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Songs for a chill Canadian winter

Escape commuting in the cold with some good vibes and ez listening

Songs for a chill Canadian winter

Regardless of whether your commute to class is 20 minutes or an hour and 20, there is always a need to keep distracted — especially in the snowy season! Music is the perfect pastime. Not only can you bury your hands deep in your pockets, but it is also a great escape from the everyday stress of schoolwork and assignments. Here are 10 tracks to do just that.

1. “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers, 2004

This killer throwback to the early 2000s provides a strong sense of nostalgia for anyone who enjoys singing along to what can be described as a former emo-teen anthem. The steady beat and easy-to-remember lyrics will have you reminiscing about your childhood, forgetting about your long, overcrowded daily commute.

2. “I Like It” by Cardi B, Bad Bunny, J Balvin, 2018

Cardi B has once again blessed us with a song that not only has a great backtrack but also fun lyrics delivered by a host of talented collaborators. This upbeat song almost guarantees the overwhelming need to dance — or if you’re on the subway or bus, maybe just some light head bobbing.

3. “Youngblood” by 5 Seconds of Summer, 2018

The solid lyrics and beat provided by the Australian boy band will at the very least provide a distraction from even the worst commute. At the very best, it will make you want to sing along with full fervor in the middle of a crowded subway car.

4. “Jesus of Suburbia” by Green Day, 2004

This is another throwback song that will remove you from your lengthy, tumultuous journey. Green Day provide an upbeat tempo and elaborate guitar solos that will definitely leave you feeling hyped up and ready for whatever the day has to offer.

5. “Scar Tissue” by Red Hot Chili Peppers, 1999

The relaxed tempo of this song, along with the gentle riff of the guitar solos, is a great way to set a chill tone for the start of a day. It is also perfect to help you unwind while commuting back home after a long day of class.

6. “Kiwi” by Harry Styles, 2017

The high energy of this song, as well as the great vocals from our favourite ex-member of One Direction — cue tears — allow for an incredibly entertaining commute. I dare you not to bop along to the fun beat and amusing lyrics.

7. “Cough Syrup” by Young the Giant, 2010

Easy breezy listening with this mellow tune. It creates a strong sense of nostalgia, helping you lose yourself in whimsical thought. Nothing passes time better than daydreaming about joyous memories and the past, and this song will definitely take you back there.

8. “Cigarette Daydreams” by Cage the Elephant, 2013

Nothing says ‘chill’ like the soft serenade of an acoustic guitar. Whether you are on your way to lecture or on the way home, this song allows you to easily get lost in your thoughts and forget about the stress of the day.

9. “In My Feelings” by Drake, 2018

Despite topping the charts and sparking a viral online challenge months ago, this song is still as hype as ever. It has a great vibe and reduces any lengthy commute with its solid beat and entertaining lyrics.

10. “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen, 1978

There is nothing like an old school classic. This song is a bit of a throwback, but being serenaded by Freddie Mercury is still as great now as it was 40 years ago. The jazzy, incredibly upbeat sound of this song will make any journey feel like breeze.

Front Campus snowball fight sees limited participation due to bad weather

New organizers of snowball fight, Delta Upsilon, wanted to bring community together

Front Campus snowball fight sees limited participation due to bad weather

The tri-campus snowball fight returned after a year’s hiatus, as roughly 60 students made their way to Front Campus on January 10 to participate in the event. Organizers attributed the low turnout to bad weather and poor snowball-making conditions.

In 2015, the snowball fight was organized by Madina Siddiqui and Frishta Bastan, who said at the time that they hoped it would become an annual event. That year reportedly saw 400 students gather on Front Campus, with 2,600 saying they would attend on a Facebook event. The next year, 4,200 students said they were interested in or going on Facebook.

This year there were over 2,000 people in total who indicated their interest on Facebook; however, the turnout was not what was expected given the social media response.

“Given the freezing rain aspect, I’m gonna take what we have,” said Evan Price, President of Delta Upsilon, the fraternity that organized this year’s event. “It’s still fun any time you get this many people doing one thing at U of T. It’s always a good thing.”

While the snowball fight has never had an official affiliation with the university, UTSU President Mathias Memmel wrote to The Varsity, “In 2016 we provided paramedical support, hot chocolate, and music in the form of Disney’s ‘Frozen’ but none of these services were requested by the event hosts nor do they appear on our website.”

Price said that he and the other members of Delta Upsilon had been thinking of events to hold for the first week back at school. “We didn’t see anyone taking initiative on it, and we just thought we’d do it, bringing out some hot chocolate and trying to get some people together.”