There is an increasing number of musicians and bands who are bucking the trend of being categorized under a single genre. They’re moving seamlessly between pop, rock, hip hop, R&B, synth-pop, dream-pop, electronica, folk, and you name it. Some have done it with varying degrees of success while others are still trying to find that sweet spot. For Winnipeg’s Royal Canoe, they are one of the few bands who have not only mastered the art of blending different musical sounds and arrangements, but they have done so through innovation. Their sophomore album, 2013’s Today We’re Believers, was a hit with critics, and the album was nominated for a Juno Award as Alternative Album of the Year (which was awarded to Arcade Fire for Reflektor).

During the 2014 edition of the RBC Ottawa Bluesfest, I had the opportunity and pleasure to sit down with Matt Peters, Bucky Dreidger, Matt Schellenberg, Brendan Berg, Derek Allard, and Michael Jordan. The interview is about 17 minutes, but there are some great nuggets, such as their thoughts on being identified as an “alternative” band, the importance of health insurance while touring in the US, great Canadians, and bad interview questions.

Many thanks to the great staff at Union Local 613 for the beverages and the great hospitality.



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