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“Rock Train” Cross-Canada, 2012 / mixed media collage

paint-Static Montages-Rock Train Cross-Canada, 2012  mixed media collage
“Rock Train” Cross-Canada, 2012 / mixed media collage

June 2012, i boarded a VIA with 11 bands, a doc film crew, CBC radio 3, a bushel of photographers, a handful of fans and me as onboard community Svengali – complete a Bob Marley/Hunter Thompson inspired medical kit. Across the lands we bounded, each band performing acoustically in the glass act-deco caboose in car, they played a showcase in the “activity” car, then a rousing full rocking set at the Gladstone in Toronto for CBC Radio 3 NXNE showcase.

Along the way, we made 4 whistlestop performances which all featured lateness, weirdness and rampaging small towns before escaping back to the diplomatic immunity of the train. In those 4-1/2 days, we knew we were in a magic situation and no one wanted to miss a moment. “Every Night” we’d holler after another show where we packed in, climbing the train walls for a view of Adaline SingsThe MatineeTop Less Gay Love Tekno PartyJean-Paul MauriceBear MountainSidney YorkPortage and Main, Shred Kelly and more – always blown away by the variety and quality.

You probably know i made a 6or7 part podcast series  – tracking the trek and Green Couch are crafting a Tracks on Tracks documentary… which i think should be 10 hours long. I gathered all my paper-y bits and pieces and made another of my commemorative story boards AKA “static montage” with CDs, stickers, snaps, stubs, postcards and even a pic from my keynote address at NXNE Interactive about social media in crisis and revolutions. With John Biehler’s help, here is the static montage, hopefully in a size you can zoom in and catch each detail. Tag it up, wallpaper it, share it. Enjoy and let’s go again!

Descending upon Hornepayne – Chooglin’ on Tracks #6

Descending upon Hornepayne – Chooglin' on Tracks #6
Descending upon Hornepayne – Chooglin’ on Tracks #6

Coming into Hornepayne with Tracks on Tracks, Chris Ho plays croons out some tunes, while  Shred Kelly shreds on the banjo. Uncle Weed chats up some superfans who agree that Portage and Main have been a highlight of the trip, and Top less Gay Love Tekno Party gets interviewed in their matching onesies.

Chantel, the amazing bed lady, also gets her moment in the limelight. Live musical performances by Chris Ho, and Shred Kelly. Part 6 in a series from Chooglin’ on Tracks

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Portage and Winnipeg – Chooglin’ on Tracks #5

Portage and Winnipeg – Chooglin' on Tracks #5
Portage and Winnipeg – Chooglin’ on Tracks #5

As Tracks on Tracks comes in to Winnipeg, Uncle Weed bemoans the rigidity of meal times on trains, and the lack of food that the train station offers. Portage and Main plays an acoustic number on the train, and plugs in for the stop in Winnipeg.

When pulling out of the city, Grant Lawrence banters with Uncle Weed about safety and hospital visits. Live musical performances by Portage and Main (both acoustically and electrically). 

Part 5 in a series from Chooglin’ on Tracks. Please stow your luggage for Portage and Winnipeg ~ Chooglin’ on Tracks #5

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Renegades Roll East – Chooglin’ on Tracks #1

Renegades Roll East – Chooglin' on Tracks #1
Renegades Roll East – Chooglin’ on Tracks #1

Uncle Weed heads east out of Vancouver on a train with 10 bands. Rolling along with Tracks on Tracks, he gets a feel for life on the train with its one-dimensional freedom of movement, CCR-like effect on music, well-matured demographics, and abundance of jam sessions. Live musical performances include acts by Maurice and Portage and Main. 

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