Video Vault: GDW First Features

Video Vault August 2022

After a long day of travelling yesterday, Team GDW arrived home in the wee hours after an incredibly enjoyable weekend in Northern Ontario.  Before we crash for some much needed shut-eye, we remembered to unlock the Video Vault and share these four stunning recent music video releases with you today.  Extra cool is the fact that all of these artists are making their official GDW debuts here today too – enjoy.

Braden Lam, “Don’t Let Go”

Halifax, NS-based Braden Lam wrote this latest tune with good friend Keeper E, creating a nostalgic time capsule of late summer nights with loved ones and wishing time would slow down to soak in those memorable moments. “I use a red 1979 Volvo car to represent the memory of someone that we hold onto,” Braden shares. “There’s always something. It could be a song, a place, maybe a sweater that reminds you of that person and how they defined you – made you feel.”

Mia Kelly, “Kitchissippi”

If you are not yet familiar with emerging Gatineau, QC artist Mia Kelly, fear not – neither were we until recently. At just 19, Mia is a bilingual artist making huge waves on the Canadian roots-music scene, blending folk music with blues, pop, and Americana. Naming Allison Russell and Irish Mythen as two of her influences, Mia brings an infectious, raw energy to her sound – something that becomes apparent pretty quickly when hearing this recent release, “Kitchissippi.”

Basset, “In The Clay”

This slow, soft, acoustic chamber-folk tune from Toronto duo Basset (Sam Clark & Yasmine Shelton) lures you in very quickly, with their patient fingerpicked guitar and vocal harmonies that trace explorations of the wilderness. Written during the pandemic, Basset pushed themselves mentally and physically as a way of trying to make the most of that time spent in relative isolation, creating this meditative and healing number in the process.

Laura Kelsey, “The Cold Makes You”

These North American summers often leave me a little hot under the collar, and while I’m not advocating for colder weather, sometimes, just seeing a little snow and ice can be refreshing, right?  Vancouver Island, BC artist Laura Kelsey just shared this video release to accompany her latest single a few weeks ago, and I’m already feeling the mercury drop before me. Even if you are not ready to gaze at some wintry weather, the scenic visuals captured here are just stunning.

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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