There’s nothing quite like the first warm long weekend in the city, when barbecues fire up, sandal tans begin, and good vibes abound. It’s a time to relax and gear up for the summer season ahead. We’ve put together a list of homegrown talent to serve as the perfect soundtrack to your Victoria Day weekend adventures!
Wolf Saga's music is great at any time, but some of our early-rising staffers love his energizing tunes to start the day. Whether you're a morning jogger or like to start your day Daybreaker style, Wolf Saga's blend of indie rock and electronic production will kick-start your good mood!
Check out: Keep Dancing, currently climbing the National Aboriginal Music Countdown.
Afternoon in the Park
Heading to Trinity Bellwoods for slacklining and a picnic? Turn up LAL! The Toronto-based duo creates politically charged music and innovative recordings. Their soulful electronic music is fused with subtle West Indian and African rhythms and a punk attitude. It's perfect for good vibes and thoughtful conversation.
Check out: Rules Were Meant to be Broken from 2016's Find Safety
Dinner Party Extraordinaire
Having friends over for dinner? Impress them with more than just your place-setting skills by putting on Jean-Michel Blais' Il. This Montreal pianist's enchanting instrumental compositions pair melodic pop sensibilities with breathtaking technical skills.
Check out: Title track Il. If you're like us, you'll fall in love in the first three seconds.
Breezy Bike Ride
Taking your bike out for a non-commute spin? Bring Elisapie with you! (safely of course – pay attention to traffic!) An ambassador for Inuit culture, Elisapie's soulful down-home folk music puts a spotlight on aboriginal musical classics. With a mix of Inuktitut, English, and French, her music is deeply rooted but totally fresh.
Check out: Life is What You Make It, on repeat!
We know, the final night of a long weekend is tough. Make it easier with Leanne Simpson, a renowned Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg artist whose work breaks open the boundaries between story and song. Her lush acoustic and electronic arrangements are thoughtful, focused, and perhaps even meditative.
Check out: These Two, from her new album f(l)ight.