Average Times

In Letters From Bandcamp, we round up five of our new favorite Bandcamp discoveries in the hope that your friend’s cousin’s sister can finally get some buzz.

Somehow, and I don’t know how, this issue of Letters From Bandcamp turned into a Bands From Canada thing. It just happened that way. There seems to be a lot happening sonically in the Great White North these days. You’ll find no Rush covers here, but you will find lo-fi harmonies, crushing garage shrieks, and cloudy fuzzballs of synth-pop. To quote James Blake covering Joni Mitchell, “Oh, Canada.”


Vancouver-based howiewonder ruffles his synths with the smallest snippets of snarled trap beats and brightly emotive percussion.

Dorothea Paas

Kingston, Ontario’s Dorothea Paas and her band gather their nearly sweet harmonies and forest hymns, then turn the fi all the way down to low and the reverb up to high.

Paul Jacobs

Windsor, Ontario’s Paul Jacobs calls himself a “one man garage punk band.” Good job Paul Jacobs.

Average Times

Ottawa foursome describe their sound as “barf and sugar mixed together.” We listen and agree, but we’ll add a dash of snot and wager that the sugar is specifically from gummi bears.


HAPPY TRENDY is Dylan Khotin-Foote from Alberta. One of his tracks appeared on the recent Orchid Tapes compilation we covered, but it’s worth diving into his Bandcamp to get a bigger bite of his synthetic-beat sad-pop.