Video of the moment
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Toronto folk/pop singer/songwriter Peter Katz has earned a reputation as a fine lyricist, as reflected in a JUNO Award nomination and in his winning a CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award. He was named Best Male Vocalist by NOW Magazine in 2014, and has earned rave reviews for recent album We Are The Reckoning, released back in March (read our review here.)
The humanitarian philosophizing of the title track has had a real impact, one sure to be enhanced by a just-released video for the track. According to a press release, "the video is the culmination of a fourteen-day build that saw supporters, artists and activists, including Shad, The Trews, and astronauts from the Mars 500 mission, post about #WeAreTheReckoning on social media."
The song is further described as "powerfully evocative and defiantly idealistic, while artfully balancing haunting vocals with lyrical artistry. It’s driven by Peter Katz’ belief that “We are good. That love drives us, that we can change, that we can do great things that we didn’t know we could do. That it’s OK to be clumsy, get discouraged, make mistakes, while remembering that it’s worth it, that hope can point us towards a better world.” Ultimately, the video serves as a reminder that “…you are seen, you matter, you are the reckoning.”
We certainly found the video (directed by Justin Broadbent) eye-catching, if at times a little predictable in its pushing of buttons. Images of such heroes as Pete Seeger, Terry Fox, Mandela and Malala can be detected alongside epic shots of nature and outer space, plus dogs and kids playing.
Get a free download of this song at www.wearethereckoning.com / www.peterkatz.com. Katz has just begun a tour of the Maritimes, followed by two Ontario dates (Oct. 29 at The Ashwood in Bayfield and Oct. 30 at Paddy Flaherty's in Sarnia). He plays Montreal's La Sala Rossa on Jan. 28 and Ottawa's National Arts Centre on Jan. 29.