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Video of the moment

Every week we select a music video by a Canadian group or artist who have recently been reviewed by our editorial team. If you'd like to suggest a video for consideration, you can send us a message using this form.

Most music video clips these days go for high concept storylines and/or special effects to grab and keep the viewer's attention. Occasionally, however, an old-fashioned straight performance video devoid of bells and whistles can achieve that, as was confirmed this week with a new live clip from Patrick Watson.

The acclaimed Polaris-winning Montreal art-rock band are now reaping near-unanimous rave reviews for their new (fifth) album, Love Songs For Robots (read the NCM review here)

They filmed their April hometown show at Le Fairmount in April, and have just put out a clip of their performance of "Hearts," one of the key tracks on the album. It evocatively captures mainman Watson's animated and engaging stage presence as he darts to and fro from the keyboards to centrestage during the dynamic song. The video also showcases the formidable instrumental prowess of his bandmates, comprising some of Montreal's best players.

This scribe was privileged to catch Patrick Watson in the small and intimate setting of Toronto's Drake Underground just prior to the album's release. The grandeur of their atmospherics-drenched sound translates well to the much larger venues they are now playing. The band are touring North America and Europe through the summer, including Osheaga in Montreal (July 31-Aug. 2). Check the band's site for a full itinerary.

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