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Cindy McLeod: My Essential Albums 2018

Essentials List

Every year, we ask our CKUA hosts, Alberta artists and others in the music community to submit their picks for the must-have albums of the year. For 2018, more that 45 people responded with their top ten lists. We’ve put them together and crunched the numbers to create our massive 30 Essential Albums list.

We also wanted to highlight the individual lists made by our jurors. You can find links to everyone who submitted and their own personal top ten lists on our Essentials Jury page.


Cindy McLeod

Producer, Calgary International Blues Fest


Cindy’s Top Album


The Blues Is Alive & Well, Buddy Guy

2 Miles To Go, Miles To Go

3 It’s a Blues World, Sugar Brown

4 The Ice Queen, Sue Foley

5 America’s Child, Shemekia Copeland

6 Journeys to the Heart of the Blues, Joe Louis Walker, Bruce Katz, Giles Robson

7 David Vest, David Vest

8 Victor Wainwright & the Train, Victor Wainwright & the Train

9 Tough As Love, Lindsay Beaver

10Can’t Stop This Love, Jack Semple

*A previous version of this list had published another person’s picks as Cindy’s in error. The list has now been updated to reflect her true picks.


Jump To A Juror’s List

Allison Brock // Amy van Keeken // Andy Donnelly // Anna Somerville // Arianne Smith-Piquette // Baba //Bob Chelmick // Cam Hayden // Cathy Ennis // Celeigh Cardinal // Cindy McLeod // Colleen Brown // Darcy Whiteside // David Ward // Deb Rasmussen // Dianne Donovan // Erin Ross // Grant Stovel // Hayley Muir // Jason Troock // Jason Valleau // Jenie Thai // Kaely Cormack // Keri Rak // Kerry Clarke // Kodi Hutchinson // Kris Harper // Lark Clark // Leeroy Stagger // Leo Cripps // Lionel Rault // Lisa Wilton // Mariel Buckley // Mark Antonelli // Matt Masters // Meg Wilcox // Orest Soltykevych // Oskar Zybart // Rich Taylor // Sammy Jean // Shaela Miller // Terry David Mulligan // Tom Coxworth // Tony King