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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Derek Olive on the Musicyle Tour


From Derek's website:
"In May 2007, Derek Olive and Johnny Eden will begin their cross-Canada MUSICYCLE tour in Powell River, BC, in an effort to undertake music touring in an environmentally friendly way. The tour aims to highlight the possibilities for merging music touring with sustainable transportation as well as to encourage healthy living. The tour will conclude in Halifax, Nova Scotia in September 2007, having passed through numerous small towns and major cities along the way, including Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Barrie, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec and Halifax."

Today, instead of the pair of musicians, it was just Derek Olive in front of the Centennial Flame monument on Parliament Hill at noon. I listened to his interview last week on CBC Radio and learned that he was planning to meet whomever was to show up at this location at noon on Sunday. But as he was getting ready for the 40km cycle ride to the Black Sheep Inn for the late afternoon performance he got a flat tire prior to his departure this morning. No worries though, it was fixed in no time for the rendezvous on the Hill with his trailer in tow hauling his guitar and gear.

As the minutes went by leading up to noon meet-up only three others showed up on bicycles to accompany him up to Wakefield. I showed up to take photos and to give support of his cause. The performance is at 4:20pm this afternoon the Black Sheep Inn. The three fellow cyclists will get in for free tonight.

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