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Prism Prize Video: Arkells - People's Champ

Tonight (May 13), the biggest prize for Canadian music videos will be handed out in Toronto. We are profiling some of the Top 20 nominees before the big night, including this clip from the pride of Hamilton. Slaight Music is Patron Sponsor for the Prism Prize.

Prism Prize Video: Arkells - People's Champ

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Tonight (May 13), the biggest prize for Canadian music videos will be handed out in Toronto. We are profiling some of the Top 20 nominees before the big night, including this clip from the pride of Hamilton. Slaight Music is Patron Sponsor for the Prism Prize.


Arkells - People’s Champ

The video for People’s Champ proved to be somewhat therapeutic for Arkells. The band was naturally disturbed and disappointed by the recent political landscape in the US, and the song, while energetic and lively, acts as an indictment of politicians such as Donald Trump. While the lyrics are rooted in anger and frustration, the band felt it necessary to counter that natural reaction with a bit of levity for the music video.

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Cue in: Hamilton, Ontario - their hometown, which serves as the perfect background for the song’s visual. The band teamed up with renowned director Matt Barnes to revel in celebratory nostalgia while exploring the old haunts - including Grandad’s Donuts and Martin’s Bowling Alley - where they spent their time growing up and also features familiar Hamiltonian faces. And just what was the purpose behind the video? Celebrate the joy in everyday, mundane things. What the band offers up is a full-on town-wide party, meant to help dance the blues away - mission accomplished.


Credits:

Director: Matt Barnes

Producer: Natalie D'Urbano

DOP: John Ker

 

 

 
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Beyoncé

Beyoncé

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The Billboard Canada FYI Bulletin: Beyoncé Country Hit A Win For Canadian Songwriters

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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