The best of SXSW, and giveaways!

Image courtesy of Steve McLean.
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

Tanya Tagaq

Tanya Tagaq in Concert with Nanook of the North is part of the Fusebox Festival.

Tanya Tagaq, a Polaris Music Prize winner and three-time Juno Award nominee, reclaims the controversial 1922 silent film Nanook of the North. Working with composer Derek Charke (whose Tundra Songs Tagaq performed with the Kronos Quartet), Tagaq, along with percussionist Jean Martin and violinist Jesse Zubot, performs a live accompaniment to the film’s silent images of life in an early 20th-century Inuit community in Northern Quebec.

New music and No Joy tickets!

No JoyTune in tomorrow at 4:30 PM for a feel-good gaggle of songs about being naked, small town girls, wearing animal suits, and Paris… Paris, Texas, that is. Plus, we’ll have two pairs of tickets to give away to see Montreal doom-y shoegazers No Joy when they perform tomorrow night at The North Door!

We’ll catch you up on what happened at the 2014 Polaris Music Prize gala and give you a taste of the winning album, the aboriginal-inspired Animism by Tanya Tagaq. Along the way, we’ll also bring you the finest independent Canadian music available south of the border, including new and not-yet-released tracks by Stars, Stella Ella Ola, Born Gold, Coyote, The Wilderness of Manitoba, and too many more to name.

Be sure to tune in this Friday at 4:30 PM for your weekly serving of independent Canadian music, brought to your ears by KOOP, broadcasting from sunny Austin, TX on 91.7 FM and available worldwide at