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One of our new shows is called Generation Gap. In the show, my colleague Andrew Gunn and I talk about movies, books, and music that we like. Here is the twist: Andrew is 39, and I’m 16! So, we try to bridge the generation gap a bit by discussing works of art and explaining why they matter to us.
In our first episode, we focus on the Prism Prize, which is being awarded on Sunday, May 13th during an event at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. The prize recognizes the best Canadian music videos from the past year. There are lots of cool videos nominated featuring songs by artists like Feist, Pup, Daniel Caesar, Jessie Reyez, and Grimes with Janelle Monáe.
One video that I really like is ‘Dreams Tonite’ by Alvvays. The video is set in Expo ’67 in Montreal and gives off a vintage and memorable feel. Members of the band are superimposed into old footage from the event. Young couples can be glimpsed throughout the video, making the viewer feel young and in love again. The lyrics have a nostalgic vibe, as singer Molly Rankin looks back at a short-lived romance. She wonders if she saw her ex-lover in the streets, would he be memorable enough to make her dream of him?
Andrew picked the video for the song ‘Leaving the Table’ by Leonard Cohen. The Montreal-born poet and songwriter died in November 2016. The song is off his final album, You Want It Darker. Andrew thinks that the song focusses on the idea that, in life, everyone has to recognize when to take part in the action – whatever that might be – and when to withdraw. The video is a bit surreal, almost hallucinogenic, flickering through images of Cohen over the years, often wearing a mask for the viewer. Think of a René Magritte painting in moving picture-frames.
So, we picked two videos that connect to Montreal …