Favourite Canadian songs of 2015


A lot happened this year. I booked my first show. I started a new job. I made 33 episodes of Indie-licious. I wrote 24 pieces for Weird Canada.

No one really asked for this list, but then I got carried away and now here we are. Songs are roughly sorted into clusters that sound nice together. Support your local community!

Michael Ondaatje’s World – Germaphobes


Fit For Her – Blonde Elvis 


(but) i need you – Kurt Inder


Rights of Spring – Rebecca’s Room


Full Moon – Pee Wee


Shy Boy – Nakedchillen


Tact of Animals & I Don’t See It – Quaker Parents




More Like You – Novel


Mechanical Rhythm – Painted Fruits


Textiles On Mainstreet – Slim Twig


Sailin’ On (Bad Brains cover) – Haolin Munk


See The Lord, He’s A Dog, In A Cage – Razor Midnight


Jasz – New Fries


Senators – No Spectrum


tiergarten – Sarah Davachi


 2 – Jonathan Scherk


Désorganism – French Pretzel


mar mar mar – Guidewire


The Trouble – Fantasy Blondes


jxpg – The Passenger


Buschbabies – JOYFULTALK


NakuPlacid – TELOZKOPE

Bed Bath and Beyond – Fresh Flesh


Haagen Baadz – Bile Sister


Damn That Valley – U.S. Girls


TIVOLI – Phèdre 


HELL Demo A – Lee Paradise


HOTFOOT – Doldrums


Night of the Assassins (Les Rallizes Dénudés) – Zacht Automaat


Don’t Fuck A Gift Horse In The Mouth (feat. Damian Abraham) – Fresh Snow


In Silence – The Acorn


LOSING GROUND – Special Costello


A Better Deal – Merival


Again – Faith Healer


Tooth Hound Sand (AIA) – Sivani


won’t – boyhood


Attention Seeker – Etiquette


Thailand – Hush Pup


SOFTEN / SOFTER – Prison Hair


Test of Faith – JFM


every fucking day – Shaun Weadick


Threnody – Myriam Gendron


guardian force – Brandon DeVries


Waist of the Sea – Blunt Chunks


Human Garbage – Vulva Culture








Rebecca’s Room (New Waterford, Nova Scotia)

Rebecca’s Room is a project from New Waterford, Nova Scotia (kind of close to Sydney) by Andrew Gillis and Blaine Mills with additional ladyvocals from Rebecca Ratchford & cutie anon. mothbits, plus Blair Lucas from Walrus and Glen Bourgeois.

They are simply a treat – lo-fi, dreamy, lazy bedroom pop that feels just like dipping your fingers into a cold summer lake and swirling them around.

Rights Of Spring is a righteous summer jam. #1 primo stuff, guaranteed. Straight up proof that double-layering the exact same melody between male-female vocalists is a tried-n-true pop hook.

See you there is also a deelite. Super playful, simple, with some interesting, vaguely alarming feedback that loops around in the end.

I bet you’re hooked now, right? Excellent kick drum in Juxtaposed – the whole beat just screams with a closed mouth.

One more, for the boys. That’s you starts with a suspended chord that immediately resolves into perfection. This is the kind of song you put on in the late afternoon, when the sun is just peeking through the curtains and bathing everything in canary gold.

Indie-licious Tues June 2nd 2015


1. ℸ⚭ᵰî¢*΅ – TELOZKOPE*
2. B:/ Start Up – Blank Banshee*
3. Cumulus Fractus – Eco Virtual
4. NakuPlacid – TELOZKOPE*
5. Replica – Oneohtrix Point Never
6. Naturalement – Conga Radio
7. Crime Watch (Hallucinogenic Re-Dub) – L.G. Rivales
8. Long Black – Velvet Season & The Hearts Of Gold
9. Lady Pain (Jay Arner Remix) – Renny Wilson*
10. Juxtaposed Positions – Rebecca’s Room*
11. Sweet Marie – Él Yoshida*
12. Sparta – Jennifer Castle*
13. Into the light – STÅL
14. My Baby Don’t Understand Me – Natalie Prass
15. How Could You Babe – Tobias Jesso Jr.*


Internet explorations in Vaporwave, with obligatory pop near the end.

Indie-licious Tues May 26th 2015



1. 庭 { d r i b b l e } – TELOZKOPE*
2. Loops – Doldrums*
3. Light Upon Feet – The Cyrillic Typewriter*
4. See The Lord, He’s A Dog, In A Cage – Razor Midnight*
5. moon march – the passenger*
6. I Know – Braille
7. Rights of Spring – Rebecca’s Room*
8. Body Breathing – Royal Turqouise*
9. girl hat – Kurt Inder*
10. Knife Dream (Devon Henderson Remix) – Valery Gore*
11. If She Were – Él Yoshida*
12. Don’t Stop (Suzanne Kraft Remix) – Knightlife
13. Timekeeper – Conga Radio*
14. Please Be Bad To Me – Jex Opolis*
15. G.F. (Harrison Drum Edit) – Yacht Club*