Neil Young performs at the Bridge School Benefit Oct 2012 (Barry Brecheisen/AP)
Winnipeggers are keenly aware that Neil Young used to call this city home.
But just how much do they know about the Canadian music legend? To celebrate his hometown show, SCENE decided to dig up some trivia about the "godfather of grunge". For example, he owns hundreds of amplifiers, but still likes sound of the first one he bought for $50 the best.
Here are some more of our favourite little known facts about Neil Young.
Neil Young was nominated for an Oscar for a song from Philadelphia. But he doesn't only do music for movies, he also directs them.
When he's in the director's chair, Young uses the pseudonym Bernard Shakey. His latest project is about his 1959 Lincoln Continental. Which he's converting to hybrid technology and documenting on film.
Turns out when you have fans who are biologists, you just might end up with a species of trapdoor spider named after you. Well technically, it's called Myrmekiaphila neilyoungi, thanks to a biologist at East Carolina University named Jason Bond.
When Bob Dylan landed in Winnipeg for a concert in 2008, one of the spots on his itinerary was to see the house Young grew up in on Grosvenor Avenue. The current homeowners invited him in so he could look out the same bedroom window Young had all those years ago.
Neil Young's love of vehicles extends beyond his passion for making classic cars energy efficient. He collected toy trains as a kid and set up an extensive set in his house so he and his son Ben, who lives with cerebral palsy, could play together.
But here's where his train hobby surpasses that of the average person. Neil Young actually bought part of a toy train company called Lionel LLC. He helped them design a train control system and even holds co-inventor patents related to his work designing model trains.
Medical issues have been a recurring theme in Neil Young's life. He had a near death experience a few years ago after a brain aneurysm. As a kid, he had polio and both he and his daughter have epilepsy. His two sons both have cerebral palsy. Which inspired Young to help start The Bridge School. A place for kids with severe physical and verbal disabilities.
His annual Bridge School Benefit concerts help raise money to support the school. By attracting acts like Metallica, Elton John, Dave Matthews, David Bowie, Alanis Morrissette, Beck, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and dozens more.
Sure beats a bake sale...
Neil Young and Crazy Horse play the MTS Centre on November 16, supporting their new album, Americana.