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The Dead Canaries: A band that never was.

From Right to Left: Anonymous, Anonymous,Anonymous, and Anonymous.


"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 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

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