National Volunteer Week: Thank you Simon

Tram Sessions volunteer: Simon Conlon

Vance Joy, team shot by Simon Conlon

What do you do as a volunteer at Tram Sessions? 

At Tram Sessions I am a photographer, I take the photos.

Who are you outside of Tram Sessions?
I take mini exhibitions from Melbourne Museum out into regional Victoria, I teach at Westside Circus, and I make a mean cocktail. And I take photos.

What motivates you to volunteer?
I’m new to Melbourne and trying to find my way into interesting projects. Also, you can call yourself whatever you like, but if you are not doing it regularly…

What would the world look like without volunteers?
There would only be a small number of large-scale, ready-established ventures. What can you name that didn’t need a bit of a push from some good people for nothing at the very start? Never mind the charitable work that will never break even.

What has been your most memorable experience as a volunteer?
I worked with Clowns Without Borders and took a Clown show into outback communities in the Tanami desert in the Northern Territories for a week. I will never forget it.

Simon’s favourite Tram Session:

In the theme of National Volunteer Week, Tram Sessions would like to say ‘thanks a million’ to Simon!

National Volunteer Week: Thank you Rommel

Volunteering Australia has put together a new campaign which asks people to ‘say thanks a million to Australian volunteers’. The statistics show that over 6 million people in Australia are giving up their time, free of charge on an annual basis.

Here at Tram Sessions there are 16 volunteers who help out in some way or another. We have put together a Q&A to find out why they love volunteering.

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Congrats Nick!

We had a really nice surprise yesterday. Our co-founder Nick was awarded the 2012 Anthill Magazine 30under30 Readers’ Choice Award. As it was voted by the magazine’s readers and our supporters (you might have been one of them?) it goes to show that what we do is appreciated. And by more people than us! 

So we thought we would ask him a few quick questions. Feels weird to interview your own crew member but hey, it’s our blog so we’re allowed to do it :-)

An award Nick, must be a bit special?

Yeah, it sure is! Haven’t received too many in my life so really happy about it. But it’s really a testament to our crew and the bands really. I think people care less about me and more about seeing Paul Kelly on a tram!

So what’s next?

Well, we have a few new partnerships forming which is very exciting. We’re working hard to build on the momentum from last year and make some really cool stuff happen in 2013. From what we have in the pipeline I can only say it’s looking good!

When’s the next session?

We have two awesome sessions coming up in the next two weeks! I’m super excited. One international act and one local Melbourne band who’s making headlines wherever they go really. Just keep an eye out on Facebook and Twitter and you’ll be the first ones to know!

Thanks guys!

Parts of the crew at the Mass Jam Event for Melbourne Music Week

2012 has been a big year for Tram Sessions. We’ve reached 50 filmed sessions (pretty stoked!) and have had a great mix of artists jammin’ with us. All from legends like Paul Kelly to up and coming bands like Alpine, Lanie Lane and Vaudeville Smash.

We’ve had more of those invaluable ‘what the h&*# moments‘, where passengers have started to sing back-up vocals or rapped (yep, that was awesome!).

Now, it’s easy to think that this just happens by itself, but the reality is that all what we do take time and a lot of effort from the team. And what a team it is! So instead of going on with more of what we’ve achieved, here’s the great people behind Tram Sessions.

They all contribute in different ways and make this project what it is today. In no particular order, here they are:

Rommel Henricus – Video/Sound and PR

Luisa Mirabilio – Video, Editing, Production & Band Bookings

Parts of the crew at the Xavier Rudd session

Ashleigh Hills – Event coordination, Band bookings

Ed Rossi – Video, Editing & Social Media

Hayden Bevis – Video & editing

Sebastian Fiori – Sound & Event crew

Justin Araco – Organisational strategy

Darryn Henricus – Sound & Event crew

Paul Meates – Design and strategy

Adam Saraceno – Photographer

Alex Topaloski – Online guru

Emma Shepherdson – Organisational structure

Anthony Cole – Website guru

Susann Anna – Secretary

Prue Schofield – Support crew

Michael Araco – Website

Busra (Bee) Copuroglu – Funky Relations & Photographer

 

 

 

 

Win a double pass to Tram Sessions: Mass Jam

 

Our friends at Yarra Trams are giving away two of their tickets to our Tram Sessions: Mass Jam event. The ticket includes live bands playing back to back on our very own chartered tram, while rockin’ and rolling through Melbourne’s CBD. It also includes entry to the epic Mass Jam After Party that will follow.

The tickets sold out in less than a day, so this competition is a chance to enjoy what are uniquely Melbourne- trams and live music!

To win, simply answer the question below. The best and most compelling answer will win.

— Tell Yarra Trams which tram line you would like to see a Tram Session on, and why. —

How to enter:

Twitter: Tweet your answer to @yarratrams and include the hashtag, #MassJam.

Facebook: Post your answer directly on Yarra Trams Facebook page

Instagram: Take a photo of your favourite tram line and answer the question. Include the hashtag, #MassJam.

And for you who doesn’t want to gamble on missing out on the after party- head to our crowd funding site to get your tickets and support the great music scene of Melbourne!

Runners up will receive some other tram inspired goodies; a rhino shaped as a stress ball, who has tagged along to a few sessions (see picture).

Win a double pass to Tram Sessions: Mass Jam

Our friends at Flexicar are giving away two of their tickets to our Tram Sessions: Mass Jam event. The ticket includes live bands playing back to back on our very own chartered tram, while rockin’ and rolling through Melbourne’s CBD. It also includes entry to the epic Mass Jam After Party that will follow.

To win, simply answer the question below. The best, most creative, and correct, answer will win two tickets to this exclusive, sold-out event.

— Tell Flexicar who you think will headline on the #MassJam event, and why. —

How to enter:
Twitter: Tweet your answer to @flexicar and include the hashtag, #MassJam.

Instagram: Take a photo of the act you think will play (write their name on a piece of paper for example) and include the hashtag, #MassJam.

Facebook: Post your answer on Flexicar’s facebook page with #MassJam.

‘Mass Jam’ AFTER PARTY
And for you who doesn’t want to gamble on missing out on the AFTER PARTY- head to our crowd funding site to get your tickets and support the great music scene of Melbourne!

Tram Session’s supporter: Urban Importers

Gerard Anderson

It’s less than one month until our Melbourne Music Week event and we can hardly contain our excitement! It has been a very busy period for Tram Sessions and we could not do this without the help of our awesome supporters who love Melbourne’s live music scene just as much as we do.

Here is a quick q&a with one of our supporters, Gerard Anderson from Urban Importers, who tells us what he loves about Melbourne.

We can’t wait to see you at our event, and if you haven’t already got tickets to the Mass Jam After Party on November 19 you can buy them at Pozible.

Happy Commuting!

What is it that your organisation does?
Urban Importers is a boutique importer of beverages from Europe, currently importing Gallia Pils, Borderline Juices and Pimento Ginger Beer from France, ‘na Biretta Beer from Italy & the Sacred Spirit range from London.

What do you enjoy most about being Melbourne based?I think Melbourne is a great city to live in, we have such a diverse culture including sports, arts & entertainment and the cafe, restaurant & nightlife are world class – Melbourne people are very passionate and I believe it drives a great culture. I am currently running for a councillor position in The Melbourne City council elections because I would love to become involved in the direction of our city.

What is your favourite Melbourne hang out?
Venue wise, I prefer smaller intimate venues I am a big fan of Neapoli in Russell Place, but on a nice day it’s great to take advantage of either one of the many parks in the CBD or a bar like River Land or the Boat Builders Yard which make great use of their outdoor space.

What is your most memorable live music experience in Melbourne?
I managed The Forum Theatre in Melbourne for 6 years so I was lucky to see a number of local & international bands up close, at the height of their success. Powderfinger played 5 nights in a row and every show was great. Nick Cave & the bad seeds are great live performers and I am a big fan of the Black Keys.

If you could see any band on a tram who would you like to see?
If it was fictional – I have always thought it would of been great to have seen a band like the Rolling Stones in their early days, playing a really intimate show. But if I had to pick a band right now I would probably choose the black keys – I think it would be great to rattle along the streets of Melbourne with the guys in charge of the tram!

      

Tram Sessions: Mass Jam

On November 19, we’ll be holding what we call Tram Sessions: Mass Jam. Three bands, one tram and a night of live music as part of Melbourne Music Week!

Tram Sessions has been selected to hold the event under Melbourne Music Week’s – Self Made project and really, we can’t wait to jam with the ‘secret’ bands we have lined up for the event, and give our fans the chance to join us on the specially chartered tram!

Parts of the Tram Sessions crew

You can now also buy tickets to the official Mass Jam after party which include more live music, live art and DJs, held at the iconic Donkey Wheel House (the former Tram Way building).

On top of this you can also support us by rewarding yourself with some pretty cool Tram Sessions goodies like;

  • being a roadie or a photographer for us for a night,
  • by dedicating a session to a loved one
  • or by buying an awesomely designed t-shirt

Tickets, along with the other good stuff, is now on sale and can be bought from our pozible campaign page www.pozible.com/tramsessions. We’ve aimed for $7,000, and as it’s a all or nothing concept we hope your support can make it happen!

Before we sign off, we do need to thank some others whose contribution to the event has been most appreciated. We literally can not do this without your support!

Much love, and happy commuting!

/ From us at Tram Sessions

Here Comes The Thanks!

“We got it!”, “We did it”, “We won the grant!” were splashed across our Facebook and Twitter as the clock rolled over to 12:01pm and announced that Tram Sessions had received The Bank of Melbourne Local Project Grant last Friday.

Now, you’re probably thinking that the “We” in the above is the Tram Sessions crew for orgainising such an awesome project (come on… we know it’s an awesome project and yes, we are allowed to gloat about it li’l), but no, the “We” in the above is all of you who helped us get over the line.

The TS crew celebrating the win at Pakenham races!

So here it is, a massive thank you to you. Yes, you.

When Tram Sessions was first started by Nick about two years ago, bewildered passengers watched on, nervous and concerned. Now, in 2012, tram passengers already know about our little project and they love it! They tell their friends about the band that they jammed with on their commute, they film it on their smart phones to savour their experience and they get involved in something that is uniquely Melbourne.

This is our aim, to get Melbournians involved and to embrace our unique culture, our amazing live music scene, and to bring a bit of joy to unsuspecting commuters. And with artists like The Vaudeville Smash, Lisa Mitchell, Ben Kweller and Amanda Palmer spreading their soulful messages across our tram network, our job is pretty damn easy!

So, what next for Tram Sessions? Well, the bands are lining up to play, the audiences are growing by the week and if this is anything to go by, 2012 and Tram Sessions will deliver some awesome experiences for Melbourne’s music lovers.

Rommel Henricus

No, we can’t list everyone individually but we do want to specifically thank…
The Bank of Melbourne
Hub Melbourne
The Awesome Foundation
School for Social Entrepreneurs
Freeform

Happy Commuting!

Rommel,
Media / Sound Hound