Royal G Symphony

“Echoing the layered and dynamic style of bands like Porcupine Tree, Royal G Symphony also evokes the sound of the Hip when they were an unknown band playing bars and campus gigs in Kingston.”

—RCS Music News Weekly (April 2, 2021)

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The Story

You may not have seen a Royal G Symphony show or listened to their debut EP The King’s Highway, but you know the sound. Their fresh brand of hard-hitting rock music is carefully cultivated to drive a sense of nostalgia, familiarity, and excitement! As one song moves to another, these feelings deepen as the diverse musical and lyrical influences seamlessly fuse the mixtape of your past with the playlist of your future.

​Fronted by power vocalist and lyricist Calum Kennelly, Royal G Symphony is driven by alt-rock and indie-inspired guitarist and lyricist Michael Baldaro and the punk stylings of guitarist Tristan Tessari. Aaron Bowlbo brings a deep sense of feeling to the bass, which pairs perfectly with the delicately composed yet thunderously executed drum fills of Darian Hirst. 

​In June 2021, Royal G Symphony self-released their debut EP The King’s Highway on all major digital music platforms. The 5-song collection presents a diverse range of rock ‘n’ roll, from the pop- and punk-inspired “I’m Not Crazy” to the alt-rock song “Juno,” all anchored by the contemporary lead single, “The Highway.” Setting no constraints on genre, The King’s Highway has a sound for every rock fan!

​Setting their sights on the future, the self-managed group has taken to Royal City Studios to begin recording their first full-length album with producer Eric Leigh. Expect more rock ‘n’ roll from Royal G Symphony in 2022!


Musically, Royal G Symphony embodies the same distinct yet elusive Canadian sounds as the Hip. Yet their music echoes beyond this with a far-reaching complexity, and each listen of their music is like discovering a new highway across a rich and expansive land.”

—Xristopher B. (Facebook)

“Absolute rock stars. These guys bring the heat without fail. Every show is a bigger party with Royal G!”—R. Keane (Facebook)

“You guys are something special in my opinion.”—sdm26 (Instagram)

“Getting some ‘Yer Not the Ocean’ vibes with these lyrics.”—sydeliz4beth (Instagram) commenting on “Juno.”

“That was great! I think the spirit of Neil Peart jumped into this guy.”—G. Bruce (Facebook) commenting about Darian Hirst’s Dec. 4, 2021, drum solo at Royal City Studios.

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Experience and Achievements

Venues Played:

  • -The Casbah (Hamilton)

  • -Sip Club (Guelph)

  • -Silence (Guelph)

  • -Royal City Studios (Guelph)

  • -B-Side Lounge (Toronto)

  • -DSTRCT (Guelph)

  • -Livestreamed album performance of The King’s Highway at Good Company Productions (Kitchener)

Highlights and Achievements:

  • Donated all November 2021 streaming revenue from The King’s Highway to the Movember Foundation, plus merch revenue from a two-night December 2021 performance a Royal City Studios.

  • Created and launched Project Juno in November 2020 to help raise money and awareness of endangered Canadian Arctic species like the polar bear.

  • “Don’t Look Now” featured on The Doc Mason Radio Show (UK 103.2 FM).

  • Band members featured on Kingston’s Weekly Show with Falcon & Chenier.

  • “Juno” reviewed by The Hirst Brothers: New Music Review and given a score of 89 biscuits!

  • Overall Spotify stats in 2021: 10.4K streams and 1K listeners in 46 countries.

Promotional Photos

Imperfect Symmetry 

Live @ 44 Gaukel St. with Good Co. Productions

Royal G Symphony is a five-piece alternative rock band from Guelph, ON. Often described as a band that musically lands somewhere between the Tragically Hip and Rush, Royal G Symphony presents a dynamic, diverse, unmistakably Canadian sound born of the band members’ backgrounds, musical influences, and experiences playing bars and music halls in and around Southern Ontario.