Royal Canoe is a group of musicians on a mission to construct ambitious, inventive music. To complete this mission they are armed with voices, guitars, effects pedals, drums, basses, home-made samples and a six-keyboard super-weapon. The songs are thick with catchiness, rich in rhythm and are consistently pushing against the boundaries of pop music.

They spend almost every day in a shit-hole rehearsal space writing hooks, singing through effects pedals, scrawling lyrics on scraps of paper, and constructing heavy beats in odd time signatures. They create samples by running conventional sounds through unconventional pieces of gear, drumming on bathtubs and garbage cans, listening to Big Boi and manipulating bits of old records.

The band calls Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada home – the enigmatic prairie city, which has served artists as both an abundant, creative watering hole and a debilitating quagmire. The city’s mood swings from euphoric summers spent biking with beers, fence-hopping residential pools and climbing abandoned roof-tops to harsh, bitter winters that are countered first with defiance, then self-loathing, then denial, then “you’ve got to be fucking kidding me.” Royal Canoe’s songs are, in part, an effort to make sense of the resentment and romanticism of the city’s divergent identities.

Royal Canoe Releases Versions Of Beck’s Song Reade, Available On iTunes Today

Royal Canoe Cover Beck’s Song Reader

Last winter Royal Canoe teamed up with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival and Pop Nuit to present a concert of selections from Beck’s Song Reader project. The Song Reader was an album originally released by Beck only on sheet music. The band moulded ten of the songs into their:

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Close Talker Announce Sophmore Album

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Royal Canoe Premieres exodus of the year video announce fall tour dates. their lp today we're believers is out now on roll call records

Royal Canoe Premieres “Exodus of the Year” Video

“I don’t know if this is true of other cities, but for some weird reason Winnipeggers have been bombarded for the past four decades by business-driven propaganda campaigns which aim to boost our hometown pride, promote tourism and economic growth. Each successive campaign is even more desperate and embarrassing than the last and they all fail, because they insist upon such a fake and whitewashed image of Winnipeg”

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