Canada screams for Hey Rosetta!. Darlings at last year’s North by Northeast Festival and three-time ECMA winner, the St. John’s-based band won loyal fans with their energetic, gorgeous indie rocker, Into Your Lungs (and around in your heart and on through your blood). While on tour in Quebec, Tim Baker (vocals/piano/guitar) sent a quick note of gratitude to Coast readers: “Thanks for your support of us and of all independent music and artistic happenings around the east coast over the years. An important task, done deftly and with vision and often overlooked.” You’re welcome, Hey Rosetta!. You’ve earned it.
First runner up: Wordburglar, “The Route”
Second runner up: Chad VanGaalen, “Molten Light”