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Royal Canoe: Living a Lie

Novel instrumentation adds ethereal atmosphere to a new version of a favourite by the adventurous Winnipeg band.

Royal Canoe: Living a Lie

By Kerry Doole

Royal Canoe: Living a Lie (Paper Bag Records): This adventurous Winnipeg indie rock combo released a new, digital-only, EP, Glacial, last week, and this is the first single from it.


This past January (when live concerts were still a thing!), Royal Canoe performed "Glacial" – a concert featuring re-imagined versions of their songs using only instruments created from ice harvested from local ponds and rivers. Over two sub-zero nights, more than 5000 people showed up at The Forks in Winnipeg for what must have been a remarkable experience.

The novel instrumentation means there are no guitar solos on this track, but sounds ranging from percussive to ethereal are created by ice xylophones, a kick drum that strikes ice, and keyboard figures featuring recorded sounds played on ice. The haunting results provide an appealing backdrop for the vocals of Matt Peters.

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The tune was initially on the group's 2016 album, Something Got Lost Between Here and the Orbit, and is given vibrant new life here.

Together for a full decade, Royal Canoe was nominated for Alternative Album of the Year at the Junos for the album Today We're Believers.

Last week, the group hosted a virtual screening party for a film that documents Glacial. View it here 

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