Congratulations. We’ve made it to Q4 of one of the most unpredictable years in recent memory. Because traditional summer merriment was put on pause this year (for rule-abiding folks), it’s hard to peg one definitive summer song—especially since a lot of summer songs feel like they came out eons ago. Remember when Megan Thee Stallion and Beyoncé dropped the "Savage Remix" and your coworkers started saying "Demon Time"? Remember when everyone posted videos dancing to "Do It" by Chloe x Halle on TikTok? Remember that song that Drake dropped before the one that he just dropped? Yeah, those all came out this summer too. These are the best Canadian songs that scored this summer’s coda.
Charlotte Day Wilson f/ Syd, "Take Care of You"
It has been almost one year since Charlotte Day Wilson released her last single but her follow-up has been well worth the wait. This month she shared a two-song EP that expounded on her soulful, intimate take on contemporary R&B. She teamed up with The Internet singer Syd on the more tender track of the two, "Take Care of You." Anchored by a tightly-plucked guitar loop, the breeziness of Syd’s tone brings levity to the track, but the textured broodiness of Charlotte’s vocals gives it depth, creating the perfect contrast. —Sumiko Wilson
TOBi & Juls, "Dollas and Cents"
In his debut as a signee, newly-minted RCA artist TOBi linked up with UK producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents." Between the infectious bassline and the jazzy saxophone sprinkled throughout the track, Juls’ production sets the tone for TOBi to step into his star power with effortlessly expert flows. —Sumiko Wilson