Train of Thought


Train of Thought was an evolving journey of art-making and (re)conciliation, by train and other means of transportation, taking a counter-colonial route from west to east coast, with 25 stops, 75 travellers, 95 partners and hundreds of participants. Through an eclectic program of interactive events, the tour explored buried histories, imagined landscapes and possible futures, focusing on artful collaborations between settler/immigrant and Indigenous artists and communities. The journey lasted 7 weeks from the beginning of May to the end of June 2015.

At each stop, we staged ceremonies of arrival and departure (typically including the Train of Thought song, commissioned for the journey and created by Lil’wat composer Russell Wallace) and shared food and hospitality. Different stops also included: tours and talks with local elders and knowledge keepers, participatory performances, Indigenous language lessons, public workshops, round dances, conferences and more. Even while in transit the tour included creative activities engaging our travellers and our fellow passengers.

Train of Thought was an imperfect and incomplete adventure – part of a longer and unending imperative to learn, connect and help to change tracks.

Train of Thought was supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Trillium Foundation, The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, Metcalf Foundation, Citizenship and Immigration Canada and VIA Rail.

Now that the Train of Thought tour is over, we have embarked on a legacy phase, a including “Terrain of Thought” gatherings and exhibitions in Vancouver (in October 2015) and Toronto (May 2016), the publishing of two issues of dedicated to Train of Thought, and many newly developing projects and connections.


To Purchase your copy of either/both issue of Alt•Theatre contact us at, 416-203-8428 or stop by The Ground Floor!


Click here to see the Train of Thought website, which shares more information about the project, journey  and people involved, and which, in coming months, will be updated as a lasting archive for the project. And if you are looking for the news about the project heres out Blog!