“The Clearwater (for Pete Seeger)” – The cleanup of the Hudson River had been championed by Pete Seeger for decades. Its momentum centered around having a sloop, Clearwater, sail up and down that river, with people singing and making music. What a legacy. Continue reading →
Recently we created a few music videos for our friends in the band Big Fog to help support their recently released CD called “Midnight Sun”. We opted to capture a pseudo live performance during one of their sound checks before the March 17th performance at the Madison Pub, working with two cameras and rolling through two passes at each track. We kept everything looking as it did on stage that night to not distract from the ‘live’ feel of the performance, despite the lack of a true audience. Continue reading →
On the evening of March 12th, 2011, a spectacular live show took place… Dubbed “Bert’s Last Waltz”, taking its name partly from the legendary live performance by The Band, this show was the culmination of more than five years in the making, featuring Bert Clarke on vocals and bass guitar, and gathering a plethora of musical guests that he had shared the stage with over his galvanizing Toronto musical experience.
In September of 1990, Mary and I moved in to our new home at 133 Major street. In the summer of 1991 I took up my pipes again after a 32 year hiatus, having stopped playing after a hassle with my father typical of the kinds of things fathers and 14 old boys have to deal with. By January 25 1992, I was organizing our first Burns Night at our new home and ever since there have been 20 such celebrations without interruption. – this one in 2012 will be are 21st Burns Night.
In a tiny but intimate setting, the powerhouse rock & roll band Dave Sonic performed a rousing set of live music to the delight of the small but enthusiastic crowd at Lola’s in Kensington Market. These clips were shot with the Canon 7D and a 35mm f/2.0 lens, demonstrating the quality of video attainable even in extreme low light situations. The two songs (edits) shown here are “Stop Breaking Down” by Robert Johnson and “Lovin’ Cup”, by the Rolling Stones. Continue reading →
This is one of our earlier collaborations using our new Canon 7D rigs, this was more a test of the gear than a full on music video shoot. However, the goal was to produce a live representation of the recorded track from Rory Sinclair’s new CD, “The World Through a Piper’s Fingers”, which included many classic tunes now featuring bagpipes. The performance was truly live, but we shot two cameras on two different passes during the evening, and edited the clips together to be more cohesive. Complications arose due to the timing differences between the live performance and the recorded track, which is why we kept most of the clips short and there are noticeable timing slips in places. Most notable, however, is the cutaway scenes where the bass player is playing stand-up bass in one shot and electric bass in the next – all in good fun for this test project, though. Continue reading →