June 2, 2013

CBC Beetle Canadian Roadtrip: what it’s all about

Getting chased by dinosaurs in Drumheller, Alberta.

Hey yo from the Trans Canada Highway! I’ve been receiving a few emails, tweets, and Facebook messages asking me what the heck this CBC Beetle Roadtrip is all about, so I thought I would answer a few of those questions here…

Maybe you’ve seen the ads on CBC television, maybe you’ve seen a tweet or a Facebook photo, or seen one of the videos on CBC Music.ca.

Here’s the scoop: I’m in the middle of an epic Vancouver to Toronto roadtrip in a brand new Volkswagen Beetle Fender Edition. It’s like driving a rolling amplifier. The Beetle is shiny black and has attracted a lot of attention every where we’ve travelled so far.

The whole point of the trip is to hook up with great bands across the country, filming exclusive performances in their own habitat and unique locations in and around their hometown. Those sessions are being posted on CBCMusic.ca and being show on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight on CBC TV.

We’re a week and a half in and already we’ve had plenty of wild and wooly adventures:

– I’ve had a live goat shoved into the CBC Beetle.

– I’ve been shoved off a raft into the swift current of a glacier river.

– I’ve plunged naked into Lake Louise.

– I’ve been (almost) mauled by dinosaurs and communed with prairie dogs.

Still to come, adventures from across the Canadian shield, and stops in Ottawa, Montreal, Kingston and more, including a finale party on Friday June 14 at CBC Toronto with The Darcys. Leave a comment if you’ll be in Toronto and you’d like to attend.

You can also follow the trip on my Instagram account and check out all the photos so far.

I jumped into Lake Louise! It was cold!

(1) Comment

  1. Lynn Young says:

    Hi Grant!

    I would like to come to the show on Friday at CBC to see you and The Darcys. Sounds like you are having a blast on your cross country adventure! I’m enjoying all the postings and pictures. Nothing like a polar bear swim in May.


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