Published Oct 26, 2016Tragedy struck Winnipeg pop group Royal Canoe earlier this week when they had their trailer stolen outside of a Montreal hotel. According to the group, thieves made off with "every bit of musical gear we own." Now, they're trying to pick up the pieces with a new EP and crowdfunding campaign.
The group have launched an Indiegogo campaign urging fans to help them stay on the road.
"We feel terrible that we had to cancel the St. Catherine's show, but it's going to take a few days to try to get the show back on the road," they write. "We are desperately renting and borrowing gear so we can finish this tour. So, until further notice, all other shows are still a go."
The group estimate that they lost somewhere between $85,000 and $90,000 worth of items when their trailer was stolen.
"This includes all of our instruments, a two-week old trailer, a mixing console, production elements for our show, a few personal effects and a very fresh shipment of merchandise including boxes full of shirts, sweaters, CDs and vinyl," Royal Canoe write.
While many of the items were insured, a great deal of them weren't as they had been purchased after their most recent insurance policy was renewed. The group are seeking $26,000 to buy essential items that will keep them on the road.
As a bonus for fans, they've offered up a new EP called Agassiz. It features two B-sides from the group's last two albums and can be downloaded here.
If you feel so inclined, you can donate to Royal Canoe here. If their items are recovered, all donations will be refunded.