Out of all the international streaming music services available, only two–Songza and Deezer–maintain offices in Canada. Songza’s team–of which I am a member as Head of Canadian Curation–is working hard to provide Canadian options for its nearly 3 million monthly users in this country.
Here’s the made-in-Canada stuff we’ve come up with so far that you might want to use today or through the weekend.
- Burton Cummings’ Road Trip Through Canada – The Guess Who frontman contributed this playlist himself. The best of his personal road trip playlists.
- Daft Punk: Unmasked – Songs sampled by Daft Punk, influenced by Daft Punk and inspired by Daft Punk.
- Winter Games: Inspiration and Motivation – Great stuff if you’re heading out to ski, snowboard, play hockey or anything outdoors.
- Let’s Race: Songs for Sled Heads – Need some extreme music for snowmobiling?
- A Cold Night in Canada – If you’re looking for a playlist to carry you through this round of the polar vortex, this is it.
- Nu Goth – Created by Canadian Goth expert, Liisa Ladouceur.
- Canadian 80s Dance Party: Just like it sounds. Liisa built this one, too.
- Hoser Rock: And we use the term in the most loving way.
- Puck-Drop Party: A playlist designed for people heading to practice and the game. Also works well in the dressing room before the game and between periods.
- SXSW 2014: The Canadian Contingent – SXSW starts in Austin, Texas, next Friday. Here’s a playlist featuring many of the Canadian bands making the trip.
- NXNE 2014: It’s the festival’s 20th anniversary beginning June 13. Here’s what we know about the lineup so far along with a retrospective of acts from years past.
- Quebec Alt and Indie Pop: If you’re in the ROC, you must listen to this. You’ll discover some fantastic stuff sung in our other official language.
- Northern Touch: A Journey Through Canadian Hip Hop – Just like it says. Our scene has come a long, long way in the last 20 years.
The Canadian team is working hard on creating more playlists with our country in mind. Watch this space for more or go to Songza.com. And hey, it’s free.
By the way, there’s also been a new update to the Songza iPhone App. Listen to all of your “liked” songs, anytime, anywhere. Details here.