Published Sep 02, 2014Does having a large amount of members in a band always prove to be a good musical decision? For Montreal's Canailles, the involvement of eight members has yielded some impressive results. Their enticing blend of folk, bluegrass, and cajun music results in a sound that could be described as much bigger than the sum of the band's parts.
We met up with the Montreal eight-piece out front of the Edward Day Gallery in Toronto for a spirited rendition of "Marathon" off their recently released full-length Ronds-points.
The bright and sunny surroundings of the outdoors pair excellently with the band's upbeat, vibrant music. Led by the vocals and accordion playing of Alice Tougas St-Jak, watch the band serve up a pleasant melody that is sure to get feet stomping and hands clapping. Three-part vocal harmonies and some excellent strumming from both a banjo and a mandolin only sweeten the deal, all held tight together by a rhythm section comprised of an upright bass, maracas, brushed drums, and even a washboard.
Watch the performance now in the player below.
Filmed by Katherine Kwan and Robert Granados-Ocon
Audio by Nash Bussieres
Edited by Katherine Kwan