Best of Vancouver 2015: It’s time to fall for local music

Vancouver acts share their favourite albums, the year’s best gigs, and where they’d eat on a tycoon’s dime

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      We love this time of year. There’s a slight chill in the air, but we’re warmed by the sight of leaves that are just starting to turn fiery hues of yellow, orange, and red. Our two favourite days on the calendar—Halloween and Christmas, of course—are drawing ever closer. Best of all, after spending the rest of the year telling readers about our favourite musical things, we get to turn things over to the musicians themselves. That gives us a much-needed break and gives you, dear reader, the perspectives of those who are truly in the know.

      As usual, we rounded up a few of Vancouver’s most excellent bands and solo artists and picked the brains of those who handle the frontperson duties. We wanted to know which local releases they can’t get enough of, where they would open a club if money were no object, and, in the spirit of a certain former Canadian Idol contestant from Mission, which other Vancouver musicians they really, really, really, really, really, really like.

      Not to toot our own horn, but we like to think we know how to pick ’em. Previous participants in this feature include Dan Mangan, Said the Whale, White Lung, Hannah Georgas, Fake Shark, the New Pornographers, Mother Mother, the Pack a.d., and Mounties. You might have heard of some of them.

      So without further ado, read on to learn which local musician finds Nardwuar the Human Serviette both frightening and intriguing; what tugboat captain wants to party on the Expo 86 relic known as the McBarge; and who’s dying to try a pizza topped by tiger prawns, lobster ratatouille, smoked steelhead, Russian Osetra caviar, and Italian white truffles—but only if Canucks head honcho Francesco Aquilini is willing to pick up the $850 tab.