The Jack Kerouac Knapsack Band was a five-piece band which existing in the mid 2000s (the decade, not the century, although they might exist again mid-century if they decide to hit the nostalgia circuit). It was gradually formed at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, by an eclectic mix of disaffected undergrads who decided to spend their time making the kind of music that they wanted to hear.
After several jam sessions, they played their first show in January of 2003, and played fairly regularly around the Queen's campus and downtown Kingston over the next two years, with a couple of other shows in Toronto and at the Desboro Fall Fair. Despite accepting several show offers, they also turned down the opportunity to open for several unknown bands during this time, including "The Arcade Fires" and "The Metrics." They did, however, open for the late Paul Quarrington, and for one of the Moffatts, and specifically went out of their way to open for April Wine. I doubt any of them have any regrets about this.
In early 2005, they released a self-titled album which people seemed not to mind too much. One of the Tragically Hip attended the CD release party, although in Kingston they say that you are never more than ten feet from a member of the Tragically Hip.
In 2005, all five members of the band graduated from Queen's. The band effectively relocated to Toronto and continued to play regularly, albeit with a different keyboard player. As this is being written by the first keyboard player it is probably wisest not to go into too much detail. I saw them play several times with Alex, though, and thought they were very good.
The line-up on these recordings is:
Jim Cousin — Bass Guitar, Possibly Backing Vocals (I really don't remember)
Colin Pendrith — Guitar, Backing Vocals
Daniel Quinlan — Guitar, Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals
Connor Thompson — Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals
David Wencer — Keyboards, Backing Vocals
The band is effectively prevented from doing a reunion show from things like decency and common sense, and also by the fact that none of the other members are sure what has happened to Jim or how to get in touch with him. If you think you might be him, please do get in touch.