The train looms large in the history of Canada, British Columbia and the Tri-Cities. It is just over 130 years since the first transcontinental train pulled into Port Moody from Montreal and, just in time for Canada’s 150th anniversary, the Art Gallery at Evergreen presents the exhibition, Train Dreams. This evocative experimental multimedia installation presents animation, video, archival footage and original sound design produced by four artists working as The Common Collective.

Train Dreams brings together animation, archival video footage, original video footage, and an original sound design into a unique, immersive multimedia experience in the gallery. Simultaneously projected on three screens, Train Dreams plays with viewers’ sense perceptions, creating experiences of scenes, shapes, spaces, colours, textures, and sounds, that blend together to form ambiguous impressions of the 


The Common Collective is made up of Canadian artists from Toronto, Montreal, and Stratford, Ontario.

Audio artist Nick Kuepfer has released recordings through Montreal’s Constellation Records, composed music for film and installation work and he tours internationally with a variety of projects. Most recently Kuepfer has been compiling work from a residency program in the Arctic Circle in Norway.

Simon Brothers is an artist/filmmaker who producing a variety of dramatic, documentary, and installation work. Brothers’ films have been presented by regional, provincial, and international broadcasters and festivals.

Luke Mistruzzi specializes in stop-motion animation and documentary work for local and international TV and film productions.

Mark Preston is a photographer, documentary video editor, and video artist.

Collective members have brought their distinctive skills and diverse creative methodologies to the production of Train Dreams, their first project together.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

All images: Installation view of Train Dreams, exhibition at the Art Gallery at Evergreen, 2017, Photo: Blaine Campbell