Top 10 Canadian Indie Songs about Winter

Snow has hit Ontario and we got to thinking about songs inspired by the frigid weather.  It was years before I realized that winter actually equates to recording time for musicians as no one wants to dare risk hit the road in -40 degree weather for a club that’s made even colder by the fact that only a few dozen souls have braved the weather to support their favourite band.  So instead I present you a Top 10 Canadian Indie Winter Song Playlist to keep you warm… or at least brave enough to pull out the parka.

What’s your favourite winter-themed song?  Let us know in the comments below!

K-OS – Zambony – Hockey rink + rhymes about cold Canadian weather + Hayden Christensen?


The Weakerthans – Our Retired Explorer – Dancing penguins and giant winter coats?  Sign us up for the next Arctic adventure!


The Goodluck Assembly – Wait for Me (*also our clients!) – so much snow!


Amos the Transparent – Sure as the Weather – Best 1 take music video of 2011 with all 4 seasons represented in the most adorable fashion


Rob Moir- Cold – This video couldn’t BE a more shiver-inducing representation of bitter cold and loneliness.


Stars – The North – Lots of their songs are about snow, sadness and Montreal, but this one in particular is about cuddling up for survival.


Dinosaur Bones – Ice Hotel – I’ve never been to the ice hotel but I sure hope this is the soundtrack.


Elliott Brood- Northern Air – Dose of indie-folk


Joel Plaskett- Snowed In/Cruisin – Mr. Plaskett understands the feelings of being stuck inside and going a bit stir-crazy.  This could be the most Canadian song on this mix.


Kathleen Edwards – Empty Threat – Yes, yes, we understand Kathleen, it’d be nice to run away to the warm American South when the mercury drops, but please stay and write more songs like this.



and just in case you want to heat things UP indoors…

Thunderheist – Jerk It

Honourary mentions- Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – home on the ice, Regina Spektor Blue Lips, Grizzly Bear Speak in Rounds, Cut Copy Unforgetable Season, Joy Division Ice Age, Foals Blue Blood,