This is the first of several live videos coming down the pipe line. This one I did in one take at my place with a my new friend Trav Anema who has started a live off the floor video series called #musicwhereithappens.
Live version of “You Can’t Leave Me” off of the album Sweet Little Fantasy.
The summer before last I had booked 4 days to shoot a music video my good friend and WCMA Award winning director Mike Southworth (he also directed “haunted by love”, “our last song” and “I miss the 80s”) . As 4 days was a bit more than we needed for my “I Miss the 80s” video, we decided to squeeze another shoot in on the last day. Running on close to empty and little to no script, with the help of our costume designer Alannah Turner, we cast Vancouver performer couple Siona Gareau Brennan and Alex Strong to star and let the Vancouver summer scenery speak for itself.
What we ended up with was a story of a new couple slowly falling for each other as they frolic through Vancouver at it’s most picturesque. The video could be a promo for Vancouver tourism or (as Siona and Alex have since become engaged to be married!) a pretty darn good engagement video.
Granville Bridge Music Video
The video was released over the weekend and has since been added to Modo Car Coop’s 8k Playlist and also been chosen as the upcoming feature song at Quesada Burrito’s and Taco’s “Joy of Song” campaign .
I’ve also recently booked a couple shows in Van. So the next opportunities to see me play live are:
Monday Feb 8th at the Yale Songwriter Night -Curated by Lydia Hol, Music Heals Fundraiser
Friday March 11th at the Fox Cabaret opening for Amelia Curran (Van Folk Fest)
I’m on the move across Europe at the moment once again with the Folk Road Show. Check out our tour poster below for our tour dates this September and October and follow us on Facebook for regular updates on our adventures.
I travelled around Europe last fall playing music in every street corner, living room or folk club that would welcome us with a group of international songwriters that I can gladly call my brothers: Benjamin James Caldwell (Australia/NZ), Pieter Van Vliet (the Netherlands) and Olaf Caarls (the Netherlands).
We’re doing all of Western Canada at them moment with a very minimal splash of Ontario (Kenora). Here is our tour poster with all the dates.
Last week I put a request out for actors interested in playing the part of Jeremiah Jenkins: a televangelist in our (hoping to be sponsored by Telus’ Storyhive competition) music video.
Here are a few of the actors that stepped forward to play the role. Let me know which are your favourites in comments below or join the conversation on twitter: #searching4Jeremiah
(also, I said hoping to be sponsored by #Storyhive because we need your votes to make it a definite reality! vote here=>> http://ow.ly/MQUAD )
#1 ANDREW WADE
#2 CLIFF PRANG (@cliffprang)
#3 MACK GORDON
#4 CRAIG KOSKIMAKI
#5 JEREMY LEROUX
Click to see video here
Mike Southworth of Collide Entertainment and I have teamed up to try and bring you a compelling new music video as we have done in the past (Haunted by Love, Our Last Song, I Miss the 80s). This time the song is the title track off my album “Sweet Little Fantasy”.
To do so we need your help in two ways. If you only have time for one, take your pick.
1. We need votes in the StoryHive Contest to earn one of the 20 $10k grants. Help us by visiting my page here: Sweet Little Fantasy
2. We’re looking to find the lead role for this short film/music video “Sweet Little Fantasy”. Below is a description of the character Jeremiah Jenkins. If you are or know the perfect actor for the role, please tweet, instagram or facebook @dominiquefricot and include the hashtag #storyhive and show us why you’re the best person for the role. Send everything from a headshot to a screen test of your best Jeremiah Jenkins to your demo reel. Convince us.
***Casting Call. Principal. Short Film/Music Video. Male. 30-55.
Looking for the perfect male actor to play Jeremiah Jenkins a successful, charismatic, ultraconservative TV evangelist who is struggling with a conflicting aspect of his persona: he’s secretly homosexual.
The key to playing this role will be to express the two opposing sides of Jeremiah. On air, Jeremiah is loud, confident, charismatic and opinionated. When the cameras stop rolling, he becomes timid, unsure of himself, full of doubts about his choices in life and how to express his sexuality.
Jeremiah is the main figurehead for an ultraconservative niche religion created in the early 1900s by his grandfather. Jeremiah grew up travelling the country with his father, spreading the message of a faith based in exclusion of gays and other religions. The religion was slow to gain followers until in the late 1970s Jeremiah brought it to television. The message hit home during the uncertainty and phobia brought on by the beginning of the AIDS epidemic. Jeremiah became a nationwide syndicated success.
Now 10 years later, Jeremiah is rich, famous and successful but filled with guilt and self doubt. His on-air persona is a character he was born to play. It’s the one thing in life he’s ever been good at. But in his heart he knows the message he has been spreading is in direct contradiction with his heart. Does he sacrifice the empire he and his family have built over the past century, or does he hide his true self and continue to rise in profile and wealth?
Jeremiah’s on-air persona will share similarities with classic TV evangelists like Jerry Falwell and Jimmy Swaggart but at heart he’s a good person who has been brought up playing a role that isn’t truly him.
An unplugged acoustic performance with a grand piano, a string quartet, Jordan Klassen and a ne’er before seen music video on the big screen. April 24th at VSO School of Music’s Pyatt Hall.
Tickets here: Brown Paper Tickets