West Coasting in February

December 6, 2016

West Coasting in February


Roadtesting round 3 will hit the West Coast of the US and Canada this February. All on sale Friday, December 9.



The RAA On Tour

Jan 16 Berlin, Badehaus
Jan 17 Bremen, MS Treue
Jan 18 Dusseldorf, Zakk
Jan 20 London, The Lexington *sold out*
Jan 21 London, Camden Assembly Hall *sold out*
Jan 23 Manchester, Gullivers
Jan 24 Glasgow, Broadcast
Feb 20 Los Angeles, Bootleg
Feb 22 San Francisco, Bottom of the Hill
Feb 24 Seattle, Tractor Tavern
Feb 25 Vancouver, Fox Theatre
Feb 27 Nelson, Hume hotel
Mar 1 Calgary, Commonwealth
Mar 2 Red Deer, Bo’s
Mar 3 Edmonton, The Needle

“White Lights” + RoadTesting Tour Round 2

November 18, 2016

“White Lights” + Road-Testing Tour Round 2

White Lights is the first new song that is now ready to be shared with you all! Thank you to our friends in Minneapolis, St Paul, Chicago and Brooklyn for an incredible first run of shows earlier this month. It was amazing to see your faces again!

Stream and purchase the new song now-

On iTunes

On Spotify

On Apple Music

We’ll be bringing more new material, alongside some old classics that hadn’t made it into live shows on earlier tours to Germany and the UK in January. All tickets on sale now!

Jan 16 Berlin, Badehaus
Jan 17 Bremen, MS Treue
Jan 18 Dusseldorf, Zakk
Jan 20 London, The Lexington *sold out*
Jan 21 London, Camden Assembly Hall- just added!
Jan 23 Manchester, Gullivers
Jan 24 Glasgow, Broadcast

See you soon!

– The RAA

New Shows On Sale Now!

September 18, 2016


Each album we’ve done has been a collaborative effort between each of us and all of you, and your input on these shows is an incredible encouragement before we return home to hit record. We’d love you to join us as we figure out what these new tunes we’ve been working on are going to sound like (and shout out your requests for the catalogue classics) on our first run of road-testing shows for the next record.

You’ll also notice a new face on stage with us- Robin Hatch has been writing and performing with us over the Summer, and we’re psyched for you all to meet her.

-Nils and Paul

Nov 3 Minneapolis, MN at 7th St Entry

Nov 4 St Paul, MN at Turf Club

Nov 5 Chicago, IL at Schubas

Nov 6 Chicago, IL at Schubas

Nov 9 Brooklyn, NY at Baby’s All Right

Nov 10 Brooklyn, NY at Baby’s All Right

Thank You Amy

September 12, 2016

Hey everybody,

Amy has some news to share, and we’d like to let her share it. We’ll have some exciting RAA announcements for you guys soon. For right now, we just want to say: Amy, thank you and we love you. – Nils and Paul

To our fans & friends,

I have loved being a part of the RAA, but I’ve decided to step away from the old bass pedals, at least for now.  But I couldn’t leave without thanking you for the memories that we’ve shared together.  It has been an honour to visit your cities and countries and towns and festivals, and to perform for you and meet you and talk and take pictures and laugh and sometimes cry with you.  These are all moments I will carry with me for the rest of my life, and I’ll always be grateful to you for listening to our band and giving us the gift of the last eleven years.

Paul and Nils are my brothers for life, and they’re going to continue to be the amazing geniuses that they are and give you everything they have.  Give them hugs for me when you see ‘em out on the road.

Thanks again.

–AMY xoxo

‘Not Love Or Death’ Video!

June 18, 2015

NLOD video shoot

Our new video for “Not Love Or Death” has been making the rounds, and we’re super proud of it. Thank you to Sean Wainsteim and his entire team of creative folks who made this gem happen after so many setbacks!


“This was the first song we wrote and recorded for Mended With Gold,” says Amy. “It’s hands-down my favourite song from the record, and I think it’s one of the best songs we’ve ever done. The whole thing sounds like it’s seconds away from totally spiraling out of control and crashing hard, which is pretty much our sweet spot as a band.”

“Part killer band performance, part experimental narrative, the video for The Rural Alberta Advantage’s ‘Not Love or Death’ explores ideas of time, memory and space through the lens of one girl reflecting on her first relationship,” adds Wainsteim. “Taking place entirely in her bedroom, a roving camera drifts through moments of her past that begin to bleed together and eventually overlap.

“This video was a massive technical challenge. The goal was to create a camera that moves independent of any set narrative but give glimpses of scenes as they unfold in one space. We designed and constructed a set with moving walls for our camera to explore.”

– The RAA

On The Rocks, on The Rock

January 19, 2015

Tour Alert: We’re heading East!

3/22 Québec City, Petit Imperial de Quebec
3/23 Fredericton, The Capital Complex *Second Show Added*
3/24 Moncton, Tide & Boar Ballroom
3/25 Charlottetown, Hunter’s Ale House
3/26 Fredericton, The Capital Complex *Sold Out*
3/27 Halifax, The Marquee Club
3/28 St. John`s, Rock House *Sold Out*
3/29 St. John’s, Rock House *Second Show Added*

See you soon!

– The RAA

Vulcan, AB

November 19, 2014

A few weeks ago, we stopped in Vulcan, Alberta after our Calgary show and spent a couple of hours shooting this video.

Yes, it’s a real town. And, it’s a blast.

Thanks to the fine folks at Ramble Films for hanging with us in Vulcan. Check out more from them here .

Mended With Gold Release Party Livestream tomorrow!

September 29, 2014

Our new album, Mended With Gold, is released tomorrow! To celebrate, we’ll be at the Dakota Tavern in Toronto tomorrow night playing some of those new tunes and we’d like as many of you to join us as possible. A livestream of the show will be up on our YouTube channel here at 8:30pm. If you’re interested in being a part of the live audience, we’ll continue to give out some guest list spots through Facebook and Twitter today and tomorrow.

Thank you to everyone who has checked out the album already! We hope to be able to thank as many of you as we can over the upcoming tour dates this Fall.

Fri-Oct-03, Vankleek Hill, ON, Beau’s Oktoberfest Event
Thu-Oct-09, Detroit, MI, Magic Stick *
Fri-Oct-10, Columbus, OH, Skully’s *
Sat-Oct-11, Indianapolis, IN, Radio Radio *
Sun-Oct-12, St. Louis, MO, Firebird *
Tue-Oct-14, Chicago, IL, Metro *
Wed-Oct-15, Milwaukee, WI, Turner Hall *
Thu-Oct-16, Omaha, NE, Slowdown *
Fri-Oct-17, Minneapolis, MN, First Avenue *
Mon-Oct-20, Edmonton, AB, Starlite (2 shows) – SOLD OUT *
Tues-Oct-21, MacEwan Hall, Calgary, AB – SOLD OUT *
Thu-Oct-23, Vancouver, BC, Commodore *
Fri-Oct-24, Seattle, WA, The Crocodile *
Sat-Oct-25, Portland, OR, Doug Fir Lounge *
Mon-Oct-27, San Francisco, CA, The Independent*
Tue-Oct-28, Santa Ana, CA, Constellation Room *
Wed-Oct-29, Los Angeles, CA, The Roxy Theatre *
Thu-Oct-30, San Diego, CA, Soda Bar *
Sat-Nov-01, Salt Lake City, UT, The State Room *
Sun-Nov-02, Denver, CO, Hi Dive*
Tue-Nov-04, Dallas, TX, Club Dada *
Wed-Nov-05, Austin, TX, Red 7 *
Thu-Nov-06, New Orleans, LA, The Beatnik *
Fri-Nov-07, Birmingham, AL, The Bottletree Cafe *
Sat-Nov-08, Atlanta, GA, The Earl *
Sun-Nov-09, Chapel Hill, NC, Local 506 *
Tue-Nov-11, Washington, DC, Rock & Roll Hotel *
Wed-Nov-12, Philadelphia, PA, First Unitarian Church *
Thu-Nov-13, New York, NY, Bowery Ballroom *
Fri-Nov-14, New York, NY, Bowery Ballroom *
Sat-Nov-15, Cambridge, MA, The Sinclair *
Fri-Nov-21, Birmingham, UK, The Hare and Hounds #
Sat-Nov-22, Glasgow, UK, Broadcast #
Mon-Nov-24, Leeds, UK, Brundenell Social Club #
Tue-Nov-25, Manchester, UK, Soup Kitchen #
Wed-Nov-26, London, UK, Islington Assembly Hall #
Thu-Nov-27, Amsterdam, NL, Paradiso Upstairs
Sat-Nov-29, Munster, DE, Gleiss22 #
Mon-Dec-01, Cologne, DE, Luxor #
Tues-Dec-02 Hamburg, DE, Knust #
Wed-Dec-03, Berlin, DE, Lido #
Thu-Dec-04, Munich, DE, Atomic Café #
Fri-Dec-05, Frankfurt, DE, Zoom #
Thu-Dec-18, Toronto, ON, Danforth Music Hall
*with special guests July Talk
# with special guests PS I Love You

– The RAA

Listen to our new song “On The Rocks”, from the upcoming album Mended With Gold

August 19, 2014

Like a lot of our songs, “On the Rocks” had a lengthy gestational period. The core elements of the song have been around for a while now, but it wasn’t until we sat down to start working on “Mended with Gold” that I feel the three of us were really on the same page with it.

When I initially wrote “On the Rocks”, it was more of a delicate finger picked song. However, after we wrapped recording of “Departing” I started playing around with it as a keyboard version and I really wanted to take it more in the vein of Casiotone For The Painfully Alone. While still touring the last record in late 2012, we still tried it as a guitar song but it just didn’t seem to click the same way as it did the first time we started performing it and as it appears on the album now.

The song itself is an amalgamation of a lot of different memories and emotions, but the heart of it centers around the acceptance of an ending relationship. I’m personally really happy with the chorus of the song:

Our Hearts they were strong / Never made a sound
Our love was on the rocks / The day we let it out
Nothing going wrong / Nothing going down

There is a resignation to the chorus, but not in a hurtful way; it’s more an honest acceptance.

As an additional note, one of the events which inspired “On the Rocks” is related to my first trip out to Newfoundland well over a decade ago. So I’m also pretty happy with the double entendre as it relates to the song. We may be The Rural Alberta Advantage, but anyone from who was knows Northen Alberta (ie. Fort McMurray) will understand that Newfoundland isn’t too far out of my wheelhouse. – Nils

Some of our best songs are the ones that we ripped apart and put together over and over, like Stamp off Departing and Frank off Hometowns. On The Rocks is one of those. It started as a warm, folky song, but we were getting frustrated with it. Then Nils had this awesome idea for a electronic rhythm and feel, and it felt right immediately – probably my favourite on the record. – Paul

Our new album, Mended With Gold, will be released on September 30th with a huge tour behind it starting in Detroit on October 9th! We can’t wait to see you all soon.

Pre-order on Limited Edition vinyl/CD (Canada/Europe): bit.ly/1qFlXn3
Pre-order on Limited Edition vinyl/CD (US): bit.ly/TNZGoy
Pre-order on iTunes (get instant grat of On The Rocks): geni.us/1X8v

– The RAA

New Album, Mended With Gold, out September 30

July 8, 2014

The Rural Alberta Advantage announce new album Mended With Gold out September 30 on Saddle Creek and Paper Bag Records.

Mended With Gold

Stream “Terrified” below:

“The Toronto-based trio, led by born-and-bred Albertan Nils Edenloff are full of nostalgic songs about hometowns and heartbreaks, marrying salt-of-the-earth acoustic rock to energetic rhythms and grand orchestral arrangements.” – Pitchfork

“The band shines in its own ability to blend pared-down composition with fast-paced percussion and lyrics that could only come from, well, rural Alberta.” – Filter

The Rural Alberta Advantage will release their highly-anticipated third album, Mended With Gold, on September 30th via Saddle Creek. The twelve-track album was recorded at Toronto’s Candle Recording with the band’s long-time live engineer Matt Lederman (Hayden, !!!, Besnard Lakes) alongside co-producer Leon Taheny (Owen Pallett, Austra, F*cked Up). Mended With Gold’s “Terrified” is available to stream and share via SoundCloud. Mended With Gold can be pre-ordered now on CD, LP, Deluxe LP (clear with gold splatter vinyl) and digitally in the Saddle Creek and Paper Bag Records online shops. The Rural Alberta Advantage has just announced an extensive tour in support of their upcoming release. A full list of tour dates can be found below.

In 2006 singer-songwriter Nils Edenloff, percussionist Paul Banwatt, and multi-instrumentalist Amy Cole came together to release their debut self-titled EP as The Rural Alberta Advantage. The ensuing years have brought two full-length albums (2008’s Hometowns and 2011’s Departing), widespread critical praise (SPIN, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, NPR, among others), two Juno Award nominations (Best New Group, Video of the Year), the Polaris Music Prize Long List, and a hard earned reputation as one of the most impressive live bands you’ll ever see. It was through all of this that The RAA’s latest album, Mended With Gold, took shape.

Nils recalls, “Last spring, I rented a remote cottage up in the Bruce Peninsula on the recommendation of some friends to try to do some writing for the new album. It turned out to be a pretty terrifying place to be alone with your thoughts – locals told me to watch out for black bears, the heat wasn’t working and at night it sounded like the cottage was surrounded by wolves. I slept with a pocket knife at arms-reach. It’s funny the lines that will run through your head when you’re alone like that and trying to get yourself to sleep- they inspired “To Be Scared”, which is probably one of my favorite songs on the record.”

The ideas and moods created in these songs tie back to the album title Mended With Gold, embracing the idea that the breakage and repair of an object becomes part of its unique history and ultimately makes it more valuable instead of a blemish to disguise. The Rural Alberta Advantage have taken all of their successes, losses, adventures, and heartbreaks over the past few years, and forged them together into an unforgettably powerful work of beauty.

Mended With Gold Track Listing:
Our Love…
This City
On the Rocks
Terrified (stream)
Runners in the Night
To Be Scared
All We’ve Ever Known
The Build
Vulcan, AB
Not Love or Death
…On the Run

The Rural Alberta Advantage Tour Dates:

7-8-14 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
7-18/20-14 Dawson City, YT Dawson City Festival
7-26-14 Welland,ON Owenpalooza
8-8-14 Kingston, ON Wolfe Island Music Festival
9-18/20-14 Montreal, QC Pop Montreal
10-09-14 Detroit, MI Magic Stick*
10-10-14 Columbus, OH Skully’s*
10-11-14 Indianapolis, IN Radio Radio*
10-12-14 St. Louis, MO Firebird*
10-14-14 Chicago, IL Metro
10-15-14 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall*
10-16-14 Omaha, NE Slowdown*
10-17-14 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue*
10-20-14 Edmonton, AB Starlite*
10-21-14 Calgary, AB McEwan Ballroom*
10-23-14 Vancouver, BC Commodore
10-24-14 Seattle, WA The Crocodile*
10-25-14 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge*
10-27-14 San Francisco, CA The Independent
10-29-14 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy Theatre*
10-30-14 San Diego, CA Soda Bar*
11-01-14 Salt Lake City, UT The State Room
11-02-14 Denver, CO Hi Dive
11-04-14 Dallas, TX Club Dada*
11-05-14 Austin, TX Red 7*
11-06-14 New Orleans, LA Beatnik*
11-07-14 Birmingham, AL The Bottletree Café*
11-08-14 Atlanta, GA The Earl*
11-09-14 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506*
11-11-14 Washington, DC Rock & Roll Hotel*
11-12-14 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church*
11-13-14 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom*
11-14-14 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom*
11-15-14 Cambridge, MA The Sinclair*
11-21-14 Birmingham, UK The Hare and Hounds
11-22-14 Glasgow, UK Broadcast
11-24-14 Leeds, UK Brudenell Social Club
11-25-14 Manchester, UK Soup Kitchen
11-26-14 London, UK Islington Assembly
11-27-14 Amsterdam, NL Paradiso Upstairs
11-29-14 Munster, GE Gleiss22
12-1-14 Cologne, GE Luxor
12-2-14 Hamburg, GE Knust
12-3-14 Berlin, GE Lido
12-4-14 Munich, GE Atomic Café
12-5-14 Frankfurt, GE Zoom

*with special guests July Talk