2013 is looking to be a breakout year for the six-piece Canadian outfit Royal Canoe. The Winnipeg natives just signed with Roll Call Records for the release of a full-length album later this year in the U.S., and they’re gearing up for a heavy few months of touring that include stops at SXSW, dates in the U.S. and Europe, performances with Fol Chen, Of Montreal, ON AN ON and more.

The band garnered serious buzz at the 2012 CMJ Music Marathin, where KCRW named them the “Sleeper Hit” of the festival, stating “their super inventive sound is unbelievably rich and catchy,” and landed on “Best of CMJ” lists from Consequence of Sound, New York Times and more.

In 2012, Royal Canoe released two EPs (Purple & Gold, Extended Play) which both received critical acclaim. Holding the #1 spot at We Are Hunted for 3-weeks, Filter declares “Buckle up – the band is anything but your standard indie-pop. Known for their genre bending approach and their songs are clearly written with innovation in mind. We dare you not to dance.” Similarly, Baeble proclaims “If you were to marry the harmonies and psychedelic pop of Animal Collective with the frenzied vocal phrasing of Modest Mouse and threw in the falsettos of the Temper Trap for good measure, you can imagine Royal Canoe’s sound.”

Royal Canoe is a group of musicians on a mission to construct ambitious, inventive music. Armed with falsettos, guitars, effects pedals, tambourines, shakers, two drummers and a six-keyboard super-weapon, their sound is thick with catchiness, rich in rhythm and are consistently pushing against the boundaries of pop music. The band is Matt Peters (vocals, keyboards, acoustic guitar), Bucky Driedger (electric guitar, vocals), Matt Schellenberg (keyboards, vocals), Brendan Berg (bass, keyboard, vocals), Derek Allard (drum kit), Michael Jordan (electronic drums).


Savannah Stopover Festival (Savannah, GA)

March 8 @ Forsyth Park Bandshell **Direct support for Of Montreal 

March 9 @ Taco Abajo

SXSW (Austin, TX)

March 14 @ 2:00pm – Music Gorilla Party @ Burnside’s Tavern

March 14 @ 4:30pm – Manitoba Music Party @ Friends

March 14 @ 10:00pm – Red Ryder Showcase @ IFC Crossroads House (Vice)

March 15 @ 1:00pm – Beautiful Buzzz Party @ Brew Exchange

March 15 @ 3:45pm – Homeslice Pizza’s MXTS Party @ Homeslice Pizza


March 17 – Hot Springs National Park @ Low Key Arts (The Valley of the Vapors Festival) *

March 18 – St. Louis @ The Demo +

March 19 – Chicago @ Schuba’s *

March 20 – Des Moines @ Vaudeville Mews *

March 22 – Denver @ Hi-Dive *

March 24 – Seattle @ Barboza *

March 25 – Vancouver @ The Biltmore

March 26 – Portland @ Mississippi Studios *

March 28 – San Francisco @ Bottom of the Hill *

March 29 – Los Angeles @ Bootleg Bar *

April 24 – Regina @ Artful Dodger ^

April 25 – Calgary @ Broken City ^

April 26 – Edmonton @ The Artery ^

April 27 – Saskatoon @ Amigos ^


May 13 – Manchester, UK @ The Castle Hotel

May 14 – London, UK @ The Lexington

May 16-18 – Brighton, UK @ Great Escape Festival

May 22 – Vienna, Austria @ Arena

May 23 – Salzburg, Austria @ Rockhouse

May 27 – Dresden, Germany @ Beatpol

May 28 – Frankfurt, Germany @ Skt. Peter

May 29 – Bremen, Germany @ Lagerhaus

May 30 – Kiel @ Schaubude

June 01 – Mannheim, Germany @ Maifield Derby Festival

w/ On an On +

w/ Fol Chen *

w/ Rococode ^


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