My name is Matt Peters. I've lived in Manitoba for 20 years. I play in Royal Canoe. We are performing as part of Prairie Scene at Mavericks in Ottawa on Thursday, April 28th.
How do you describe Manitoba to people in Ottawa (without mentioning mosquitoes or snow)?
It's really, really flat... like, incredibly flat. Actually I'm surprised by how many of the people who I encounter in my travels across Canada have already been to Manitoba at some point in their lives and usually they are very surprised by what it's really like, especially those who end up spending a significant amount of time there. ...And then the mosquitoes show up.. Or there's a huge blizzard and they are like, "You've got to be kidding me." Sorry, I couldn't resist. Let's just embrace it.
Where do you take people who are visiting Manitoba for the first time?
I hope that in the very near future I can take them to a Jets game... or whatever they want to call the team. The Moose, The Beaver, The Flood, The Aspers. They all work with me. Let's do this already.
Where do you spend your Manitoba time?
When I got "out" I often go for pints at Cousins or the Lo Pub or to a friend's place. It's amazing that somehow the Winnipeg house party still hasn't got old (crossing fingers). I also enjoy going back to my parents house in Steinbach. It's sort of in the country and it's quiet. It's a nice break from the city
What do you want people to take away from your show/performance at "Making a Prairie Scene?
I guess you could describe Royal Canoe as experimental pop. While we are writing new songs and playing live we try to stay true to both halves of that description. Although we want people to dance and sing along, we also hope they get excited when they hear something interesting, challenging or different (strange time signatures, vocal effects, harmonies, keyboards) in our music.
Besides it being a great gig, what are you hoping to get out of taking part in Prairie Scene?
I think that the prairie music scene has been somewhat ignored by the rest of Canada over the last 20 years. We're too isolated geographically to get much attention from Toronto/Montreal/Vancouver but artistically we're doing very unique things here that deserve attention. Hopefully with more events like this that focus on some of the great art being created in the Prairies people will begin to take note.
The Standard. Ottawa needs more dive bars.