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

87 Canucks and counting!

SXSW 2016

We’ve done some deep digging to bring you the latest and most up-to-date list of Canadian artists coming to Austin for next month’s South By Southwest music festival and are happy to announce that the tally now stands at 87 artists! The lineup is beginning to take shape, with set times for some shows already announced and the must-visit venues for Canadian shows already apparent.

For more details and the complete lineup, check out our continuously updated SXSW 2016 page.

The fun begins on Tuesday with the BreakOut West Music & Interactive Party and continues Wednesday with that venerable SXSW tradition, the Canadian Blast BBQ at Brush Square Park. Canada House this year will once again be at Friends, and it looks like Planet Québec will also return, though their home base is as yet unknown. Music blog Weird Canada will also be putting on a showcase at the convention center on Friday afternoon.

We’ll continue to bring you the latest Canadian news about SXSW and, as we get closer to the festival, will provide you with daily schedules, calendars, and complete coverage.

More Canadians coming to SXSW

SXSW 2016The list of Canadian acts confirmed for SXSW 2016 continues to grow, with the recent announcement of the third round of showcasing artists. Adding to the 19 acts already announced, this latest list ups the ante with another 36 names, bringing the total so far to a healthy 55.

We’ll have complete coverage of every Canadian coming to town in March, including previews, on-air specials, and our exclusive Canadian SXSW calendar highlighting every show throughout the week. Keep an eye out! And, in the meantime, take a look at our complete listing of Canadian SXSW acts.

Here are the latest additions to the lineup:

  • Birthday Boy (Toronto)
  • Charlotte Cardin (Montreal)
  • Chocolat (Montreal)
  • Corb Lund (Edmonton)
  • Dead Soft (Vancouver)
  • Dead South, The (Regina)
  • Dilly Dally (Toronto)
  • Dirty Nil, The (Dundas)
  • Faith Healer (Edmonton)
  • Fast Romantics (Toronto)
  • Fine Times (Vancouver)
  • Gregory Pepper and His Problems (Guelph)
  • Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer, The (Vancouver)
  • Holy Fuck (Toronto)
  • Jesse Dangerously (Ottawa)
  • Jody Glenham (Vancouver)
  • Lemon Bucket Orkestra (Toronto)
  • Manafest (Toronto)
  • Matinée, The (Vancouver)
  • Milk & Bone (Montreal)
  • Motel Raphaël (Montreal)
  • Nancy Pants (Montreal)
  • No Sinner (Vancouver)
  • Operators (Montreal)
  • Paper Lions (Charlottetown)
  • Prince Innocence (Toronto)
  • Programm (Toronto)
  • Sonic Avenues (Montreal)
  • Steve Adamyk Band (Ottawa)
  • Tennyson (Edmonton)
  • Trews, The (Antigonish)
  • We Were Lovers (Saskatoon)
  • Weather Station, The (Toronto)
  • Whitney Rose (Toronto)
  • Wintersleep (Halifax)
  • Zolas, The (Vancouver)

More Canucks at SXSW

SXSW 2016Last week, SXSW announced the second round of showcasing artists set to perform at this spring’s music festival. Among them were 11 Canadian acts, bringing the total of Canucks in attendance to 19. For more details, check out our always-updated guide to SXSW 2016.

The latest announcements include:

  • Arkells (Hamilton)
  • Basia Bulat (Montréal)
  • Dearly Beloved (Toronto)
  • The Franklin Electric (Montréal)
  • Tommy Genesis (Vancouver)
  • Greys (Toronto)
  • Nap Eyes (Halifax)
  • Royal Canoe (Winnipeg)
  • Andy Shauf (Regina)
  • Spurz (Vancouver)
  • White Lung (Vancouver)