The ability to write legibly.
Let’s face it: Handwriting is basically over. Looking at old birthday cards from your grandparents makes them seem like professional calligraphers. Your handwriting, on the other hand, looks like you were writing while riding a horse that was fed nothing but Red Bull.
Memorizing more than two phone numbers.
Go ahead and write five phone numbers you have memorized. Can’t do it, can you? Your grandparents memorized every family member, best friend, plus the local movie theater number (how else were they supposed to know when movies were playing?). You just plug numbers into your phone and are then forced to ask everyone on Facebook to send you their number when you lose said phone.
Knowing how to use a phone book.
This was your grandparents’ Google. Need a dentist? Phone book. Prank call your teacher? Phone book. It used to be you weren’t anybody until you were “in” the phone book. Now you’re not somebody unless you have your own reality show.
The ability to read and use a real, handheld, paper map.
Unless you’re Dora the Explorer, the last map you held was probably the one they give you at Disneyland. Even then you probably got lost on your way to Splash Mountain. Your grandparents, however, could plan a trip across the country using only a map, a pen, and a few gas station attendants along the way. Now that’s traveling.
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From Mental Floss:
This is Spinal Tap may not have invented the mockumentary genre, but it certainly popularized it. Released 30 years ago, Rob Reiner’s cult classic comedy—which starred Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, and Harry Shearer—turned the fictional heavy metal band of its title into bona fide musical superstars. It also called into question what the exact dimensions of an on-stage Stonehenge should be.
THE FILM HIT TOO CLOSE TO HOME FOR MANY FAMOUS MUSICIANS.
“We do love that, the musicians who have said, ‘Man, I can’t watch Spinal Tap, it’s too much like my life,’” Harry Shearer says in John Kenneth Muir’s book, Best in Show: The Films of Christopher Guest and Company. “That’s the highest compliment of all. It beats all the Oscar nominations we never got.” It’s a compliment the movie’s cast and crew hear quite often. Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen, Eddie Vedder, and Dee Snider are just a few of the musicians who have referenced similarities between their own lives and the movie’s plot.
IT MADE TOM WAITS AND THE EDGE CRY.
Tom Waits once said that when he watched the film for the first time, he cried because of its realism. The Edge shared a similar sentiment in 2005, when U2 was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: “It’s so hard to keep things fresh, and not to become a parody of yourself,” the legendary guitarist told the crowd of onlookers. “And if you’ve ever seen that movie Spinal Tap, you will know how easy it is to parody what we all do. The first time I ever saw it, I didn’t laugh. I wept. I wept because I recognized so much and so many of those scenes.”
While happiness is defined by the individual, I’ve always felt it foolish to declare that nothing can be learned from observing the happiness of others.
In our day-to-day lives it is easy to miss the forest for the trees and look over some of the smaller, simpler things that can disproportionally affect our happiness levels. Luckily, we can go off more than just our intuition; there are lots of studies that aim for finding the right behavior that leads to a happier life. Below, we take a look at some of the more actionable advice.
1. Be Busy, But Not Rushed
Research shows that being “rushed” puts you on the fast track to being miserable. On the other hand, many studies suggest that having nothing to do can also take its toll, bad news for those who subscribe to the Office Space dream of doing nothing.
The porridge is just right when you’re living a productive life at a comfortable pace. Meaning: you should be expanding your comfort zone often, but not so much that you feel overwhelmed. Easier said than done, but certainly an ideal to strive towards.
Feeling like you’re doing busywork is often the result of saying “Yes” to things you are not absolutely excited about. Be sure to say “No” to things that don’t make you say, “Hell yeah!” We all have obligations, but a comfortable pace can only be found by a person willing to say no to most things, and who’s able to say “Yes” to the rightthings.
2. Have 5 Close Relationships
Having a few close relationships keeps people happier when they’re young, and has even been shown to help us live longer, with a higher quality of life. True friends really are worth their weight in gold. But why five relationships? This seemed to be an acceptable average from a variety of studies. Take this excerpt from the bookFinding Flow:
The number isn’t the important aspect here, it is the effort you put into your relationships that matters. Studies show that even the best relationships dissolve over time; a closeness with someone is something you need to continually earn, never treat it as a given. Every time you connect with those close to you, you further strengthen those bonds and give yourself a little boost of happiness at the same time. The data show that checking in around every two weeks is the sweet spot for very close friends.
3. Don’t Tie Your Happiness to External Events
Self-esteem is a tricky beast. It’s certainly good for confidence, but a variety ofresearch suggests that self-esteem that is bound to external success can be quite fickle. For example, certain students who tied their self-esteem to their grades experienced small boosts when they received a grad school acceptance letter, but harsh drops in self-esteem when they were rejected.
Tying your happiness to external events can also lead to behavior which avoids failure as a defensive measure. Think of all the times you tell yourself, “It doesn’t matter that I failed, because I wasn’t even trying.” The key may be, as C.S. Lewis suggests, to instead think of yourself less, thus avoiding the trap of tying your self-worth to external signals.
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From Mental Floss:
It’s hard to picture what today’s teenagers will wax nostalgic about 30 years from now when they reminisce about their first car. (It still required gasoline, perhaps?) Who knows how automobiles will change in the future; what we do know is how different they are today from 30 or more years ago. If you fondly remember being surrounded by two or three tons of solid Detroit steel with a whip antenna on the front from which you could tie a raccoon tail or adorn with an orange Union 76 ball, and enough leg room that you didn’t suffer from phlebitis on long road trips, then you might also miss a few of these.
1. BENCH SEATS
The last American production model car to offer a bench seat in the front, the Chevy Impala, will cease doing so after this year. Back before seat belts were even included in cars—much less mandatory to wear—three passengers could fit comfortably in the front of most cars, or four if one was a child or a skinny relative. Many sly males took advantage of the seat design while driving with a female companion; a quick, unexpected sharp turn made with his right arm resting on the seat back sent the lady sliding right into his embrace.
Tailfins were the brainchild of General Motors design chief Harley Earl. The first fins appeared on the 1948 Cadillac, inspired by the WWII Lockheed P-38 Lightning fighter plane. By the late 1950s, most folks had shrugged off the war and were fixated instead on all things space-age. Tailfins grew to enormous proportions, giving cars a futuristic look.
Ashtrays were commonly found in the dashboard (along with an electric lighter), mounted on the back of the front seat, and in the armrests on opposite sides of the back seat. Even if you weren’t a smoker, the tray in the dash was handy for storing coins, and the rear ones were handy receptacles for candy wrappers and discarded chewing gum. If you want an ashtray in your new car, ask for the Smoker’s Package.
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Still writing The Great American Novel on the typewriter or longhand?
You’re not alone, and using throwback technology isn’t necessarily an impediment to success if these ten writers are anything to go by.
The famed director, who writes his own screenplays, pens his masterpieces with actual pens.
“My ritual is, I never use a typewriter or computer. I just write it all by hand. It’s a ceremony. I go to a stationery store and buy a notebook — and I don’t buy like 10. I just buy one and then fill it up. Then I buy a bunch of red felt pens and a bunch of black ones, and I’m like, ‘These are the pens I’m going to write Grindhouse with,’” he said in an interview with Reuters.
The illustrious romance novelist, currently the bestselling author alive, has one mainstay she uses to type up her more than 100 books.
An interview with the Roanoke Times revealed Steel writes all her books on a 1946 Olympia manual typewriter, during a 20-hour writing shift.
“There are people who show up nicely dressed, they work from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. I can’t do that,” she says. “Sometimes I don’t leave my house for two or three weeks.”
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Once you have your first relationship, everything changes and you hope to bring your experiences and what you’ve learned into the next one. You also start learn things you can’t unlearn. Here’s some things you wish you knew before you started dating.
Only you can define yourself.
You are not defined by your boyfriend or girlfriend. A person needs to be confident of him or herself before entering any kind of serious relationship. You need to be happy with the person you are and the choices you make when you are alone. Do not depend on another person to make you feel good.
Never neglect your friends or family for the sake of a dating relationship.
A great way to ruin amazing friendships is to ditch your friends for a boy or girl. Believe you me! Your family and friends were there first. Don’t think you can ignore them and they will still be waiting around for you if your relationship fails. Make time for your other relationships as it’s good to have a wide network as opposed to only one person in your life.
You do not always live happily ever after.
Sadly, high school relationships statistically only last long term 2% of the time. This is hard to understand when you are young and your hormones are making you dizzy and sick with love. No one and nothing else could ever get in the way of your love! Ever! No matter how wonderful a relationship might seem, if you are too young to know what you want, it might not last.
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This is part 17 of an ongoing series where the kind folk of the music business reveal their favourite album of all time.
Ask people in the music industry the seemingly simple and straightforward question, “What is your favourite album of all time?” and you’ll find that it’s not always easy. After all, my industry peers listen to hundreds of albums a month – thousands of songs during that time. Because the question isn’t the best album of all time – the one that’s made them the most money in sales – but the one release they personally can’t live without, that one title they have two copies of in several formats, in case one breaks. It’s also about that album that for them has the best back stories and the one that has the most meaning in their lives.
Chris Budd, Bearsuit Publishing / Indie Music Filter
Takk…, Sigur Rós
“This record crept up on me and became the soundtrack to my life in a time when I really opened my ears to music. A newbie to genres in and around post rock, a fell pretty hard for this bands’ ability to build to those fantastic HUGE music moments, then flow seamlessly into stunningly beautiful ambiance. A record that’s not for everyone (for those who want to understand lyrics maybe), but one that is truly meant to be heard with your eyes closed.”
Jiggley Jones, alt.country Singer/Songwriter
Decade, Neil Young
“I am a big fan of Neil, especially his “older” stuff. I never get tired of it and this collection covers a lot of ground throughout the 70″s. There are 35 songs on it so how can ya beat that. I remember when I was a teenager, sitting in the middle of the night on this big hill that overlooked the city that I grew up near, listening to this entire collection over and over again as I looked down at the lighted city below. A little bit of partying going on and a lot of reflection.”
Curtis Sindrey, Editor-in-Chief, Aesthetic Magazine Toronto
OK Computer, Radiohead
When Radiohead released OK Computer, in May 1997, they took their sound to a new plateau with tracks like the darkly humorous, anti-yuppie, prog-rock single “Paranoid Android”, to the hauntingly mystifying “Karma Police” to the cold, distant robotic voice on “Fitter Happier”. If you’ve ever felt alone within our technology-driven world, where people are more concerned about their Twitter followers or Facebook likes, OK Computer acted as your rebellious anthem as it did mine. I first heard it on a burnt CD when I was 16 and it transported me into a place I couldn’t define and a sound I couldn’t describe and I wanted to return every chance I had. OK Computer was my first introduction to the sonic enigma that is Radiohead, and even now as a twentysomething, I am no closer to figuring them out. Although Thom Yorke sings about everyday life, it takes more than one listen and even more listens after that to fully appreciate the brilliance.
Tom Funk, Green Chile Revival & Medicine Show, KGLP Gallup
There Ain’t No Easy Road, Fred Eaglesmith
Tremendous writing, tremendous musicianship and always good no matter how many times I’ve listened to it. It’s a treasure.
Shawn PT, Chief Author and Editor of the Canadian Music Blog
I had heard about this work via the artist’s postings on Twitter. Someone had uploaded the audio onto YouTube, and I clicked the play button. As soon as those ethereal opening synth riffs began playing and the beat kicked in, I felt the icy chill of snowflakes roll up my spine. About 30 seconds later, I grabbed my shoes and jogged over to HMV. I had forgotten to check first if they had any copies in stock and had to keep my fingers crossed. Luckily, they had a few discs. I popped the CD into the drive with hands trembling in excitement. I sat transfixed throughout the full length of the album, enjoying song after song. I was so amazed at the brilliant songwriting, the richness of sonic flavours blended together, the skilled production, and inspired lyrics, and at the center of it all, I heard the voice of an angel. I had not felt such awe over an album as a whole for a very long time. As the days, weeks, and months passed by, my admiration of this masterpiece of music and true work of art did nothing but grow. It permeated every crevice of my soul until I had found my true love, a humble, Canadian, electronic, indie rock record called Siberia by Lights.
From Vice Magazine:
Image by Cei Willis, corner graphic by Sam Taylor
Indie dudes in indie bands: Can you just put everything down and stop for a second? Literally everyone else making music: You are OK. Carry on with what you are doing. Jazz singers, old guys in shitty blues cover bands, art kids layering their voices into shimmering soundscapes usingMelodyne, next-levelers coming up with drone metal/Philly disco hybrids, Satanic choirs, DJs who perform using wind-up gramophones… literally everyone except indie dudes in indie bands, just keep on keeping on. (Note: for the purposes of this article, girls can be dudes too.) This A-to-Z is of no use to you. You are already saved: go treat yourself to a Snickers.
Now, indie dudes, I’ve got something for you to read. Print it out and put it on your fridge Or just continue to stare out of the window, composing lyrics about your ex who won’t give you your skateboard back and coming up with chord changes that even that bald Mormon sex-case Will Oldham would have thrown away for being too insipid. The choice is yours.
A is for Anarchy: In all creative enterprises there is no authority greater than yourself. The second you start chasing fads you are dead in the water artistically. Plus, unless you’re extremely lucky, it won’t do you any commercial favors either. For example, if your unsigned band has a triangle in its name as a replacement for the letter A, why not instead form a new band that dresses in giant turd costumes and hats made out of plastic dog shit and rename yourself Fecal Fred and the Fucking Turd Hats? You will literally have more of a chance of getting signed and acquiring an audience than you will by chasing after 2009’s lamest and most insubstantial trend. Think for yourself—it doesn’t cost anything.
B is for Bullshit: Don’t believe in rock mythology. None of it is true. Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips penned such classics as “Should We Keep the Severed Head Awake??” and “Oh My Pregnant Head (Labia in the Sunlight),” but do you know how many times he took LSD ever? Four times. When I was in a band (who you will not have heard of), we used to take LSD at every practice. The more scientifically-minded among you will be able to find some correlation between these two facts.
C is for Cats: I see you, sitting at home at 4 AM firing up another joint and cutting out cat heads from JPEGs and photoshopping them onto pictures of your buddies’ bodies as part of your “art.” Just pack it in already. This has nothing to do with your music. You are not Jai Paul. Your name is James and it’s time for you to go to bed.
D is for Doges: See C.
Photo by Nick Gazin
E is for Electric Wizard: You are not in Electric Wizard and you never will be with that haircut. Sort it out.
F is for Figures: Most truly great bands look like action figures of themselves. Slayer, Throbbing Gristle, Public Enemy, Mayhem… No one’s going to make an action figure of you while your look can be described as “Guy on the bus who isn’t sure if he missed his stop.”
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If you’re looking for a way of wasting a few hours this weekend, check out the Reddit thread What’s the most b-s-sounding-but-true fact you know?, an awesome list of useless knowledge to wow and amaze your friends and enemies.
Thought I can’t personally vouch for the truthfulness of any of these claims, they do make for some eyebrow raising moments:
- When you get a kidney transplant, they usually just leave your original kidneys in your body and put the 3rd kidney in your pelvis.
- Trees have such intricate root systems that a tree low on one particular type of nutrient will acquire some from his neighbors and make up for it later. This is especially prevalent during the winter months when some trees don’t have leaves and so need extra help from their evergreen friends.
- There is more fresh water contained in Loch Ness than in all rivers and lakes in England and Wales combined.
- There used to be a flying reptile that was as tall as a giraffe.
- If you melted down the Eiffel Tower, the pool of iron would be less than 3 inches deep (in a square area the same dimensions as the tower base).
The nominees for the 2014 Juno Awards were announced in Toronto this morning, with Montreal’s Arcade Fire leading the way with six nominations. Michael Buble and Serena Ryder are next with five each, while Celine Dion, Drake, Hedley, and Tegan And Sara received four.
The performers at this year’s televised ceremony in Winnipeg announced so far will be Serena Ryder, Tegan and Sara, Robin Thicke and City and Colour. The awards will be handed out on Saturday, March 29th at the Gala Dinner, and the big ones to be aired on Sunday, March 30th at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg.
Here is the list of nominees:
Artist of the year: Céline Dion, Drake, Michael Bublé, Robin Thicke, Serena Ryder.
Group: Arcade Fire, Blue Rodeo, Hedley, Tegan and Sara, Walk Off the Earth.
Single: Reflektor, Arcade Fire; Inner Ninja, Classified ft. David Myles; It’s a Beautiful Day, Michael Bublé; What I Wouldn’t Do, Serena Ryder; Closer, Tegan and Sara.
Album: Reflektor, Arcade Fire; Loved Me Back to Life, Céline Dion; Nothing Was The Same, Drake; To Be Loved, Michael Bublé; Harmony, Serena Ryder.
Songwriter: Arcade Fire, Henry (Cirkut) Walter, Ron Sexsmith, Serena Ryder, Tegan and Sara Quin.
Breakthrough group: A Tribe Called Red, Autumn Hill, Born Ruffians, Courage My Love, July Talk.
Breakthrough artist: Brett Kissel, Florence K, Tim Hicks, Tyler Shaw, Wake Owl.
International album: Unorthodox Jukebox, Bruno Mars; The Marshall Mathers LP II, Eminem; Night Visions, Imagine Dragons; Take Me Home, One Direction; Truth About Love, Pink.
Fan’s Choice: Arcade Fire, Avril Lavigne, Celine Dion, Drake, Hedley, Justin Bieber, Michael Buble, Robin Thicke, Serena Ryder, Walk Off The Earth.
Country album: Started With a Song, Brett Kissel; Crop Circles, Dean Brody; Country Junkie, Gord Bamford; Small Town Pistols, Small Town Pistols; Throw Down, Tim Hicks.
Adult alternative album: Shut Down the Streets, A.C. Newman; Tall Tall Shadow, Basia Bulat; Us Alone, Hayden; Forever Endeavour, Ron Sexsmith; Internal Sounds, The Sadies.
Alternative album: Reflektor, Arcade Fire; The Poet’s Dead, Rah Rah; Today We’re Believers, Royal Canoe; Warring, The Darcys; Uzu, Yamantaka//Sonic Titan.
Pop album: Wild Life, Hedley; To Be Loved, Michael Bublé; Blurred Lines, Robin Thicke; Heartthrob, Tegan and Sara; R.E.V.O., Walk Off the Earth.
Rock album: Love + Fury, Headstones; Coyote, Matt Mays; Arrows of Desire, Matthew Good; Furiosity, Monster Truck; Transit of Venus, Three Days Grace.
Vocal jazz album: Stealing Genius, Amy McConnell & William Sperandei; Courage, My Love, Erin Propp with Larry Roy; My Funny Valentine – The Chet Baker Songbook, Matt Dusk; Notes On Montréal ft. Sienna Dahlen, Mike Rud; Triades, Sonia Johnson, Charles Biddle Jr. & Annie Poulain.
Contemporary jazz album: Gratitude, Brandi Disterheft; Habitat, Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra; Brooklyn Babylon, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society; Mirror of the Mind, Earl MacDonald; Le refuge, Trifolia.
Traditional jazz album: Nine, Carn Davidson 9; The Ian McDougall 12tet LIVE, Ian McDougall 12-tet; Our Second Set, John MacLeod & His Rex Hotel Orchestra; Ripple Effect, Mike Downes; Look for the Silver Lining, Phil Dwyer and Don Thompson.
Instrumental album: New History Warfare Vol.3: To See More Light, Colin Stetson; Dalmak, Esmerine; Senna, Mahogany Frog; Down Home, Petr Cancura; Invitation, The Peggy Lee Band.
Francophone album: Himalaya mon amour, Alex Nevsky; Omniprésent, Damien Robitaille; Chic de ville, Daniel Bélanger; Fox, Karim Ouellet; Punkt, Pierre Lapointe.
Children’s album: Sing As We Go!, Charlie Hope; What’s the Big Idea?!?, Gary Rasberry; Colour It, Helen Austin; Mon coffret à surprises, Marie-Claude; Coconuts Don’t Fall Far From the Tree, Splash’N Boots.
Classical album, solo or chamber ensemble: Prokofiev Complete Works for Violin, James Ehnes; Chopin: Études Op. 10 & 25, Jan Lisiecki; Mozart: Concertos Nos. 13 & 14, Janina Fialkowska / The Chamber Players of Canada; Liszt at The Opera, Louis Lortie; Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas, Stewart Goodyear
Classical album, large ensemble or soloist with large ensemble: Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 17 & 27, Angela Hewitt; Britten & Shostakovich: Violin Concerti, James Ehnes; Canadian Concerto Project, Volume One, Nadina Mackie Jackson and Guy Few with Group of 27; House of Dreams, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra; Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances & Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring, Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Classical album, vocal or choral: Berlioz: Les nuits d’été – Palej : The Poet & the War – Rorate Coeli, Group of 27, Eric Paetkau – Conductor, Shannon Mercer – Soprano; Ravel, Sayat-Nova & Kradjian: Troubadour & the Nightingale, Isabel Bayrakdarian; Lettres de Madame Roy à sa fille Gabrielle, Marie-Nicole Lemieux & André Gagnon; Handel: Orlando, HWV 31, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Alexander Weimann, Owen Willets, Karina Gauvin, Allyson McHardy, Amanda Forsythe, Nathan Berg; A Quiet Place: Music for Healing III, Vancouver Chamber Choir.
Classical composition: Field Notes, Allan Gordon Bell (GRAVITY AND GRACE); Isomorphia for Orchestra and Electronics, James O’Callaghan (MAHLER SYMPHONY 9); Quatuors à cordes No. 12, R. Murray Schafer (QUATUOR MOLINARI); Magnificat, Stephen Chatman (MAGNIFICAT: SONGS OF REFLECTION); Atacama: Symphonie No. 3, Tim Brady (ATACAMA: Symphonie No. 3).
Rap recording: Classified, Classified; Nothing Was the Same, Drake; In My Opinion, Rich Kidd; Flying Colours, Shad; Everywhere We Go, SonReal.
Dance recording: This is What it Feels Like, Armin van Buuren & Trevor Guthrie; >album title goes here<, deadmau5; Tsunami, DVBBS & Borgeous; Locked Down, Jacynthe; Heartbreaker, Mia Martina.
R&B/soul recording: Kaleidoscope, Joanna Borromeo; Can’t Choose, JRDN ft. Kardinal Offishall; There’s Only One, Kim Davis; Gone, Melanie Durrant; Kiss Land, The Weeknd.
Reggae recording: Mandela, Akustix; Baby It’s You, Ammoye; Love Collision, Dru; Rebel Massive, Dubmatix; Strive, Exco Levi & Kabaka Pyramid.
Aboriginal album: Keep a Fire, Amanda Rheaume; Small Town Stories, Desiree Dorion; Surrender, George Leach; Burn Me Down, Inez Jasper; Road Renditions, Nathan Cunningham.
Roots & traditional album, solo: Come Cry With Me, Daniel Romano; So Say We All, David Francey; Don’t Get Too Grand, Donovan Woods; Valleyheart, Justin Rutledge; Tin Star, Lindi Ortega.
Roots & traditional album, group: The Folk Sinner, Lee Harvey Osmond; Bison Ranch Recording Sessions, Little Miss Higgins & The Winnipeg Five; Volume One, The Devin Cuddy Band; We Still Move On Dance Floors, The Strumbellas; Island of Echoes, The Wilderness of Manitoba.
Blues album: Come on Down, David Gogo; Can You Hear the Music, Downchild; Soulscape, Harrison Kennedy; My Guitar’s My Only Friend, James Buddy Rogers; All Frequencies, MonkeyJunk.
Contemporary Christian/gospel album: Search the Heavens, Fraser Campbell; Jordan Raycroft, Jordan Raycroft; Heart, The City Harmonic; Lost & Undone: A Gospel Bluegrass Companion, The High Bar Gang; Trees, Tim Neufeld.
World music album: Sabor A Café, Adonis Puentes; Lamentation of Swans – A Journey Towards Silence, Azam Ali and Loga R.Torkian; Walk to the Sea, David Buchbinder & Odessa/Havana; Jumbie in the Jukebox, Kobo Town; Lume, Lume, Lemon Bucket Orkestra.
Producer of the year: Brian Howes and Jacob Hoggard; Eric Ratz; Henry (Cirkut) Walter (co-producer Luke Gottwald); Ryan Guldemond and Ben Kaplan; Thomas (Tawgs) Salter.
Recording engineer: David Travers-Smith; Eric Ratz; Howie Beck; Kevin Churko (co-engineer Kane Churko); Randy Staub.
Recording package: Bodhi Jones, Dinah Thorpe, Hollerado, Arts and Crafts – Various Artists, We Are Wolves.
Video of the year: Je t’aime comme tu es (Daniel Bélanger), Friend of Mine (D-Sisive), Anything (Hedley), King and Lionheart (Of Monsters and Men), Feeling Good (The Sheepdogs).
Electronic album: Nation II Nation, A Tribe Called Red; Untogether, Blue Hawaii; Graze, Graze; Third Culture, Noah Pred; Guilt Trips, Ryan Hemsworth.
Metal/Hard music album: Heart of Oak, Anciients; Colored Sands, Gorguts; Entrench, KEN Mode; Volition, Protest the Hero; Dead Language, The Flatliners.
Adult contemporary album: In My Head, Alysha Brilla; Loved Me Back To Life, Céline Dion; Dream Catcher, Chloe Albert; The Year He Drove Me Crazy, Coral Egan; A Christmas Gift To You, Johnny Reid.