The 2016 Hot 100 in association with Caledonian Brewery

The Hot 100 2016: 70–61

Rob Drummond, Jacqueline Donachie, Pauline Knowles and Chitra Ramaswamy among our favourite cultural contributors this year

Discussions have been had, arguments made and counsels taken. But now the talking is over (or perhaps just beginning) as we commence the countdown to reveal who is the hottest of the hot among this year's Scottish cultural community.

70 Jacqueline Donachie

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Deep in the Heart of Your Brain / credit: Ruth Clark
A 'Glasgow Miracle'-era contemporary of Douglas Gordon, Christine Borland and Martin Boyce, Jacqueline Donachie showed Deep in the Heart of Your Brain at GoMA and deservedly won a Freelands Foundation Award to enable a future retrospective at the Fruitmarket in Edinburgh. (DP)

69 Glasgow Restaurant Festival

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From the end of March until the beginning of May, this inaugural event drew attention to the richness and quality of Glasgow's eaterie scene, featuring Spiegeltent-based 'secret dining' events, pop-up dining with accompanying music and entertainment, and deals at over 60 restaurants. (DP)

68 Pauline Knowles

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This Restless House / credit: Tim Morozzo
Pauline Knowles is a familiar face on the Scottish stage, but her award-winning Clytemnestra in This Restless House has established her as an actor with remarkable range. By turns despairing, defiant, brutal and sensuous, she gave a tragic dignity to one of the great stage villains. (GKV)

67 The Bongo Club

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Craig Charles at the Bongo Club
Over 20 years and three venues, The Bongo Club has secured its place at the heart of Edinburgh's club and live music scene. Their 20th birthday celebrations in October featured impressive shows from Ben UFO, Jah Shaka, Frank Carter and Stanley Odd. (HN)

66 The Dangerous Women Project

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credit: Chris Scott
A digital project launched by the University of Edinburgh asked the question: 'what does it mean to be a dangerous woman?' and published an answer a day across the year. This project raises awareness of International Women's Day and promotes women's voices in Scotland. (KS)

65 Frank Quitely

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credit: Alasdair Watson / BHP Comics
Subject of both an exhibition and an academic study of his contribution to the art, Frank Quitely has become one of the most beloved and in-demand comic artists in the world, with his distinctive style gracing DC's The Multiversity and Mark Millar's epic Jupiter's Legacy. (GKV)

64 Rob Drummond

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Rob Drummond in In Fidelity / credit: Eoin Carey
An unstoppable playwright and performer, Rob Drummond's In Fidelity brought strangers together for blind dates at the Fringe, while recent play Grain in the Blood was a dark thriller. Meanwhile, The Broons' postmodern chuckles prove you can never second-guess his eclectic talents. (LI)

63 John Butt

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John Butt has overseen Dunedin Consort's dynamic recordings of Bach masterpieces, but he's also a world-class musicologist. In October, the Consort's collaboration with Cryptic's Josh Armstrong breathed new life into Purcell's music theatre. (AJ)

62 The Biscuit Factory

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Opened as a creative studio space in 2015, this former Crawford's biscuit factory has brought Leith a new and exciting venue, hosting a gin distillery, regular food pop-ups, the month-long Landing Festival of new music, and an exciting guest appearance by The Black Madonna at Hogmanay. (DP)

61 Chitra Ramaswamy

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credit: Bob McDevitt
The award-winning journalist released her debut book, Expecting, a touching collection of essays on pregnancy, which put the writer firmly on the literary map. This year, she also spoke at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and Wigtown, and was part of the inaugural revue from spoken word organisation Flint & Pitch. (RM)

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