Here’s my final score from Sonic Boom during our trip to Toronto in June. I had first seen a copy of this DVD at BMV on Bloor for $14.99, and texted James about it to see if he needed it. He declined, saying he could get it $10 new online. Cool. I left that copy as well, having a whole pile of other stuff myself.
Next day, at Sonic Boom, I found the same DVD for $5.99. Figuring James had already ordered his own copy (we’re big Weakerthans fans, you see), I snagged it for myself. And it’s great!
Weakerthans – We’re The Weakerthans, We’re From Winnipeg
Filmed as a documentary of their truly cross-Canada Rolling Tundra Tour, this DVD is a really cool look into the band’s lives on the road, great interviews, beautiful scenery (this really is a gorgeous country!), and full song selections from each town they played. Folks, Caelum Vatnsdal’s film is so awesome.
These are excellent musicians playing stellar rock songs, intelligent and literate guys who make it all look easy, and just a good bunch of solid Canadian lads trekking East to West (and North) in this great land of ours. I just love this band, and this DVD is full of cool insights and just general tour nitty gritty (shaving the beard! doing laundry! poutine! canoeing! marshmallow/bacon!).
We had the good fortune, years ago, to see the Weakerthans in concert. That was in Saskatoon, at Louis’ Pub on the U of S campus. Pretty sure that was for the Reconstruction Site album/tour. That was a great show too! Man, if I was in a band, I’d wanna make music just like this with guys just like this!
Oh hell, just buy this if you want a look into a superb band rolling through our great land. Do it!
opening montage (all St. John, NF?) – Reunion Tour
Halifax, NS – Tournament Of Hearts
Charlottetown, P.E.I. – Time’s Arrow
Sackville, NB – Relative Surplus Value
Fredericton, NB – Reunion Tour (briefly, then during interviews)
Quebec City, QC – Our Retired Explorer
Montreal, QC – Sun In An Empty Room
Peterborough, ON – Psalm For The Elks Lodge Last Call
Ottawa, ON – Aside
Kingston, ON (listed but no stage song)
Toronto, ON – One Great City
Winnipeg, MB – Plea From A Cat Named Virtute (with Rusty on trumpet!)
Winnipeg, MB – Virtute The Cat Explains Her Departure
Calgary, AB – Confessions Of A Futon Revolutionist
Banff, AB – The Reasons
Kelowna, BC – Civil Twilight
Nanaimo, BC – Elegy For Elsabet
Victoria, BC – Reconstruction Site (with canoeing footage!)
Vancouver, BC – Pamphleteer
Whitehorse, YT – My Favourite Chords (briefly, then during interviews)
Whitehorse, YT – Left And Leaving (briefly during interviews, then in full/during credits)
* I looked all over online and could not find anywhere that listed the towns/songs, as I have done (above). I dunno, I just got tired of looking so I sat through the whole DVD and kept a list of what I heard. Likely, I just missed it online (probably), or maybe I’ve done the internet a favour (you’re welcome!). If I’ve made any errors, I’ll gladly correct whatever it is, just let me know in the comments.
** WTF no stops in Saskatchewan? Or maybe just no recordings made there?
*** On the cover, the pull-quote from Sarah Liss of NOW Magazine says “There’s something about the Winnipeg folk-punk foursome’s tunes that packs a gut-wrenching wallop.” I do not disagree, Sarah, except that that picture on the cover clearly shows all five members of the band on stage!