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Dan Snaith

Dan Snaith
(aka Caribou, Manitoba and Daphni)
Snaith in 2005
Background information
Birth name Daniel Victor Snaith
Also known as Manitoba, Caribou, Daphni
Born 1978 (age 37–38)
Origin Dundas, Ontario, Canada
Genres Electronica, IDM, folktronica, neo-psychedelia, shoegazing
Occupation(s) Musician, music producer
Instruments Synthesizer, drums, guitar, bass
Labels City Slang, Merge, Leaf, Domino
Website .fmcaribou

Daniel Victor "Dan" Snaith (born 1978) is a Canadian composer, musician and recording artist who has performed under the stage names Caribou, Manitoba and Daphni.


  • Career 1
  • Personal life 2
  • Discography 3
    • Studio albums 3.1
      • as Manitoba 3.1.1
      • as Caribou 3.1.2
      • as Daphni 3.1.3
    • EPs 3.2
      • as Manitoba 3.2.1
      • as Caribou 3.2.2
      • as Daphni 3.2.3
    • Singles 3.3
      • as Manitoba 3.3.1
      • as Caribou 3.3.2
  • Awards and recognition 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Snaith originally recorded under the stage name Manitoba, but after being threatened with a lawsuit by Richard "Handsome Dick" Manitoba,[1] formerly of punk band The Dictators, Snaith changed his performance name to Caribou. Snaith's previous full-length albums were then re-released under the new moniker, and The Milk of Human Kindness was released in 2005 by Domino.[2] Snaith said that the situation was "like The Smiths suing John Smith or something".[3][4]

When playing gigs, Snaith usually performs with a live band and plays percussion. Ex-bandmates include bassist Andy Lloyd of Born Ruffians and drummer Peter Mitton, now a producer for CBC radio. Currently, the live band consists of Snaith, Ryan Smith, Brad Weber, and John Schmersal. Live shows also often include complex video projections on a large screen, as captured in a DVD released in November 2005. "[I]n music I will have an idea to put some different sounds together or a melody that meshes with a chord sequence or a sonic mood," said Snaith in an interview. "I'm not the type of person who takes physical things apart and plays around with them, but I like taking mental ideas apart and playing around with them. That's what appeals to me about what I've spent my life doing."[5]

Caribou's 2007 album Andorra won the 2008 Polaris Music Prize,[6] and his DJ-influenced[7] 2010 album Swim was on the 2010 Polaris Music Prize shortlist.[8] In June 2013, Snaith's studio album, Jiaolong, released under the moniker Daphni, was longlisted for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize.

In December 2011, Caribou curated the All Tomorrow's Parties "Nightmare Before Christmas" festival in Minehead, England, alongside co-curators Battles and Les Savy Fav.[9]

Caribou was awarded Essential Mix of the Year in 2014 by Mixmag for his "Essential Mix" on 18 October 2014.[10]

Caribou's 2014 album Our Love received the IMPALA Album of the Year Award.

In 2015, Up In Flames was selected by fans to be one of the ten albums re-issued by The Leaf Label as part of the label's 20th anniversary celebrations. This saw the album released on limited edition double vinyl and made available to fans via the PledgeMusic service.[11]

Personal life

In 2005, Snaith received a doctorate in mathematics from Imperial College London, for work on Overconvergent Siegel Modular Symbols under Kevin Buzzard.[12]


Studio albums

as Manitoba

as Caribou

as Daphni


as Manitoba

  • People Eating Fruit EP (30 October 2000)
  • give'r EP (26 November 2001)
  • If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be an Airport 12" (13 January 2003)

Most of Snaith's older Manitoba material has been subsequently rereleased under the Caribou name.

as Caribou

  • Tour-Only CD (Super Furry Animals Tour, Fall 2005)
  • Marino (DVD) (November 2005)
  • Tour-Only CD (September 2007)
  • Tour-Only CD (April 2010)
  • Caribou Vibration Ensemble – live album featuring Marshall Allen (ATP 2010)
  • Swim (April 2010)
  • Our Love (October 2014) UK #8

as Daphni

  • Resident Advisor, February 2011 (5 tracks of episode #246)[13][14]
  • Daphni Edits Vol. 1, 12" [Resista], March 2011
  • Pinnacles / Ye Ye, 12" split with Four Tet [Text], March 2011
  • Daphni Edits Vol. 2, 12" [Resista], August 2011
  • JIAOLONG001, 12" [Jiaolong], October 2011
  • Ahora, 12" [Amazing Sounds], November 2011
  • Julia / Tiberius, 12" featuring Owen Pallett [Jiaolong], April 2014


as Manitoba

  • "Paul's Birthday" CDS (26 February 2001)
  • "Jacknuggeted" CDS (24 February 2003)
  • "Hendrix with Ko" CDS (14 July 2003)

as Caribou

  • "Yeti" CDS/12" (22 March 2005)
  • "Melody Day" CDS (August 2007)
  • "She's the One" (March 2008)
  • "Can't Do Without You" (October 2014)

Awards and recognition

See also


  1. ^ McDougall, David (7 October 2004). "Manitoba Changes Name, Fearing Lawsuit From Some Dick".  
  2. ^ Caribou | Music Biography, Credits and Discography | AllMusic
  3. ^ "Sound Fabrics: Caribou – Odessa". Radio Wroclove. 2 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  4. ^ Red Bull Music Academy :: TUTORS
  5. ^ Interview with Caribou, David Shankbone, Wikinews, 6 November 2007
  6. ^ Caribou Beats the Herd to Win Polaris Prize, AOL Music
  7. ^ "Music Feature – Caribou".  
  8. ^ Thompson, Ciaran (20 September 2010). "Karkwa win 2010 Polaris Music Prize".  
  9. ^ ATP Nightmare Before Christmas – Thank You! – Events – All Tomorrow's Parties
  10. ^ Swift, Patrick (22 December 2014), CARIBOU WINS ESSENTIAL MIX OF THE YEAR, Mixmag, retrieved 22 December 2014 
  11. ^ "The Leaf Label: Leaf 20". Retrieved 28 October 2015. 
  12. ^
  13. ^ Benson, Denise (3 March 2011). "Caribou's Dan Snaith reveals new project, Daphni".  
  14. ^ Hughes, Josiah (15 February 2011). "Caribou's Dan Snaith Introduces New Daphni Project".  
  15. ^ Polaris Music Prize 2010
  16. ^ Doole, Kerry (27 March 2011). "Neil Young, Arcade Fire, Shad Take Home Early Junos".  
  17. ^ "City Slang's CARIBOU pockets IMPALA European Album of the Year Award". IMPALA. 12 February 2015. 

External links

  • Official web site
  • Caribou on The Leaf Label
  • Caribou discography at MusicBrainz
  • Caribou at AllMusic
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