Band Wagon rolls into BC Children's Hospital

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      There’s no point sugar-coating things: it looks kind of crazy, like it was invented by a committee made up of Elton John, the Phantom of the Opera, Radio Raheem, and one of the Road Eyes from the Neil Young’s Rust Never Sleeps tour.

      Still, good things come in odd-looking packages. At 2 p.m. this afternoon, Vancouver’s Music Therapy Ride committee will be presenting BC Children’s Hospital with what’s been dubbed Band Wagon. Funded with support from Variety—The Children’s Charity, Band Wagon is a portable recording studio designed with input from local record producer Garth Richardson (Rage Against the Machine, Gallows) and the Nimbus School of Recording Arts.

      The studio will enable young hospital patients to record, at their bedside, music that they’ve created with the help of on-site music therapists. The first of its kind, Band Wagon includes professional mikes, keyboards, and guitars.

      The Music Therapy Ride is a yearly event in which members of the Vancouver music industry ride from Vancouver to Whistler to raise funds. The 10th annual edition will see motorcycles and cars make their way from the River Rock Casino Resort to Whistler on September 17. Past rides have raised over $350,000. Future goals of the Music Therapy Ride include establishing a nation-wide Band Wagon program within three years.