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Welcome to the new Deli Charts, organized by genre and scene.

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Deli Nation,

Our Year End Poll for Emerging Toronto Artists was - as usual - a painstaking (and rather complicated) process, but we pulled it off with remarkable flair!

Congrats to loud rock duo Teenage Kicks (pictured and streaming below) for winning the aggregate chart (see below) and therefore becoming The Deli Toronto's first Emerging Artist of the Year! Because of this they'll be featured in our SXSW print issue (10k copies of it will be distributed in Austin during Music Week - read last year's edition here).

Thumbs up to retro-pop starlet Laura Cole and Lou Reed-esque quintet Sun K, also winners of our Readers and Fans Poll, who placed respectively second and third.

In case you are wondering how our poll works, here's a quick explanation:

1. First, we let the local bands submit their music (for free), and got our Deli editors to pick the nominees.
2. Then we polled a list of 20+ Toronto scene expert (our jury) and asked them to nominate 3 more bands of their choice each.
3. Then we polled our writers, then we polled our readers and writers.

We tried to keep things open for each single genre, from Indie Rock to Roots Music to Hip Hop.

If you are a geek interested in all the subtleties related to how this poll works, you can read its rules here (happy reading!). But if all you care about is the awesome new music Toronto produced in the year 2013, this list is all you need. Enjoy!

BEST OF 2013 POLL FOR EMERGING Toronto ARTISTS
****** FINAL RESULTS ******
 
ARTIST
J
OS
W
R
TOT
 
1
Teenage Kicks
6.5
 
 
0.004
6.504
2
Laura Cole
2
2
 
1.5
5.5
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3
Sun K
2
1
 
2
5
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4
Weaves
4.5
 
 
0.003
4.503
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5
The Pick Brothers Band
 
2
1
1
4
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The Zilis
3
 
1
0
4
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7
Brothers of North
3
 
 
0.126
3.126
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8
The Box Tiger
3
 
 
0.072
3.072
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9
Ferraro
3
 
 
0.052
3.052
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10
FAT AS FUCK
3
 
 
0.04
3.04
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11
JJ and the Pillars
3
 
 
0.033
3.033
12
Alvvays
3
 
 
0.017
3.017
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13
Kira May
 
3
 
0.012
3.012
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14
The Sunbelly Band
3
 
 
0.009
3.009
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15
Century Palm
3
 
 
0.005
3.005
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16
Brave shores
3
 
 
0.004
3.004
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Lowell
3
 
 
0.004
3.004
18
Do Good Assassins
3
 
 
0.002
3.002
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Sumo Cyco
3
 
 
0.002
3.002
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20
Black Baron
3
 
 
0.001
3.001
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Marcellus Wallace
3
 
 
0.001
3.001
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22
Growing Irons
3
 
 
0
3
 
Sweet and Lowdown
3
 
 
0
3
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24
River Tiber
2.5
 
 
0
2.5
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25
Mumbai Standstil
2
 
 
0.135
2.135
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26
Harlan Pepper
2
 
 
0.071
2.071
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27
Streetlight Social
2
 
 
0.065
2.065
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28
The Galacticats
 
2
 
0.038
2.038
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29
Flamingo Bay
2
 
 
0.03
2.03
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30
ASMR
2
 
 
0.022
2.022
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31
The OBGM's
2
 
 
0.011
2.011
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32
Poor Young Things
2
 
 
0.009
2.009
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33
Christian Punk Band
2
 
 
0.005
2.005
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Fresh snow
2
 
 
0.005
2.005
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35
Breached
2
 
 
0.004
2.004
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Dilly Dally
2
 
 
0.004
2.004
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Pkew Pkew Pkew
2
 
 
0.004
2.004
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38
Bad Channels
1
 
1
0.003
2.003
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frankie and jimmy
2
 
 
0.003
2.003
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New fries
2
 
 
0.003
2.003
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41
Blonde Elvis
2
 
 
0.002
2.002
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Jaunt
2
 
 
0.002
2.002
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Petra Glynt
2
 
 
0.002
2.002
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44
Grand Format
2
 
 
0.001
2.001
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Hidden Cameras
2
 
 
0.001
2.001
icon
 
Lyon
2
 
 
0.001
2.001
icon
 
THE SOUL MOTIVATORS
2
 
 
0.001
2.001
icon
 
Wish
2
 
 
0.001
2.001
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49
Greys
2
 
 
0
2
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Jonny Debt
2
 
 
0
2
icon
 
Lids
2
 
 
0
2
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Absolutely free
2
 
 
 
2
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53
South of Bloor
1
 
 
0.5
1.5
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54
Dear Blackwolf
1
 
 
0.034
1.034
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55
Jessica Bundy
 
1
 
0.019
1.019
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56
Sam Cash & The Romantic Dogs
1
 
 
0.018
1.018
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57
Sun Stone Revolvers
1
 
 
0.012
1.012
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58
Lindsay Barr Band
1
 
 
0.009
1.009
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59
The Honeyrunners
1
 
 
0.004
1.004
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60
Deforesters
1
 
 
0.003
1.003
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61

JUICE
1
 
 
0.001
1.001
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62
Pete Van Dyk & the Second...
1
 
 
0
1
  The Taste
1
 
 
0
1
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  tongue fu
1
 
 
0
1
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  VCR
1
 
 
0
1
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Legend: J = Jurors, W = Deli Writers,
R = Deli Readers, OS = Open Submissions

 
Thank you to all our Jurors!

Abigail Van Den Broek The Drake Hotel
Adam Bentley Auteur Research
Adam Thompson Indie 88
Ben Pearlman Collective Concerts
Cheapies Records Cheapies Records
ChrisBudd Indie Music Filter
Craig Laskey Horseshoe Tavern
Denholm Whale The Smiling Buddha
Ian F Cheung June Records
Jimmy Jazz Jimmy Jazz
Justin O'Heir Artistik Management
Kris Gies 1015 The Hawk
Lisa Lagace Turn the Record Over
Mar Sellars Cavern Bar
Mike Pattison Homegrown
Nate Eatmon Ink Entertainment
Pat Cassidy Kegi
Roxy Morrison The Deli
Sarah Rivoli
Yvonne Matsell Breakout West


Hope you'll find some awesome new artists you weren't aware of!

The Deli's Staff

January 27, 2015
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LATEST NEWS: L.A. READERS' POLL IS ON! - CHICAGO READERS' POLL IS ON! - NYC Alt Folk Open Submissions - NEW ENGLAND READERS' POLL RESULTS! - TORONTO READERS' POLL RESULTS! - NASHVILLE READERS' POLL IS ON! - Los Angeles Open Submissions - NYC Indie Rock Open Submissions - PORTLAND READERS' POLL IS ON! - Nashville Open Submissions - NYC Garage Rock Open Submissions - KC READERS POLL RESULTS - Chicago Open Submissions - Portland Open Submissions - NYC Hip Hop + Other Open Submissions - S.F. BAY AREA READERS' POLL IS ON! - NYC Psych Rock Open Submissions - DC AREA READERS' POLL IS ON! - SF Bay Area Open Submissions - NYC Folk Rock/Americana Open Submissions.

For the full summary click...

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January 13, 2015
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Sometimes finding the right track to post takes a good amount of digging. Sometimes, though, you hit play on a track and you know in about five seconds that you've got something good. That's what happened to me last night with Francine Thirteen, an artist we found through the submissions e-mailed to us through our form (use that form y'all!).

If you wanna hear somethin' deep and good, somethin' with soul coming straight out of the future, hit that play button down there yourself. Because "Queen Mary" is a hell of an opening salvo from a new artist that has shot to the top of my personal "to watch" list. It's a track whose pitch-perfect siren vocals will have the hairs on the back of your neck standing up, and whose slow, sliding clap-based beat contrasts with an incessant ticking sound (that may or may not be snares) and the smooth soul of Francine Thirteen's voice to create a perfect balance of tension. It's the buttered coffee of tracks: it gets in your system all soft and warm, and sets you buzzing for hours after imbibing. The few other tracks on Francine Thirteen's Soundcloud show her to be a bit of an experimental artist and a powerful personality, but while that stuff is interesting and shows much promise, that promise is brought to fruition by the more traditional (admittedly not all that traditional, in this case) restrictions of this song. I want a whole album of "Queen Mary"-level tracks, and according to the word on the street, we'll get one soon. Can't wait to hear what this talented lady does next with her sound.

January 31, 2015
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Alt-rockers Dronen are prepping up for the release of their latest EP, 284 Days, a smoldering five tracks that serve as a re-introduction to the band after the release of 2013's Digital Pathways (Analog Pathogens). The band's brawny, muscular sound is best shown in first single "Lights Out", which has the hallmarks of a classic rock track with its roaring, clean guitars and uniform rhythm section set against singer Daniel Olivas's powerful vibrato. 284 Days has an official release date of February 3, and make sure to catch them play at Proof Bar in Santa Ana on February 8.

January 30, 2015
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Deli Readers,

The Deli SF Bay Area's Best of 2014 Readers and Fans' Poll for local emerging artists is over! Thanks to all those who cast their vote in support of the emerging local bands and artists in our list of nominees.

Here are the top ten bands and streaming tracks of the top three bands - which we congratulate! Take a listen to David Brookings, Meet Me In Orbit and The Classical!

1. David Brookings & the Average Lookings


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2. Meet Me In Orbit


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3. The Classical


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Here's the poll's top 10 chart, full results can be found here.

THE DELI'S BEST OF SF BAY AREA 2014
- READERS' POLL RESULTS
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Artists
Votes
 
1
 David Brookings & the Average Lookings
488
2
 Meet Me in Orbit  
366
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3
 The Classical  
175
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4
 Unconditional Arms  
155
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5
 Luke Sweeney  
118
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6
 Friends Without Benefits
82
 
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7
 Miss March  
76
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8
 Before the Brave
69
 
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9
 Builders  
57
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10
 Breakdown Valentine
50 
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Stay tuned for the composite chart, with will be released soon. The chart will include details about the point nominees accumulated from the jurors and Deli writers' votes, and will crown The Deli's Best Emerging SF Bay Area Artist of 2014.

The Deli's Staff

January 30, 2015
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Sound, being the ever expansive beast that it is, sometimes demands to be quantified and the musician acts as the magician stirring the alchemical pots of sound and time to create something cohesive yet unique. Leatherdaddy are such magicians who do an exceptional job of reaching into the aether to present us with golden ratios of sound.  Take equal parts sludged-out guitars, odd timings, a penchant for the "post" sound of 90's bands like Unwound and Black Heart Procession, and a dash of shoegaze and you might have something close. But even with all the right parts we would probably never come close to what Leatherdaddy sound like, so it's best to leave them to what they do best.

Witness them alive tonight at Hollow Earth Radio 8:30PM 21+

January 30, 2015
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