Three Canadian acts you can’t miss at SXSW

As of this moment, there are more than 100 Canadian artists coming to Austin for SXSW 2014. Here are three acts you can’t miss:

Leif Vollebekk

popmontreal.comCanada always gets the good stuff first; Leif Vollebekk’s latest album, North Americana, didn’t drop stateside until January 28. Vollebekk, from Montreal, is one talented guy—singing and playing the guitar, piano, harmonica, and fiddle—and he crafts songs so mesmerizing that they’ll leave you with tears in your eyes. “Southern United States” is a particular favorite. Leif embodies the SXSW spirit, playing year after year and everywhere, including in the street. A stunning performer with a folksy/bluesy voice and somber style, Vollebekk is sure to steal your heart. More at

The Pack a.d.

This Vancouver duo lit up Mohawk this week with an energetic set of their distinctive drumbeat-driven, sexily-snarled garage rock. Their latest album, Do Not Engage, dropped just two weeks ago; its first single, “Big Shot,” was near the top of CBC Radio 3’s list of best Canadian indie songs of 2013. Wear a helmet, this shit could get serious. More at

Rich Aucoin

richaucoin.comRich Aucoin could make better use of the slogan “Taste the Rainbow” than any candy could. How many artists end their show with the audience huddling under a giant billowing sheet, lights aflutter and confetti bursting overhead? Rich Aucoin’s live shows are not simply something to hear, they are something to experience. If his electro-pop grooves and incredible audience interaction can’t get you dancing, you should probably reevaluate your being at SXSW. More at

For more information on all the 100+ Canadian artists coming to SXSW 2014, as well as the latest news, music, and Austin-area shows featuring Canadian independent artists, tune in to This Great White North, every Friday at 4:30 PM on KOOP 91.7 FM and online at And keep an eye on for all the latest lineups and news on Canadian artists coming to Austin.

For the complete list of Canadian artists coming to SXSW, bookmark our SXSW 2014 page—it’ll be updated with new artists as they’re announced!

Tune in this Friday! Écoutez ce vendredi!

Tune in this Friday, February 7, 2014, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. to 91.7 KOOP or online at for a special edition of This Great White North.

We’ll be starting our journey in Quebec for some French Canadian tunes and then we’ll head to British Columbia and explore what’s happening musically in the West Coast. Right in the middle (somewhere in the Prairies), we’ll have the tried and true Neil Young Song of the Week.

Speaking of the West Coast, we’ll be giving away one pair of tickets to The Pack A.D. show at the Mohawk on February 11. Keep your radio dials to 91.7 and have your phones ready to give us a call at (512) 472-KOOP (5667).

Three weeks of ticket giveaways!

Fucked UpAustin’s only Canadian independent music radio show will be giving you the chance to win tickets to four upcoming Canadian acts—week after week after week!

Join us every Friday from 4:30 to 6:00 PM—on KOOP 91.7 FM in Austin and worldwide at—for the best in independent Canadian music and for your chance to win a spot at one of the several Canadian acts coming through town.

On next week’s show (Jan. 24), we’ll have tickets for Torontonian punk rockers (and 2009 Polaris Prize winners) Fucked Up, playing an outdoor show at Mohawk, along with tickets to see legendary Vancouver hardcore punk rock band D.O.A. at Infest.

The Pack A.D.The following week (Jan. 31), we’ll be giving away tickets to see Winnipeg-based noise rock group KEN Mode (along with Russian Circles and Inter Arma) at Red 7.

And don’t forget to tune in the week after that (Feb. 7) for your chance to see Vancouver’s garage rock duo The Pack A.D. when they play at Mohawk.

Make sure to listen live at 4:30 PM every Friday on 91.7 FM in Austin and worldwide at for the best in independent Canadian artists and tickets to great Canadian acts!

And don’t forget to visit our Events page for details of all the upcoming Canadian shows in Austin, including Arcade Fire, Chromeo, Mac DeMarco, Royal Canoe, and the 70+ Canadians announced so far for SXSW 2014!