“Five Minutes With” Collen from Indie Folk Band Bent Roads Tavern

With the release of The Legend of Bent Roads Tavern Volume 3 & 4, this unapologetic clash of indie folk-modern jazz with flashes of protest punk that is BRT catches new listeners up on the history of one of the elusive corners of the Canadian music cultural landscape.

Fans of Mumford & Sons, The Dave Matthews Band, Bob Dylan and Neil Young may appreciate what BRT is all about as they hit “Hard Reset” on its legendary story and prepare to write new chapters of its enduring legacy.

Bent Roads Tavern

Name: Collen of BRT

Genre: Indie Folk

Founded: 2001

# of Albums: 3

Latest Release: The Legend of Bent Roads Tavern Vol. 3 & 4

Latest Single: Steeples and Turntables (III), from The Legend of Bent Roads Tavern Vol. 4

Latest Video: Steeples and Turntables (III)

Favourite Local Restaurant:

Saltlik, Luxor, The Blind Beggar, Tamarind, Pho Anh.

Favourite band as a teenager:

Green Day, The Tragically Hip, Rancid, The Dave Matthews Band, Aerosmith, Weezer, Matthew Good Band

Favourite band now:

Hey Rosetta!, Half Moon Run, Said the Whale, Sigur Ros, Mumford & Sons

Guilty Pleasure Song:

Shake it Off by Taylor Swift

Live Show Ritual:

Three deep breaths before the first note.

Favourite local artist:

Erwin Vesper, Elle McAndrews, Dragon Fli Empire, Taken by Sanity

Nose Hill or Fish Creek?

Fish Creek

EP or LP?


Early bird or night owl?

Early bird(ish)

Road or studio?

Studio for the time being, dreaming of festival season.

Where can we follow you?

Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Any shows or albums coming up?

Curating The Legend of Bent Roads Tavern Volume 5 release before the end of 2020, and working on a new recording project for release in 2021.