Show him the Canadian Tire money –
Roots Radio Thursday Exclusive
We ran this story almost exactly a year ago. Since that time, thousands of people have heard of The Great Canadian Tire Money Caper of 2012. Even The Wall Street Journal ran a story on Corin Raymond’s great adventure. Well, the double CD Paper Nickels and the 144 page booklet that accompanies it are almost set for release.
The Andy Frank Show on RTDS.ca is pleased to announce that Corin will spend two hours previewing the album, and will share many of the great stories behind The Caper, this Thursday, January 17th. The Andy Frank Show airs Thursdays at 9:00 AM, 3:00 PM and 9:00 PM on RTDS.ca. – AF
Musicians looking to their fans to help foot the bill for a project is becoming more and more common (our friend Dave Cool over at Bandzoogle just posted a great piece full of tips on how to do this, by the way) but Toronto singer-songwriter Corin Raymond and his community of fans are doing things a little differently.
He’s going to pay for his next album’s recording with Canadian Tire money. And he’s asking fans and friends to go into the glove box, the kitchen junk drawer, or wherever it is we hoard our green and red bills, and send them in support of his project.
Appropriately enough, the project was inspired by a song. Corin wrote “Don’t Spend It, Honey” with his friend Rob Vaarmeyer (who also had a song featured in our Best of 2011 series) about a man begging his lover not to buy luggage or a trailer hitch or anything else that would leave him with neither his woman, nor his stack of 5 and ten cent notes.
The story goes that while playing the song live in Western Canada, fans kept throwing Canadian Tire money up on stage, and when Corin got back to Toronto, he found out that the record studio he was planning to use accepts Canadian Tire money at par. Now Corin’s set up a website, Don’t Spend It Honey!!, and is putting out the word: trade your Canadian Tire money for art.
If you have a stack of Canadian Tire money, you can either bring it to the live album recordings on January 24th and 25th at Toronto’s TRANZAC club, where Canadian Tire money is being accepted at par for cover or merchandise payment, or if you’re further afield, you can send it straight to his door:
39 Oxford St
Since we planned our editorial schedule around posting this piece today, it seems we’ve been scooped by just about every news organization in the country, including the front page of the Toronto Star and CBC Radio’s As it Happens.
That’s just the kind of thing we here at Roots Music Canada like to see happening to Canadian singer-songwriters. There will always be a small time, but this week, Corin’s made it big.