Best of MTL 2013: Music

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Though they’ve been squirreled away since last fall, busy making babies and a record that sources close to the band have called a “beast” and “really great,” longtime scene ambassadors Arcade Fire reign supreme as Best Musical Act and, of course, Most Pretentious Act. Then we’ve got last month’s Cult MTL cover bro and Arcade Fire family member Colin Stetson showing up in Best Jazz Act, on the strength of stellar performances and a record released by Constellation, which placed in Best Local Music Label. And speaking of local labels, Arbutus! Their gal Grimes, the ubiquitous alt-electro princess, fans out impressively over four categories here. Other acts appearing more than once are wild-eyed synth- punks Duchess Says, folk gang Lakes of Canada, “tribal dream pop” band de qualité Diamond Bones and friendly street hillbillies Heroin Hayride. Kudos to the franco & anglo rappers, boy and girl DJs, heavy dudes, country ladies, hell, even Simple Plan. Best of MTL has us feeling generous.

Best Musical Act
1 Arcade Fire
2 Grimes
3 Suuns
4 Motel Raphaël
5 Diamond Bones

Freakiest Local Act
1 Glam Gam Productions
2 Bad Uncle
3 Duchess Says
4 Grimes
5 Jean Leloup

Most Pretentious Local Act
1 Arcade Fire
2 Grimes
3 Simple Plan
4 Lakes of Canada
5 Suuns

Heaviest Local Act
1 Endast
2 Duchess Says
3 Trigger Effect
4 Cryptopsy
5 The Great Sabatini

Best Hip Hop Act
1 Nomadic Massive
2 Cadence Weapon
3 Alaclair Ensemble
4 Clarity
5 Kalmunity

Best Club DJ
1 Vilify
2 Construct
3 Tamika
4 Jordan Dare
5 Like the Wolf

Best Electronic Act
1 Grimes
2 Jacques Greene
3 Lunice
4 Diamond Bones
5 Purity Ring

Best Country/ Folk Act
1 Katie Moore
2 Avec pas d’casque
3 Lakes of Canada
4 Heroin Hayride
5 Ol’ Savannah

Best Jazz Act
1 Kalmunity
2 Franco Proietti
3 Colin Stetson
4 Christopher Cargnello
5 Brahja Waldman Quartet

Best Singer/ Songwriter
1 Leonard Cohen
2 Patrick Watson
3 Rae Spoon
4 Leif Vollebekk
5 Sarah MK

Best Busker
1 Guy metro/boat guy
2 Emily Skahan
3 Heroin Hayride
4 Spoonman
5 Scott Dunbar

Best Local Music Label
1 Arbutus
2 Constellation
3 Stomp
4 Dare to Care
5 Secret City




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