Since 2015, we have asked independent artists to share their favorite memories from their time at SXSW. In just a couple of years, this project has become one of our most popular features thanks to the growing interests of bands and singers from around the world. Forty-five artists participated in this year’s edition, including Lydia Ainsworth.

The Toronto-based singer-songwriter recently released a new album, Darling Of The Afterglow, which sees her expand her sound and delve deeper into the introspective. Think BANKS meets Julianna Barwick to understand why Ainsworth has been dubbed one of Canada’s top producers and has been nominated for a Juno Award. Going to SXSW in the midst of an album release can never be easy, yet Ainsworth still took the time to check things out in Austin, sharing one specific memory.

One night, I was whisked away from the festivities in a fleet of gull-winged Teslas to arrive at Donn’s Depot, an old train station-turned-refurbished dive bar. Donn’s is the ultimate escape oasis from SXSW’s craziness. I danced to the amazing band pictured all night among the regulars waltzing so elegantly. I wish I lived closer to Austin, so I could go back every night!

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