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Our Lady Peace: Nice To Meet You

The '90s Canadian rock superstars have just released an eye-catching video for a cut from their recent Pledge-funded EP, Somethingness and it's a knockout.

Our Lady Peace: Nice To Meet You

By Kerry Doole

Our Lady Peace - "Nice To Meet You' (Indie): This track, featured on the new the band's album Somethingness includes the accompanying video clip that is the third in a miniseries promoting the album.


According to a band press release, this LP "explores a unique look at personal stories that happen every day, all around us, in a new light."

"Nice To Meet You" features YouTube star Matthew Santoro, who describes the shoot as "one of the most fun and rewarding experiences of my career." He adds that as a long time fan of OLP "it was truly a privilege to be a part of the visuals for such amazing music.” 

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The track begins slowly, then gradually builds in intensity to that characteristic surging OLP sound, driven by the passionate and theatrical vocals of Raine Maida.

Somethingness is the first of a two-volume EP set available through online stores, on CD and streaming on Spotify. Volume 2, expected early 2018, is to include a heartfelt tribute to friend Gord Downie, entitled "Ballad of A Poet." 

The fact that a group that has sold over a million albums in Canada is now going the crowdfunding route using Pledge Music is perhaps a telling example of the change in the record industry.

Our Lady Peace is teaming up with a fellow '90s stalwart, Matthew Good, for a major cross-Canada tour in March. It begins in St. John's, NL, (Mile One Centre) on March 1, concluding on March 31 at The Abbotsford Centre in Abbotsford, BC. The band has partnered with Plus 1 for the tour, with one dollar from each ticket sold donated to War Child Canada. Details here

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Also in this week's roundup of industry news: Kayla Diamond launches her own boutique imprint, SOCAN names an ombudsman, and time's running out for noms for this year's Rosalie Award honouring trailblazing women in broadcasting.

Beyoncé becomes the first Black woman to top Billboard’s Country Songs chart with “Texas Hold ‘Em” and it has gone to No. 1 on iTunes in 14 different countries and counting. There are some surprising connections. The song is co-written and co-produced by Ontario-born writer/producer Nathan Ferraro, whose previous collaborations include working with Lady Gaga, Carly Rae Jepsen, Bear Mountain, RALPH, Shawn Hook, Alyssa Reid, Jessie Reyez, Lowell and Tyler Shaw.

In fact, the song has deep Canadian origins. Two other Canadian songwriters participated in this runaway hit: Megan Bülow (who records and performs as bülow) as and Elizabeth "Lowell" Boland (a.k.a. Lowell), with Ferraro co-producing the track with Killah B and Beyoncé.

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