Random Questions with... JUNO Nominee Royal Canoe's Bucky Driedger

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Royal Canoe (Photo: Delf Gravert)

Nominated for Alternative Album of the Year for Today We're Believers

Indie pop/rock troupe Royal Canoe dropped its debut LP, Today We’re Believers, in 2013, following a series of EPs, including Extended Play and Purple & Gold. The group has been drawing an endless stream of buzz for its inventive, avant sound, landing on best-of lists from The New York Times to Consequence of Sound and securing opening slots with Alt-J and Bombay Bicycle Club. The band was also named a top band to see at this year’s SXSW by Spin Magazine, and was recently added to Osheaga’s impressive summer bill. It’s the first JUNO nomination for the six-piece, although band member Matt Peters’ former group The Waking Eyes was nominated for New Group of the Year in 2005.

What was the first tape, vinyl, or CD you bought?
Silverchair’s Frogstomp from a Radio Shack in Steinbach, Manitoba. ANGST!!!!

What song would you like played at your funeral?
“Holiday” by Weezer.

Most embarrassing moment on stage?
My belt snapped at one of our biggest shows we’ve ever played. I had to do a lot of power stances and shimmying to keep them on my hips.

Favourite Old Dutch flavour?
Mexican Chili. I think I ate a bag a day in junior high school.

What are you wearing to the JUNOS?
A gold sequined onesie, Sorels and a Winnipeg Jets hat. Either that or a suit. 

Catch Royal Canoe live with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for Manitoba Rocks at the Centennial Concert Hall, March 28-30

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