Surrey Civic Theatres presents The Great Canadian Tire Money Caper featuring Corin Raymond— the hilarious and true tale of how fans funded the making of an album with Canadian Tire money, followed by a performance Corin and his band—at the Surrey Arts Centre on November 18, 8pm. Running time is approximately 2 hours 30 minutes, including intermission. Tickets are $25 to $40, including all fees. Box Office: 604-501-5566 | 13750–88 Avenue. Tickets online: tickets.surrey.ca.
Imagine the size of a stack of $7,333.75 in Canadian Tire money…and how long it would take to collect it! Musician, songwriter, and storyteller Corin Raymond funded the entire cost of his band’s double album, Paper Nickels, with the famous currency—accepted at par by a Toronto recording engineer, and delivered to him by people across the country whose donations were often accompanied by artwork and their own stories. Major news outlets covered the story. Corin was particularly tickled by the shout-out on This Hour Has 22 Minutes, who also donated the Canadian Tire money used in one of their sketches.
Since random acts of kindness made the CD happen, Corin thought that the content of the CD should honour that all-Canadian spirit. Many of the songs he chose were written by songwriters from across Canada, mostly unknown. The Globe & Mail calls Paper Nickels “a live album that couldn’t be more ‘Made in Canada’ if it was scented with maple syrup, shipped by beavers and came with thimbles of Stompin’ Tom Connors’ blood.”
Corin turned this experience into The Great Canadian Tire Money Caper, a one-man show that explains how the whole thing went down. It’s hilarious and inspiring and absolutely true! Get the story and then hear Corin and his bandmates Michael Rush (upright bass) and Noah Walker (guitar) perform songs from Paper Nickels and other albums. By the time the show is over, you’ll feel like you’ve known them your whole life.