What Five Artists That Would Travel Across Canada With You?

If you could travel across Canada with someone you want to kiss. What five artists would you bring to listen to on your 2 week journey? …

I always find it interesting to ask people this question. I ask everyone. People at work, people I meet online, friends, etc. It’s also fun to ask since it puts fear in their eyes since they think I will judge them. I ask them to rank them and sometimes they forget.

It’s a big question. I tell them that just think of the artist and it’s like having all their work to listen to on one big CD. Maybe they like the artist for their earlier work or maybe their current stuff. I thought I should type mine out and ramble on why I picked who I picked.

Here are the five artists that I would bring:

Ben Howard

1. Ben Howard w/ the lovely Lady India Bourne

Ben ranks for me as my number one artist. It all started with the Every Kingdom album and that album would be perfect for a road trip. Ben’s new work is a bit different and I would welcome it as well. But, I’m in love with his earlier work. Below is a playlist that covers Ben Howard for beginners. 😉

2. The Rural Alberta Advantage

Love this little Canadian Indie band. I think of them as the “new” Tragically Hip. So to me, this would be a perfect band to listen to and if the person coming with me didn’t know them… I would love to see them whaling away on the air drums on the way home since they would be singing along. Below is a little Spotify playlist with the songs that I personally love. Great for a long car ride with the windows down.

3. Caamp

Third would be Caamp for the summer twang that would slow down the Rural Alberta Advantage and let you get into a casual flow as you look out at the windows as the country passes by. Below, is a playlist that has a whack of Caamp inside if you want to sample.

4. Bon Iver (Old + New)

Bon Iver to me is broken down into “Old Bon Iver” and “New”. Old Bon Iver would be played in the early mornings and it’s calm and reflective and allows you to be quiet inside. New Bon Iver is different and it takes a while to understand and appreciate it. New Bon Iver is hard to explain. It’s like listening to music against the grain. You expect music to be a certain way and the thought process with the new stuff is “so against the grain” it’s genius and beautiful. Watch this on youtube to get what I’m talking about with the “new” Bon Iver. Watch this on youtube to get what I’m talking about with the “old Bon Iver”. So they would be perfect for a road trip to “hear the quiet” and the new stuff to let you hear things differently and the more it’s played you will hear some incredibly beautiful songs. Here is my playlist on Spotify when I want to hear the old Bon Iver. Here is my playlist that has the new Bon Iver

5. U2

Number five was hard. Some people don’t like them…. or they only like the old stuff of them. So, I’m picking this band since it brings me back to High School. In 2001, they came out with a song that represents my Daughter, since it played 4 times that day the day before she was born and it actually played on the radio when bringing her home. (Beautiful Day). It also reminds me of my Brother who passed away since one of their songs was played at his funeral. So with U2 changing so much along their journey… they would have longs of different vibes on the road trip.

So that’s my five artists. I wish I could give you 10. What’s yours? Tell me in the comments if you want. I love to know what they are and why you would pick them. Don’t be scared 😉 I won’t peg you to them.

Banff Film Festival | Peterborough

This year marks the 3rd straight year attending the Banff Film Festival and I’m excited to be going both days to see all the films presented.  This festival goes worldwide after opening in Banff.  Wild Rock in PTBO sponsors it each year.  It will be in Toronto in March and tickets are on sale now.  The one in PTBO sells out super quick.

The trailer is below:


Back to back nights at the Festival and 18 films watched.  Here are some of the movies that I watched that I could find online.

The North Face Presents Lhotse (23 minutes) |In 2018, Hilaree Nelson and Jim Morrison completed the first ski descent of the 27,940-foot Lhotse, the fourth-highest mountain in the world. This is their story.
Charge (5 Min) | Four top freeskiers and a World Champion drone pilot are dropped at Chatter Creek Cat Skiing in BC for one week. Their instructions: charge as hard as you can every day

Camel finds water (so good)

Thabang (23 min) | Thabang Madiba somehow found his way into the world of trail running and in the last few years has become everyone’s favourite in the South African trail scene. He lives in Ga-Rankuwa township, without a mountain in sight… or a physio, chiro or dietician for that matter.  But through hard work, dedication and passion, he has won the South African Trail Running Championships multiple times and was the first black South African to represent the country in Trail Running. He has become a hero in his community and is hoping to inspire a new generation of youth through the sport of trail running.
Surfer Dan (7 Min) | Beyond the waves; the ocean, the sand, and the sun are a few elements that come to mind when you think of surfing. But for Dan, he finds all that he needs in the icy waves of Lake Superior, Michigan in the dead of winter. To most, it’s quite possibly the most unattractive surfing destination in the entire world – but for Dan it’s all about how you perceive it.

The Motivator | I’m in love this this guys Mom

Home (Trailer) | Between 2011 and 2015, UK adventurer Sarah Outen traversed the globe by bike, kayak and rowing boat, traveling over 20,000 miles by human power alone. Her voyage was followed by thousands, hooked on her infectious humor and love of life. But travelling solo, the trip took its toll, and a violent storm on the Pacific took Sarah to the physical and mental brink. Woven out of hundreds of hours of footage, Home intimately and unflinchingly captures Sarah’s journey, telling a story of heart and soul, of real struggle and joy, and one woman’s trek towards true emotional acceptance.
Siblings (3 min) | Over the years, we gained a lot of wisdom together, trying to best each other and take on the world. Through it all, bikes have fueled our adventures, sparked our imaginations, and continually reminded us of what’s most important: We’re all family.
Into the Canyon Trailer
REEL ROCK 14 Official Trailer
Hors Piste (6 min of awesome)

Best Travel Credit Card: Stack Mastercard + Koho Visa Card

When planning my trip to Europe, I wanted to save on financial transaction costs and get a fair conversion rate on exchanging into Euro’s and Swiss Franc.  When I did my research for which credit cards are the best for travel, the Stack Mastercard came up in the results.  I poked around some more and found another card called the KOHO Visa Card.  Both had an app, so I signed up for the two free cards.  My Daughter also signed up for them to use for all our purchases on our trip.


Here is the information on both cards below. (open to view)

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My Travel Journal + Travel Planner

Moving over to Miles&More with Lufthansa, we were given these little journals.  When planning for a work trip last March, I started to fill it up with trip details since I was heading to Germany and then to Italy after as a little personal side trip.  After that trip was over, I started to plan the trip with the kids to Europe.  During the trip, I kept receipts and little papers.

When I got home I taped them all inside and printed some 5×7’s to pepper inside to make a little summary of the trip.  Now it’s getting fat and it’s going to force to to retire it.  Next big trip will be Thailand + Vietnam so I have a new journal for that trip shown below.