Last year, A Tribe Called Red put out one of 2013’s best electronic album Nation 2 Nation which has since won them a Juno for Best Breakthrough Group. They just dropped a new video for their track “Sisters,” featuring contemporary Powwow Drum group Northern Voice, where a group of girls from a (presumably) far off town hear about ATCR’s monthly Electric Pow Wow party happening in Ottawa and decide to make the trip. Why not make it fun? They have good times getting dressed up, dancing in a convenience store, and drive through a beautiful Canadian countryside celebrating the fact that they’re going to see the group live. The final portion of the video is the ladies actually in the club, which happens to be their home base of Babylon on Bank Street. ATCR is on stage with a packed house, and you can also see Robbie of Fall Down Gallery doing some live art. A great song deserves a great video!
Here’s what ATCR said about the video’s inspiration:
For the “Sisters” video, we wanted to show that Native Americans are like everyone else, regular contemporary people who are connected, fashion conscious and going to the club on weekends. Starring Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs, “Sisters” shows three aboriginal girlfriends going on a road trip to our monthly party Electric Pow Wow in Ottawa, one of the only all indigenous parties in North America. We wanted the simplicity of the story to enhance this message and shines a light on this all-Native crew. The song is taken from our latest album Nation II Nation and exclusively uses the female vocals of powwow group Northern Voice. This is also groundbreaking as female powwow backvocals haven’t been put at the forefront like this ever before.
The DJ trio from Ottawa are making some of the greatest electronic in the world right now, and we at Showbox are super proud of them. Check out the video for “Sisters” below.
Last weekend a bunch of us gathered at Fall Down Gallery for what was to be a hot, smoky music video shoot for The Love Machine‘s new song “Sorry My Dear”. The video is being made with a string of Vine videos, each 6 seconds in length. I have certainly never seen anything like this before, so the end result will be pretty interesting. With lots of confetti and dancing, I think the shoot was a pretty huge success overall. But wait, The fun isn’t over yet!
The Love Machine, along with Dan Rascal Productions, are allowing fans to get involved by submitting a Vine video of their own to be included in the final cut of the video. Here’s how it works:
1. Follow The Love Machine on Vine (handle: thelovemachine)
2. Fans can then download the song segments from the Dropbox link provided
3. Fans can make their own segment(s) and upload it and hashtag it with #TLMvine
4. The segment submitted is eligible to be in the final product!
Now check out the video teaser that The Love Machine just released!
Here’s TLM’s video description:
“We want YOU to create your own vines for The Love Machine’s newest video – Sorry My Dear.
The first thing you need to do is follow this link to a special Dropbox Folder. Inside are all the goodies you will need to create your own segments which we will review. If we like…then there is a good chance it will make the final cut of the video!
In the Dropbox folder you will find 33 Segmented clips of the entire song. We broke the song down into 6 second partitions and filmed each one. Now we want you to pick your favorite segment and re-create it any way you want. We also included the mastered song so you can think about the video as a whole and well….it makes for a nice gift too!
You’ll also notice that each clip has 3 seconds of quiet and 6 seconds of loudness! We wanted to make sure you recorded on the loud part but we also wanted to give you some time to cue yourself up. Make sure you practice and try to get it as rock solid as possible!
Get creative! Do something zany! We accept parodies of your favorite vines, stop motion whatever whatever!
Once you have your segment finished, don’t forget to tag them so we can see them.
I was given the personal assurance of the hostess that this event would have nothing to do with thievery. The theme of the evening was new art, crooked scoliosis & what can be done for those in need. Fall Down was a perfect venue for the fundraising art show, with just the right amount of shelves and hooks to showcase art for sale. The multicoloured portraits of white-haired women were rife with Wiccan symbols and sometimes violent wounds. I thought the centerpiece of the show was a green-skinned girl with a vertical scar from her nape to her pelvis, much like Kaylie Seaver‘s actual backbone.
You see, this event has been in the works for a while now, ever since Kaylie’s corrective spinal surgery in 2005 at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario really. Scoliosis is a debilitating curvature of the spine that can be agonizing if not treated early. Although modern corrective surgery can heal many cases in young folk, common practice was once only back braces & occupational therapists. Some, like Kaylie’s older sister, are helped when a back brace keeps the curvature from worsening. Kaylie was not so lucky and needed CHEO to fuse her spine to metal implants to correct the curve. Her ineffective back brace, once a source of embarrassment & discomfort, was hanging from the rafters of the gallery when we walked in the door.
Crooks Fundraising Art Show for CHEO at Fall Down Gallery, Saturday, July 27th, 2013 ~ Photo by Kaylie Seaver
To say Kaylie Seaver is talented is an understatement. This lady started local band The Epilogue with Jude Beacom and Krys Blaney in 2006, and during that time she also performed as Deus Ex Machina as a solo act. She only has a few videos of her emotive music online… She’s been a hands-on artist since she could hold a brush and just started her apprenticeship at The Ink Spot on Bank Street. I was quick to buy a rustic tambourine painted with animal skull and witchcraft tokens for a place of honour on my walls. Eric immediately purchased a print of a woman with “613” imprinted on her forehead, and “Support Local” on her blouse. I knew these things would have been snagged up quickly. Indeed, all prints flew off the shelves and the donations jar filled up quickly.
Thank you to Ming Wu who lent me an LCBO receipt for Key Lime Cherry Palm Bay on which I could scribble some notes between the live painting and the music sets.
Ottawa’s The Haig
The main musical talent came from Ottawa’s two-year old, The Haig. Dude, it’s Chris Davidson on drums, Treawna Harvey on organ, Mean Dorris on guitar & Richard Michels on bass. Two instruments that immediately caught my eye among their arsenal were the Ibenez bass, once purple, that was sanded down and carved beautifully by Richard’s mother, and the Magnus Electric Chord Organ, once Richard’s grandfather’s and now at Treawna’s fingertips. You’d hardly notice it if you didn’t go snooping around the sound stage, but the little beige beauty is a prize.
Eric described them as “delightfully chill.” Karine said they sounded like the band you hear playing in your cool neighbour’s garage. Lines from their track “Shredded Wheat” like “there’s a canned food drive at my school, is there a canned food drive at your school?” and song titles like “Lothar Smash” and “Starfruit (Galore)” tickled my penmanship. Richard & Dean piece songs together and the whole band then brings each tune into true being by just playing ’em. What struck me most about their performance was lead guitarist Dean’s style of playing, which I will not attempt to describe… I’ll just say his fingers did not exactly fly across the guitar but keeping track of them was difficult. His voice accompanied by Treawna’s make a fine harmony on their recorded stuff but unfortunately the mics were being difficult most of the evening.
The sound was still good enough for Kaylie’s set in the middle of The Haig’s performance, which had most of the audience freeze at the sound of her voice. With tears in her eyes, her heartfelt thank you for the support and funds raised came quietly but the applause answered uproariously. I suspect the warm feeling I had was shared by many. When she does play now, it’s as Kaylie C. Seaver, and if it was up to me there’d be more of her shows. All in all, a very fine evening saw 50 per cent of all funds raised go to CHEO and we were even treated to watch Kaylie paint. Canvas is fine but wooden tabletops are a wonderful thing to colour. And so are long legs for that matter!
Kaylie Seaver painting live at Fall Down Gallery, Saturday, July 27th, 2013 ~ Photo by Joseph Mathieu
I (one of many) am grateful to CHEO for helping scoliotic youth and particularly Miss Seaver. Without her spinal fusion, her restricted movement and unsafe pressure to her heart might have stunted more than her body. The indignity of feeling crooked must be enough for a child to wish his or her spine could be amputated… That’s when the Children’s Hospital steps in and tells the kid they are going to heal them, actually upgrade them with metal & mechanisms! And we all know what children choose when given the choice between becoming a cyborg and becoming spineless. They choose to become the opposite of spineless—undaunted, bold souls.
The time has come! The awesomely terrific new Herd Magazine is set to release its second issue, and have a massive party in celebration of this. The issue 1 launch party at Fall Down Gallery on Bank St. in October was so unexpectedly massive that most people didn’t even get in… lineups down the street, people freezing… but luckily the party will be continuing at Babylon at midnight. Fall Down is hosting the party again, so be sure to get there early so that you can be drinking beer instead of getting frostbite in line. There will be music, visual arts, comedy… just about everything.
My contribution to the new issue is a feature on an Ottawa band – you’ll have to wait and see who it is. Steph Vicente, Pat Bolduc and the crew have put tons of effort into the issue, and I’m sure it will be unbelievable.
Here are the party deets:
James and Blackburn
Wind & the Wild (formerly On a Bear Hunt)
Beats by Dj Greg Reain
Video set by VJ Ina (veejay eye-nah…like vagina…..)
MC’d by local comedian Greg Houston
Cash & Carry art available from Collective Seen Artists
Admission by donation
We’ve got raffles again. Like the last launch, every 5$ you toss us at the door gets you a ticket into the raffle.
Sponsored by Top of the World, Magpie Jewellery, and Slasyh
There will be appetizers!
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