deeper Than Sky
  26. Trials - This Ruined World
  27. Title Fight - Hyperview
  28. Royal Headache - High
  29. Speedy Ortiz - Foil Deer
  30. Daniel Romano - If I've Only One Time Askin'


  1. Turnover, "Diazepam"
  2. Infinity Broke, "River Mirror"
  3. Brandon Flowers, "I Can Change"
  4. Dead Sara, "Something Good"
  5. Wolf Alice, "Bros"
  6. Chvrches, "Clearest Blue"
  7. Baroness, "Chlorine and Wine"
  8. Oddisee, "That's Love"
  9. Girl Band, "Paul"
  10. Miguel (featuring Kurupt), "NWA"
  11. Death Grips, "On GP"
  12. Belle and Sebastian. "The Cat with the Cream"
  13. Destroyer, "Forces from Above"
  14. Jaga Jazzist, "Oban" (Todd Terje Remix)
  15. Napalm Death, "Hierarchies"
  16. Graveyard, "The Apple and the Tree"
  17. Hot Chip, "Need You Now"
  18. Refused, "Servants of Death"
  19. Future, "The Percocet and Stripper Joint"
  20. Carly Rae Jepsen, "Gimmie Love"
  21. Jim O'Rourke, "Hotel Blue"
  22. METZ, "Spit You Out"
  23. U.S. Girls, "Window Shades"
  24. Tricot, "Break"
  25. The Unthanks, "Died For Love"
  26. Viet Cong, "Bunker Buster"
  27. Titus Andronicus, "Lonely Boy"
  28. Meek Mill, "Monster"


DJ So-So is an honorary CJLO family member and the former host of The Kids Are So-So, ex-news director, and ex-CJLO Magazine editor.



(in no particular order except for #1)

  • Frank Turner - Positive Songs for Negative People
  • Cayetana - Nervous Like Me (released in 2014)
  • Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes - Blossom
  • Jeff Rosenstock - We Cool?
  • The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die - Harmlessness
  • Against Me! - 23 Live Sex Acts
  • No Weather Talks - Undoing Defeat
  • Great Cynics - I Feel Weird
  • Meat Wave - Delusion Moon
  • Waxahatchee - Ivy Trip
  • Torche - Restarter
  • Spraynard - Mable
  • Laura Stevenson - Cocksure
  • William Elliott Whitmore - Radium Death

FAVOURITE SHOW(S) AT CJLO: Hooked on Sonics <3

BEST CJLO MOMENTS: Omar, Josh, Abby, and Nick's Car Ride of Shame


The K-Man hosts Beyond That Graveyard! III every Friday from 9 PM to Midnight. He also hosts a little show called My Private He.B.G.B.s.



  1. Slayer - Repentless
  2. Ironaut - Ironaut
  3. High on Fire - Luminiferous
  4. Venomous Maximus - Firewalker
  5. Kadavar - Berlin
  6. Graveyard - Innocence and Decadence
  7. Kylesa - Exhausting Fire
  8. Elder - Lore
  9. Lamb of God - Vll: Sturm Und Drang
  10. The Sword - High Country
  11. Venom - From the Very Depths
  12. The Atomic Bitchwax - Gravitron
  13. Torche - Restarter
  14. Clutch - Psychic Warfare
  15. Killing Joke - Pylon
  16. Battlecross - Rise to Power
  17. Acid King - Middle of Nowhere, Center of Everything
  18. Saxon - Battering Ram
  19. Windhand - Grief's Eternal Flower
  20. Goatsnake - Black Age Blues

FAVOURITE SHOW(S) AT CJLO: Yeti Dreams, The Go-Go Radio Magic Show, New Media and Politics 2.0


Calvin Cashen is a CJLO volunteer and all-around great guy.



  1. Viet Cong - Viet Cong
  2. Tame Impala - Currents
  3. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
  4. Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear
  5. Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
  6. Panda Bear - Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
  7. Neon Indian - VEGA INTL. Night School
  8. Beach House - Depression Cherry
  9. Majical Cloudz - Are You Alone?
  10. Waxahatchee - Ivy Tripp
  11. Lower Dens - Escape from Evil
  12. Tobias Jesso Jr. - Goon
  13. Grimes - Art Angles
  15. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-Love


  1. Kurt Vile - b'lieve i'm goin down...
  2. Arca - Mutant
  3. Sheer Mag - II
  4. Titus Andronicus - The Most Lamentable Tragedy
  5. Deafheaven - New Bermuda

TOP 50 SONGS OF 2015

  1. Tame Impala, "Let It Happen"
  2. Kendrick Lamar, "King Kunta"
  3. Sufjan Stevens, "Should Have Known Better"
  4. Grimes, "REALiTi (Demo)"
  5. Viet Cong, "Silhouettes"
  6. Drake, "Hotline Bling"
  7. Soko, "Lovetrap" featuring Ariel Pink
  8. Deafheaven, "Brought to the Water"
  9. Beach House, "Sparks"
  10. Titus Andronicus, "Dimed Out"
  11. Majical Cloudz, "Downtown"
  12. Carly Rae Jepsen, "Run Away with Me"
  13. Grimes, "Kill V. Maim"
  14. Tame Impala, "The Less I Know the Better"
  15. Panda Bear, "Tropic of Cancer"
  16. Twerps, "I Don't Mind"
  17. Jamie xx, "I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)" featuring Yung Thug
  18. Kendrick Lamar, "Wesley's Theory" featuring George Clinton and Thundercat
  20. Sleater-Kinney, "A New Wave"
  21. Kendrick Lamar, "The Blacker the Berry"
  22. Courtney Barnett, "Pedestrian at Best"
  23. Diiv, "Under the Sun"
  25. Kurt Vile, "Pretty Pimpin"
  26. Neon Indian, "C'est La Vie (say the casualties!)"
  27. Tame Impala, "The Moment"
  28. Sheer Mag, "Button Up"
  29. Courtney Barnett, "Depreston"
  30. Tobias Jesso Jr., "Hollywood"
  31. Ought, "Beautiful Blue Sky"
  32. Kanye West, "All Day"
  33. Jamie xx, "Gosh"
  34. Tame Impala, "Eventually"
  35. Thundercat, "Them Changes" featuring Flying Lotus and Kamasi Washington
  36. Savages, "The Answer"
  37. Hudson Mohawke, "Ryderz"
  38. Lower Dens, "To Die In L.A."
  39. Julia Holter, "Feel You"
  40. Archy Marshall, "The Sea Liner MK 1"
  41. Unknown Mortal Orchestra, "Multi-Love"
  42. Natalie Prass, "My Baby Don't Understand Me"
  43. Waxahatchee, "Poison"
  44. Animal Collective, "FloriDada"
  45. Vince Staples, "Norf Norf"
  46. Hop Along, "The Knock"
  47. Makthaverskan, "Witness"
  48. Death Grips, "On GP"
  49. NAO, "Inhale Exhale"
  50. Arca, "En"


  1. Westkust, "Swirl"
  2. Blood Orange, "Sandra's Smile"
  3. Bully, "I Remember"
  4. Father John Misty, "The Night Josh Tillman Came to Our Apt."
  5. Death Grips, "Black Quarterback"




Julie Matson is the host of Beyond the Black Rainbow every Monday from 4 to 5 PM.



  1. Oneohtrix Point Never - Garden of Delete
  2. Le Matos - Chronicles of the Wasteland/Turbo Kid OST
  3. Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld - Never were the way she was
  4. Insect Ark - Portal/Well
  5. Northumbria - Helluland
  6. Black Mountain - Black Mountain (10th Anniversary Edition)
  7. Scene Noir - Waves
  8. Gates - Palace of Mirrors
  9. YlangYlang - No Exist (Feel Special)
  10. Princess Century - Progress

HONOURABLE MENTION: MEOW THE JEWELS by Run The Jewels... C'mon RUN THE JEWELS + CATS!!!!!! My life is complete with this album.


Remi Caron-Liss is the host of At the Movies (with Iconic Sounds) every Tuesday from 8 to 9 AM. He also manages our equipment.



3. Coldplay - A Head Full of Dreams -- A far comparison to the dark tones of last years release, Ghost Stories, Coldplay has come back with an upbeat pop album that is reminiscent of 2011's Mylo Xyloto. Lead singer Chris Martin explores themes of nature (birds), outer space and letting go. You can call this Marin's upbeat breakup or conscious uncoupling album, which is a nice b-side to the dark and dreariness of Ghost Stories. Sonically I enjoyed this album, even though the songs lyrically are not Martin's pièce de résistance. You will find ballads and some existential crisis, where Marin floats off into space. Combine this with with an impressive list of collaborations that include "Queen" Beyonce Knowles, Noel Gallagher, Gwyneth Paltrow, even spoken word from President Obama. Not Coldplay's best album, maybe most accessible, but it satisfies the Coldplay fan in me that this band is still around making music.

The Down Beat Ballad: "Everglow"
Up Beat Tempo: "Up & Up"
Soulful: "Kaleidoscope"

2. Ryan Adams - 1989 -- Many people might argue with me that this album is a copy of a copy. Lyrically yes, but sonically no, and this is why I like Ryan Adams cover of 1989 a little bit more than Taylor Swift's original album. Swift used the synths, her guitar, and her voice for the combined pop effect. Adams takes his guitar and can transform the song into ether a hard rock ballad or a soft acoustic set. His voice ranges and rings out though his emotions, this I feel is on another level to Swift. The song that does that for me is his cover of "This Love". There is a wail out in pain from a possible heartbreak, but breaks into an endearing voice when Adams states "This love came back to me". I am still waiting to hear his cover of "Wonderland", one of Swift's additional songs to 1989. But for now I will let this album stand as it is sonically, lyrically, and lastly emotionally.

The Rock Ballad: "Style"
The Acoustic Ballad: "This Love"

1. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly -- What makes an album an album? A collection of songs that might or might not have any flow or meaning together. Then there is the king of poetic justice, Kendrick Lamar. His album, To Pimp a Butterfly, truly defines what an album and an interpersonal concept album is supposed to be. Sonically, Lamar brings his spoken poetics, sharp rap verses, drum stomping beats, jazz, and soul. There are so many layers to unpack, so let me try to unpack them. First, there is a interpersonal poem that Lamar recites on repetition, and reveals one or two stanzas as an interlude between tracks. Secondly, the songs deal with a wide range of topics such as coping with fame, American History, the state of race in America, and an homage to the old school rap game that comes full circle at the end of the album. Thirdly, I won't reveal, as it was a surprise to me, how the album ends and comes full circle. What this means is this is truly an album that you have to make the time to sit down and listen to in full to get the benefits of Lamar's concept album. Still, my friend can be blasting whatever track from the album as he turns on the car and I might not get the full album experience, but it is still an enjoyable one. When you listen to the album as a whole interpersonal concept album, there is so much you can unpack, learn, or appreciate the poetic justice nature of Kendrick Lamar that 2015 needed.

That Drum Stomping Beat: "King Kunta"
The Soul Rising Beat: "I"


  1. The Weeknd, "The Hills" directed by Grant Singer
  2. Skrillex and Diplo with Justin Bieber, "Where Are Ü Now" directed by Jack Ü
  3. Kendrick Lamar, "Alright" directed by Colin Tilley


You can't escape it this was the year of the crazy sensation known as "Hotline Bling". Here are my top three parodies.

  1. Political Bling?
  2. We can dance.
  3. Did someone say tennis?


  1. Frank Ocean - Untitled
  2. Yeezus - The Rise of the Modern Day Family Man
  3. The Van Cats - Covers of Radiohead

CJLO TALK SHOWS THAT ARE MELLOW IN NATURE: New Media and Politics 2.0, Cinema Smackdown, Don't Mess This Up, Jacob


BEST CJLO MOMENTS: CJLO shows that celebrated milestones, Will Butler @ POP Montreal, the FUNdrive 2015 and 24-hour marathon


Gordon "Gee" Weekes is the host of Anatomy of Caribbean Music every Saturday from 8 to 10 PM, and he also brings you the World Beat News every Tuesday from Noon to 1 PM.



  1. Exco Levi - Country Man
  2. Rocky Dawuni - Branches of the Same Tree
  3. Nii Okai Robertson - Da Onyame Ase (Thank God)
  4. Duane Stephenson - Dangerously Roots: Journey from August Town


  1. Mikey Dangerous, "Everything a Raise"
  2. Mikey Dangerous, "Africa the Beautiful"
  3. Exco Levi, "Life in the factory"
  4. Rude, "Magic!"
  5. Jade Faith Douglas, "Here's My Number"
  6. Nii Okai Robertson, "Hypocrites"
  7. Rocky Dawuni, "Children of Abraham"
  8. Duane Stephenson, "Nah Play"


  1. Montreal International Reggae Festival
  2. Los Van Van
  3. Nuits d'Afrique
  4. Youssou N'Dour
  5. Rocky Dawuni


BEST CJLO MOMENTS: Live radio shows at the Caribbean Curry House


Angelica is the host of BVST every Wednesday from 7 to 9 PM. She is also CJLO's Art Director and a regular CJLO Magazine contributor.



This year had a lot of very good releases, but my top ten is mostly all about experiences. This was a year of incredible memories and performances, and there were times when I could barely believe that this was real life.

1. Guess who touched half of Mötley Crüe? My 8th row floor seats all the way on the end worked out a charm, as Mick, Tommy, and Vince were ushered right by me, and I got the chance to high five Vince Neil and touch Tommy Lee's sweaty bicep. Later, I snuck by security to another part of the floor and Nikki Sixx tossed me a pick. Will this actually be their farewell tour? They said that when I last saw them in 2005, but if this is it, then I have a story to tell the grandchildren I'll never have!

2. I finally saw Alice Cooper, and it was amazing. Alice Cooper and his phenomenal band opened up for Mötley Crüe, but you wouldn't be wrong to think that he was doing a headlining set. The infamous guillotine and electric chair made an appearance, Alice burst giant balloons with the tip of a sword, and all kinds of things burst, floated and fell throughout his set, but above all it was magical to hear the songs I know so well performed live.

3. Iggy Pop played Heavy Montreal, and I danced 15 feet away from him. To this day, writing these words gives me goosebumps. That I shared oxygen with a rock 'n' roll legend is miraculous enough, and practically moved me to tears, but his set was so dense with the many gems from his long career that it was nearly unbelievable. He delivered hit after hit, and it was a moment that I'll never forget.

4. & 5. I went to see Santa Cruz for a laugh and a good time, and left a devoted fan. Hair metal is an acquired taste, and the hair metal revival scene is an even more difficult pill to swallow, one that even I have trouble getting into (and I LOVE hair metal). Finnish revivalists Santa Cruz manage to blend traditional hair metal with modern elements like the occasional blast beat, and their performance at Corona, as the first opener on a lackluster bill, was enough to make a believer out of me. They get two moments here, because their self titled record is also my hands down favourite release of 2015, and that merits its own mention. It's definitely not for everyone, but if you "get" it, I promise you will love it.

6. Getting a big box of goodies from the Chainsaw Hookers. My favourite Aussie blood rockers released their latest record We Want Your Blood, and contributing to their crowdfunding campaign last year meant that I was surprised with a box of great stuff this year, including the vinyl, CDs (along with a couple of extras that we gave away on CJLO), a tshirt and a print!

7. Long live Motörhead. It's not a Motörhead show until you're covered in beer and get in a fight, and this time was no different. I've been lucky enough to see Motörhead more times than I can count, and while I've taken a break from seeing them over the past few years, rumours of Lemmy's ill health convinced me that I would regret it if I didn't see them again. It was intense, as usual, but the maelstrom of being right near the stage at a Motörhead show is an experience unlike any other.

8. Stoner/sludge/doom metal rules supreme! Early in the year, Yob tore down Foufounes (supporting Enslaved... read my review here). A few weeks later, Electric Wizard graced Montreal with one of their rare appearances. Kylesa visited us in September with a fantastic set which reminded me of just how much I love them, and Uncle Acid honoured us with another visit in November. One year after their first visit to the city, they've never sounded stronger, and 2015's The Night Creeper was also a fantastic addition to their catalog. This was an incredible year for fans of this genre.

9. Heavy Montreal was pure magic. Three days of amazing bands across all genres? Check. Fun with friends under the sun? Check. Getting the royal treatment beyond my wildest expectations? DJing all my favourite metal tracks for fans in the VIP section? Accidentally spending a whole day watching bands from an ultra VIP loge? Check, check and check. Oh yeah, how about seeing Pig Destroyer's first ever Montreal show? Or watching Neurosis as the sun sank slowly into night? Hearing Warrant do "Cherry Pie" and Extreme perform "More Than Words"? Having CJLO interview Dig It Up and Sandveiss backstage after their sets deep in the forest? Or rocking out to Lamb of God with all my friends? I will never forget how much fun I had over these three days.

10. Thor takes over the Fantasia Film Festival. Remember Canadian '80s heavy metal legend Thor? If not, you need to track down the new documentary I Am Thor and catch up. The film had its Quebec premiere at Fantasia, and Thor as well as his guitarist Steve Price were in attendance. After the film, what would have normally been a standard Q&A was transformed into an ad hoc rock show, with Thor strutting his stuff for the appreciative audience. It was a special moment, definitely one for the books.

2015 was a stellar year for musical experiences. I couldn't ask for anything more... but if 2016 wants to kick ass too, I'm not going to say no. Here's to a happy, healthy new year filled with music!


Danny Payne is the co-host of The Commonwealth Conundrum every Tuesday from 6 to 7 PM.



  1. CTZNSHP - All Things to the Sea
  2. Public Service Broadcasting - The Race For Space
  3. Eddie Paul - Panda-Monium
  4. The Bohicas - The Making Of
  5. Blossoms - Blown Rose EP
  6. UUBBUURRUU - Swamp Ritual EP
  7. Les Marinellis - Ile de Rêve
  8. FANS - Born Into EP
  9. Habitats - Diamond Days EP
  10. Wolf Alice - My Love Is Cool


  1. CTZNSHP, "New Brave"
  2. Public Service Broadcasting, "Go"
  3. Eddie Paul, "The Warning Song"
  4. The Bohicas, "The Making Of"
  5. Blossoms, "Cut Me and I'll Bleed"
  6. UUBBUURRUU, "Cosmic Cannibalism"
  7. The Wave Pictures, "Pea Green Coat" (it was late 2014, but I'm taking it!)
  8. Wolf Alice, "Giant Peach"
  9. Lusts, "Temptation"
  10. Stuck On Planet Earth, "We'd Kill the World"
  11. Wish, "Retro Grade"
  12. Wizaard, "Mountain of the Underground"
  13. Les Marinellis, "Quand Elle Marche"
  14. Telegram, "Aeons"
  15. FANS, "Born Into"
  16. The Muscadettes, "I'm in Love"


  1. Hot Chip @ Osheaga
  2. Jaga Jazzist @ Club Soda
  3. The Fleshtones @ Festival du Musique Emergente en Abitibi-Temiscamangue (the whole festival was a highlight of the year)
  4. Eddie Paul @ TRH Bar / M for Montreal
  5. Public Service Broadcasting @ O Patro Vys
  6. Wizaard @ Barfly / POP Montreal
  7. No Aloha @ The Fringe Tent
  8. The OBGMs @ Osheaga

FAVOURITE SHOW(S) AT CJLO: The Go Go Radio Magic Show, The Groove Master's Hour, and Champions of the Local Scene

BEST CJLO MOMENTS: Big Shiny Tunes 2!


DJ Spacepirate is the host of Burnt Offerings every Sunday from 6 to 8 PM.


Salutations from the musty yesteryear of 2015 A.D., thou cherubs adrift in time, thou stout internauts of tomorrow. Now is the hour that I dispense from my ivory tower astute ramblings on the meagre struggles of the peasantry, and remark on what delightful patterns they trace hopelessly in the mud. 'Twas a year like several other, most notable I think for the belated appearance of my first pubic hair, which made this the year I finally stopped ending every episode with Manowar. Oh yes, also some metal albums were released. They were mostly rubbish, but here are a few I continued listening to even after their ephemeral moment in the spotlight was sublimated into the cloying mists of infinity.

Distoriam - Chapter I: Vinlanders
Favourite thing about this album: there's a boat on the cover.
Favourite track I guess: "Duel of a Hundred Lights"

Kataklysm - Of Ghosts and Gods
Favourite thing about this album: it did not send me spiralling deeper into self-loathing.
Favourite track I guess: "Marching Through Graveyards"

Fuck the Facts - Desire Will Rot
Favourite thing about this album: it's short.
Favourite track I guess: "Shadows Collide"

Titans Eve - Chasing the Devil
Favourite thing about this album: I found a dollar on the ground while listening to it.
Favourite track I guess: "Chasing the Devil"

Finally, I bequeath the status of "honourably mentioned" upon the following albums simply because I could remember they exist:

  1. Délétère - Les heures de la peste
  2. Dopethrone - Hochelaga
  3. Ascendia - The Lion and the Jester
  4. Cancer Bats - Searching for Zero

In conclusion: life is terrible, nobody actually listened to the new Maiden album, I've forgotten what Devin Townsend's scrota taste like. 2016 I've got a lot riding on you.

FAVOURITE SHOW(S) AT CJLO: Sublime State of Doom

BEST CJLO MOMENTS: Funding drive overnight metal broadcast marathon of doom


Andrew WIXQ is CJLO's Program Director, Metal Music Director, and the host of Grade A Explosives every Sunday from 4 to 6 PM.



10. The Prodigy - The Day is My Enemy -- Straight up, this isn't the best Prodigy album. That being said, every time I put in a Prodigy album I know exactly what I'm going to get and I know I'll enjoy it, and this record is no exception.

9. Raised Fist - From the North -- From all the way back at the beginning of the year this record is Raised Fist at their finest. Raw, aggressive, and yet super catchy, this record didn't stick with me all year, but is something that I know I'll be able to throw on for anyone and have them like it.

8. Lamb of God - VII: Strum and Drang -- I've gone back and forth with Lamb of God over the years, especially since they decided a couple of albums ago that they wanted to be the next Pantera so they turned the dumb all the way up to 11. This album though is really solid and even though it isn't the smartest thing in the world, it's a cohesive aggressive album that shows off some of the best writing they've done in quite some time.

7. Intornaut - The Direction of Last Things -- Bands with prog elements can sometimes get lost in their own wankery, but luckily, Intronaut has managed to avoid falling into that trap and has been consistently releasing good albums over their career. They are one of the most overlooked bands in metal, which is a shame since no band has run quite the gamut that they have. If you like metal, I challenge you to not find something that you like on this.

6. Coal Chamber - Rivals -- For me, Dark Days was a shining example how "Nu-metal" could actually be heavy, catchy, and direct even if it still was kind of dumb. Then Coal Chamber broke up and after reading stories of the making of that album and the fact that the band couldn't even be in the same room while recording it, I thought I'd never hear another. So, when I heard they were getting back together, I was a bit skeptical, but after listening to the album, I now know my worries were misplaced. This picks up right where the last one 13 years prior left off.

5. An Autumn For Crippled Children - Long Goodbye -- Deafheaven is the poster child for "post black metal", but so many other bands do it so much better than they ever could. Take An Autumn for Crippled Children from the Netherlands. They put out an atmospheric and foreboding album that holds all the spirit of black metal and incorporates new elements.

4. GosT - Behemoth -- In a year that saw John Carpenter release his "lost soundtracks", this weird synthy record from maybe some black metal guy (?) is a great release that captures the heaviness of metal and the fun of all the electro that you might like. If you want, you can check out the album on Bandcamp and maybe download it for free dollars. Not saying... just saying.

3. Chainsaw Hookers - We Want Your Blood -- Australia's finest offering of speed rock from Perth produce a punchy album based on classic horror movies. Though they soon will be stopping touring, I still hold out hope that they'll pump out more records for us to enjoy.

2. So Hideous - Laurestine -- No one was more shocked than me when a "post black metal" album made my top 10 but the beauty of Last Poem/First Light was so apparent to me, and should be to anyone that has ears, that I couldn't wait to hear what the follow up would be. It turns out it took everything that made Last Poem/First Light the stellar album it is and magnified it. More instruments for the orchestra, more complex arrangements, an entire concept for you to follow; this album is a work of pure genius and heart and if you haven't gotten to sit down and delve into it, you are doing yourself a great disservice.

1. Shining - International Blackjazz Rebels -- Complete madman Jorgen Munkeby puts out his follow up to One One One, which is a blatant homage of Nine Inch Nails while still incorporating the "black jazz" the band is known for. I defy you to find anything in the previous sentence that is bad.


  1. Seagrave - Stabwound
  2. Monster Magnet - Cobras and Fire
  3. Kataklysm - Of Ghosts and Gods
  4. Ttwwrrss - II
  5. Rusted - Restless Gypsies
  6. Metalian - Metal, Fire & Ice
  7. Ghost - Meliora
  8. The Motorleague - Holding Patterns
  9. Squarepusher - Damogen Furies
  10. Antibody - Scream Qveen


Two sisters, Krystal Christine and Camille, co-host The Trend every Tuesday from 9 to 10 PM.



  1. Nicki MinajThe Pinkprint
  2. A$AP Ferg - Ferg Forever (Mixtape)


Justin Bieber and The Weeknd. They assisted Drake in putting Toronto back on the map internationally.


  1. Major Lazer & DJ Snake, "Lean On" featuring MØ
  2. Jack Ü, "Where Are You Now" featuring Justin Bieber


  1. Nicki Minaj - The Pinkprint Tour
  2. Jack Ü, A$AP Ferg, Kiesza - The Full Flex Express Tour

FAVOURITE SHOW(S) AT CJLO: World Beat News with Gordon Weekes

BEST CJLO MOMENTS: The FUNdrive and covering Osheaga!


DJ Thinkbox hosts The Machine Stops every Friday from 9 to 10 AM.



  • Mandragora - La Españolita
  • Nayan - The Keyboard Warrior
  • Pettra - Middle Eastern
  • Photophobia - Beneath the Tides of Wisdom Spins the Undertow of Love


  • Zentrix - Equilibrium
  • Kloud Nin9 - Rising Luminosity


  • Pappedelic: A Little Drop of Sunshine
  • Lupuna
  • My final place on the top album list goes to all the work of the producers that I haven't had the chance to hear in 2015. Keep doing what you do. This spot is for you!


  • Yogi, "Burial" featuring Pusha T - Skrillex and Trollphace remix
  • Nocturnal, "Amplewatts" - Tunnel Vision EP
  • Hyperphysical, "Blackbird" – Australiacs (VA)
  • Pettra, "Machine Man" – Grain of Sand
  • Var!ant, "Beetledoof" – Pappadelic: A Little Drop of Sunshine
  • Boogey the Beat, "Anishinaabekwe"


  • Melanie Martinez, "Carousel" SNBRN remix/li>
  • Apashe, "I'm a Dragon" - Jaycen D'Amor remix
  • Dreaddean, "Yajamahe" - Open Tribe remix
  • Oh Wonder, "All We Do" - Summer was Fun remix


  • Will Sparks @ IleSoniq
  • 1200 Micrograms @ Durocher
  • Eekkoo @ AIM Festival
  • AIM Festival - The Multi-Culti Stage



  • Sacred Sound System - Me, The Sun, and All I Know
  • Dislocations - Dislocated Mountain
  • Kazuki - Black Triangles (Selected Operations)
  • Various Artists - Australiacs

Songs: Will Sparks & Deorro, "Haters" featuring IEZ


  • Rage Against the Machine, "Sleep Now In the Fire" - Black Tiger Sex Machine remix
  • Destiny's Child, "Independent Woman" mash up with Enya, "Only Time" - Kill Them with Colour remix

Events: Jack Ü - Full Flex Express Tour

FAVOURITE SHOW(S) AT CJLO: Shibuya Crossing, Nozin' Around, and Democracy Now

BEST CJLO MOMENTS: My 10-hour broadcast. That was crazy.


DJ Fredy is the host of Hiway 1 every Monday from 7 to 9 PM.



  1. Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
  2. Sleater-Kinney - No Cities To Love
  3. Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear
  4. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
  5. Florence + The Machine - How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
  6. Jessica Pratt - On Your Own Love Again
  7. Kamasi Washington - The Epic
  8. Tobias Jesso Jr. - Goon
  9. Kurt Vile - b'lieve i'm goin down...
  10. Yukon Blonde - On Blonde
  11. Chilly Gonzales - Chambers


  1. Viet Cong - Viet Cong
  2. Matthew E. White - Fresh Blood
  3. Giant Sand - Heartbreak Pass
  4. Wilco - Star Wars
  5. Petite Noir - The King of Anxiety EP


  1. Courtney Barnett, "Elevator Operator"
  2. Courtney Barnett, "Pedestrian At Best"
  3. Sleater-Kinney, "Price Tag"
  4. Father John Misty, "Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)"
  5. Tobias Jesso Jr., "How Could You Babe"
  6. Tobias Jesso Jr., "Without You"
  7. Eero Koivistoinen Quartet, "Hati Hati"
  8. Sufjan Stevens, "Drawn to the Blood"
  9. Matthew E. White, "Take Care My Baby"
  10. Florence + The Machine, "What Kind of Man"
  11. Fresh Snow, "King Twink Rides Again"
  12. Jessica Pratt, "Jacquelyn In The Background"
  13. Fraser A. Gorman, "Big Old World"


  1. CJLO The Oven Launch Party: Saxsyndrum + Michael Cota + Fleece @ Cagibi
  2. Tame Impala @ Metropolis
  3. Chili Gonzales @ Outremont Theater
  4. Charles Bradley @ Metropolis during the Jazz Fest
  5. Sam Simmons @ Montreal Improv during Just For Laughs
  6. Wilco @ Metropolis

BEST CJLO MOMENTS: The relaunch of The Oven, and Caravandals live in studio on Hiway 1


Kelly Belfo is CJLO's World Music Director and the co-host of Beat The World every Saturday from Noon to 2 PM.



  1. Engone Endong - #Okeng
  2. Afrikelektro - Afrikelektro
  3. Fantasma - Free Love
  4. Mbongwana Star - From Kinshasa
  5. Souljazz Orchestra - Resistance
  6. Ajoyo - Ajoyo
  7. Batida - Dois
  8. Very Best - Makes a King
  9. Kaisha Lee - I Heart Reggae
  10. Lura - Heranca
  11. Dengue Fever - The Deepest Lake
  12. Owiny Sigoma Band - Nyanza
  13. Kamasi Washington - The Epic


  1. Engone Endong, "Demo-cree-cy"
  2. Jah Cure, "Life We Live"
  3. Bomba Estereo, "Fiesta"
  4. Wesli, "Mon Konpè"
  5. A Tribe Called Red, "Suplex", featuring Northern Voice
  6. Fantasma, "Higher Power"


  1. Big Shiny Tunes 2 Live @ CJLO FUNdrive, Montreal, Que
  2. The Flaming Lips @ Levitation, Austin, Texas
  3. Earth @ Levitation, Austin, Texas
  4. MC Yogi & DJ Drez @ Wanderlust, Squaw Valley, California
  5. Iceland Airwaves Showcase @ CMJ, NYC, NY
  6. Boukman Eksperyans @ Festival Aquin, Haiti
  7. RAM @ Hotel Oloffson, PAP, Haiti
  8. Every Bloodshot Bill show

BEST MOMENT: The birth of my niece, Nora-Ella on March 9, 2015

REGRETS: None! ...well maybe there is one regret, not getting in to the Kamasi Washington @ CMJ show BEFORE it sold out!


Katie Seline is the Community Representative at the CSBC, former CJLO station manager, former CJLO program director, and was the host of Wrong Side of the Bed.



  1. Health - Death Magic
  2. Built to Spill - Untethered Moon
  3. Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color
  4. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
  5. The Things We Do to Find the People Who Feel Like Us - Beach Slang
  6. Best Coast - California Nights
  7. Chvrches - Every Open Eye
  8. Beach House - Depression Cherry, Thank Your Lucky Stars
  9. The Mynabirds - Lovers Know
  10. Purity Ring - Another Eternity

BEST CJLO MOMENTS: Marrying a certain CJLO Music Director. Big Shiny Tunes 2 concert and subsequent '90s Dance Party :)


The Frog is the host of Sewer Spewer every Wednesday from 1 to 2 PM.



  1. Tau Cross - Tau Cross
  2. King Parrot - Dead Set
  3. Napalm Death - Apex Predator Easy Meat
  4. Cattle Decapitation - The Anthropocene Extinction
  5. Fuck the Facts - Desire Will Rot
  6. Mad Trapper - Dead Living
  7. Poison Idea - Confuse and Conquer
  8. Refused - Freedom
  9. Leftover Crack - Constructs of the State
  10. FIDLAR - Too


  1. Teenage Time Killer - Greatest Hits Vol. 1
  2. Extreme Noise Terror - Extreme Noise Terror
  3. Enabler - Fail to Feel Safe
  4. Mutoid Man - Bleeder
  5. Cancer Bats - Searching For Zero

FAVOURITE SHOW(S) AT CJLO: Sublime State of Doom, and The Noisy Loft


Rebekah Glendinning is the co-host of Behind the Counter every Monday at 11 AM to Noon.



  1. Basic Nature - Circles and Lines
  2. Jason Scherk - Catalogue: 1-12
  3. Freak Heat Waves - Bonnie's State of Mind
  4. TOPS - Picture You Staring


BEST CJLO MOMENTS: Big Shiny Tunes 2


Idle Matt is the host of Radio Fun every Thursday from 8 to 9 PM.



  1. Big Dick - Disappointment
  2. Sleater-Kinney - No Cities to Love
  3. Grimes - Art Angels
  4. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
  5. Torche - Restarter
  6. Faith No More - Sol Invictus
  7. The Adam Brown - Sometimes I Try
  8. Viet Cong - Viet Cong
  9. METZ - II
  10. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress


  1. Kylesa - Exhausting Fire
  2. Deafheaven - New Bermuda
  3. Dilly Dally - Sore
  4. Killing Joke - Pylon
  5. The Chemical Brothers - Born in the Echoes


  1. Big Dick, "Another Minute" and "God's Teeth"
  2. Sleater-Kinney, "A New Wave" and "Hey Darling"
  3. Grimes, "Belly and the Beat"
  4. Coliseum, "We Are The Water"
  5. Refused, "Elektra"
  6. Chemical Brothers, "Go"
  7. Faith No More, "Motherfucker"
  8. CHURCHES, "Every Open Eye"
  9. Danzig, "Devil's Angels"
  10. Failure, "A.M. Amnesia"


  1. Primus @ Metropolis, July 27
  2. Mastodon + Barishi @ Higher Ground (Burlington, VT), November 8
  3. Faith No More + Refused @ Ricoh Coliseum (Toronto, ON), August 11
  4. Torche + Nothing + Wrong @ Bar Le "Ritz" PDB, March 26
  5. Heavy Montreal @ Parc Jean-Drapeau, August 7-9

2014 RELEASE THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ON LAST YEARS LIST: Cloud Nothings - Here and Nowhere Else


  1. Refused - Freedom
  2. Coliseum - Anxiety's Kiss

Both albums had great lead-off singles, but failed to deliver on their promise.


FAVOURITE SHOW(S) AT CJLO: (The diplomatic answer) I like them all equally!

BEST CJLO MOMENTS: Exceeding our goal during the funding drive, and the Fugazi "Instrument" screening


Sonja Hanson is the co-host of Behind the Counter every Monday at 11 AM to Noon.



  1. Partli Cloudi - Watermelon Cauliflower, song: "Perrible"
  2. New Fries - Fresh Face Forward, song: "Plexiglass" (not from 2015 technically, but close enough)
  3. Blanka - Yusada, song: "Maxim" featuring Emma Warren
  4. Jonathan Scherk - Catalogue 1-12, song: "3"
  5. Suuns and Jerusalem in My Heart - Suuns and Jerusalem in My Heart, song: "2amoutu 17tirakan"


BEST CJLO MOMENTS: Big Shiny Tunes 2


Alex is the host of Ashes to Ashes every Tuesday at 1 to 2 PM.



  1. Braids - Deep In the Iris
  2. Brandon Flowers - The Desired Effect
  3. Chvrches - Every Open Eye
  4. Coldplay - A Head Full of Dreams
  5. Colleen Green - I Want to Grow Up
  6. Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  7. CTZNSHP - All Things to the Sea
  8. Dutch Uncles - O Shudder
  9. East India Youth - Culture of Volume
  10. Georgia - Georgia
  11. Gwenno - Y Dydd Olaf
  12. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
  13. Little Boots - Working Girl
  14. Metric - Pagans In Vegas
  15. Miguel - Wildheart
  16. No Joy - More Faithful
  17. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Chasing Yesterday
  18. Rob Thomas - The Great Unknown
  19. Sleater-Kinney - No Cities to Love
  20. U.S. Girls - Half Free


  1. AC/DC - Back In Black (1980)
  2. Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill (1995)
  3. The B-52's - Cosmic Thing (1989)
  4. The Bangles - All Over the Place (1984)
  5. Black Uhuru - Red (1981)
  6. Crash Vegas - Red Earth (1989)
  7. Elastica - Elastica (1995)
  8. Fleetwood Mac - Rumours (1977)
  9. Lizzy Mercier Descloux - Mambo Nassau (1981)
  10. Lucinda Williams - Lucinda Williams (1988)
  11. Madonna - Madonna (1983)
  12. Martha & The Muffins - Danseparc (1983)
  13. Michel Rivard - Sauvage (1983)
  14. Motörhead - Ace of Spades (1980)
  15. Sleater-Kinney - Dig Me Out (1997)


  1. Ariane Moffatt, "Miami"
  2. Big Grams, "Fell In the Sun"
  3. Brandon Flowers, "Can't Deny My Love"
  4. Chvrches, "Leave a Trace"
  5. Blur, "Go Out"
  6. Doe, "Avalanche"
  7. Kanye West, "All Day" featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom, and Paul McCartney
  8. Kendrick Lamar, "Alright"
  9. Marie-Pierre Arthur, "Rien à faire"
  10. Metric, "The Shade"
  11. Missy Elliott, "WTF (Where They From)" featuring Pharrell Williams
  12. Neon Indian, "Slumlord"
  13. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, "Lock All the Doors"
  14. Pure Bathing Culture, "Pray for Rain"
  15. Roman à Clef, "Abandonware (Josh and Jer)"
  16. Snoop Dogg, "Peaches N Cream" featuring Charlie Wilson
  17. Tamaryn, "Cranekiss"
  18. Title Fight, "Chlorine"
  19. TOPS, "Anything"
  20. YG, "Twist My Fingaz"


BEST CJLO MOMENTS: DJing for Head & Hands' SERVE Volleyball Tournament


Mike Bresciani is a CJLO alumnus and former host of The Lonesome Strangers.



  1. A Place to Bury Strangers - Transfixiation
  2. Beach Slang - The Things We Do to Find People Like Us
  3. Bill Fay - Who is the Sender?
  4. Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Think
  5. Dan Bern - Hoody
  6. Deafheaven - Bermuda
  7. Jason Isbell - Something More than Free
  8. Joanna Gruesome - Peanut Butter
  9. Joel Plaskett - Park Avenue Sobriety Test
  10. Kurt Vile - b'lieve i'm goin down...
  11. Mountain Goats - Beat the Champ
  12. Richard Hawley - Hollow Meadows
  13. Ringo Deathstarr - Pure Moods
  14. Seoul - I Become a Shade
  15. Swervedriver - I Wasn't Born to Lose You
  16. Westkust - Last Forever


  1. Lilys - Eccsame The Photon Band
  2. Eels - Dreamworks Years Vinyl Boxset
  3. Chavez - Gone Glimmering / Ride The Fader
  4. The Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs
  5. Eric's Trip - Love Tara
  6. Red House Painters - Rollercoaster


  1. Joel Plaskett @ Corona Theater
  2. By Divine Right + Michael Feuerstack @ Rialto Hall
  3. Dan Bern @ Hurley's
  4. Built to Spill @ Club Soda
  5. A Place to Bury Strangers @ Sala Rossa


Julian McKenzie is the co-host and producer of The Starting Rotation every Thursday from 11 AM to 1 PM.



  1. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
  2. Tame Impala - Currents
  3. Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late
  4. Ty Dolla $ign - Free TC
  5. Travis Scott - Rodeo
  6. Jay Rock - 90059
  7. Bryson Tiller - T R A P S O U L
  8. Pusha T - Darkest Before Dawn
  9. Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit
  10. Future - DS2


  1. Run the Jewels - Meow the Jewels 2
  2. Drake & Future - What a Time to Be Alive
  3. The Weeknd - Beauty Before the Madness
  4. The Social Experiment - SURF
  5. Freddie Gibbs - Shadow of a Doubt


  • Pusha T, "Untouchable"
  • Kanye West, "All Day" featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom, & Paul McCartney
  • The Weeknd, "Tell Your Friends"
  • Run The Jewels, "Meowrly" featuring BOOTS
  • Bryson Tiller, "Sorry Not Sorry"
  • Jay Rock, "Vice City" featuring Black Hippy
  • Drake, "Back to Back"
  • Tame Impala, "'Cause I'm a Man"
  • Ty Dolla $ign, "Solid" featuring Babyface
  • Courtney Barnett, "Pedestrian at Best"
  • Future, "March Madness"
  • Travis Scott, "Antidote"
  • Stormzy, "Shut Up"
  • Skepta, "Shutdown"
  • Jeremih, "Planes" featuring J. Cole
  • Kendrick Lamar, "Mortal Man"
  • CJ Flemings, "That Girl"
  • Big Dreams, "Nun Changed"
  • Tory Lanez, "Say It"
  • Thundercat, "Them Changes"

FAVOURITE CONCERT: Yasiin Bey, but he didn't rap all that much. Did a lot of stand-up comedy though! NEXT BEST ONES: the DJ Quik/Mannie Fresh show I went to at Le Belmont and seeing Tyler, The Creator and Toro Y Moi at Osheaga. Wild.

FAVOURITE SHOW(S) AT CJLO: Vibe$tation, Fatal Attraction, and Jonny & Cupcakes (shows at CJLO are just like candy, you can't just consume one)

BEST CJLO MOMENTS: Winning CJLO Diego Award Best On-Air Team in 2015, and having TSN 690's Mitch Melnick come in-studio for two episodes


Mnjivr hosts Autobeat twice a week! Tune in on Sunday from 11 PM to Midnight, then again on Monday at Midnight to 1 AM.



  1. Romare - Projections -- First discovered Romare back in 2013 when I bought his "Love songs: Part One EP". A four track 12-inch filled with afro-funk and jazz influences that hit a cord. Two years later, Projections, his first full length album hits that same cord and more. Romare skilfully crafted an album full of different genres that seamlessly blend into one and other from a nicely arranged Nina Simone samples in Nina's Charm to the House tinged Rainbow. Stand out tracks on the album: "Rainbow", "Jimmy Laments", and "Nina's Charm".
  2. L'Orange and Kool Keith - Time, Astonishing! -- Kool Keith, enough said! Well, not exactly... Beat maker, L'Orange managed to produce solid beats that mesh well with Keith's own distinctive style. A solidly produced album with a good lineup of guests that had their own to each track.
  3. Kode 9 - Nothing
  4. Jamie XX - In Colour
  5. Linkwood - Expressions
  6. Ghostface Killah and Adrian Younge - Twelve Reasons to Die II
  7. Oneohtrix point Never - Garden of Delete
  8. Jam City - Dream a Garden
  9. Ata Kak - Obaa Sima
  10. Talib Kweli and 9th Wonder - Indie 500
  11. Lapalux - Lustmore
  12. Beat Spacek - Mordern Streets


  1. Jack J - Thisrtin
  2. Project Pablo - I want to Believe
  3. Zap Francis - Zap Francis
  4. Midland - Double Feature
  5. Moonstarr - Mount Real
  6. Special Request - Modern Warfare EP
  7. Billon - Dive In
  8. Mall Grab - Elegy
  9. Pittsburgh Track Authority - Your Situation
  10. Andres - Belivin


  1. Project Pablo - I Want to Believe
  2. Unlog Compilations
  3. Basssilus C - Brain Damage
  4. Kodok - Artificial Taste
  5. Engone Endong - #OKENG

BEST CJLO MOMENTS: Big Shiny Tunes 2 party


DJ Zakary Slax is the host of Slax Trax every Tuesday from 4 to 5 PM.



In reverse alphabetical

  1. Wild Raccoon - Mount Break
  2. Un Blonde - Tenet
  3. Towanda - Black Sheep
  4. Tav Falco - Command Performance
  5. Surveillance - Man 7"
  6. Soupcans - Soft Party
  7. The Sonics - This is the Sonics
  8. The Pink Noise - Decay
  9. New Fries / Old & Weird - Split 7"
  10. Moon Hag - Terrify
  11. Mono No Aware - tour tape
  12. The Lonely Parade - Splenda Thief
  13. LOC-NAR - Hotter Water
  14. Kappa Chow - tour tape
  15. HSY - Bask
  16. Hag Face - R.I.P.
  17. Grump - North End Generic
  18. Gashrat - Downz
  19. Drainolith - Hysteria
  20. Downtown Boys - Full Communism
  21. Crosss - LO
  22. Cheap Wig - Agoness
  23. The Beverleys - Brutal
  24. Best Fiends - Best Fiends
  25. Babysitter - Babysitter


J-Nice is the co-host of The Limelight every Saturday from 6 to 8 PM. When he's not dreaming on the radio show, Jay devotes his time reading "cat in the hat" to the homeless people and occasionally re-shelving some vault CDs.



  1. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
  2. Ghostface Killah & BADBADNOTGOOD - Sour Soul
  3. Samantha Montolla - Made Her


  1. Kendrick Lamar, "These Walls" featuring Bilal, Anna Wise, & Thundercat
  2. Ghostface Killah & BADBADNOTGOOD, "Ray Gun" featuring MF Doom
  3. The Foreign Exchange, "Better" (2014)


  1. Avenger Age of Ultron
  2. Mission Impossible: Rogue Agent
  3. Jurassic World
  4. Ex Machina
  5. Inside Out

TOP MOMENTS IN SPORTS: Koby Bryant will be retiring from NBA


  1. Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) is killing it
  2. Lebron James cannot be stopped :)
  3. PK Subban talking it in all in stride (classy guy)

FASHION: Got some great friends doing some good, in Toronto on the fashion tip.


  1. Trudeau's the Man, and he has nice hair
  2. Will Trump Win? Sounds like he's saying what people really think sometimes

FAVOURITE SHOW(S) AT CJLO: I love the Saturday lineup, but I also enjoy a little Hooked on Sonics and Phantastiq Cypha

BEST CJLO MOMENTS: Any time we had DJs or musical guests come through the show to hang out with us are great moments for me


Michael Sallot is CJLO's Station Manager.



  1. Jamie xx - In Colour
  2. Neon Indian - VEGA.INTL Night School
  3. Tame Impala - Currents
  4. Hot Chip - Why Make Sense?
  5. Princess Century - Progress
  6. Look Vibrant - Only Qualms
  7. The Go! Team - The Scene Between
  8. Destroyer - Poison Season
  9. Protomartyr - The Agent Intellect
  11. Four Tet - Morning/Evening
  12. CTZNSHP - All Things to the Sea
  13. Young Guv - Ripe 4 Love
  14. DJ Koze - DJ-Kicks
  15. HEALTH - Death Magic
  16. Renny Wilson - Punk Explosion/Extension
  17. Le Matos - Chronicles of the Wasteland/Turbo Kid OST
  18. Hudson Mohawke - Lantern
  19. METZ - II
  20. John Carpenter - Lost Themes
  21. Floating Points - Elaenia
  22. Moon King - Secret Life
  23. Max Richter - From Sleep
  24. !!! - As If
  25. No Aloha - No Problemo


  1. Tame Impala, "Let It Happen"
  2. Grimes, "REALiTi (demo)"
  3. Jamie XX, "Gosh"
  4. Hudson Mohawke, "Ryderz"
  5. Tamaryn, "Softcore"

FAVOURITE SHOW(S) AT CJLO: They're like my children! I love them all equally, BUT if I had to choose just one, I'd say lately I'm really digging one of our newer shows, "Audio Penpals". I look forward to it every Friday afternoon from 4 to 5 PM, perfect start to the weekend!

BEST CJLO MOMENTS: When Orin (host of The Noisy Loft, Sundays 8-9 pm) and his band, In The Name of Havoc, kicked off our final Funding Drive event — a show featuring 17 local bands covering all 17 songs from the ultimate '90s compilation Big Shiny Tunes Vol. 2. From the moment they launched into their awesome metal cover of "Breathe" by The Prodigy, I knew we were in for a truly special treat of a night.


DJ Lady Oracle is the co-host of The Limelight every Saturday from 6 to 8 PM.



  • Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
  • Jonathan Emile - Lover Fighter Document
  • Wayne Tennant - Life in a Minor Key
  • Drake - If You're Reading This Now It's Too Late
  • Miguel - Wildheart
  • SPZRKT & Sango - Hours Spent Loving You
  • Erykah Badu - But You Caint Use My Phone
  • FKA Twigs - M3LL155X
  • Dr. Dre - Compton
  • Beach House - Depression Cherry


  • Soulection - Love is King compilation
  • A Tribe Called Quest - People's Instinctive Travels and the Path of Rhythm


  • Cee & SVNTY6, "maliiaRodrigues"
  • Ara Lune, "Make It Right"
  • Mat Preach Slater, "Let It Go" featuring Meryem Saci
  • Fab Piard, "Color Season"
  • L'Orange & Jeremiah Jae, "Ignore the Man to the Right" featuring Homeboy Sandman
  • Daye Jack, "Easy"
  • Lilly Singh & Humble The Poet, "ivivi"
  • Oddissee, "That's Love"
  • K-OS, "Crucify"
  • Gangrene, "Reversals" featuring Sean Price and Havoc


BEST CJLO MOMENTS: 2015 Diego Awards


Tess McCrea is the co-host of Cinema Smackdown every Tuesday from 7 to 8 PM.



5. The Martian - Visually stunning and unexpectedly funny, this movie pairs beautiful visuals with a level of exuberance that was honestly unexpected. Matt Damon's performance here may be his best yet.

4. Creed - This is the Rocky sequel we've all been waiting for. Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone carry this well-crafted film that at times dips into the formulaic, but never dwells too long.

3. It Follows - Intimate and unique, this small horror film calls back to genre classics of the '70s and '80s, while simultaneously subverting them. The creeping dread and tension that carries the film feels almost Hitchcockian, and stays with the viewer even after the lights go up, making this (perhaps deceptively) simple film much more effective than others in the genre with far bigger budgets and flashier special effects. The characters at times feel somewhat flat, but that only contributes to the film's creepy, surreal mood.

2. Ex Machina - If you like your Sci-Fi thought-provoking and stunningly rendered, this is the film for you. The film's dark humour and piano-wire tension may come as no surprise to fans of Alex Gardland's screenwriting in movies like 28 Days Later (2002) and Never Let Me Go (2010). Even fans, however, may not expect the film's breathtaking visuals, realness (although it's technically Sci-Fi, it's shockingly easy to imagine that the events depicted are taking place today, somewhere out there), and nuanced social commentary, which manages to engage several ponderous topics while avoiding becoming heavy-handed. It feels like a masterful Philip K. Dick adaptation, although it has no real connection to the author. The performances in the film are flawless, particularly Oscar Isaac's portrayal of Nathan. The film expertly toys with clichés and tropes of the genre (and movies in general), before finally, brilliantly turning them on their heads.

1. Mad Max: Fury Road - I was cautiously optimistic about this movie going in. George Miller took my cautious optimism, shattered it into a million pieces, and reassembled it into a rictus of awe. Some may say the film lacks plotting, but in my mind the astonishing depth and breadth of the world building that lends heft to every scene and moment more than makes up for the lack. Miller takes the simplest of stories and turns out a masterpiece — every frame is a gorgeously imagined piece of feverish art. The characters are as well-drawn as they are awesome, and the subtle messages underlying the mind-blowing action may even make you think (although they certainly won't force you to).

HONOURABLE MENTION: Kingsman: The Secret Service - Great action, unexpectedly fun.

DISCLAIMER: I have not yet seen Carol, Beasts of No Nation, or The Look of Silence.

FAVOURITE SHOW(S) AT CJLO: Hooked on Sonics and At the Movies


Sean Z hosts The Sublime State of Doom every Monday from 8 to 9 PM.



  1. Revenge - Behold.Total.Rejection
  2. Various Artists - Doomed & Stoned in Canada
  3. Napalm Death - Apex Predator: Easy Meat
  4. Night Demon - Curse of the Damned
  5. Perdition Temple - The Tempter's Victorious
  6. Gruesome - Savage Land
  7. KEN Mode - Success
  8. Antibody - Space Qveen
  9. Fuck The Facts - Desire Will Rot
  10. Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats - The Night Creeper


  1. Godflesh @ Le National
  2. Heavy Montreal
  3. Obscene Extreme
  4. Fidlar @ Fairmount Theatre

BEST CJLO MOMENTS: The heavy metal overnight broadcast during FUNdrive, by far. It was so much fun.


Oncle Ian is the co-host of The Go-Go Radio Magic Show every Friday from 6 to 8 PM.



  1. Warm Soda - Symbolic Dream
  2. Kelley Stoltz - In Triangle Time
  3. Seth Pettersen - Sweet Reaper
  4. Jim O'Rourke - Simple Songs
  5. Loose Pistons - Bronze Plated Moon
  6. The Adam Brown - Sometimes I Try
  7. Les Marinellis - Ile De Rêve
  8. Mikal Cronin - MCIII
  9. Wilco - Star Wars
  10. The Memories - Home Style
  11. The Minus 5 - Dungeon Golds
  12. Michael Rault - Michael Rault
  13. Part Time - Virgo's Maze
  14. Milk Lines - Ceramic
  15. Leon Bridges - Coming Home
  16. Froth - Bleak
  17. Damaged Bug - Cold Hot Plumbs
  18. Michael Stasis - RIP III
  19. Deerhunter - Fading Frontier
  20. Peter Buck - Warzone Earth


  1. Wand - 100 Days
  2. The Mantles - At Odds End
  3. Dead Ghosts - Love & Death & All The Rest
  4. Coco Rosie - Heartache City
  5. Viet Cong - Viet Cong
  6. New Order - Music Complete
  7. Diane Coffee - Everybody's a Good Dog
  8. The Smoking Trees - TST
  9. Dungen Alla - Sak
  10. La Luz - Weirdo Shrine


  1. Red Mass - Fire Baptize 9
  2. Red Mass - White Knights/Animal
  3. Birds of Paradise - Love Is Confusion
  4. Birds of Paradise - Syrup/Sweet Spot
  5. Auks - Auks EP
  6. Together Pangea - The Phage
  7. Brian Jonestown Massacre - Mini Album Thingy Wingy
  8. Kelley Stoltz - 4 New Cuts
  9. UUBBUURRUU - Swamp Ritual
  10. Allah-Las - Lagniappe Sessions
  11. Operators - Ecstasy In My House


  1. Red Mass + Les Marinellis @ L'Esco, December 31, 2014 / January 1, 2015
  2. Chocolat + Choses Sauvages @ Divan Orange, January 6
  3. Loose Pistons + Choses Sauvages + Rust Eden @ Divan Orange, May 21
  4. The Adam Brown + The Gt's + Lunar Exile @ Salon Sweet William, September 12
  5. Mikal Cronin + Calvin Love + The Cairo Gang + Les Marinellis @ Theatre Fairmount, September 17
  6. Built to Spill + Cross + Clark & The Himselfs @ Club Soda, September 19
  7. Wilco + William Tyler @ Metropolis, September 21


Stephanie Dee is CJLO's Magazine Editor and the host of Yeti Dreams every Tuesday from 8 to 9 PM. She also participates in having fun.



  1. The Adam Brown - Sometimes I Try
  2. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
  3. Failure - The Heart is a Monster
  4. No Aloha - No Problemo
  5. Les Marinellis - Ile de Rêve
  6. Parkay Quarts - Content Nausea
  7. Mikal Cronin - MCIII
  8. FUZZ - II
  9. Peach Kelli Pop - Peach Kelli Pop
  10. Connie Converse - How Sad How Lovely (vinyl release)


  1. Scientist - Scientist Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires (reissue, Beatnick)
  2. The Koala - The Koala (og press, Cheap Thrills)
  3. Dr. John The Night Tripper - GRIS-Gris (og press, Salon de disques in October)
  4. Ramones - Rocket to Russia (og Canadian press, POP Montreal record fair in September)
  5. Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs (Merge reissue, preordered direct)
  6. Lothar and the Hand People - Presenting... (Phonopolis)
  7. Les Miserables - No Tyme Records comp (POP Montreal record fair)
  8. Roy Wood's Wizzard (Aux 33 Tours)
  9. Nomeansno - Wrong (og press, End of an Ear in Austin freaking Texas)
  10. Eric's Trip - Love Tara (Sub Pop reissue on white vinyl, Discogs)
  11. Happy Flowers - Oof (Aux 33 Tours)
  12. Morlocks - Emerge (Aux 33 Tours)
  13. Isaac Hayes - Black Moses (gatefold, Death of Vinyl)
  14. Red House Painters - Rollercoaster (reissue, Cheap Thrills)
  15. Cameo - Word Up (Friperie Renaissance on Mont-Royal)
  16. The Kids - The Kids (Phonopolis)

YOUR NEW FAVOURITE ROCK 'N' ROLL ALBUM: Hound - Out of Space -- Streaming right here: WeAreHound

FAVOURITE SHOW(S) AT CJLO: I sure do listen to a lot of Radio Fun, and Shibuya Crossing is my new hazy Sunday morning ritual.

BEST CJLO MOMENTS: Definitely the Big Shiny Tunes 2 concert at Bar Le "RITZ" PDB. The last event of CJLO's FUNdrive! It was weird digging up '90s music from the nether regions of my dusty old CD collection, but I had a blast deejaying the music of my youth for y'all. Another great moment: after the bands played, the place turned into one big dance party! I also got kissed on the lips by two different dudes that night, that was odd lol.


Omar Sonics is the Head Music Director at CJLO and he hosts Hooked On Sonics every Thursday from 6 to 8 PM whilst drinking lots of sodee.



  1. Failure - The Heart is a Monster
  2. Soft Moon - Deeper
  3. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
  4. No Joy - More Faithful
  5. Title Fight - Hyperview
  6. Beach House - Depression Cherry / Thank Your Lucky Stars
  7. Sleater-Kinney - No Cities to Love
  8. MewithoutYou - Pale Horses
  9. Waxahatchee - Ivy Tripp
  10. Doomtree - All Hands
  11. METZ - II
  12. Alex G - Beach Music
  13. Beach Slang - The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us
  14. Andrew Sisk - Arcticalia
  15. Locrian - Infinite Dissolution
  16. Disappears - Irreal
  17. No Aloha - No Problemo
  18. Beliefs - Leaper
  19. Ought - Sun Coming Down
  20. Kurt Vile - b'lieve i'm goin down...
  21. Bully - Feels Like
  22. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
  23. Deafheaven - New Bermuda
  24. A$AP Rocky - At Long Last A$AP
  25. Built to Spill - Untethered Moon
  26. Desaparecidos - Payola
  27. Dr Dre - Compton
  28. Wavves x Cloud Nothings - No Life for Me
  29. Battles - La Di Da Di
  30. Coliseum - Anxiety's Kiss


  1. Iris - Haunt Me EP
  2. Wild Moth - Inhibitor
  3. Colour Wheel - Losing Streak
  4. Keep Shelly in Athens - Now I'm Ready
  5. Lust - Lust
  6. Ringo Deathstarr - Pure Mood
  7. Swervedriver - I Wasn't Born to Lose You
  8. Colleen Green - I Want to Grow Up
  9. Kindling - Galaxies EP
  10. Traces - Traces EP
  11. Girl Band - Holding Hands with Jamie
  12. Benoit Pioulard - Sonnet
  13. Deradoorian - The Expanding Flower Planet
  14. Nailbiter - Formats
  15. Tamaryn - Cranekiss


  1. Alessia Cara, "Here"
  2. Best Coast, "In My Eyes"
  3. Braids, "Taste"
  4. CHVRCHES, "Leave a Trace"
  5. Class Actress, "GFE"
  6. Courtney Barnett, "Pedestrian at Best"
  7. Day Wave, "Drag"
  8. Deerhunter, "Breaker"
  9. Earl Sweatshirt, "Grief"
  10. HEALTH, "New Coke"
  11. Helio Sequence, "Upward Mobility"
  12. Hop Along, "The Knock"
  13. Icky Blossoms, "Phantasmagoria"
  14. Little Boots, "Working Girl"
  15. Missy Elliott, "WTF" (featuring Pharrell)
  16. Pure Bathing Culture, "Pray for Rain"
  17. Reversing Falls, "Are You There?"
  18. Silversun Pickups, "Nightlight"
  19. Speedy Ortiz, "Raising the Skate"
  20. Tallest Man on Earth, "Dark Bird is Home"


  1. Failure + Hum @ Royale 8/15/15 (Boston MA)
  2. Faith No More @ Parc Jean Drapeau 8/15/15 (Heavy Montreal - Montreal QC)
  3. José González @ Theatre Corona 4/12/15 (Montreal QC)
  4. Knapsack @ Katacombes 5/17/15 (Pouzza Fest - Montreal QC)
  5. Bionic @ Sala Rosa 9/17/15 (POP Montreal - Montreal QC)
  6. Envy @ Club Soda 11/2/15 (Montreal QC)
  7. Coliseum @ Opera House 6/20/15 (NXNE - Toronto ON)
  8. Godflesh @ Le National 9/18/15 (POP Montreal - Montreal QC)
  9. No Aloha @ L'Esco 9/17/15 (POP Montreal - Montreal QC)
  10. Ought @ Ukranian Federation 9/17/15 (POP Montreal - Montreal QC)


  1. Autolux - Pussy's Dead
  2. Chromatics - Dear Tommy
  3. Jesu/Sun Kil Moon - Jesu/Sun Kil Moon
  4. M83 - TBA
  5. Spiritualized - TBA
  6. Reversing Falls - Reversing Falls 2
  7. Jesus and Mary Chain - TBA
  8. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 3
  9. Lucinda Williams - The Ghosts of Highway 20
  10. Thrice - TBA


  1. Denis Arsenault // Host of "Dirty Work" & CSBC Board Member
  2. (tie) Christina Bell // CJLO Volunteer Coordinator & Saturn De Los Angeles // Host of "Shibuya Crossing"
  3. Joana Cuomo // CJLO On Rotation Coordinator
  4. Julie Matson // Host of "Beyond the Black Rainbow" & CSBC Board Member
  5. Andrew Wieler // Host of "Grade A Explosives" & CJLO Program Director


  1. Pineapple
  2. Watermelon
  3. Gala Apple
  4. Red Seedless Grapes
  5. Banana

BONUS! SONG THAT BROUGHT ME THE MOST JOY IN 2015: "Hmmmoooohmygod" I wish I was kidding but the "Why You Always Lyin'" meme was stuck in my head for weeks and would constantly have me cracking up. I highly recommend the extended full song version, it's magique. This might as well be my resignation letter...

FAVOURITE SHOW(S) AT CJLO: Yeti Dreams, Charts & Crafts

BEST CJLO MOMENTS: Nicholas Cage Screening Night & CJLO Promotions Director Ellen Smallwood takin' Fund Drive to the hoop


S. De Los Angeles is a kid who fell from outer space and discovered the magic of radio to become the host of Shibuya Crossing every Sunday from 9 to 11 AM. SATYYY occasionally fills in for Champions of the Local Scene, helps with the News (and recently Community Calendar) every week, and frequently writes reviews for the CJLO Magazine.



Now has never been a better time to discover music both from Japan and overseas artists who look up to Japanese pop culture for inspiration. This has also been the year where Japanese musicians have been gradually getting both of the attention and curiosity of the public for their work - from the underground and into the global stage. And if there's anything to take away from this list, it's that Japanese music at large continues to bridge communities together for their sound.

If 2015 might have just been the appetizer, who knows what 2016 may have in store? We hope it will be a scrumptious feast for our ears. This list is absolutely not definitive as it is subjective, and based on trends observed over the past 12 months + end of 2014.

10. Yokai Watch: Revenge of the Monsters

While this isn't music related - this notorious video game franchise made a pop culture splash (and a long lasting impression to sleepless parents) at the tail-end of its hype early this year. Why? The anime series' catchy opening theme song that will either make you gleefully sing or cringe in misery. And if you're not in the mood for cute things, you can always channel your inner rage with some "Tokyo Ghoul", or "Attack on Titan" to keep you happy.

9. Idolmaster + Love Live: Fiction meets life. Life Meets fiction

While on the topic of anime - anything Idol-related was the hype: young ladies who dress up to sing in unison to the delight of many, or one. From a series inspired by a simulation game that takes you into the world of an ambitious talent agency, to a plot line where school girls resort to song and dance to save their school from closing down, you can be assured that instant happiness (or gratification?) is just a sweet and sappy pop song away.

8. Redefining (and satirizing) Girl Power

And no, it's not just Babymetal. Railing after the success of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's royal ascent to Kawaii-ness, an array of girl groups have gained both the cheer and jeer from the online public. While we have one group that happily pokes fun at Japan's ageing population (KBG 84), and another group emerges with a non-Japanese beard-loving hipster looking member on the front line (LADYBABY), you might wonder if we've come a long way since Morning Musume?

7. From global to local - Japanese talent galore

But that aside, there's some kick-ass female-fronted indie rock groups out there who visited Canada, such as Tricot and ATLANTIS AIRPORT. Rock legends like MONO and Melt Banana. Pop stars FLOW and Angela. Visual Kei rockers Umbrella and UCHUSENTAI NOIZ, Metalheads Dir en Grey. Stage performers Yanomi Shoshinz and Baron. And of course, Steve Tanaka (Next Music from Tokyo)'s passionate search for the next great Japanese indie music talent.

6. Outreach and preach - Japanese music overseas

But the journey doesn't end on our shores, as more Japanese music acts from indie and major labels have been flying overseas to play for dedicated fans longing to see them for ages in places beyond the usual Anime convention space. The list is endless but some come to mind include SuG, SCANDAL, Steve Aoki, and KAMIJO. And yet not all adventures bring a happy ending, as Shota (R.I.P.), the other half of ADAMS, unexpectedly passed away hours after performing on stage.

5. Harnessing the Japanese creative spirit

From the likes of talented folks such as Shawn Wasabi, Kero Kero Bonito, Crestillion, ENDIGO; to our own Your favourite Enemies, Red Handed Denial, and Nika Cantabile, and so much more, there's one unifying thing they have in common - it's the creative vibe and inspiration they've blended in from various elements of Japanese culture, and in turn, create it into their own masterpiece. The magic never ends and we're just getting started.

4. Pushing the boundaries of Enka

Back at home in Japan, Enka, is known as Japanese folk traditional music which usually had been long sung by a more older demographic, is summoning an all new roster of younger diverse voices to help bring it into the new generation. From game-changers such as the black Japanese-American singer Jero, to the former metal core Visual rock icon Tsukasa of D'ESPAIRS RAY, both artists have stayed true to the music's roots of cherishing the past, and moving forward into the future with hope.

3. The Vocaloid Phenomenon continues

Indeed, Hatsune Miku is everywhere. Online, in concert halls, and once on late light TV. And even if you try to run away from her, her impact still reigns supreme in other forms, sounds, shapes, and sizes. It's not only her music we're talking about since after all she is the fictional representation of this music-making software called Vocaloid. There's a ton of fan-made work that's made through this software and all other customized variants that exist out there. It even helped launch the career of then internet-based now major record-label pop rock star Piko.

2. K-Pop's reign on the Japanese music charts

And no, we're not talking about PSY's successful follow up track to Gangnam Style, although it's indeed pretty chic, catchy and fun. A trend that had started in the early part of this decade, Korean pop groups such as EXO, Big Bang, B1A4, and more have been releasing Japanese versions of their own Korean releases in a short span of time. And it definitely sounds as catchy or sometimes even better than the original. While some folks out there may not be a fan of the genre for various reasons (especially with alleged stories of how agencies treat their music talents), it's still quite important and groundbreaking to see this and even experience the music in context, socially and politically.

But really, at the end of the day, it's the music - and how we feel about it - that matters, and so far it seems that it makes folks happy, and that can be seen week by week on both the Japanese, South Korean, and even some Southeast Asian music charts. The impact of a good melody, or even message that a song can bring, goes beyond borders and brings communities together, just like this year's number one mover and shaker:

1. The meteoric rise of ONE OK ROCK

And as we call in the shots now, the band known by their initials as OOR has gotta be one of Japanese music's many successful stories on record. Listening to their albums is one thing, experiencing one of their live concerts is another.

After several successful (and some sold out) shows in Toronto, New York, and Los Angeles this year, OOR is a testament and proof that music knows no boundaries, and that it can truly touch and change people's lives - especially with just the right blend of contemporary rock and roll, melody, voice, and a unbeatable amount of enthusiasm to boot. Their success has opened the doors for other bands to follow suit such as Coldrain and many more alternative rock bands into the fray.

On a personal note, after getting the chance to see this band play live with a couple of friends four years ago at a posh live house in downtown Singapore and now seeing photos of them on Instagram today instantly fill up huge concerts halls and stadiums, I've been very lucky to have seen these kids grow, and I'm stoked to see what this band - and also Japanese music at large - has in store for all of us in 2016.

FAVOURITE SHOW(S) AT CJLO: CAN'T choose just one, but many. It's a massive toss-up between the following: Je Suis TBA, The Machine Stops, BVST, Yeti Dreams, Fatal Attraction, Fukubukuro, Sublime State of Doom, Colours That Can't Be Seen, Grade A Explosives, and The Vibe Room.

BEST CJLO MOMENTS: Everything Summer/Fall 2015, from Fringe Fest, to Fantasia, to FUNDrive, to Fukubukuro - and everything in between.


Ellen Smallwood is CJLO's Director of Promotions, Fundraising, and Sponsorship.



In chronological (ish) order!

1. The Oven - Seeing The Oven Studio at CJLO transform under Production Director Patrick McDowall's expert guidance was a great introduction to CJLO as Promo Director newbie in the early months of 2015. Seeing volunteers rip up carpet, paint walls, lay down flooring and install soundproofing put the DIY in CJLO, once again! This all came to a beautiful head in our spring magazine issue, put together by Magazine Editor Stephanie Dee and Art Director Angelica C's talented team of artists, designers, writers and illustrators, including Patricia Petit-Liang and Saturn De Los Angeles, with some CJLO folklore by Omar Sonics and Patrick McDowall! We celebrated our Oven Studio re-Launch April 2 at Le Cagibi, with live performances by Michael Cota, Saxsyndrum and Fleece. It was an evening of Montreal music that reminded us why we do what we do! We also had a special Open House at the station that featured a beautiful performance by Caro Diaro that ended up on our latest Baked in the Oven comp, Check it out!

2. Hip Hop Week - It was super-exciting to be a media partner for the first ever edition of Hip Hop Week Montreal in March. Seeing CJLO alum MF Gold in conversation with Jean Grae and our promo team getting to meet the lady herself (post lecture at Concordia's campus) was a definite highlight!

3. Rock Camp for Girls - CJLO celebrated what Boston deemed Annual Riot Grrrl Day April 9th with a very special collaboration with Femmes Fatales: a fundraiser show for Rock Camp for Girls Montreal. Toronto's Hervana came to town and local femme powerhouse Heathers opened, with Montreal's beloved Nancy Pants. We kicked it all off with a very tasty live broadcast of Hooked on Sonics and Dirty Work at Café Kahwa (still thinking about those lattes and delicious couscous). The tunes were raw; and no matter how hard the rain poured, you couldn't drown out the Riot Grrrl realness at Club Lambi that night!

4. Montreal Fringe Fest - Co-presenting CJLO Fringe Tunes at Parc des Ameriques as part of the Montreal Fringe Festival in June was amazing! It was a beautiful summer day and we did The Commonwealth Conundrum and The Go-Go Radio Magic Show live from the beer tent, watching Towanda, No Aloha, Heathers, Kurvi Tasch, Archery Guild, and Fragile Feet as the sun set. We had a great crew and were able to announce our On Rotation Multi-Genre Artist Residency Program for the first time (courtesy of CFRC's Radiometres program). Stay tuned for these freshly baked audio goods in 2016 and learn more about the program here.

5. Caribbean Curry House - The Caribbean Curry House is a Montreal institution! The fact that I live on the other side of town means I don't eat there enough, so perhaps that is a new year's resolution? MORE CURRY HOUSE ROTI in 2016!! But it is not just the food that makes this place stand-out, it is the people who run it and their generosity. CJLO has benefited from this many a time, and in 2015 Emrith, Savi, and Rose Promesse (and their team) threw a delicious fundraising BBQ in early September—with all proceeds going to college radio: CJLO & CKUT. The food was top-notch, our Saturday line-up broadcast live, and there was a good old-fashioned neighbourhood party afterwards. Thanks again to The Caribbean Curry House for being such a great friend to CJLO this year!

6. A glossy CJLO FUNdrive Magazine! - Seeing the FUNdrive magazine and website come to life last September was a lot epic and a little surreal. Seeing the chicken scratches from the office whiteboard translate to bright and glossy design was truly rad! Thanks to the hard work and artistic talents of Saturn De Los Angeles, Angelica Calcagnile, and Joana Cumo. We had solid branding, a map, a calendar, and a complete guide to our FUNdrive—both online and in print—in our biggest magazine run to date! We were everywhere in September - CSU Orientation, POP Montreal... FUNdrive = BOOM.

7. #CJLOGoesPOP! - CJLO was all over POP Montreal this year! We co-presented Braids, Godflesh, Will Butler, Royal Canoe, parts of the symposium were live broadcast, and we deejayed the Record Fair! On a personal note, the best was seeing Babes in Toyland at The Rialto and shedding some "tears of whoah" with Towanda's Rosie G! WE WERE SEEING BABES! Did I mention that we got signed posters and took Kat B from Babes over to CJLO's Pop DJ night at Nouveau Palais after? Yes. CHEERS BABES!

8. "I am not a demon. I am a lizard, a shark, a heat-seeking panther." - Realizing that our FUNdrive's spirit animal was Nicolas Cage, courtesy of the amazing FUNdrive metre made by Patricia (from Fatal Attraction) was hilariously inspirational. For those who have not had the privilege of seeing this visual splendour, it is basically a collage of Nic Cage faces in various degrees of surprise and scandal. Movies range from our first $500 mark (ringing in as Wicker Man) to the $10,000 mark as National Treasure! Since we surpassed our FUNdrive goals (raising approximately $11,000), we broke the meter! Recently, we celebrated with a Volunteer Appreciation Party at Patisserie Bela Vista- screening Face Off, Con Air, and celebrating the hard work of our amazing volunteers with a good ol' fashioned pizza party! CLASSIC.

9. Bluegrass 'n' Bingo - Putting on an event at Montreal's legendary Wheel Club, Bluegrass 'n' Bingo was an absolute highlight that can only truly be captured as the passion of the bingo and the realness of the bluegrass. Why are these things not always together? Well, they will make a reappearance in Spring 2016, so get those dabbers ready! Kudos to L'il Andy, Moonshine Garage, and Pointer's Crossing who brought the licks, and to Miss Julie Paquet, bingo hostess extraordinaire—best bingo jokes in town! We had the BEST crowd, including many CJLOians and The Adam Brown himself! There is a red-carpet pic of yours truly and Mlle Julie P in our CMA outfits floating around somewhere... (and don't forget, the amazing Jamaican food by Mango Bay—again, why aren't these things always together?)

10. UNLOG Showcase - Getting acquainted with the music label UNLOG this year has been a highlight for me at CJLO. Attending their showcase at Le Bleury Bar was one of my favourite FUNdrive events. The curation by Mourad B (formerly of CJLO's Stroll Around the Groove) was phenomenal. The night featured some of Montreal's best live electronic artists, not to mention best vibes! Solid live sets resonated from Engone Endong, Culturalex, Tehu, with DJ sets in between by Famelik and DJ Noyl. Looking forward to hearing UNLOG sounds in 2016.

11. Big Shiny Tunes 2 - Pulling off the Big Shiny Tunes 2 show & FUNdrive Closing Party at Bar Le Ritz PDB and seeing 17 Montreal bands reinterpret Canada's third best-selling album of all time (in order, old school style) was a major coup! It was an epic night, with everyone representing, from In The Name of Havoc's feverish rendition of Prodigy's "Breathe", to Jilted X's bombshell performance art closer of Stone Temple Pilot's "Lady Picture Show"! Special shout-outs to the mind-boggling list of artists that participated—we were lucky to work with all of you and a thousand thank yous! Big Shiny Tunes 3?

12. CMJ Music Marathon - Getting to experience the shenanigans of CMJ Music Marathon in New York was pretty much the after party for FUNdrive as it was so soon after and things didn't skip a beat! As my first year at CJLO, it was an awesome opportunity to get to hang out with CJLOians, attend workshops and see kick-ass music! Taking the night-bus down with Beyond the Black Rainbow's Julie M and Volunteer Co-ordinator Christina B was a perfect start to the madness, which included taking in Program Director Andrew WIXQ's talk at College day, attending a panel on sexism in the music industry with Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves and realizing that CJLO's karaoke roster has a lot of depth.

Finally, we started a new show on CJLO recently called Audio Penpals! It is a collaboration with The Centre for the Arts in Human Development at Concordia and features four of the Centre's graduates- DJ Claudia Rocks, DJ Julie Perry, DJ Gundam Seed Destiny (AKA Peter Y) and DJ Peter! The Centre facilitates creative therapy programs to help build creative and expressive skills for participants with developmental disabilities. I knew that Audio Penpals was going to be an amazing show, (with content, music and events selected by our team of hosts as they fine-tune their radio skills), however, I did not anticipate the level of enthusiasm and heart that they would come in with every week! This was evident on our first full episode (airing November 27), when the crew came in, with lots of gusto and conviction, ready to take on Donald Trump regarding his prejudice towards a disabled reporter! It was a heartfelt, real-talk moment- 100% community radio! CJLO staff and crew were very moved as our hosts talked about what it was like when someone makes fun of you for being disabled, not to mention how this scoundrel is unfit to lead anyone… I second and triple that motion! A few tears were brushed aside in the DJ booth that day, and I can't wait to see where Audio Penpals goes in 2016!

Love and enthusiasm from your friendly Promo and Fundraising Team! xx


Lucy Marshall-Kiparissis is CJLO's Campus Outreach Coordinator and the host of The Belldog every Thursday from 9 to 10 PM.

  1. Chelsea Wolfe - Abyss
  2. Benoit Pouilard - Sonnet
  3. Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld - Never Were the Way She Was
  4. Deerhunter - Fading Frontier
  5. Doldrums - The Air-Conditioned Nightmare
  6. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress
  7. Faith Healer - Cosmic Troubles
  8. Jerusalem In My Heart - If He Dies, If If If If If If
  9. Bonus: Suuns and Jerusalem In My Heart - Suuns and Jerusalem In My Heart
  10. No Aloha - No Problemo
  11. No Joy - More Faithful
  12. White Poppy - Natural Phenomena


Gachary is a studio engineer at CJLO and the host of Impossible Music every Sunday from 1 to 2 PM.



  1. The Cradle - Drink the Water
  2. Palm - Trading Basics
  3. Arthur Russell - Corn
  4. Big Neck Police - Sleight of Time
  5. Mick Jenkins - Wave[s]
  6. Joanna Newsom - Divers


  1. Teen Cult - Teen Cult
  2. Cal Fish - What's Jood?
  3. Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late
  4. Bryson Tiller - T R A P S O U L

FAVOURITE SHOW: Guerilla Toss' Bernie Sanders Benefit Show

FAVOURITE SHOW(S) AT CJLO: Satty on the radio (Shibuya Crossing), Patrick McDowall (Into the Coven), Andrew Wieler (Grade A Explosives), Marshall Vaillancourt (Fear of Music)

BEST CJLO MOMENTS: Big Shiny Tunes 2


Paul Lafond is the Good Day for Airplay Correspondent on CJLO's Hooked on Sonics!



  1. Failure - The Heart is a Monster
  2. Beliefs - Leaper
  3. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
  4. Girl Band - Holding Hands with Jamie
  5. METZ - II

I mean common. Of course Failure was gonna be #1 on my list. An amazing addition to their discography. Haven't lost a step even after almost 20 years of being apart.


  1. Girl Band, "Pears For Lunch"
  2. Beliefs, "Tidal Wave"
  3. Father John Misty, "Chateau Lobby #4 (In C for Two Virgins)"
  4. Drake, "Legend"
  5. Sufjan Stevens, "Fourth of July"
  6. Daye Jack, "Easy"
  7. Low, "Lies"

"Pears For Lunch" is my 2015 jam. I've lost count how many times I've heard this rockin' anthem.

FAVOURITE CONCERT: Failure @ Brooklyn Bowl on October 14, CMJ Music Marathon. Second time seeing them. First time seeing the new album performed live. Hanging out with my CJLO peeps. Good night all around.


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