Evan Sue-Ping’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?

2 years


What were your three favourite albums of 2017?

Alvvays Antisocialites

Sleaford Mods English Tapas

Slowdive Slowdive


What was the most underrated album of 2017?

Hater You Tried


What was your favourite Canadian album of 2017?

Metz Strange Peace


What were your three favourite songs of 2017?

Alvvays “In Undertow”

Lorde “Liability”

Angel Olsen “Sans”


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

Too many to count


What were your three favourite concerts of the year?

Angel Olsen – The Phoenix

Sleaford Mods – Opera House

Depeche Mode – Air Canada Centre


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?

Morrissey. Wish he would just keep his mouth shut now.


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

Fake Palms


What was your favourite new musical discovery of 2017?



Who were you disappointed to miss seeing live this year?



Who should we be looking out for in 2018?



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

The Cure. It’s their 40th Anniversary!


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

Angel Olsen


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

Hard to pick as I have so many. One that pops to mind is the Dead Weather in 2008. Seeing Jack White rip from that close up was a once in a lifetime opportunity. Legendary afterparty as well.


In your opinion, what was the biggest music story?

The death of Tom Petty. A tragic loss as it stands but the “is he, isn’t he” social media lead-up was a shitshow.


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

2017 was a drain on our collective well-being. A lot of great music was created in its wake. Think I listened to and loved more deeply than I have in the past few years. I’m doubtful that the climate in 2018 will be much different, at least from the onset. As always, we need to lean on music to ease some of these pains. It’s always there for us. I believe 2018 will produce some classics.

About author

Evan Sue-Ping has been a published journalist for 15 years, writing for such notable outlets as blogTO and Huffington Post. A fixture in the local music scene of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, he also writes music, DJs and performs as Las Venus Skyway. Follow Evan on Twitter @lasvenus and Instagram @lasvenus