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Crown Lands

Last updated: September 11, 2023

Crown Lands are gifted storytellers with their eyes on both this world and others. They are painters of intriguing, immersive universes and staunch advocates for the LGBTQ+ and Indigenous communities. They're counter-culturalists of the 21st century, their work informed by a mix of old-world wisdom, science fiction, and musical influences from Rush to Paul Simon, Led Zeppelin to John Prine.

Even though they're still in their twenties, Crown Lands have deep ties to history. The duo consists of singer/drummer Cody Bowles, a reconnecting Mi’kmaq Two Spirit who grew up learning from elders of the Alderville First Nation reserve in Canada, and guitarist/keyboardist Kevin Comeau, a Jewish-born musician from Whitby, Ontario, whose ancestors survived the Holocaust. Together, they channel ancient spirits into their stories, addressing contemporary issues along the way.

Crown Lands made their entrance with compelling, straight-up rock'n'roll, showcased in their Juno-nominated, self-titled record, Crown Lands LP (2020). Following a consistent output of new music, the band's fresh approach and mission-driven catalogue earned them the 2021 Juno Award for “Breakthrough Group of the Year.”

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