Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers was first formed as a trio (guitar, cello, and violin) during the cold Halifax winter of 2006. Since then, The Casual Smokers have undergone a million changes in members and instrumentation, with a list of over 20 alumni. They seem to have reached some sort of stability for the moment as a sextet. Their instruments include guitar, banjo, melodica, flute, saxophones, violin, cello, bass, organ, percussion. Their song Conduit was chosen by CBC Radio 3 for Track of the Day on February 10, 2010, and the podcast reported that they're in the planning stages for a studio album to follow up Summer 2009's live EP.