Again, 2014 was quite the year for music in Ottawa. We realize that it’s next to impossible to say which album was better than the others, but we do have a list of the albums that seem to come up on our playlists more often. These are not the “winners” of the year but they are dear to our ears and we’d like to tip our hats to those that made them happen. Check out these sweet full-lengths and EPs, support these locals if you can, and enjoy the weather by putting these tunes in your pocket. Vive le six un trois!


New Swears – Junkfood Forever, Bedtime Whatever

Jeepz – Open Sunday

Musk Ox – Woodfall

Steve Adamyk Band – Dial Tone

Big Balade – Big Balade EP

Flight Distance – High Priests of Low Life

H. de Heutz – Study for Violence and Tape 

Bonnie Doon – Bonnie Doon EP 

G. Grand – Grand Designs

Kalle Mattson – Someday, The Moon Will Be Gold 

Tindervox – Tindervox

Dead Weights – Dead Ends & Closed Doors

Silkken Laumann – Not Forever Enough

The Yips – Air Loom

Jon Hynes – Watchful Creatures

Amos The Transparent – The Cold Escape

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Fresh Hell – We Never Sleep

Mother’s Children – Lemon

Roberta Bondar – Caustic

Bosveld – Catalysts Mixtape

The Creeps – Eulogies

Pith & the Parenchymas – Song of the Neverending Ugly Lizard

Steamers – Steamates EP

Tropical Dripps – Cool Dude

Fet. Nat – Poule Mange Poule

6 Comments

  • Booooorrrrriiinnnnggg

  • Grime Kings’ Honeymooning came out this year. What’s wrong with you?

  • […] New Swears and Kalle Mattson, just to name a few that released new materials in 2014. Check this link from Ottawa Showbox of their top local releases of 2014. The ones I want to cover are two Ottawa […]

  • OttShowBoxIsLame

    This website is supposed to support local music as a WHOLE and yet I continually see the same names gaining support…I refuse to come here anymore or beg for coverage for the bands im in. I understand theres a lot of it happening, but maybe instead of saying “these are the best bands”, maybe say “these are all the bands in ottawa that put out music in 2014. we should be proud of them all”.
    Most of the bands on this list are the trendy bullshit i see all the time from this site and im sick of it…

    what about: old rules, metronome jones, moseley, daisy, the superlative, emmas ringer, the powergoats,rydell, we were sharks, the haig, monsun, dreamer/deceiver, and more…

    up yours. you lost readership.

  • […] New Fries set the dial to “weird” perfectly for the next band to play the Alley stage – Hull’s Fet.Nat. This band is one of the region’s most imaginative, bizarrely creative acts. Their music is laden with groove and funky undertones, yet strewn with disjointed arrangements, irregular time signatures, socially derisive vocal diversions by singer JFno, and otherworldly instrumental experimentations. Alongside JFno reside some incredibly talented musicians – Linsey Wellman on saxophones, Pierre-Luc Clément on guitar, and Last Ex/Timber Timbre’s Olivier Fairfield on drums and synth. Their latest album, 2014’s Poule Mange Poule, was one of our favourites of the year. […]

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