BEST MALE SINGER
JOHN McNAUGHTON With so many talented singers working in a wide variety of musical contexts in Toronto, each with his or her own personal style, any attempt at a comparative evaluation seems like a waste of time. However, for pure goosebump-raising ability, the Foggy Hogtown Boys’ bass-thumping lead vocalist, John McNaughton, is hard to top. The effortless way he conjures the haunting sound of traditional bluegrass – at once eerily ancient yet still soulfully contemporary – makes it seem like he was born to sing that music, but he’s clearly got the chops to work in any field he wants. A rare talent, deserving much wider recognition.