This list of people submitting their choices included (in no particular order): Jim fromQuick Before It Melts;Said The Gramophone‘s Sean Michaels; Frans from Apartment 613; James, host of CHUO‘s Mixtape Sessions; Brenda from Earbuds & Ticket Stubs; Ryan Breese, host of CKCU’s Whatever’s Cool With Me; Nat Cap Rock‘s Andrew Carver; Ming Wu of Photoh Music; Michael from Radio Free Canuckistan; Vancouver music freelancer Amanda Ash; Bootlog Rod; Toronto photographer Pete Nema; Indie Music Filter‘s Chris; Alex from Chipped Hip; If The Music’s Loud Enough‘s Ian; Adrien from Pop Matters; Joe of Mechanical Forest Sound; Ca Va Cool‘s Daniel Hernandez; Melody from Spinner.ca; From Blown Speakers‘ Quinn; Mykael of Painting Over Silence; David of Exclaim!; Moncton DJ/photographer/all-around music guy Marc-Xavier Leblanc (aka bones); and last but definitely not least, Frank Chromewaves.
6 of my top 10 picks made the top 33, including Memoryhouse, Hollerado, Caribou, Owen Pallett, Broken Social Scene and the #1 no contest winner, Arcade Fire. I also chose Young Empires, Teen Daze, Freedom or Death and Braids (mainly for the great strides these bands have made online over the past year).
Head to I Heart Music for the whole list (of 33).