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Old Town Road (Shea Weber Remix)

The unusual story behind a photo of Shea Weber posing with an Old Town Road sign

by Thibault Deneufbourg, translated by Steven Nechay @CanadiensMTL / canadiens.com

What's the link between between the Lil Nas X hit "Old Town Road" and Canadiens captain Shea Weber? The answer can be found in Sicamous, British Columbia.

Sicamous is a town with a population of 3,500 located halfway between Calgary and Vancouver. It's also the birthplace of Shea Weber and home to Shea Weber Way.

But Weber's eponomous Way is not the only noteworthy street in Sicamous.

Old Town Road, a street in the B.C. municipality which shares the same name as the Lil Nas X country-rap track has garned attention -- and theft -- since the tune started topping the Billboard charts this spring.

According to the Nelson Star, repeated disappearances of the sign prompted the Sicamous Chamber of Commerce to produce replicas for sale.

One of the signs ended up in Weber's hands, making for the alternate album art we never knew we needed.

Photo credit: Nelson Star

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