Canadian Winter giving the world a taste of it
Their online biography reads In the winter of 2009, four souls combined to tell a story. A story which, in their own words, is “A story of sudden blizzards, thin crust pizza – extra cheese, pepperoni, half pineapple, half red onion – whiskey, alienation, Tim Horton’s coffee, chipmunk infestation, rum, love in the tundra, bewilderment, family and music.”
That about sums it up. Hailing from Hamilton, Ont., Canadian Winter has a unique blend of story-telling and combination of live and prerecorded music, giving them a sound all of their own. Martyr caught up with vocalist for the group, Kobi Annobil, to discuss the band, their newest release, and the story so far.
The new album The Snowball Effect comes out Dec. 3, and Kobi, describes it as “a continuation of Just Wait Till February. Takes place 9-10 months after. It’s really about the first year of the band”.
If story telling is the art of relating history, then this is one account you won’t want to miss.
The group formed through a number of chance meetings in Hamilton. Since their formation, they have set about chronicling the arrival and subsequent stay of Kobi, in the country. The original line up consisted of DJ Johnny Fever (cuts,) Kojo B. Chintoh (percussion,) Kobi (vocals) and Scotty P (guitar & bass.)
The band won the Hamilton Music Award for “Hip-Hop Recording of The Year” for their debut album Just Wait Till February. As guitarist Jay Baggett and DJ Close joined the group in 2012 – the band began work on the new album.
The Canadian experience is deeply embedded in everything Canadian Winter does. “The name started off as a joke between me and my cousin,” Kobi said with a chuckle. “When I first arrived in Canada [From the U.K.] in 2008, it was a particularly cold winter. I was constantly cold. We thought that an amazing band name would be Canadian Winter. From there, the joke was, if we have an album, we should call it Just Wait Till February because everyone used to say in November ‘if you think it’s cold now, wait until February.’”
This culmination creates a style which straddles the niche between hip-hop and indie rock. When asked about this wide-range in popularity, Kobi remained modest.
“I don’t know. We just really write music that speaks to all. I write songs about my past experiences. I count myself lucky that people seem to be able to see the things I’ve been through, in their own lives.”
Canadian Winter uses a mix of cuts and live instrumentals in order to emphatically highlight the overarching themes in their work, and combine elements of both classic and modern song writing. Kobi explained the effect of this mix as an aid in composing.
“I think it helps it. Especially for the songs on the new album. It was very stretched out. We use the instruments to fill the gaps we left.”
The music comes to life as a mix of amazing beats, instrumental creativity and powerful lyrical storytelling.
Each member draws inspiration from a variety of musical sources, and they all culminate in a sound that collaborates the old and new. When asked about the writing process, Kobi summed it up simply as a culmination of their combined musical efforts.