Despite the fact that SXSW is overrun by corporate activations and BBQs sponsored exclusively by app startups, it’s still the place to see and be seen if you’re an aspiring buzz band. With 90% of the music industry flocking to Austin this week, plenty of Canadian talent is heading southbound, hoping to get a stateside look—and if they’re lucky, some free beer and BBQ.
The usual suspects will certainly be there—Kaytranada, BadBadNotGood, Jazz Cartier, and Dilly Dally are all showcasing at SXSW this year. But we combed through the schedule, and cherry-picked some under the radar Canadian talent that are sure to have the blogosphere abuzz after they do their thing in Austin. These are the can’t-miss Canadian shows of the festival, but even if you’re not going to SXSW, this should give you some idea of which artists you’ll be hearing about all summer.
Here are 15 of our favourite Canadian artists showcasing at SXSW this year.