When we became a band, Liam had to make a choice between competitive hockey (AAA) and the band… lucky for us, he picked the band… and here’s what we did with his hockey stick… being tested along with the goalie-bass on the Holiday Train before leaving the train yard for showtime with Canadian Folk Legend Valdy! This is “Game On” from our album… it was inspired by two of our favorite things… HOCKEY and RUSH!!!
Jan 27 – 7PM – All ages/Licensed event
The Balderchin Inn Pub, Merrickville
$5 in advance/$10 at the door
Tickets available online at: http://brothersdubejan272012.eventbrite.com/
Ok so it’s raining pretty bad out, we’re in a train yard outside downtown Toronto playing Euchre and we’re talking about music (for a change) and the subject of “all time best guitar solos” comes up… and Quinn and Jan say David Gilmore’s solo in Time, from Dark Side of the Moon and Liam says it’s Comfortably Numb. Dad says Neil Young’s solo from Cinnamon Girl (wonder if he’s being sarcastic?). What do you think?
When everything you walk on, eat on, sleep on and even play on moves at a high speed you can imagine how important safety is. Everything has to be secured to make sure nothing moves around. The stage is a great example. Here’s a shot of Jan’s bass amp strapped to the floor as an example of how the CP team leaves nothing to chance. The drums rotate to allow us to play to either side of the tracks and lock in for travel. It’s pretty impressive to see how so much can be safely rocking and rolling!!!
Ok so there are actually two holiday trains, one American and one Canadian. We are riding the American one tonight (oops, “tonite” in America, LOL) for two shows. Here we are at the train yard in Montreal getting ready for the kick off tonite!!! Last year was pretty freezing to say the least but this year it’s wayyyyy warmer. Those guitar strings can freeze your fingers pretty fast! Two shows kicking off in a few hours!!! Here we go. And oh yeah almost forgot… We are testing our git’awkee stick and bass tonite!!!
Later… Here’s a video of the sound check…
This week we’re getting on the Holiday Train with Valdy to start CP Rail’s national (US and Canada) food drive… two trains go from Montreal to Vancouver helping raise food and money for local food banks along the way. They raised over $5.5 Million and over 2.5 million pounds of food.
It’s awesome! Over 100,000 shimmering lights cover the train and they hand out over 20,000 candy canes every year! It stops all across Canada and as a giant door comes down on the side of one of the cars, the smoke machine puffs out a cloud as we crank up the tunes… this year we are honored to play with one of Canada’s greatest names in folk music, Valdy! We even learned one of his tunes!!!
Here’s Quinn getting stoked this week (we get a week off school, but will bring our schoolwork with us).
Brothers Dube version of Jingle Bells:
You can check the CP Holiday Train at http://www.cpr.ca/en/in-your-community/holiday-train/Pages/default.aspx
Here are my results for the quiz! It took a while… I must have watched your video at least 20 times!
1. Parliament Hill Peace Tower- 1:40
2. National War Memorial- 2:42
3. Ottawa City Hall- 0:45
4. Help Santa Toy Parade- 0:27
5. CP Holiday Train- 3:10
6. “Odds”- 1:18
7. “BROTHERS DUBE”- 0:15
8. National Arts Centre (NAC)- 0:26
9. British High Commission- 0:26
10. “Le Café”- 0:38
11. Holly- 3:12 (underneath the CP Logo)
12. Santa- 1:38
13. Santa’s Elf- 1:07 (the puppet that’s wearing the elf costume…I assume that’s Santa’s Elf!)
14. A picture frame- 3:16
15. A mandolin- 2:20
16. A crane (the machine, not the bird)- 0:44 (in front of City Hall)
17. “CANADIAN PACIFIC”- 0:32
18. Red strobe flashlight- 0:53 (hanging from a police officer’s hand)
19. Three lighted Christmas trees in a row- 2:28
20. Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel- 2:05
21. An autoharp- 2:39 (it’s really quick…watch extremely closely!)
22. Checkered flag- 1:54
23. Peace symbol- 1:48 (watch carefully!)
I met you guys at the Spirit of the Capital Youth Awards last year and I absolutely adore you guys! I hope I see you there again this year! Thanks
How observant are you? Test your powers of observation by taking the Brothers Dubé “Jingle Bells” Video Quiz.
Watch our Jingle Bells video and try to find the items listed below:
1. Parliament Hill Peace Tower
2. National War Memorial
3. Ottawa City Hall
4. Help Santa Toy Parade
5. CP Holiday Train
7. “BROTHERS DUBE”
8. National Arts Centre (NAC)
9. British High Commission
10. “Le Café” HINT
13. Santa’s Elf
14. A picture frame
15. A mandolin
16. A crane (the machine, not the bird)
17. “CANADIAN PACIFIC”
18. Red strobe flashlight
19. Three lighted Christmas trees in a row
20. Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel
21. An autoharp (for a picture of one http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autoharp)
22. Checkered flag
23. Peace symbol
To win the prize, be the first person to copy the 23 items above, e-mail them to BrothersDube@gmail.com, and add at the end of each line the time in the video each item occurs. Use the format M:SS for Minutes:Seconds, e.g. 4 minutes 30 seconds is 4:30. As long at the item is displayed at the time you said it was, that is good enough – no need to tell us the whole time period you saw the item.
Eligibility: You can’ t be our Dad Rob, or our Step-mom Christine. You can’t be our Grandpa or Grandma because you already have a CD and toque a few times over (LOL). You can’t be a member of our crew because you probably already have both items too (thanks for buyin’! Everyone else is eligible, even Stuntman Stu.
Let us know your choice of Holiday Train Tracks CD or our toque.
The contest will remain open until someone wins the prize. Dubé your best!
Christmas rocks with our newly recorded rendition of Jingle Bells, featured on a compilation album, “Holiday Train Tracks,” including great Canadian musicians like the Barenaked Ladies, Colin James and The Odds.
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Thank you and have a safe and Happy Holiday Season.
We are a bit old for this (Dad says we’re not). Watch Santa and Elfie sing a rap song about the CP Holiday Train.
This train helps hungry people. Help hungry people near you.
Ce train aide les affamés. Aidez les affamés près de vous.
Dieser Zug hilft hungernden Menschen. Helfen Sie hungernden Menschen in Ihrer Nähe.
هذا القطار يساعد الناس جوعى. مساعدة الجياع بالقرب منك.
רכבת זו מסייעת לאנשים רעבים. עזרה אנשים רעבים קרוב אליך.
Questo treno aiuta le persone affamate. Aiutare le persone affamate vicino a te.
इस ट्रेन भूखे लोगों को मदद मिलती. आप के पास भूखे लोगों की मदद करो.
Этот поезд помогает голодных людей.
Справка голодных людей рядом с вами.
Este tren de ayuda a personas que padecen hambre. Ayudar a personas que padecen hambre cerca de usted.