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Aim For the Roses

In the era of Evel Knievel, North America was fascinated with daredevils. Canadian

Ken Carter was a mildly successful showman, who in 1976 hyped a feat so extreme it became the stuff of legend: with a rocket-powered car and a ramp, he planned to jump a one-mile span of the St. Lawrence River and land in a bed of roses. Fast forward to 2008.

Vancouver musician Mark Haney decided Carter's epic stunt deserved a musical treatment in the form of a concept album for solo double bass. Employing a symphony of archival footage, dramatic re-enactments, original interviews and musical numbers, John Bolton captures the insanity and humanity of these very different men, culminating in an operatic ode to creative risk-taking that throws caution to the wind.

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