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Matt Masters: 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.


Matt Masters

Host, CKUA


Matt’s Top Album


Earthtones, Bahamas

2 Driving In The Dark, Mariel Buckley

3 Remain In Light, Angelique Kidjo

4 Where No One Stands Alone (Reissue), Elvis Presley

5 Drumphilia Vol. 1, Andrea Benini

6 Katchi , Ofenbach Vs. Nick Waterhouse

7 I was in a Cult, Teddy <3

8 Love In Wartime, Birds Of Chicago

9 Not Been Sleeping, Dustin Bentall

10 Makanda at the End Of Space the Beginning of Time, Pierre Kwenders



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