The best of SXSW, and giveaways!

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The Wet Secrets perform at this year’s Canadian Blast BBQ. Credit: Steve McLean

How does one recover from seeing 62 Canadian shows over the course of 5 days? By taking all that one has heard, and putting into a playlist… obviously!

Now that we’ve all had a few days to sleep it off, we’ve lined up a special show for this week, replete with our favorite discoveries and the newest Canadian music to come out of last week’s South By Southwest Music festival. From the latest unreleased tracks by The Wet Secrets, The Acorn, and Seoul to some of our favorite new finds by artists like Single Mothers, The Elwins, Delhi 2 Dublin, and Milk & Bone, tune in on Friday and relive the glory days of last week—or, find out what you might’ve missed in all the SXSW madness.

We’ll be giving away one pair of tickets to see Stars and two pairs to see Tanya Tagaq, so stay tuned and put us on your speed dial (512 472-KOOP) now for your best shot at winning a spot for you and a guest! On a more somber note, we’ll also memorialize a towering icon of the independent Canadian music scene—CBC Radio 3—with a special eulogy and poignant tracks by Winnipeg’s beloved The Weakerthans.

Join Justin the Canuck this Friday at 4:30 PM for This Great White North: bringing independent Canadian music to Austin, TX every week on 91.7 FM and streaming to the world at

The Franklin Electric live in-studio!

The Franklin Electric

Join us today at 4:30 PM Central for a special SXSW edition of This Great White North! Simone the Canuck will have Montreal alt-folk artists The Franklin Electric live in-studio for an interview and potentially an acoustic performance! Tune in to 91.7 FM in Austin or listen live, worldwide, at!

The Franklin Electric will be playing a show at midnight, tomorrow night, at Friends as part of the Halifax Pop Explosion showcase. For more information, see @thefranklinelec or

SXSW 2015: Canada has arrived!

The Canadians have arrived for SXSW 2015. Credit: Austin-American Statesman
We’ve got the scoop on over 340 Canadian shows at SXSW 2015. Credit: Austin-American Statesman

It’s finally time! The Canadian shows have begun—even on Monday—and the rest of the more than 117 Canadian acts are on their way to Austin, if they’re not here yet. We’ve got all the details you need, including the latest schedules, calendars, and exclusive previews:

  • We have an exclusive electronic calendar you can download to your computer or mobile device of choice that lists every official Canadian showcase.
  • For the most complete calendar, featuring more than 340 Canadian shows already in a format ready for printing, check out our printable daily schedules:
  • Canadian acts are spread out over more than 96 venues. Here’s a listing of every venue you’ll need to know about, and its street address.
  • Do your SXSW plans involve more than just Canadian bands? Check our our list of 10 must-see Canadians at SXSW to see which ones you can’t miss.
  • We’ll have exclusive SXSW coverage, broadcasting live this Friday at 4:30 PM on KOOP 91.7 FM and at

Be sure to check here and on social media (@tgwnradio and Facebook) for the latest SXSW updates as the week unfolds!

SXSW 2015: Canada’s almost here!

UPDATE: The latest schedules and calendars are now at SXSW 2015: Canada has arrived!

SXSW 2015It’s almost time! Beginning in just one week, more than 112 Canadian artists will descend upon Austin for this year’s South By Southwest Music Festival.

Let’s say that again: 112 artists. Along with at least nine Canadian day parties, more than 164 official Canadian showcases, and one epic barbecue.

The numbers can be overwhelming—but, figuring out which bands to catch doesn’t need to be. We’ve created several tools to help you make the most of your week in Austin:

Don’t forget to tune in to This Great White North this Friday and next for special SXSW coverage and playlists featuring many of the independent Canadian artists coming to South By Southwest. We broadcast live from Austin on KOOP 91.7 FM, every Friday at 4:30 PM Central. If you’re not in Austin, listen to us online at

10 must-see Canadians at SXSW

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We recently provided Austin-based events and culture site Do512 with our list of 10 must-see Canadian acts at this year’s South By Southwest festival. Who are these illustrious Canucks?

  • Rah Rah
  • Lowell
  • Jeff Stuart and The Hearts
  • Pomo
  • Solids
  • The Acorn
  • July Talk
  • New Hands
  • Reuben and The Dark

Check out the article, complete with our previews and embedded videos, at Do512.