The 2020 Prism Prize for Best Canadian Music Video was awarded to Peter Huang, for his clip for Jessie Reyez's Far Away. We will continue to profile noteworthy Canadian videos, including this one from a Toronto cult favourite who has collaborated with two English stars.
Marker Starling ft. Laetitia Sadier - Waiting for Grace
Marker Starling is a Toronto trio led by songwriter and musician Chris A. Cummings, and featuring bassist Matt McLaren, and drummer Jay Anderson. Cummings, formerly known as Mantler, joined together with McLaren and Anderson in 2012, forming Marker Starling.
From the age of 7 to 20, Cummings studied classical piano, which highly influenced his style of music in his later career. “Music is a form of expression; It’s how I express myself. If it comes from the heart, you can never go wrong," he explains.
The same goes for his song for Waiting for Grace ft. Laetitia Sadier, with a video following suit. Shot on the Toronto waterfront in one afternoon, the video opens with picturesque and peaceful views of a city that is otherwise loud and hectic. The video follows Cummings on a boat with a bouquet of flowers hoping to find a saving grace. It’s beautifully shot and gives you a perspective that you may otherwise not have on life and love. Of note: Sadler is a member of critically acclaimed English group Stereolab, while another top English musician, Sean O'Hagan (High Llamas) produced the track.
Video directed by Colin Medley
With Chris A. Cummings and Laetitia Sadier
Produced by Sean O’Hagan
Written by Chris A. Cummings (SOCAN)
Engineered by Andy Ramsay
Mixed by Sean O’Hagan and Andy Ramsay
Recorded at Press Play Studios, London
Additional recording by Mason Le Long at The Tin, Coventry
Arranged by Everybody
Title card by Sharmila Banerjee
Mastered by Noel Summerville at 3345 Mastering
Connor Blundell – backing vocals
Joe Carvell – bass
Chris A. Cummings – piano, Rhodes electric piano, vocals
Mason Le Long – backing vocals
Euan Rodger – drums
Andy Whitehead – guitar
Laetitia Sadier – guest vocalist