Winnipeg’s Royal Canoe Brings North American Tour to Thunder Bay

Royal Canoe is coming out of hibernation from Winnipeg’s notoriously frigid winter for a string of tour dates including at stop at The Foundry on May 12.

Beginning May 3 the six-piece will be joined on the road by The Wet Secrets and Hannah Epperson on their way to CMW, and then meet up with Plants And Animals for a run through Western Canada and the U.S.While on tour the band will be road testing some new material, some of which may be destined for a not-so-distant-future release. Currently, the band is setting up their intricate array of keyboards at Austin’s SXSW.

In studio and on the road, Royal Canoe give you everything, but on their own maniacally hybrid terms.Their dedication to crafting a seamless musical pastiche is obsessive. For live shows, the band would rather lug hundreds of pounds of keyboards, mixers and pedals across the continent than rely on lengthy backing tracks. Royal Canoe actually play every part, every time. And while the van is packed with hardware, much of that hardware is, in turn, crammed full of widely-sourced samples and adoringly homemade sounds. Their fearlessness about using whatever they feel like is grounded, not in recklessness, but in a decisive confidence. Revisit the live experience by watching the video of their set from New York’s Stage 48 captured by Baeble Music.

Royal Canoe’s latest release, Today We’re Believers, was nominated for a JUNO Award, an album which Consequence Of Sound called “incredibly intricate, and simply enjoyable” while KCRW said their “super-inventive sound is unbelievably rich and catchy.” Since then the band has played hundreds of shows joining Alt-J, Bombay Bicycle Club, Rubblebucket, and The Elwins, crisscrossing the country in support of the record.

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