Riders refer to the little extras a band receives from the promoter of a gig, usually—but not always—in their dressing room. One of the most infamous riders was Van Halen’s in 1982. They insisted on bowls of M&M candies with all the brown ones removed. Mary J. Blige asks for a brand new toilet seat in every venue where she performs.

Continuing to craft sounds that push their personal creative boundaries, as well as the familiar sounds their fan base has come to expect, Canary enter a new chapter of their career emboldened and focused. 

Led by songwriter Matthew Kenneally, Canary are known for producing indie pop that is steeped in gorgeous melodies, intelligent instrumentation and an ever curious approach to their delivery; a delivery that has made the band a favourite with live audiences around the country, having supported the likes of Saskwatch, Hein Cooper, Ainslie Wills and LANKS in recent memory

My Dream Rider by Canary

1. A pair of Rider jeans. We always “go” before playing but… just in case.

2. A copy of Easy Rider on VHS. For down time after the show. 3. “Riders on the Storm” by The Doors playing on repeat. Makes us feel mystical and important before a show. 4. A type rider. We’ve always written the old fashioned way and you just can’t beat the clickety clack of a type rider.

5. A paperback rider. Anything by Danielle Steele. We all own kindles but we love the feel of a good paperback in our hands. 6. A plunger. For rider’s block.

7. A statue of Lady Justice so we may always be reminded to consider what is rider wrong.

8. A copy of Catcher in the Rider. I keep a paperback copy in my breast pocket always, but just in case.

9. An Uber rider to and from the venue.

10. Above all, to have everything we ask for rider way.


Do your dusty ears a favor and listen to Two Step by Canary here

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