Talking love songs with Whitehorse

To celebrate the release of their latest album, we asked folk rock duo — and real-life couple — Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland, for some mood music.


Whitehorse band photo, courtesy of Paul Wright.


We developed a serious crush on Ontarians Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland when the couple teamed up for the folk-rock project Whitehorse; they fanned the flame with their 2012 record, The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss, which was shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize. On February 17 the two return with a sophomore album, Leave No Bridge Unburned. It’s bolder, more raucous and full of catchy tracks, including “Sweet Disaster,” which Melissa describes as her first real love song for Luke. We’ve asked the musical and romantic partners — who recently had a baby! — to share their five favourite love songs.

Catch Whitehorse on their Canadian tour this spring — for dates, visit

1. “Something” by The Beatles

2. “Wildflowers” by Tom Petty

3. “Magnolia” by JJ Cale

4. “Oh My Sweet Carolina” by Ryan Adams

5. “Tangled up in Blue” by Bob Dylan