Published Nov 23, 2012The Canadian rock book Have Not Been the Same: The CanRock Renaissance 1985-1995 has already spawned a 10th anniversary reprint, covers album and rarities compilation, and now it has kicked off its charitable eBay auction. This follows close behind the aforementioned rarities compilation, which arrived this month through Pheromone Recordings, and gives fans a chance to acquire some genuine Canadian music artifacts.
The campaign's marque item is an Ace Tone organ used by onetime Blue Rodeo keyboardist Bob Wiseman on many of the band's signature tunes, including "Try," "Diamond Mine," "Lost Together" and others. It was brightly painted by Wiseman himself and can be seen in the photograph above.
Have Not Been the Same co-writer (and Exclaim! staffer) Jason Schneider said in a statement, "I can't believe Bob's generosity in donating this one-of-a-kind instrument. This is the ultimate piece of memorabilia for any Blue Rodeo fan. If I were to build a Canadian rock'n'roll hall of fame, this organ would have to be in it."
The auction runs from November 24 to December 3. Other items up for grabs include rare Cowboy Junkies LPs (donated by the band's own Mike Timmins), and various items donated by Change of Heart's Ian Blurton.
All benefits from the auction will go to Kids Help Phone — the same organization that receives proceeds from the compilation's album sales.
Starting tomorrow (November 24), go here to check out the items and place a bid.