1993: Moving into Planet Helix and beyond
Here’s Planet Helix, which I lovingly refer to as “Disneyland on acid.” Much Music, the London Free Press, and many other print and internet media have been to the house to interview me and see where I run the band from. A couple of years ago MTV CRIBS came for a day with a 7 man film crew, stayed for the day filming and interviewing Lynda and I, and then a couple of months later the show came out which made the house famous around the world. We were on the same episode at Rod Stewart and Tommy Chong, so that didn’t hurt.
When Lynda and I bought the house for $93,000 in 1993 it was little more than a big square shoe box, but not too much needed fixing. Somewhere along the line I became obsessed with architectural antiques, and between Lynda’s unique style of decorating (she’s a garage sale nut) and the architectural stuff I’ve dragged home and stripped over the years, we’ve made our home into a very special place, full of love. Every room serves a purpose and over the years we’ve had some amazing parties with friends at the house. Summer weekends we came be found most times with close friends in the “court yard” at the back of the property, where we have friends come while we burn wood in a metal fire burner in the back.
In the picture where we’re moving in: On railing: Jasmine Vollmer, in doorway: me, carrying TV: vocal student Paul Paquin and close friend Jay Wetlaufer, who passed away in 2015.
Other pics show the back of the house, which originally had a “mud room”. I had a “demolition party” one day where everyone came for a barbecue and beer with a hammer and crowbar, and over the day we ripped it off. Eventually I built an addition on the house with a vaulted ceiling. Brent Doerner did the renovation with his newly formed construction company.