the canoe standers
We are three men, bold enough to stand in canoes... and that's how we like our music: filled with risk taking and laughter. Lovers of all musics, rooted in jazz, we bring our varied backgrounds to whatever we play. An old country waltz with an Afro-Cuban groove, some Tom Waits disco, a Beatles polka? [It's happened before, it could happen again...] Put your life jackets on for some extremely connected, high energy fun, with intermittent periods of transcendental beauty. Every 2nd Monday at Pagliacci's.
[evolution of group name: the new standards -> the gnu standards -> the knu standers -> the canoe standers!]
Brooke Maxwell - piano/vocals
Peter Dowse - bass/rambling stories
Moving to Montreal from the UK at 14 years old, Peter began playing locally and by the age of 20 was touring Eastern Canada with various bands. This playing quickly lead to studio work in Montreal and eventually in New York, recording and producing records. Especially memorable times were working with drummers Omar Hakim (Weather Report), Yogi Horton (Ashford & Simpson), and Paco Sery (Joe Zawinul Syndicate) as well as working in Puerto Rico, sharing the stage with Celia Cruz and bassist Sal Cuevas.
Kelby MacNayr - drums/vocals
Drummer/ Composer/ Band-leader Kelby MacNayr believes that education and mentorship is a natural piece of the creative cycle. "I was always blessed to have incredible mentors and people who helped guide me along the way" and he bring this energy to each of his teaching opportunities. From to his role as teacher/ performer at Jazz Port Townsend Festival (WA, USA) and the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival (ID, USA), to special workshops for the BC Music Teachers Association and workshops for young performers, MacNayr brings a vitality and passion that attests to his belief that music is a powerful force for joy and creativity.