Over the past year we had the pleasure of working with everyone from local favourites like July Talk to breakthrough acts like Weaves, and packing a record number of people into the Hidden Studio with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros in 2016.
We’re rounded up our favourite studio moments from the year, including Collective Arts Black Box Sessions that occur at our station in Liberty Village, as well as performances from our Hidden Studio. We’ve even thrown in Mac DeMarco serenading us in a forest at WayHome.
This is our list of the best studio moments of 2016.
Born Ruffians “Don’t Live Up”
In this session, you couldn’t even tell that the Born Ruffians had done this Black Box session right after completing a full tour and three shows in a row in Toronto.
Wintersleep seriously rocked the tiny Black Box with a throwback track from their 2007 album Welcome to the Night Sky.
The Fast Romantics filled our Black Box Studio with their charisma, character, and sweet, sweet music.
Strumbellas “Shovels and Dirt”
This rendition of “Shovels and Dirt” will give you a new perspective on The Strumbellas.
Basia Bulat “Infamous”
This performance of “Infamous” from her new album Good Advice is bound to induce some major goosebumps.
Listen to “Amerika” like you’ve never heard it before (unless you’ve seen them live, of course).
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
It’s a full house with this session!
Ra Ra Riot “Water”
Ra Ra Riot stopped by the Black Box to play a song from their new album Need Your Light, which was the band’s first album since 2013.
Weaves “One More”
This band’s ability to vibe together is so evident in this session. Be prepared to dance.
Get ready to feel all the feels with this Hidden Studio Session featuring the oh-so-talented Hannah Georgas.
Mac DeMarco hung out with us in a forest at WayHome and gifted us with an intimate performance of “Without Me.”
Bishop Briggs “River”
Briggs completely throws her whole being into this incredibly raw performance, making a tiny recording studio feel like a giant music hall.
The Head And The Heart “Library Magic”
The Head And The Heart kept things cool in the Black Box with their shades and a beautiful version of “Library Magic.”
Leah Fay and Peter Dreimanis’ quirky stage presence will make you feel weird in a great way.
Catfish and the Bottlemen “7”
This North Wales band played a humble rendition of “7” from their most recent release The Ride.
Joseph “White Flag”
These three sisters bring so much light to the Black Box. Just try not to shout “burn the white flag!”
Band of Horses “The Great Salt Lake”
This live performance does the most justice to Ben Bridwell’s unmistakable vocals.
Half Moon Run
This band has been on a rollercoaster ride since 2009 with two widely acclaimed albums. Watch them come “Full Circle” in this Hidden Studio Session.
Prepare to be blown away by this young talent’s incredible vocals and compelling personality.
The Naked and Famous “Higher”
Freezing cold in this Canadian winter? This rendition of “Higher” from TNAF’s recent album is sure to warm you up.
Stay tuned to Indie88.com over the holidays for our entire Best of 2016 series.
Up next: Best Covers of 2016 (Wednesday, December 21)