By Yulia Federov
Fall is a time for new beginnings. It’s the time to get #backtothegrind. It’s the time of pumpkin spice everything. But most importantly, it’s the best time to switch up your boring old podcast selection to something new, exciting and most importantly, about your fave subject; music. That said, here are FIVE Canadian music podcasts you need to subscribe to, ASAP.
The Polaris Project
Hosted by Steve Jordan, founder and executive director of the Polaris Music Prize, this podcast highlights and explores the Canadian artists whose works were nominated for the Polaris Music Prize throughout the years. With probing questions for artists and Polaris expert jurors, Jordan gives listeners a better understanding of artists of the likes of Alanis Morissette, The Tragically Hip, Kaytranada, and Kid Koala.
The Educated & The Reckless
Listening to this podcast, you’ll feel as though you’re having a conversation with the coolest friends you’ve never met. VIBE 105’s own NoBetterNina and Apollo P dish about the latest music-culture news, on a local and international scale, and don’t shy away from discussing controversial artists and events you’ll definitely want to be in the know about. The two also sometimes share their questionable opinions on political topics that are sure to provide you with a different perspective to look at things with. The Educated & The Reckless podcast is also unique because the duo opt out of having guests on the show, making sure you realllllllllly get to know them.
The Soundtrack to a Life
Music is a powerful thing, no doubt about it—but there aren’t that many podcasts out there that explore the emotional impact that music can have on our lives. This podcast breaks that typical mould. Host Christopher Munroe is joined by guests to discuss the albums and artists that impacted them emotionally, and in what ways.
The Reddy Fox Show
If you tune into VIBE 105, then you know one fourth of Saturday morning’s talk show hosts on Hashtag, DJ Reddy Fox. But did you know he has a podcast? On The Reddy Fox Show, he talks to local sensational artists and DJs, discussing everything you’d want to know with them—the inspirations behind their music, where they started out, their purpose and their goals. Whether you’re looking to learn more about your fave local artists, or to discover which new hits you should add to your Spotify playlist, this pod is for you.
The Ongoing History of New Music
With this documentary-style music podcast, host Alan Cross takes you on a journey through time. Each weekly episode takes listeners through the life stories of legendary artists in the alternative-rock scene—artists like Twenty-One Pilots, Mumford and Sons, and Nine Inch Nails just to name a few. Cross takes you way, way back to tell you everything you never knew about these big-shot artists’ lives before they got big, and talks about what happened behind the scenes throughout their music careers.
If you’re still reading this, what are you waiting for? Put down that pumpkin spice latte and go subscribe to these podcasts. Now!