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Royal Canoe

with Begonia

$20 advance

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From the Promoter

tickets also available at Vertigo Records and both Compact Music locations
lineup, date, venue, times and ticket price subject to change without notice.


Royal Canoe’s music has taken them a lot of places: around to world to play over 400 shows from Kiev to California, on tours with Alt-J and Bombay Bicycle Club, to major festivals like Bonaroo, 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.

After all this noise, Royal Canoe settled back into what they know best - throwing everything out the window and building new sounds from the ground up. This time they set out to create leaner arrangements and clearer melodies - less between them and the listener. An exercise in following the seed of inspiration to its end point before deconstructing and rebuilding. Songs emerged from a miraged-out place where the absurdity of modern life had become hallucinatory - and almost indistinguishable from some dystopian fiction. Royal Canoe will take these new songs on the road this fall with their musical sister and frequent collaborator Begonia opening the shows. Keep your ears open for a taste of that new music very soon…


On one end of the spectrum there are varieties of the Begonia which can be a dark, grievous, rough around the edges. And on the other end, a petite and elegant flower. In between, the plant attempts to harmonize its two poles, forming an array of varieties that each borrow from the delicate and the unseemly. It is in this same vein that Begonia (Alexa Dirks) finds herself, trying to find a balance.

Known for her voice in the Juno Award winning harmony driven group Chic Gamine, Dirks has a timbre that recalls the golden age of soul, proud and courageous. And yet it still returns to the ground, finding a quietness, a hesitant intimacy. Joined in studio by producers Matt Schellenberg (Royal Canoe) and Matt Peters (Royal Canoe, Close Talker), the collection of songs that forms Begonia’s Lady In Mind lets the extremes of Dirks’ past and present coalesce into a sound that is both battle hymn and breakbeat body mover, incorporating themes which are confident in and of themselves, and yet sometimes caught in the middle.

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