Canada’s Newest Supergroup: The Trans-Canada Highwaymen

Things can go one of two ways with supergroups: the whole can end up greater than the sum if its parts or the project can collapse into an incoherent mess of egos and competing styles and influences. So what should we make of this Sloan (Chris Murphy) + Odds (Craig Northey) + Barenaked Ladies (original member Steven Page) + Pursuit of Happiness (Moe Berg) aggregation?

The Trans-Canada Highwaymen made their live debut last summer, running through hits from each other’s bands (“Hard to Laugh,” “Underwhelemed,” “Someone Who’s Cool,” “Brian Wilson,” etc.) That seemed to work out well enough, so next month the TCM will embark on an Ontario tour. Who knows where this might lead? Here’s the tour schedule. Interestingly, only one stop–North Bay–is anywhere close to the Trans-Canada Highway. Just sayin’ (Via Exclaim!)

04/19 St. Catharines, ON – First Ontario Performing Arts Centre
04/20 Guelph, ON – River Run Centre
04/22 Kingston, ON – The Grand Theatre
04/23 North Bay, ON – Capitol Centre
04/25 Oakville, ON – Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts
04/26 Brantford, ON – Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts
04/27 Richmond Hill – Richmond Hill Performing Arts Centre
04/28 Brampton, ON – Rose Theatre

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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