Video Vault: Cracking The Combination

Video Vault July 2023

While we divert our regular weekly video features to artists appearing on festivals that we are attending this summer, we don’t want to let some of these amazing new video releases simply collect dust in the Video Vault. We’re not sure who cracked open our safe today, but these four fresh-hot video releases are here for your viewing pleasures.  Fix a beverage, grab some munchies, slouch into that comfy chair, and prepare for some audio-visual delights that you’ll probably want to watch more than just once.

Justine Giles (ft. Sarah Houston), “Another Chance”

We’re always eager to hear new music from ON-born, and now AB-based singer-songwriter Justine Giles – and when you are left firmly believing that an artist cannot take one of their current compositions to another level – well, wait until you hit play on this beautiful, stripped-down, live acoustic version of Justine’s latest single, captured here with some moving, emotive piano accompaniment from Sarah Houston. Come on, festival directors, take note – Justine should be gracing your stages this summer!!!

Ariel Posen, “I Wish That We Never Met”

It’s been a while since new music from Winnipeg, MB guitar-slinger Ariel Posen has landed on our radar, and this first teaser from his upcoming third album, “Reasons Why,” should prompt many of you to grab tickets to his extensive upcoming tour. With stops in Europe, the UK, the US, and Canada, Ariel plans to rack up plenty of frequent flyer miles in the coming months. Go ahead and check out the serious rock-soul grooves on display here, and come hang with us at one of his US gigs – we have our tickets!

The Blaze Velluto Collection, “Baby (You Set My Love On Fire Everyday)”

Quebec City-based The Blaze Velluto Collection share more new music from their upcoming third studio album, “What’s On Your Mind?” Written by Blaze as a dedication to both his life partner, Little Miss Roy, and their newborn daughter, Rubis – appearing together in this heartfelt ‘family singalong around the piano’ moment. “We met 20 years ago in the month of May,” offers Blaze. “We had our share of bad weather, but mostly sunshine. Infatuation is a phase, love is now. Here’s an introduction to our story.”

Imogen Moon, “Nicolston Dam”

We’ve sat on this one for a while, knowing it was a lock for GDW, and once you watch this, you’ll be trying to crack the combination on our Video Vault for more hidden gems. Farm-fresh Vancouver, BC artist Imogen Moon dazzles here, re-imagining a tune originally recorded by her grandfather Douglas Randle in 1971, and demonstrating a genetic flair for some fine soul-jazz. When revered backing band The Dap-Kings jump on board too, you’ve definitely got something seriously good brewing here.

The British guy that crossed the ocean and crash landed in central Pennsylvania (to quote Greg Keelor, “And I wonder what am I doing here?”). As the youngest of four siblings, exposure to music from a very early age nurtured my passion and appreciation for many musical genres. Continuing to discover some amazingly diverse and talented musicians based in Canada, I gravitate to live music experiences and remain devoted to spreading the word about such a vibrant music scene.

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