Over 2,000 locals were involved in discussions, games and workshops towards suggestions for future canal activities. From staging an annual throw your husband in to ice cream floats, these suggestions initially formed the basis of a new signage system for British Waterways before some came to fruition during the Liverpool Biennial Urbanism Festival .
In April 2009 Dunn and sound recordist Chris Watson worked with 20 students at the Leeds end of the Canal, recording with underwater microphones. The Dunn & Jacques billboard, produced with some of those who fish in the Canal, develops ideas first seen in La Dolce Vita in North Liverpool in 2008.
CANAL& was devised by Alan Dunn while travelling every week on the train between Liverpool and Leeds and Paul Kelly (Liverpool Biennial & New Heartlands).