By Emmanuel Sayer
Illustration by Claudia Gutierrez
Every week CHUO compiles a chart of the 30 albums that were the most played over our airwaves that week. Looking back at our charts from the past year reminds us how many amazing artists were lucky to have here in the National Capital Region. Let’s have a look at only a few of the local artists whose albums hit our charts this year.
You can listen to our weekly charts come alive online on our CHUO Top 30 program.
A Tribe Called Red is currently one of the biggest acts to come out of Ottawa in recent years and we are proud to have been supporting them from the very start. ATCR hit the charts earlier in the year with their Stadium Pow Wow single then stayed on the charts for 10 weeks with their incredible album We Are The Halluci Nation. Their third album features not only their trademark “pow wow step” but several guest performances from Tanya Tagaq, Lido Pimienta, Northern Voice, Shad and Yasiin Bey to name a few.
Since 2010, The Steve Adamyk Band has released five full-length albums and eight 7”s and has toured Europe and North America several times. Their fifth album of infectious power punk, Graceland, also spent 10 weeks hanging out on our charts this year.
Fet.Nat released Please Stop Saying It’s So Beautiful on E-Tron Records and got tons of airplay on CHUO. As a bilingual station, we play a lot of francophone music but nothing quite as wild as the free-jazz punk of Fet.Nat. They, alongside E-Tron & Le Temporaire have really helped create a bridge between Hull and Ottawa.
Another Gatineau artist, D-Track spent a lot of time on our charts with Message Texte à Nelligan, an amazing francophone hip-hop album.
We featured some brand new bands like Telecomo who released their bare-bones garage Promo Only EP and BB Cream whose emo-punk-pop star burned brightly for a little over a year, releasing a self-titled demo and the Rose Petal Pie full-length that both made the CHUO charts before the band broke up at the end of 2016.
We also had Ottawa music veteran Jim Bryson release his sixth LP Somewhere We Will Find Our Place which found its place on our charts for almost two months.
Heavy Bedroom and King’s Quest paired up to release a split cassette which featured some great indie rock with HB exploring some darker melodies and KQ releasing their best sounding songs to date.
That gives you a little taste of some of the amazing local music that was released this year in the Ottawa/Gatineau region and was played on CHUO. •