Meet the driver
Eric Stein is a Toronto-based musician who founded the world fusion music group Beyond the Pale, and is the artistic director of the Ashkenas Festival of Jewish music and culture running at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre from August 31 to September 6.
What he drives: A 2006 silver Ford Escape
Why the Escape?
I found it almost a year-and-a-half ago. I’d previously driven a Ford Escape, but this one only had 15,000 kilometres on it. It was owned by a very old couple and I bought out their lease. It’s served me very well.
What’s your favourite feature?
Its utility. I’m a fairly practical person. It drives like a car so you don’t feel like you’re in a tank. Yet there is still lots of room to transport all my instruments.
What type of driver are you?
I’ve always been a big driver. I’ve done a lot of touring with my band, a ton of road trips through California, Nevada, New Mexico and Arizona. I kind of wear both hats (aggressive and laid back) when I’m driving.
Do you have a dream car?
When I was a kid, my dad was in the car business and used to collect old cars, so I developed an appreciation for vintage cars. So, I’d probably pick something from the ’50s or ’60s — a Mustang or Corvette. Actually, my fondest memories, and one I hold close to my heart, is of my very first car, a 1981 Mustang. I just loved it. It had a red vinyl interior and all four of my siblings drove it before I did.