The Dead Canaries


"The Dead Canaries" is a Canadian band composed of a varying number of anonymous masked men and women, real and fictitious members, and guest performers. The dystopian group explores a variety of contemporary sociopolitical issues like state surveillance, privacy and anonymity, wealth inequality, climate change, social media deception, cultural appropriation and plagiarism, through music, visual and performance art, and short videos. Everything The Dead Canaries do is free to consume. The Dead Canaries never perform live.

The group's core members are Ottawa-based artists: Marc Adornato, Eric Blair, and Holly Desand-Rouleaux. They formed immediately after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States on November 8th, 2016, with the intent of creating post-apocalyptic music and art that would reflect the dystopian social and historical significance of our time, for present and future generations to reflect on.

Conceptually, the band does not make money, and releases everything for free. The group also chooses never to play live, but only exist online, delivering content exclusively through this website, social media, smartphones, earbuds, screens, and speakers.

On January 20th, 2017,(President Donald Trump's innauguration day) the group launched this website, and their first recorded songs, "The Finale Debut", "Factory Collapse and Drone Attacks", and "I Wasn't Expecting This".


Their music combines world and orchestral sounds, space-age dancey pop tunes, and experimental audioscapes. Many of their instruments are home-made stringed instruments, but they also incorporate traditional rock instruments as well as choirs, horn and string sections, organs and synthesizers, and other lesser-known world instruments. Their music is recorded in Ottawa, Canada, at Bird Cage Studios.


The Finale Debut <- right click and 'save link as' to download the free .mp3 track.

Factory Collapse and Drone Attacks <- right click and 'save link as' to download the free .mp3 track.

I Wasn't Expecting This <- right click and 'save link as' to download the free .mp3 track.



"The Dead Canaries" band name is an allusion to caged canaries (birds) that miners would carry down into the mine tunnels with them. If dangerous gases such as carbon monoxide collected in the mine, the gases would kill the canary before killing the miners, thus providing a warning to exit the tunnels immediately.


Brutus and Apollo made by Marc Adornato

Watch this video of band member ███████ playing Brutus

THE MUSIC (Click here to download free MP3s)

The Finale Debut

Factory Collapse and Drone Attacks

I Wasn't Expecting This



Whistleblowers like Edward Snowden have exposed our Orwellian reality.
Science has proven that climate change is caused by humans.
Oil companies blow up small french towns even though clean energy technologies exist.
We're consuming genetically modified foods, unlabeled, without knowing their long term impact.
Students are saddled with crippling debt and devolving job prospects.
The cost of living increases while salaries for the middle and lower class stagnate and vanish.
The wealthy are getting wealthier, and the rest of us, price gouged, and poorer.
Idle No More and Occupy Wall Street movements have had little impact thus far.
Capitalism is broken. █████████████████████
It is a race to the bottom, and resistance is seemingly futile.

Our knowledge has made us cynical. Our cleverness, hard and unkind.
We think too much and feel too little.████████████████████████████████
We once championed workers' rights, benefits, and healthcare for all.
We now lie apathetic, divided, distracted, and tired. █████████████████████
█████ for a world of reason, a world where science and morality guides progress, not war, religion, lobbyists, or wealth.
██████████ a world of equality, fairness, and opportunity for all classes, not just the privileged, the elite, or aristocracy.

More than computers and automation, we need humanity, and fairness.
More than patents and copyright laws, we need a charter of morals, online rights, and a respect for human dignity.
████████clean and renewable energy, shorter work weeks, paid sick leave, and more time for our families, friends, and ourselves.
If machines are to replace workers, then let the workers enjoy more of their lives, and██████████████████
For in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.

So go to work████████████! Pay your taxes.█████████████████████
Eat your genetically modified food.█████████████████████
Be a good consumer. Practice civil obedience.█████████████████
███████████████ indifference, and greed!████████████████████

But if we choose to stay the course,███████████████████if faced with the status quo,
Until the end of our days: We protest. We protest. We protest.
ਮੈਨੂੰ ਵਿਰੋਧ! Я протестую!
我抗议!Ich protestiere! !أحتج

Nec Spe Nec Metu,
- The Dead Canaries


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