The White Stripes’ wild 2007 Canadian tour found the band performing on a Winnipeg transit bus and a Prince Edward Island fishing boat, and in a British Columbia classroom. The venues seemed curiously cinematic for good reason: footage from all the shows will be coming to the big screen. Jack White has revealed plans to release a documentary about the duo’s trek of the Great White North. (Relive the tour with our White Stripes’ Canadian Adventure photo gallery.)
Besides the standard tour stops in Toronto, Montreal and other cities with NHL teams, the Stripes ventured into smaller Canadian towns that most U.S. artists typically pass over, like Whitehorse, Yukon and St. John’s, Newfoundland. “As we went around and played a show in every province or territory, we realized that not even a Canadian band had ever done that. Which is wild, I can’t even believe that,” White told the CBC. “How did we become the first, you know? It’s already the 21st century!”
Given the unusual nature of the tour stops and venues, it was essential to have the cameras rolling. “When we started, we just didn’t know what we were doing, so we just [said]: ‘Film everything, see what happens,’ ” White said. “We’d make up an idea at breakfast of where we’d play that day, whether it was on a boat, bus, school or city park, then we’d make it happen.” According to Pitchfork, White revealed in April that a White Stripes film was in the works. Jack will edit roughly 40 songs from the 2007 Canadian tour footage into the doc.
“I don’t think we would wanna film ourselves like this. I’m pretty anti-reality television and all that ridiculous peeking behind the curtain sort of aspect of entertainment these days,” White told the Canadian press. “But in this case, I don’t think it really has that ridiculousness to it. It does have an insight into some of the things that got created and how we went about making a tour like that happen.” No release date for the documentary has been released yet. As Rock Daily previously reported, White said the White Stripes’ seventh album “won’t be too far off.”