Royal Canoe is a group of musicians on a mission to construct ambitious,
inventive music. 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
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 rooftops to harsh, bitter winters that are countered first with defiance, then selfloathing, 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.