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2014 was a groundbreaking year for Ottawa music. You’ve probably seen a lot of “top lists” out there, including our own, that give you a few new options to check out. But what about all the others?

We asked artists to submit their 2014 releases to us in a form last month and the results were pretty astonishing. What we’ve come up with is a list that’s both user-submitted and compiled by Showboxers. We tried our best to capture everything but there was just so much out there that it’s certainly possible we missed a few. If you know of an album released in 2014 that belongs on this list, please email us (music [at] ottawashowbox [dot] com) the name and the link and we’ll be sure to add it on to this list!

We really have to thank CHUO‘s music department for providing us with their 2014 album submissions, as well as all the people that submitted albums to us. It helped make our list more comprehensive. You guys rule!

* – Denotes an album that was an Ottawa Showbox’s Favourite Local Releases

** – Denotes an album that contains a song that was on Ottawa Citizen’s 2014 Ottawa Music Playlist





Aaron Ray Band Aaron Ray Band Independent Blues/Folk
Alaskan Despair, Erosion, Loss Independent Post Metal
Alex Silas ** Roots ** Self-Released Hip Hop
Amos The Transparent * This Cold Escape * Factor Folk
André et Michèle Summer Jamz EP Independent Electronic/Experimental
André et Michèle Different Positions Independent Electronic/Experimental
Antoni Gilbert Que racontent les nuages? Indépendant Folk
Apriorism Smoke Independent Electronic
Apriorism Blood Independent Electronic
Average Times Average Times Hosehead Garage
BASTARDS Peek-A-Boo Independent Horrorcore Rap
Better Living Through Chemistry Better Living Through Chemistry Independent Rock
Big Balade * Big Balade EP * Indépendant Funk/Pop
BlakDenim Vanguard(En) Independent Hip Hop/R&B
Bloodnail Stay Crucial Independent Hardcore/Punk
Blue Angel BLUE ANGEL Independent Noise/Garage
Bonnie Doon * An Affair to Imagine * Bruised Tongue Punk
Bosveld * Catalysts Mixtape * HAVN Experimental Folk
Boyhood bits n’ bobs Independent Experimental
Bozko L.E.A.N. MonDan Hip Hop
Bryan B Who Cares Independent Hip Hop
Buck N’ Nice ** Us Versus Them ** Busy Inc Hip Hop
Capital Grass and the No Men Hunkerdownlow Independent Bluegrass/Folk
Carraway Dirty God Independent Punk
Cashtro Crosby Million Fans: Gin & Fur Mixtape Triple B Records Hip Hop
Cosmo Doris Girl Mouth – {B Sides} Independent Electro
Craig and Matt’s Party Band Craig and Matt’s PARTY BAND Independent Rock Instrumental
Criticull Back In Brown Independent Metal
Dead Weights * Dead Ends & Closed Doors * Pavones Punk
D-Track Interlude Autoproduit Hip Hop
Destroy Clocks Destroy Clocks EP Independent Experimental
Disstrick 11 Fuite d’encre MonDan Hip Hop
DJ Rocc B Mindstates EP Pt. 1 Independent Hip Hop
DJ Rocc B Mindstates EP Pt. 2 Independent Hip Hop
Double Experience 721835 Independentt Rock
Drew Nelson The Other Side Independent Blues Rock
Durs Coeurs Durs Coeurs Durs Coeurs Punk
Dynamic A Collection of Thoughts Independent Hip Hop
Eddie Quotez ユニコーンEDDIE/ UnicornEDDIE Independent hip hop/rap
Elementals EP Independent Rock
Elizabeth Riley Band Felt Through the Bone Independent Folk/Roots
Emma’s Ringer Generations Independent Alternative/Grunge
Fet. Nat */** Poule Mange Poule */** Autoproduit Experimental
Feral Trash Trashfiction Independent Punk
Finderkeepers Pack Your Bags Centretown Records Punk
Flight Distance */** High Priests of Low Life */** Independent Hip Hop
FLO Bâtir pour établir Indépendant Hip Hop
Flying Fortress Dirty Rain Uncle D Records Hardcore/Punk/Metal
Fly On The Waltz Await Independent Hip Hop
Focus La boîte noire Indépendant Rock
Fresh Hell */** We Never Sleep */** Independent Punk
Fuck The Facts Abandoned Independent Metal
G.Grand */** Grand Designs */** Independent Hip Hop
G-Netik Ouvert d’esprit DFP/Moondan Hip Hop
Garceau Le temps des éphémères Independent Folk/Rock
Ginger Fox Band Won’t Change Independent Rock
Gold+Marrow Forever Maple Music Folk
Grime Kings Honeymooning Bruised Tongue Garage
H. de Heutz * Study for Violence and Tape * Black Bough Records 2014 Experimental/Punk
Hamid Drake and Jesse Stewart Timelines Art Stew Modern Jazz
Harea Band Hip Hop Harea Independent Pop/Soul
Herons Wake Phantom Independent Experimental Folk
Heavy Bedroom I Saw An End Independent Experimental
Hunter EP Independent Blues/Rock
I Spell It Nature NORTH Independent Post Rock
Idle Lie Cube Indépendant Ambiant Rock
James Leclaire Of What is Left Independent Folk
Jean et Marguerite Le condamné Indépendant Poetry
Jeepz Give The Drummer Some Independent Hip Hop
Jeepz The Dilla Tape Independent Hip Hop
Jeepz Winter Turns to Spring Independent Hip Hop
Jeepz Loonie And A Dream Independent Hip Hop
Jeepz No Greater Love Independent Hip Hop
Jeepz Sail Out Independent Hip Hop
Jeepz Moons. Comets. Flickering Stars. Independent Hip Hop
Jeepz Reality is Overrated Independent Hip Hop
Jeepz The Nas Remixes Independent Hip Hop
Jeepz * Open Sunday * Independent Hip Hop
Jeepz Nomadic Muses: When Summer Turns to Fall Independent Hip Hop
Jeepz Looped & Unplugged Independent Hip Hop
Jeepz Duende Independent Hip Hop
Jeepz / I’L(L)-G o-R h y t h m / Independent Hip Hop
Jeepz #TBT2011 Independent Hip Hop
Jeepz Colour Outside the Lines Independent Hip Hop
Jeepz Occam’s Sword Independent Hip Hop
Jeepz Santa’s Got A Brand New Bag Independent Hip Hop
Jester Let Go Independent Electronic Dance
Jill Zmud small matters of life and death Independent Country
Joanie Michaud Joanie Michaud (EP) Indépendant Franco Pop
Joe Brownrigg Instigator Independent Folk
Jonathan Becker & The North Fields The North Fields Independent Folk/Rock
Jon Hynes * Watchful Creatures * Shuffling Feet Records Folk
Jon Creeden Capital City Independent Punk
Josef Mieto The Down Low Side B Ep Independent Folk
Just Poets Painting Pictures in the Darkness Independent Hip Hop
JW Jones Belmont Boulevard Blind Pig Records Blues
Kaleigh Watts Smoke Lake Independent Folk
Kalle Mattson */** Someday, The Moon Will Be Gold */** Parliament of Trees Folk
King x Yu$$o Crookid Bass Independent Hip Hop
KingsCollege PeaceToTheYouth Independent Hip Hop
Kings Quest Fox Island Independent Garage/Shoegaze
Kode Le Brave du Coin DFP/Moondan Hip Hop
Kuldrin The Sorcerer Independent Metal
Ladyboy Demos Independent Ambient/Rock
Laurent Bourque Pieces of Your Past Independent Pop/Folk
Lees Avenue Out of Luck EP Independent Pop Punk
Left Lane Stay In Your Lane Independent Hip Hop
Les chiens sales Mauvais Garçon Camp de Base Country
Lunatic Rappers Rap Asylum Independent Rap
Lynne Hanson ** River of Sand ** Independent Folk
Midnight Airship A River Once Flowed Independent Prog Rock
Mnemonics Too Late To Get Loud Independent Punk
Mother’s Children * Lemon * Taken by Surprise Punk/Power Pop
Moonfruits Début Independent Folk
Muelkik Muelkik Independent Punk/Rock
Musk Ox * Woodfall * Independent Experimental/Instrumental
NDMA Panache Independent Hip Hop
New Swears */** Junkfood Forever, Bedtime Whatever */** Bachelor Records Garage/Punk
Nightshades The Beauty of Dreaming EP Independent Garage
Niko Doughski Kings Amongst Pawns Makin’ That Doughski Music Group Rap
Old Rules Blurred Independent Indie Punk Rock
Organ Eyes Visual Meetings Bruised Tongue Garage/Psych
Organ Eyes Daze Pace Independent Garage/Psych
Paddy Kelly The Irish In Me Independent Irish Traditional
Patterson Hall The Eaves EP Independent Ambient/Shoegaze
Patrick Shanks Down To A Dull Roar Independent Folk/Rock
Peas and Carrots Birdhouse Independent Folk
Pith and the Parenchymas */** Song of the Neverending Ugly Lizard */** Independent Experimental
Pocket Writer Dented Little Scars Independent Indie Folk
Pregnancy Scares Mind Control EP Deranged Punk/Hardcore
Prehistoric Walking Backwards on an Escalator Independent Hip Hop
Project Mayhem Soap Independent Metal
Rob Frayne Home Jazz Bowl of Notes Jazz
Roberta Bondar * Caustic * Bruised Tongue Garage
Rydell I Was Hoping This Could Save Me Independent Emo/Punk
Saturnfly Cyborg’s Lament Independent Art Rock
Schizophasia 5000 lp Deathtangle Absolution/Independent Noise Punk
Silkken Laumann */** Not Forever Enough */** Independent Electronic/Rock
Sills & Smith Etched Independent Rock
SORU City Lights Independent R&B/Hip Hop
Souljazz Orchestra Inner Fire Strut Records Jazz/International
Sound of Lions ** Take Me With You ** Independent Hip Hop/Rock
Sounds of Sputnik New Born Ear to Ear Records Dream Pop
Steamers * Steammates EP * Independent Folk
Steve Adamyk Band * Dial Tone * Dirt Nap Garage/Punk
Stone Age Man ** Touch the Sun ** Independent Pop
Sum Incarcerated Independent Metal
Tall Trees How To Take A Fall Independent Rock
Tariq Anwar Split Perspectives Independent Blues/Folk
TBWNIS (The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol) ** Pathfinder ** Independent Psych Rock
Terry Gomes The Sand in My Shoes Independent Jazz
The Cardboard Crowns GLOBAL CITIZEN Independent Ska/Punk
The Creeps */** Eulogies */** It’s Alive Pop Punk
The Gallop Tall Tale Tellers Independent Rock
The Gowls The Gowls Independent Rock
The Haig Tales of Wisdom and Might Independent Rock
The Jimmy Tri-Tone Band Wanted Independent Folk/Rock
The Musettes Wanderlust Independent Folk/Pop
The Noisy Locomotive The Noisy Locomotive, Vol. 1 & 2 Independent Folk
The Ohm Essence SoCan Rock
The Peptides Love Question Mark Independent Pop
The Powergoats Ruby Headlights Independent Blues/Rock
The Sir John A MacDonalds Don’t Wanna Go To The Show Independent Rock
The Souljazz Orchestra Inner Fire Strut Records World/Soul
The Split ** Can’t Get Enough ** Label Records Funk/Soul
The Stringers See You At 7 Independent Rock
The Superlative Numero Deux Independent Pop Punk
The Tenenbaums Fish Independent Folk/Punk
The Ticket Retro Pop EP Independent Pop/Blues
The Visit Offering Independent Classical/Experimental
The Yips * Air Loom * Bruised Tongue Garage Rock
Tindervox * Tindervox * Independent Rock
Those Gulls ** Forevermore ** Independent Rock/Post-Punk
Timotheos Sea Peoples Independent Progressive Folk
Trevor Alguire ** Miles Away ** Independent Folk
Tropical Dripps * Cool Dude * Bruised Tongue Garage Rock
Venessa Lachance Composition originales – piano APCM Instrumental
Violence Violence Erlebnis Independent Electronic
Winchester Warm Belle Attente Independent Folk
Wychdoktor Totem Independent Electronic
Yann Meunier A+ Tunzsoundz/DFP Hip Hop
Yo Mama Band Four For the Road Independent Alt-pop
Yo Mama Band Kiss You Because I Can Independent Alt-pop
ZEX Savage City Independent Punk
ZEX The Ragnarok Session Independent Punk
ZEX wanderlust Independent Punk
ZEX Fight For Yourself Capitalicide/Uncle D Records Punk