Welcome to the singles club: The top 22 single releases of 2022

Welcome to the singles club:
The top 22 single releases of 2022

By Shane Collins

Writing for GONZO OKANAGAN allows unique perks. Access to exciting shows, photographing those shows and sometimes even having friendly conversations with those artists.

Another fun part of this gig is having my ear to the pavement and getting to listen to so much incredible music. It seems that 2022 has been a year of excellent music production. From those artists close to home to music being created across the planet.

Twenty-twenty-two has birthed an endless expanse of music and over the past year, some of that music has crossed my path. In the spirit of sharing, I’ve set aside 22 of my favorite single releases that have caught my attention.

The great thing about the ‘single release,’ is that it’s like a sample. A little taster. Something to enjoy before the main course arrives and with the technology of today, I have updates coming at me constantly of what’s new and what’s fresh coming out of the proverbial oven.

If you have SPOTIFY, you can connect to the link here.

If not and if you’d like to see this selection, I’ve written them down below. Happy Holidays, everyone. Turn it up and rock it out. See you in 2023!


  1. ERIC HILTON: Present Past and Future
  2. MONSS: Flute
  3. THE TRADE-OFFS: Crowberry Hill
  4. THE BLUE STONES: Don’t Miss
  5. ALEXISONFIRE: Sans Soleil
  6. THE FUNK HUNTERS: La Puta Ama
  7. PROTEST THE HERO: All Hands (Instrumental)
  8. VALLEY OF THE SUN: The Chariot
  9. MOTORAMA: Tomorrow
  10. HOT WATER MUSIC: Collect your things and run
  11. GOJIRA: Our time is now
  12. MOONTRICKS: Parting Ways
  13. BEN HARPER: Need to know basis
  14. CLEOPATRICK: Scaring me
  16. SERENA RYDER, WILLIAM PRINCE: River of tears
  18. CONNIE CONSTANCE: Hurt you
  19. OVERCOATS: Horsegirl
  20. WEYES BLOOD: Grapevine
  21. BOOZOO BAJOU: The Signature
  22. CROSSES: One more try
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The Okanagan’s been my home since I was born. Life has taken me across the planet several times and through that transient lifestyle I developed a journalistic style to my photography and to my writing. My influences would be that of James Nachtwey, Annie Lebovitz, Ashley Maile, Hunter S Thompson, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Tom Robbins, Wes Anderson and Charles Bukowski. The world outside this incredible valley, its cultures and its mystery is what’s kept me working and trying to save my money, so I can keep getting back into the world. That’s the way it used to be. Covid has opened my eyes to the land I call my home and there are so many tales to tell right here in BC. From tales of the impoverished to the neglected to those who overcome adversity, to the spirit to overcome fear, the power of storytelling has never been more relevant. I’ve always been a storyteller. There’s a tale worth telling in every neighborhood. I just happen to write about what happens to me along the way and I’ve kept them close to my heart, hoping one day I’ll have an outlet so I can tell those stories the best way I know how; by writing them down. From adventures of long ago, both here or maybe far away, future interviews with musicians, artists of all kinds, the coverage of events, the people I meet along the way, whatever I get up to I intend to have you as my guest as I go back in time and dig up the bones of those old adventures or chase down new ones. Through the alchemy of storytelling, you can come along with me if you like. Before Covid-19 I was really coming into my own photographing live shows; punk rock bands, hip hop showcases, tattoo portraits, rock climbing adventures, Femme Fatale burlesque performances you name it, the phone was finally beginning to ring. Then Covid showed up like a hurricane and I guess it wiped us all out in one way or another. I have a real bone to pick with Covid-19 and if I can share some stories for our readers to enjoy, I’ll do that and when we can return to live music and to foreign travel and we can safely get to working on mending what’s been damaged I tell you I want to be ringside like Joe Rogan commentating on Covid getting its ass whooped. I want to see it tap out and watch us overcome this hardship, raise our collective hands triumphantly and move on into whatever new normal is waiting for us. I’ll be there and through my eyes, just like the boss man, Hunter himself, I’ll do it in Gonzo fashion and bring you kicking and screaming along with me. So hold on tight and dig in. It might not always be pretty but I won’t call it all ugly, neither. That’s for you to decide. My name is Shane Collins and I hope you’ll read along with me and our team here at Gonzookanagan.com


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