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Canada is an American indie folk-pop music group from Ann Arbor, Michiganmarker. Its songs are generally acoustic and feature guitars, drums, cellos, glockenspiels, melodicas, rhodes piano, organ and accordions. The group is known for its group vocals and harmonies and energetic live shows where members switch instruments between songs.

"They rise above the poor acoustics and give us a rollicking good show. They enjoy themselves whilst they are at it too. In keeping with the fashion of the moment. They boast an eclectic gathering of xylophonist, two cello players, numerous percussionists and the like. A swirl of country meets old world knocked into shape with a garageband ethos."

The band, composed of long-time friends, formed in late 2004 and self-released the six song How Dare You EP in July 2005. Soon after, they were approached by indie Michigan label Quite Scientific and soon signed with them to record a full length album. Recording took place during the fall and winter of 2005 in Lansingmarker, Michiganmarker on a soundboard originally used to mix portions of the second and third Star Wars films.

The band released its first album, This Cursed House, in June 2006. The album became the #1 most-added album in college radio for June 20, 2006, and later climbed to #13 on the CMJ Radio Top 200 (CMJ New Music Report, Issue 971).

Three short Mid-West/East Coast tours followed with friends Page France (Suicide Squeeze), Saturday Looks Good To Me (Polyvinyl) and Headlights (Polyvinyl). Joe, Ryan, and Aaron (Shaul) became brief members of Saturday Looks Good To Me during this time, playing bass, drums, and glockenspiel respectively. Ryan later became a more permanent member with the group and toured with them as their drummer during their 2007 US and European tours. Canada also performed at the 2006 Pygmalion Music Festival in Champaign-Urbana, the 2006 CMJ Music Marathon in New York Citymarker and SXSW 2007 in Austinmarker.

Canada embarked on its first nationwide tour during June and July 2007. The band is currently prepping the release of their follow-up to This Cursed House, which will be called Put Singing Birds Into Your Messy Hair and will be released via Quite Scientific Records in Summer/Fall 2008.

Discography

  • The How Dare You EP (EP) (July, 2005)
  • It Takes A Village To Make Records (Compilation) (March 25, 2006)
  • This Cursed House (LP) (June 10, 2006)
  • Canada Cassette EP (limited edition of 100) (EP) (June 7, 2007)
  • Put Singing Birds Into Your Messy Hair (LP) (Summer/Fall, 2008)


Sources

http://www.fanaticpromotion.com/cmj06/

http://www.quitescientific.com/QSR004DistroSheet.pdf

CMJ New Music Report, Issue 971

http://www.losingtoday.com/features.php?review_id=1010

http://www.slgtm.com/biography.html

http://2006.pygmalionmusicfestival.com/bands

http://www.mercuryloungenyc.com/calendar/archives/calendar_200611.html

http://2007.sxsw.com/music/showcases/band/29727.html

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