Your Long Weekend Playlist

The perfect soundtrack to your weekend adventures

May 19, 2017 | BY: Luminato

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!



Early Morning

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!


Monday Evening

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.


Catch all of these artists live during Luminato, June 14–25, at The Famous Spiegeltent in David Pecaut Square. Book before May 24 and you can see all 5 for only $75 with a Tent Pass!
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