Magical Musical History Tour

Tour Details

Tour Dates

2016 Tour Dates:

  • Thursday July 21 – SOLD OUT
  • Sunday August 7, Thursday August 25 – SOLD OUT

Sunday tours run 10:00am – 1:00pm

Thursday tours run 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Join us as we celebrate our 5th year of running the tours!

To add your name to a contact list, please call us at 204-989-9630 and we will let you know if we decide to add more tours in 2016 and be notified when the tours will start for the 2017 tour season.


$43.75 total including taxes and fees per person

(Seats must be booked in advance and are non-refundable; dates cannot be changed once booked)

Full payment is due at the time of booking; we cannot hold seats without payment

Included: 3 hour guided rock ‘n’ roll tour throughout Winnipeg with John Einarson, Transportation by highway equipped motor coach

Note – this tour is not wheelchair accessible; The bus we use is not wheelchair accessible. If you are able to walk up/down a few stairs to get on/off the bus, then this tour is fine for you to take.


Private Group Tour Bookings

Would you like to book a private Magical Musical History Tour for your group? We can help!

General information for booking a private group are:

  • A minimum of 15 people are required for a private Magical Musical History Tour (if you do not meet the minimum number required, the minimum will still be charged)
  • Maximum 22 people for a private tour; if you think you will have more, please call us at 204-989-9630 to discuss further
  • Cost for a private Magical Musical History Tour is $41.00 + GST per person
  • A non-refundable deposit of $50.00 is required to book and confirm a private Magical Musical History Tour for your group; final payment will be due no later than one week after the tour has taken place
  • Payment methods can be cash, cheque, Visa, or MasterCard; invoices will be provided
  • Tours will run rain or shine
  • Email group booking inquiries to:


About John Einarson, the guide for the Magical Musical History Tours:

John Einarson is a musicologist, broadcaster, educator and author of more than a dozen critically-acclaimed music biographies. He has written for Mojo, Uncut, Goldmine, Discoveries, Record Collector, and Classic Rock and is a frequent contributor to the Winnipeg Free Press. He wrote the Juno-nominated Bravo TV documentary Buffy Sainte-Marie: A Multi-Media Life, served as writer/consultant for A&E/Biography Channel’s Neil Young Biography episode and wrote CBC TV’s The Life & Times of Randy Bachman.  John curated the acclaimed 2010 Manitoba Museum exhibit Shakin’ All Over: The Manitoba Music Experience and organizes the popular Magical Musical History Tour of Winnipeg. He teaches the popular “Off The Record” music history classes Friday evenings at McNally Robinson Booksellers and hosts “My Generation” every Saturday morning from 10 AM to noon on UMFM 101.5.

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Roll up for the 5th annual tour season of the Magical Musical History Tour! Join local music historian and author John Einarson as he guides you through the streets of Winnipeg on a very unique one-of-a-kind tour of the city’s illustrious rock ‘n’ roll history.

See the house where Neil Young lived and began his song writing career, where he made his first recordings and played his first live performances; see the house where Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman of The Guess Who wrote These Eyes, No Time and others as well as where Burton Cummings composedShare The Land, Rain Dance, and more; see the school where Neil Young sat on the steps and “dreamed of being a star”; where Bachman Turner Overdrive (BTO) was first conceived; the house Terry ‘Seasons in the Sun’ Jack grew up in; the spot where Neil Young met Joni Mitchell; plus much much more.

The tour features a video of vintage photos and music as well as John’s colourful stories and points of interest. In the 1960’s Winnipeg was the rock ‘n’ roll capital of Canada. See and hear why on this exciting tour.

Meeting Place for the Bus Tour: In front of the Travel Manitoba Information Centre, the Forks Market (1 Forks Market Road), adjacent to the Forks Market


Flight Network Article – November 2015 – Taking the Magical Musical History Tour in Winnipeg


Winnipeg Free Press Article July 23 – Rock and Roll Bus Tour


Winnipeg Free Press article: Neil Young: Still Rocking at 70


Review the Magical Musical History Tour on Trip Advisor


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  • Guess Who Mural
  • Neil Young
  • BTO Carwrecks
  • Neil Young
  • John Einarson - Tour Guide - Magical Musical History Tours