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Prism Prize Video - Madeleine Roger: Cottonwood

The 2019 Prism Prize for Best Canadian Music Video was awarded to Kevan Funk, for his clip for Belle Game’s Low. We will continue to profile noteworthy Canadian videos, including this one from a Winnipeg folk singer/songwriter.

Prism Prize Video - Madeleine Roger: Cottonwood

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The 2019 Prism Prize for Best Canadian Music Video was awarded to Kevan Funk, for his clip for Belle Game’s Low. We will continue to profile noteworthy Canadian videos, including this one from a Winnipeg folk singer/songwriter.


Madeleine Roger - Cottonwood

Madeleine Roger is a folk singer/songwriter from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She co-produced and co-engineered the track with Lloyd Peterson.

The lyrics of this song project a nostalgic feeling of growing up. She begins each ‘section’ of the song by singing about the type of tree and referring to how it starts off small from the edge of the century. Madeleine says she wrote this song for one of her best friends when she had learned that he and his partner were expecting their first child. She wanted to create a song that imagined them growing up from the perspective of her favourite trees.

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The video itself captures the beauty of nature, showing seeds emerging from pods, seedlings sprouting, flowers blooming and wilting - portraying the circle of life in nature. 

Video by Joel Penner. He is a filmmaker who uses computer scanners to create time lapses of plant and fungi growing and decaying with the goal of creating films that celebrates the beauty of everyday existence. 

AUDIO: 

Written by Madeleine Roger. Co-Produced by Madeleine Roger & Lloyd Peterson 

Recorded by Lloyd Peterson at Paintbox Recording in Winnipeg, MB.  Mixed by Lloyd Peterson & Madeleine Roger 

Mastered by Maeghan Ritchat at Lacquer Channel, Toronto ON 

MUSICIANS: 

Madeleine Roger on Acoustic Guitar, Piano, and Vocals 

Julian Bradford on Upright Bass 

Aisha Bell on Violin

Corey Ticknor on Mandolin 

Harmonies by Olivia Maxfield

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Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe and Bill Berry of R.E.M. attend the 2024 Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Gala at New York Marriott Marquis Hotel on June 13, 2024 in New York City.
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Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe and Bill Berry of R.E.M. attend the 2024 Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Gala at New York Marriott Marquis Hotel on June 13, 2024 in New York City.

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