Canadian Winter
Dr. Disc 20 Wilson Street

We chose the perfect spot for our Rendezvous with Kobi of Canadian Winter – Dr. Disc! The basement of the record store boasts a crazy selection of vinyl and the wall of records made for a fitting backdrop. Before and after our interview, we couldn’t help but peruse the bins of vinyl and Kobi even picked up a few rare finds. We got a kick out of many old album covers, but the highlight of our discoveries had to be the “Santa Claus is Canadian” LP, which worked well, since we were with Canadian Winter! Avi and I also have a way of always wearing blue and black when we’re interacting with the band – totally unplanned! Being a hot day in July, we couldn’t bundle up for this one!

We had a great chat with Kobi – learning more about the band’s history, Kobi’s inspiration for songwriting, the new lineup including guitarist Jay Baggett, and what we can expect from their upcoming album, set to drop, appropriately, this winter! I also had to ask about their music video for “Get the Show on the Road,” which Avi and I were pumped to be part of. Directed by Lee Skinner, the video is Hamilton-inspired and reflects the band well.

This particular weekend at Dr. Disc marked the store’s 21st anniversary, kicking off the Raise the Roof concert series (which we checked out that night during Art Crawl). Canadian Winter will be playing the rooftop on August 10th – sure to be another fun Art Crawl evening! In keeping with our full circle theme of the Tour, Kobi noted that when the band played last year’s Raise the Roof, his parents were visiting, and that performance was the first time they saw him perform.

Our thanks to Kobi for chatting with us! We’re thrilled to have Canadian Winter get our show on the road for The Playlist 1.0 this Saturday, July 28th. Get your tickets now at Dr. Disc or This Ain’t Hollywood!

– Kristin

Kristin Archer is the creator of I Heart Hamilton (, where she has blogged about experiences around her hometown since 2011, growing a social media presence along the way. Encouraging locals to “be a tourist in your own city,” she promotes arts and culture across her various social media platforms, blog, and weekly radio show on 93.3 CFMU.

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