Gemma Mastroianni’s 2017 Year in Review – Staff Picks

Every year we ask our talented contributors to send us their thoughts on the past twelve months. These surveys appear untouched, and the only instruction was to answer the question however they see fit. –Dakota Arsenault, Music Editor


How long have you been with Live in Limbo and what do you do for the site?

For 2 years, I am a Music Writer, Editor, and Columnist.


What were your three favourite albums of 2017?

A Deeper Understanding – The War on Drugs

Sacred Hearts Club – Foster the People

The Ooz – King Krule


What was the most underrated album of 2017?

Is Everything Okay in Your World – Yellow Days


What was your favourite Canadian album of 2017?

Outrage! Is Now – Death From Above


What were your three favourite songs of 2017?

In no particular order:

Sweet – Brockhampton

Sit Next To Me – Foster the People

Thinking of a Place – The War on Drugs


How many concerts and/or festivals did you go to in 2017?



What were your three favourite concerts of the year?

Foster the People, Animal Collective, Flying Lotus.


What was your favourite festival you attended of the year?



What festival had the best lineup (regardless if you attended or not)?



What/who was the biggest musical disappointment (live or album) for you?

Jake Bugg


What band did you see live for the first time that really impressed you?

Foster the People


What was your favourite new musical discovery of 2017?



Who were you disappointed to miss seeing live this year?

The National, Testpilot, Frank Ocean, Cage the Elephant.


Who should we be looking out for in 2018?

Alessia Cara, Brockhampton,


Who’s going to be headlining (or at least playing) all the 2018 festivals?

The War on Drugs


What was your favourite review, photo set or interview you did for LiL this year?

I honestly had such a blast with Local Natives. What a treat.


This year the Horseshoe Tavern celebrated its 70th birthday, do you have a fond memory or favourite all time show from the club?

Definitely Tommy Youngsteen! Loved the mix of the old and the young, and the show went on all night long. It was a special night filled with amazing Canadian talent, and people.


In your opinion, what was the biggest music story?

Oh geez.. Probably the death of Chester Bennington.


Is there anything else you want to say about 2017 or predict about 2018?

If I had to say anything, I hope the Chainsmoker effect dies down. Let’s just ride the wave.

About author

Lifestyle Editor & Music Writer at Live in Limbo. Freelance Music Journalist, aspiring to be as good as William Miller from Almost Famous. Indie/Alternative music fanatic, and a Media Studies student with some chill vibes.