The 2017 Hot 100 in association with Caledonian Brewery

The Hot 100 2017: 90–81

Gilded Balloon, Louise Gray, Skye Live and Noel Jordan among our favourite cultural contributors this year

Another blockbuster year of Scottish culture has just whizzed by and once again we've taken on the monumental task of ranking in order our top movers, shakers and pioneers. From award winners, artistic directors, new talent, experienced campaigners, great venues and memorable festivals, you should find all the people and places who made 2017 another landmark year for the arts and entertainment industry. But who has nabbed this year's top slot?

90 Metaphrog

The Hot 100 2017: 90–81

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For just over 20 years, John Chalmers and Sandra Marrs have been making their mark on the Scottish comics scene as Metaphrog. Currently the first ever graphic novelists to be Patrons of Reading at Aberdeen's Northfield Academy, the duo had success in 2017 with their take on The Little Mermaid. (BD)

89 David Greig

The Hot 100 2017: 90–81

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Continuing his championing of relevant and engaged theatre, David Greig enters the second year of his artistic direction at the Lyceum by promoting scripts from the past and present that shed light on contemporary conflicts and difficult moral conundrums. (GKV)

88 Gilded Balloon

The Hot 100 2017: 90–81

This year the Gilded Balloon persuaded Craig Ferguson to cross the Atlantic to its new year-round venue on Edinburgh's Rose Street for a Fringe version of his radio chat show. As the legendary Karen Koren hands over the keys to daughter Katy, the Balloon is in further fine fettle with a new winter season being launched, featuring none other than Dylan Moran (above) in the line-up. (MR)

87 Louise Gray

The Hot 100 2017: 90–81

Since publishing The Ethical Carnivore in 2016 (where she shares stories from her year of eating only meat she killed herself), Louise Gray has been an engaged, informed and fresh voice in intelligent food debates, festivals and events across the country. (LS)

86 Breakfast Muff

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Following up The Feels and Rainbow Yawn, DIY trio Breakfast Muff's onomatopoeic Eurgh! was a furious triumph, aided by two bona fide anthems in 'Babyboomers' ('Sorry we're fucked up / You made us this way') and 'R U A Feminist'. (CA)

85 HippFest

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The Hippodrome Cinema in Bo'ness hosted another stellar festival of silent cinema, which shone much of its light on female pioneers of the form. Nell Shipman's The Grub Stake from 1923 led the way alongside an exploration of women in Chinese film. (BD)

84 Gary McNair

The Hot 100 2017: 90–81

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Brilliant theatrical storyteller Gary McNair's Fringe First-winning Letters to Morrissey could be his difficult-third-album-that's-recognised-as-a-classic: his The Queen Is Dead, if you will. 2018 will see him take on the 'unique' poet, one William McGonagall, among other things. (LI)

83 Proc Fiskal

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Proc Fiskal became a fully-fledged member of the Hyperdub family earlier this year, as the London-based label's newest signing. The Edinburgh producer caught Hyperdub's attention with his fast and forceful, sample-heavy interpretation of contemporary grime, as featured on his debut EP 'The Highland Mob'. (AQ)

82 Skye Live

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Now into its third year, this impressively scenic event has proven itself to be one of Scotland's best small festivals, with a very convincing electronic lineup. Optimo, Joy Orbison, Mano Le Tough and Django Django all played, weirdly complementing the more traditional likes of Blazin' Fiddles. (DP)

81 Noel Jordan

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The 2017 Edinburgh International Children's Festival (formerly Imaginate) was the first to be fully programmed by director, Noel Jordan (above): and what a year it was. The Australian brought us a truly stellar lineup of shows, for tinies up to teenagers. (KA)

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