7 days… 97 Canadian artists… 274 events!

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The time has come: SXSW.

This year’s music festival starts early—indeed, some Canadian shows have already passed us by as of this writing—and ends late, with Weed taking the stage Sunday night at midnight. Keeping track of all these shows is a daunting task, but we’re here to help. We’ve sorted through seven days of set lists to find you 97 Canadian artists and 274 Canadian events, and have rolled them all up into easy-to-read, printable, pocket-able PDFs.

This year’s schedule notes which events are official showcases (marked by a plus (+)) and which are unofficial events (marked by a dot (•)). If you see a trophy next to an artist’s name, that means they’re one of our Top 10 Canadians to Watch at SXSW. Shows at Canada House (which, like last year, is at Friends on 6th Street) are marked with a Canadian flag for easy identification. In addition to showcases, our schedules also include panels, presentations, meetups, boat cruises, pool parties, house parties, and even a guacamole competition. We promise, it somehow involves Canada.

Use the links below to download this latest set (v.2) of schedules [PDF]:

Note that both official and unofficial events may require a cover charge, RSVP, or invitation; official events may be accessible by paying a cover, but most will require a wristband or badge. You may need to seek out an artist’s homepage or social media outlets for details about some of the more obscure events, like boat parties, house parties, and pool parties.

The schedules are up-to-date as of Monday at 8:00 PM. If you have additions or corrections, please let us know (see our Contact page); otherwise, we probably will not update these throughout the week.

If you need help figuring out where all these venues are, we’ve got that, too [PDF]:

If you’re at the festival, find us downtown—at least one of us will be there all day, everyday (well… maybe not Sunday). And don’t be shy—hit us up on Facebook, Twitter, or by email. We’ll do our best to reply.

Don’t forget to check out our previous SXSW coverage:

161 Canadian SXSW events… so far!


It used to be that South By Southwest didn’t really kick into gear until Tuesday night—but those days are gone. This year, we’ve got shows Monday night and Tuesday afternoon! To help you plan, we’ve got the first version of our Canadian SXSW schedules available now, showing every official Canadian showcase, presentation, panel, and event. So far, we’ve got a total of 161 different events. Wow!

Use the links below to download this first set (v.1) of schedules:

You’ll want to use this version to start your planning—but, be sure to check in again later today or tomorrow for more updates, including every unofficial set and event we can dig up.

For reference, listings with a plus (+) before the venue are official festival events; listings with a dot (•) before the venue are unofficial events. Note that both official and unofficial events may require a cover charge, RSVP, or invitation; official events may be accessible by paying a cover, but most will require a wristband or badge.

Top 10 Canadians to Watch at SXSW

Do512 (2016)
Austin-based events and culture site Do512 has once again published our list of the Top 10 Canadian Bands to Watch at SXSW! This year’s list, put together by Justin the Canuck, features:

  1. The Wet Secrets (preview + video)
  2. The Zolas (preview + video)
  3. PUP (preview + video)
  4. Whitney Rose (preview + video)
  5. Mise en Scene (preview + video)
  6. The Strumbellas (preview + video)
  7. Wintersleep (preview + video)
  8. Wordburglar (preview + video)
  9. Milk & Bone (preview + video)
  10. Elephant Stone (preview + video)

Check out our recommendations, complete with showcase information and music videos, at Do512. And, don’t forget about the 70+ other incredible Canadian acts coming to Austin this month! See them all on our concert calendar and stay updated on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

SXSW Showcase: Week #2

The Zolas are among 80+ Canadians coming for SXSW. Source: Facebook
The Zolas are among the 80+ Canadians coming for SXSW. Source: Facebook

Every day brings us closer to the enchanting madness of South By Southwest and the 80+ Canadian artists who’ll be descending upon our city next month. The numbers have gone up and down as new bands are announced and others are forced to cancel, but we’ve got plenty of new tracks and new artists to help you figure out which showcases you won’t want to miss come March 15.

This Friday’s show will feature 21 Canadian artists playing at SXSW, including Bear Mountain, Birthday Boy, Chocolat, Close Talker, Crystal Castles, Dearly Beloved, The Dirty Nil, Elephant Stone, Faith Healer, Fast Romantics, Library Voices, Little Scream, Milk & Bone, Nancy Pants, Prince Innocence, PUP, Sonic Avenues, Steve Adamyk Band, Terra Lightfoot, Weed, and The Zolas.

Plus, we’ll have our Neil Young Song of the Week at five o’clock, and we’ll cover the latest in SXSW news—including the latest round of artist announcements, special showcases, and much more.

Join Justin the Canuck for This Great White North, featuring 90 minutes of independent Canadian music, this Friday at 4:30 PM on KOOP Radio, 91.7 FM in Austin, TX and streaming online at KOOP.org.