WINNIPEG’S ROYAL CANOE SIGN TO PAPER BAG RECORDS AND REVEAL VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE “RAYZ” + TOUR DATES
Winnipeg’s Royal Canoe are excited to share the video for their brand-new single”RAYZ”. Watch the video here. Listen to or purchase “RAYZ” here. The band will release their new album Waver on January 25th, 2019 on Paper Bag Records. Pre-order the album here. A full list of Royal Canoe’s tour dates can be found below including gigs in Los Angeles, New York, Toronto and London.
Last weekend in Winnipeg, 350 fans registered to participate in a wildly successful scavenger hunt to find a buried boombox containing the first copy of Waver. The hunt was created by the band which included the building of a unique app for teams to use during the hunt. Read more here via the CBC.
On Waver, their newest collection of songs, Royal Canoe are steering into new terrain. The sun-flared polaroid life of previous albums is exchanged for a miraged-out, ominous landscape. The band still has their kaleidoscopic, beat-driven heart, but these songs play with the absurdity of modern life. When truth is optional, when the most volatile people have the most power, when reality becomes irrational – what do you anchor to?
Creating the album felt like a reset – an exercise in following the seed of inspiration to its end point before deconstructing and rebuilding. “Whenever we begin working on a new album we throw everything out, even if it worked last time, just so we have no chance to rest on our laurels,” says singer Matt Peters, “OnWaver we set out to create leaner arrangements and clearer melodies – less between us and the listener.” They wanted to mine new corners of their sound and find new places to go.
After all, Royal Canoe’s music has already taken them a lot of places. Around the world to play over 400 shows from Kiev to California, on tours with Alt-J and Bombay Bicycle Club, to major festivals likeBonaroo, Iceland Airwaves, and Osheaga and to Atlanta to work with Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Gnarls Barkley, Deerhunter). Their records have received critical acclaim: a nomination for Alternative Album of the Year at the Junos, Best Independent Album at the Western Canadian Music Awards and love from music press and devoted fans the world over. They wrote music for and performed a musical version of Shakespeare’s Richard II and performed their sophomore album in its entirety with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
Sep 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Hi Hat
Sep 14 – San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Sep 16 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
Sep 17 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
Sep 18 – Vancouver, BC @ Fox Cabaret
Sep 20 – Calgary, AB @ Hi Fi Club
Sep 21 – Edmonton, AB @ Temple
Sep 22 – Saskatoon, SK @ Emmanuel Baptist Church
Sep 30 – New York, NY @ Rough Trade
Oct 3 – Ottawa, ON @ 27 Club
Oct 4 – Toronto, ON @ Baby G
Oct 5 – Toronto, ON @ Baby G
Oct 6 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz
Jan 25 – Baden, Switzerland @ Werkk
Jan 26 – Bulle, Switzerland @ Ebulittion
Jan 29 – Prague, Czech Republic @ Roxy
Jan 30 – Berlin, Germany @ Kantine Berghain
Jan 31 – Hamburg, Germany @ Nochtwache
Feb 1 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Vega
Feb 5 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
Feb 6 – London, United Kingdom @ Thousand Island
Feb 8 – Paris, France @ Le Pop Up du Label
** Begonia supporting North American dates
(Paper Bag Records)
Release Date: January 25, 2019
1. What’s Left in the River
2. Black Sea
4. May 17
5. Ashes, Ashes (feat. Nnamdi Ogbonnaya)
6. Girl of My Dreams
7. Peep This
8. Spin Cycle