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Living amongst the immense musical talent in a city like Chicago is eternally inspiring. But standing apart from the crowd can be a never‐ending challenge. So Canasta came together in early 2002 when six friends joined forces and augmented the standard rock set‐up with piano, violin, keyboard and trombone, in an effort to craft a more ambitious strain of majestic, ultra‐melodic, orchestral pop. Canasta songs are nothing if not eclectic; you’ll hear everything from bouncy, horn… read more

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  • Avatar for Priestybear
    And here's yet another new Canasta music video. It's the fourth (!) single from The Fakeout" and it's called "Becoming You"...
  • Avatar for Priestybear
    It's been forever and a day since I last posted anything here. So to bring y'all up to date, I'll drop links for our two newest music videos: "Mexico City" ( and "Magazine" (!
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    Here's a quick video we filmed for "Appreciation," using footage from the soundcheck preceding our show at the Old Town School of Folk Music. It was shot, directed and edited by Eduardo Cintron (, with whom we're currently in talks to do full-scale music videos for both "Mexico City" and "Becoming You!"
  • Avatar for cbujnak
    ...hey, hey! Just saw these guys in Cincinnati at MOTR Pub. Great show!...and hands down the best cover of "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" I ever heard...well, the only cover of it I've ever heard. But I'm positive I won't hear a better one.
  • Avatar for Priestybear
    CANASTA NEEDS YOUR HELP! We've been nominated for The Deli's "Best of Chicago Emerging Artists 2010 Poll." So please follow the link and vote. We're getting a late start on this, so we've got some ground to make up, but it's definitely winnable! Plus, voting requires absolutely NO sign-up/in. It's one click, period...
  • Avatar for herodotus
    new record is AWESOME
  • Avatar for HerMajesty7
    'The Fakeout, the Tease and the Breather' is the best thing I've heard in long time. LOVE THIS.
  • Avatar for Priestybear
    Hooray! "The Fakeout, the Tease and the Breather" is now available from iTunes, Amazon + CD Baby!
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    Canasta's long-awaited, new album, "The Fakeout, the Tease and the Breather" is streaming in its entirety here on Last FM (just look up, under "Top Albums"). And don't forget that THREE of the songs are available as FREE, high quality downloads at !
  • Avatar for itsatimemachine
    i really like the vocal harmonies in "chicago, slow down." chicago slow dowwwwwwn! that's when i founnnnnnnd!

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