Hot 100 2012: 89-80

Daniel Sloss, Canongate and Julie Fowlis among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2012

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The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2012, you'll find them here.

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89 Daniel Sloss

89 Daniel Sloss

Fife goes ballistic
Just another year in the rapidly burgeoning comedy career of Sloss. He’s lost the Bieber hair but gained many more fans with another superb Fringe run while his first live DVD, filmed at Glasgow King’s, arrived. He also found the time to let us know his predictions for 2013. (BD / Photo: Steve Ullathorne)

88 Kinning Park Complex

88 Kinning Park Complex

Multi-purpose, multi-tasking community hub
The south Glasgow community centre has been a well-used space this year, by steel drummers, zumba classes, steering groups and musicians, including Richard Youngs & Luke Fowler (Hot 100 #6) performing at Music Language. After ongoing maintenance work and decorating by volunteers (KPC receives no council funding), the ex-schoolhouse is looking well-loved too. (CS / Photo: Nadia Ross)

87 Anthony Baxter

87 Anthony Baxter

Taking on Trump
You’ve Been Trumped may have premiered last year but filmmaker Anthony Baxter’s documentary has continued to make waves in 2012 with screenings across Scotland and also a slot on the BBC. It documents the clash between a group of homeowners in Aberdeenshire and American businessman Donald Trump, with the latter not coming off well at all (and earning a space on our Not 100 list as a result). (GT)

86 Susan Calman

86 Susan Calman

Comic making waves
Former lawyer turned comedian Calman was everywhere this year, popping up very regularly on either Radio 4 or Radio Scotland and making a splash in the Jennifer Saunders prison sitcom, Dead Boss. She also graced the Fringe again with the Thatchery-sounding This Lady’s Not for Turning Either. Like the aforementioned Mr Sloss, she also managed to come up with some 2013 predictions for us. (BD)

85 Park Circus

85 Park Circus

Bringing back the classics
Glasgow based film company Park Circus keep on growing (this year they announced the opening of a US office) and continuing to work their magic to restore and re-release old films back into cinemas. Recent examples include forgotten Glasgow-set thriller Death Watch (pictured) and, just in time for Christmas, Gremlins. (GT)

84 Canongate

84 Canongate

Heavyweight publisher thrives
Another sterling year for Jamie Byng’s pioneering publishing house with books out by the diverse likes of Jeremy Dyson, David Byrne (Hot 100 #9) and (Hot 100 #97) Alasdair Gray (just every short story he’s written since 1951, that’s all) while their Booker-winning Life of Pi made it onto the big screen. (BD)

83 Johnny McKnight

83 Johnny McKnight

Grande Dame
These days Johnny McKnight has become synonymous with panto season, delivering three major productions at venues around Scotland this Christmas. But the Glasgow-based actor, writer and director also found time in 2012 to create the sweetly funny touring play The Incredible Adventures of See-Thru Sam for his own Random Accomplice company. (AR)

82 Dam Mantle

82 Dam Mantle

Warm beats from a prolific producer
Long past the ‘promising’ part of his career, Glasgow art school grad Tom Marshallsay is now at the ‘delivering’ and ‘reinventing’ stage, with debut album, Brothers Fowl showcasing his kaleidoscopic-dance production skills, also used to create remixes for Warp, Planet Mu and Ghostly, among others. He's also collaborating with fellow Glaswegian electronica act Silk Cut (Hot 100 #95) on the forthcoming Lovers' Rights project. (CS)

81 Julie Fowlis

81 Julie Fowlis

Gaelic language songstress
Trad folk singer Fowlis contributed two songs to the Brave soundtrack, and sang at the film’s UK premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. She’ll be taking the stage at Celtic Connections 2013 before setting off on a spring tour of the US. (NB)

80 Mike Small

80 Mike Small

Local food revolutionary
Now the largest local-eating project in Europe with over 4000 members, the Fife Diet celebrated its fifth birthday with an incisive, inspiring New Food Manifesto challenging the current food system and championing community-based, low-carbon local food. (DR)

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