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 featuring a Toronto band dedicated to the memory of a lost brother.
Spirit Josh - Pinetree Lake
Created to be a one-off album band, Spirit Josh, a collaborative effort of Matt Jonn Lewis, Sam Szigeti, and Alex Nunes, was originally created in memory of Matt’s brother Josh, who sadly passed away in 2017 after a battle with cancer. Matt hoped he could embody Josh’s spirit “beyond the grave”. As Matt’s number one supporter, Josh left him money before his passing to help kickstart the band. As their name states, they live to talk about Josh.
The same is said about the self-titled album and song/video for Pinewood Lake. Inspired by Josh, as are all the other songs, Matt describes the experience of going to a favourite vacation spot in Algonquin Park, where family memories with his brother and his dad were formed.
The accompanying video is shot on a camera that mimics the feel of an old home movie. With the band going around the park, while a ghost follows them, the clip captures the lack of physical presence but allows Josh to be there in spirit.
Video by Spirit Josh