BEST NONE-OF-THE-ABOVE BAND
BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE Yeah, we know you’re sick of hearing about every time a member of Broken Social Scene takes a dump or gets arrested, but the reason people can’t stop paying attention to Toronto’s premier dysfunctional family of a band is simply cuz even when they’re purportedly on the verge of collapse (which is often), BSS is a beautiful study in barely organized musical chaos. Teetering somewhere between druggy post-rock instrumentals, shimmering dream pop and accidentally hooky slacker rock, their songs threaten to self-destruct live before catapulting to stratospheric heights. They’re fucked up, they’re drama queens, they’re the band most likely to incur the wrath of irritated wait staff if they enter a restaurant, and they might even be our generation’s Grateful Dead – and we still love listening to them.
OSCAR PETERSON Toronto is bursting with top-notch ivory tinklers, but none could say they’re as ingrained in the country’s music history as Oscar Peterson. A jealous virtuoso might remind us that the Montreal-born legend’s had time to hone his skills. At it since 1940, he’s been a natural since those early days, boasting appearances on over 30 Victor recordings by 1950. Since then, he’s pretty much played every style, with everyone, everywhere, on every label. He developed his own distinct sound (brilliant compositions with a