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The top 10 songs by Toronto bands in 2012

Posted by Aldrin Taroy / December 19, 2012

Trust bandThe best songs from Toronto bands in 2012

With 2012 nearly a memory, it's time to look back and recall some of the year's best tracks from Toronto bands. It's always difficult paring a list like this down to 10, but it was even more difficult thanks to what a strong year it was for local music. Give 'em a listen and then leave a comment below telling us what you think about our choices — or leave your own suggestions if you feel there's something we missed. The more Toronto music, the better.

10. The Elwins - "Stuck in the Middle"
The Elwins subtly turned themselves into one of 2012's best new bands to watch out for. The quartet's catchy "Stuck in the Middle" produced a bright, poppy first impression.

9. Memoryhouse - "The Kids Were Wrong"
Memoryhouse made their Sub Pop debut with The Slideshow Effect, a record that showcases the band's misty, somber sound. "The Kids Were Wrong" rides out in a fog with Evan Abeele's fuzzy guitar lines and Denise Nouvion's vocal billows.

8. The Wooden Sky - "Malibu Rum"
"Malibu Rum" is a sparkling serenade that intoxicates you with bewildering calypso and a woozy, tender melody.

7. PS I Love You - "Sentimental Dishes"
PS I Love You continued to blaze a trail of scuzzy noise-pop hooks with Death Dreams, which features the soaring "Sentimental Dishes" - a song that never slows down, but just gets faster, heavier and more sublime to the very end.

6. Crystal Castles - "Affection"
"Affection" combines automaton vocal effects and disharmony, yet there's substance in the constant patterns of mis-patterns, along with the distorted washes of broken-down choruses and dark, looping beats.

5. Bahamas - "Lost in the Light"
Bahamas (Afie Jurvanen) shone bright in 2012. The best song on Barchords is "Lost in the Light", a song where Jurvanen lets free his wandering, inventive spirit on guitar, with rollicking strums and vocals assembled with perfect backing.

4. Evening Hymns - "Asleep in the Pews"
Evening Hymns' reflective album Spectral Dusk is full of sad songs. And one of the album's saddest tunes, "Asleep in the Pews" is also one of this year's most beautiful, inspiring tracks.

3. Metz - "Wet Blanket"
"Wet Blanket" is explosive and catastrophic. Metz pulls out all the stops to break the barrier between sound in your ear-space, the ground beneath you, and everyone else in the crowd ready to join the chaos.

2. Cold Specks - "Blank Maps"
"I am, I am, I am, I am a goddamn believer," exalts the soulful Al Spx aka Cold Specks in "Blank Maps". With a dauntless, expressive voice, the Polaris shortlist nominee claims her place - and rightly so - as one of 2012's best new artists.

1. Trust - "Sulk"
TRST, the debut album from electronic duo Robert Alfons and Austra drummer Maya Postepski was engineered to shake your earphones. "Sulk" represents Trust's flashy attitude and affinity for noir, dark-wave splendours. Just hit play on "Sulk" - you'll see why it's 2012's number one.








Joe / December 19, 2012 at 10:49 am
I think some of the staff need a geography lesson
James M / December 19, 2012 at 10:55 am
With the accuracy of this list, my choice is "Summer of '69" by Bryan Adams.
Joseph / December 19, 2012 at 11:00 am
How do you say...the whitest list ever in Downtown Westerly?
APOW / December 19, 2012 at 11:09 am
hagstrom / December 19, 2012 at 11:32 am
hahaha PS I Love You is NOT from Toronto. This list is a joke, as are all year-end lists.
Brock / December 19, 2012 at 11:44 am
Get over it people. The Elwins aren't from Toronto either. Maybe they should have renamed it Best of Ontario but who cares!

Great choices guys!
Fab / December 19, 2012 at 12:08 pm
There's no USS or Lights on here, like I can't even...
Shannon / December 19, 2012 at 12:27 pm
Diana Born Again, easily the best song from TO this year.
Pk / December 19, 2012 at 12:34 pm
Trust should have made it to the best bands of 1985. Their funeral-dirge-death-mope music is nothing new.
maenadgaynad / December 19, 2012 at 12:40 pm
Nothing from A Tribe Called Red? Disappointing. Pertinent to the climate of this past year and damn good.
justbill / December 19, 2012 at 01:09 pm
thanks you for the list blogto. this is why i come here, discovering something new is so refreshing. iSheep culture has made the world so generic.
Daver replying to a comment from Joe / December 19, 2012 at 01:32 pm
Seriously BlogTO, you guys lose credibility when you appear to not know what is and what isn't "Toronto". If you mean to refer to the "Greater Toronto Area" then do so explicitly. I'd even settle for "Toronto Area bands"
Poopdawg replying to a comment from maenadgaynad / December 19, 2012 at 01:41 pm
Aren't they from Ottawa?
B / December 19, 2012 at 01:42 pm
"Do it in the Dark" - The Balconies
bjws replying to a comment from justbill / December 19, 2012 at 03:23 pm
How is our world more generic now than it was in the 80's or 90's? I can't imagine that you can quantify that statement for $1M
"geography lesson" / December 19, 2012 at 04:04 pm
You commenters are right, if a band is formed somewhere else, they aren't allowed to base themselves in a different city, right? Because even though all these bands moved to Toronto, by your rules, they aren't allowed to? Glad we settled this.
haveUanyWool replying to a comment from bjws / December 19, 2012 at 04:50 pm
iSheep fanboy bahhh bahhhh bahhh..."hurry! line up now for version 6.0a super mega upgrade!"
Marisa / December 19, 2012 at 05:49 pm
Pretty sure that PS I Love You are from Kingston...
Books55 / December 19, 2012 at 06:07 pm
RUSH had an amazing album come out this year. They are the best band to ever come out Toronto.

Headlong Flight is the best song to be released by a Toronto band this year.
M4RS / December 19, 2012 at 06:56 pm
Maylee Todd deserves some recognition on this list!
Pete / December 19, 2012 at 09:27 pm
PS I LOVE YOU are from KINGSTON. Hardly Toronto, BlogTO.
Jeremy / December 19, 2012 at 09:41 pm
Music taste fail
jesus / December 19, 2012 at 10:16 pm
Chill out, kids. Stop being pretentious about where they're from and enjoy some good music. It's easy and fun! Better than beng whiny weiners on the Internets. Christ.
Gaberstein / December 19, 2012 at 11:29 pm
Bjorn Again!!!
joe / December 20, 2012 at 10:24 am
the weeknd?
Relmar Boys / December 23, 2012 at 05:31 pm
Not only a Toronto band, but also a Toronto song.
X555 the pleasure !
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