Reigning CCMA Entertainer of the Year and two-time JUNO Award winner Tenille Townes’ Train Track Worktapes arrives today, just as she launches the U.S leg of her SIDE A + B TOUR.
“I hope people feel like they are sitting next to us on this train as we were making this music. I hope it feels like a ride they want to keep getting on board for and feel comforted by the rattle of the tracks and the hum of the engine in the fabric of these songs,” said Townes. “I felt so inspired in the motion of this trip, and by the resilience and generosity of the human spirit, witnessing people bundled up in the freezing cold to come support their local food banks at these 65 shows we played along the way. I couldn’t help but write about it and record it, and I’m so glad we get to take this ride together through this project out there now.”
Conceptualized, written, and recorded on a charity train trip that covered nearly 3,000 miles across southern Canada, Train Track Worktapes is a collection as unique as the experience it was born from. A tradition in her native country, the CP Holiday Train benefits local food banks when their need is greatest, as each attendee brings donations to catch the free concert. Train doors fold down to create a stage, where Townes entertained crowds ranging from dozens to thousands, sometimes in temperatures as low as -31°C. She performed 65 shows during her 15 days on board.