2020 is gone… but not yet forgotten

Dumpster Fire
2020 may have been a dumpster fire, but it had its share of great Canadian music. Image: RexRoi3D (Etsy)

Although in many respects, 2020 is a year we’d like to forget, this week we take a look back and remember the music that got us through the past twelve months—because our favorite artists didn’t give up their craft, and because the new Canadian releases continued despite the challenges that 2020 threw at us all.

And so, today, on the first day of 2021, we’ll bring you some of the best tracks we played in 2020, all in one convenient, oh-so-satisfying playlist. We’ve got songs by artists including Camille Delean, Cedric Noel, Dad Sports, The Dirty Nil, Dizzy, Good Kid, Heaps, Jill Barber, JJ Wilde, Mise en Scene, Monowhales, NOBRO, NYSSA, Outer Rooms, Peach Pit, Pottery, Rich Aucoin, Sleepy Gonzales, Tim Baker, U.S. Girls, and The Zolas.

Join Justin the Canuck today at 4:30 PM Central on KOOP Radio, 91.7 FM in Austin, Texas and broadcasting to the world at KOOP.org!

It’s our Canadian Christmas Spectacular!

Christmas Ornament
Celebrate the season in high Canadian style! Image: Hallmark

We can probably all agree that it’s been a terrible year, so it’s time we spread some holiday cheer.

This week, we kick off our Canadian Christmas Spectacular, featuring a whopping 4.5 hours of Canadian holiday tunes spread across the next three Friday afternoons. From big names like Tegan and Sara to bands even we’ve never heard of (I’m looking at you, Fashionable Glasses), we’ve got enough Christmas tunes to fill your entire month of December.

Christmas standards given a Canadian flair? Check. The latest Canadian hip-hop celebrating the season? Got it. Original holiday tunes by some of our favorite artists, like The Zolas, Kashka, Great Lake Swimmers, The Dirty Nil, and more? You bet! Songs in English, songs in French, sad songs, happy songs, and even a song or two for Hanukkah… Yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes!

Had enough of Mariah Carey already this season? Don your Santa hat, pour yourself some hot cocoa, and join Justin the Canuck for Christmas songs from Canada, each and every Friday until the calendar runs out on this miserable year, at 4:30 PM Central on KOOP Radio, 91.7 FM in Austin, Texas and broadcasting to the world at KOOP.org!

Black Friday… White North?

The Dirty Nil
Aww, yeah. We’ve got the new Nil this week. Image: Bandcamp

Full of food? Full of angst? It’s Black Friday, 2020… we’re all over the place. And yet, the new Canadian releases continue this week with some really killer sets… even the sad ones. We’ve got a full 90 minutes of music, featuring the latest by Andy Shauf, Bearings, Blessed, Dad Sports, Dan Mangan, The Dirty Nil, The Franklin Electric, The Fugitives, Hannah Georgas, JJ Wilde, Jody Glenham, Manners, Mary & Adelaide, Michael Duguay, Monowhales, Once a Tree, Serena Ryder, Spencer Burton, Sum 41, Tasha Angela, and The Weather Station!

Join Justin the Canuck today at 4:30 PM Central on KOOP Radio, 91.7 FM in Austin, Texas and broadcasting to the world at KOOP.org!

Playlist by numbers

Fake Shark
Let Vancouver’s Fake Shark give your ears the L-ectric Touch. Image: Wapiti Music Festival

We may have a slightly shorter show than normal this week but, if you’re looking for an hour of great music, the numbers are pretty solidly in your favor:

  • 17 killer Canadian songs!
  • 12 brand new Canadian releases!
  • 9 Canadian artists we’ve never played!
  • 64 minutes of ear-pleasing Canadian goodness!

How can you argue with stats like those? You can’t. So, tune in to hear artists including Aquakultre, Better Friends Than Lovers, Dennis Ellsworth, ELIO, Elliott BROOD, Fake Shark, Falcon Jane, Haley Blais, Hollow Graves, Kandle, Kelly McMichael, Litterbug, Maestro Fresh Wes, Operators, Shad, Tripper & The Wild Things, DJ Uncle Fester, and Villages!

Join Justin the Canuck today at 4:30 PM Central on KOOP Radio, 91.7 FM in Austin, Texas and broadcasting to the world at KOOP.org!

Starting from scratch

The Besnard Lakes
We’ve got the debut single from The Besnard Lakes’ latest album. Image: Fabiola Carletti / CBC

So much for getting things done early.

I had an entire playlist of favorites from the archives put together a week ahead of time—and decided to trash it at the last minute. Why? Because I kept discovering great new tracks all week long. And, I’ll tell ya… they are great!

We’ll celebrate Neil Young‘s 75th birthday with a track from his latest release, a live version of Return to Greendale, and also bring you the latest by Arkells, The Besnard Lakes, Burning Nickels, Digawolf, Good Kid, Jeen, Leif Vollebekk, Like a Motorcycle, Lumière, Maybe Babs, Outer Rooms, Peach Luffe, PUP, Rich Aucoin, The Smallest One, Tired Kid, The Weeknd (with Kenny G, if you can believe it), and Yukon Blonde!

Join Justin the Canuck today at 4:30 PM Central on KOOP Radio, 91.7 FM in Austin, Texas and broadcasting to the world at KOOP.org!