Janine Wong’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?

I’ve been a photographer with Live in Limbo since 2016.

What were your three favourite albums of 2017?

Sampha, Process

Dirty Projectors, Dirty Projectors

Father John Misty, Pure Comedy

What was the most underrated album of 2017?

Julie Byrne, Not Even Happiness

What was your favourite Canadian album of 2017?

Feist, Pleasure

What were your three favourite songs of 2017?

These songs were not released in 2017, but nevertheless would qualify as my three favourite this year:

Kanye West, “Ultralight Beam”

Frank Ocean, “Thinkin Bout You”

Solange, “Lovers in the Parking Lot”

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

Concerts=21, Festivals=3

What were your three favourite concerts of the year?

Kid Koala at the Rivoli

M. Ward at The Great Hall

Jain at the Mod Club

What was your favourite festival you attended of the year?

Edmonton Folk Music Festival

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

Marlon Williams

What was your favourite new musical discovery of 2017?

Hurray For the Riff Raff

Who were you disappointed to miss seeing live this year?

Future Islands

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

Valerie June at The Great Hall

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

There have been so many great shows at the Horseshoe. One memorable lineup from 2016 featured Jay Som, Japanese Breakfast, and Mitski. It was really cool to see Asian-American women on stage, doing what they do, and totally killing it in their own respective ways.

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

2017 was a trying year—let’s make 2018 better.