My Six Favourite Toronto Albums

cdA list of the top 50 Toronto albums is making the rounds, so I thought I'd chime in with my six favourite Toronto albums.

With apologies to the Rheostatics, Rush and Blue Rodeo, these are my top six.

Everything I Long ForHayden - Everything I Long For

Favourite Tracks:
"Bad As They Seem"
"In September"

Love JunkThe Pursuit of Happiness - Love Junk

Favourite Tracks:
"I'm an Adult Now"
"She's So Young"
"Hard to Laugh"

Shakespeare My ButtThe Lowest of the Low - Shakespeare My Butt

Favourite Tracks:
"Henry Needs a New Pair of Shoes"
"Eternal Fatalist"
"Bleed a Little While Tonight"

YelowtapeBarenaked Ladies - The Yellow Tape

Favourite Tracks:
"Brian Wilson"
"If I Had $1000000"
"Be My Yoko Ono"

Symphony in EffectMaestro Fresh-Wes - Symphony in Effect

Favourite Tracks:
"Let Your Backbone Slide"
"Drop the Needle"
"Tear it Up"

FlukeRusty - Fluke

Favourite Tracks:
"Groovy Dead"
"Wake Me"

And Neil Young's Live at Massey Hall 1971 isn't on this list because although he spent his formative years in Toronto and recorded this masterpiece in Toronto, I'm having difficulty swallowing it as a Toronto album. And yes, some of you hate rap and will ridicule me for including the Maestro on this list. Go ahead, I have thick skin.

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Good list Mike. I would add The Dream Warriors first album to that and as I tweeted out, I think they got the top two right. I know Neil Young's iconic Live at Massey Hall might not technically be a "Toronto' album, but it captures a time, place and period for this city in stunning quality, especially since the remaster.

Some of the albums on the list have a special place in my heart (and Gordon Lightfoot rocks) from my years at CFNY, but I think the Low got screwed. It should have been in the Top 10 along with the Yellow Tape.

Great list overall and some hidden gems too.


January 3, 2013 @ 3:10 PM


What no Moxy Fruvous? LOL!!

January 3, 2013 @ 3:17 PM

4x4 Time

Murray McLauchlan - Boulevard

January 3, 2013 @ 3:19 PM

519 Rob

The fact that The Rheostatics Whale Music was only #45 is a crime. However, the list wasn't all bad.
But my criticism was having Sloan on the list. I love Sloan, but does anyone REALLY see them as a Toronto band?

January 3, 2013 @ 3:43 PM


You've gotta feel for the top 50 list-excluded band that once called themselves 'Toronto'.

January 3, 2013 @ 4:33 PM


I think there really was no way for NOW to make everyone happy on this one. I was glad to see most of my top 10 picks on the list, but also a couple of glaring omissions in my opinion.
I too would have included Hayden's Everything I Long For in a top 50, also Owen Pallett's Heartland for sure.
However, anything that provokes conversation surrounding what is the best art out of Toronto is a good thing. I am definitely going to check out a couple of albums on the NOW list that I am not familiar with.

January 3, 2013 @ 5:01 PM


I could have bumped a few things on that list to find a spot for Bob Segarini- Gotta Have Pop.

January 3, 2013 @ 7:08 PM


@519 Rob,

I think most people associate Sloan with Halifax, but they've been living in Toronto for so long now... I think the same argument could be made for Neil Young.

Was surprised no Bruce Cockburn though.

January 3, 2013 @ 7:40 PM


So, no Corky and the Juice Pigs either? Eh @Tim.

January 3, 2013 @ 9:28 PM


Lowest of the Low. Hands down the best.

January 7, 2013 @ 1:21 PM


I may be dating myself but the first Moxy (not Fruvous) album was a killer.

January 8, 2013 @ 2:22 PM

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