This year the Junos – a music awards ceremony, or Canada’s version of the Grammy’s, are being held in Ottawa, Ontario. As part of the celebration, one of our local TV stations, Rogers 22, arranging to film and broadcast music from 15 of Ottawa top bands. Tyler was invited to participate, and I got the day off to hang out and snap some pictures as they filmed.
The taping was done in St. Laurent, in one of the garages that the show converting into a great set. They borrowed props from the National Arts Centre, and the sloped ceiling, draping curtains, a fancy chandelier, an old gramophone, and piles of books on bookcases set the scene for a very professionally done video.
The band did 5 songs, and after a few false starts all of the kinks were worked out. All of the staff at Rogers were awesome – so warm, encouraging and friendly. They made it all seem easy and were all over the place, helping set up the drums, getting everything mic’d and sounding great, doing take after take and adjusting as needed.
Tyler did 5 songs: Baseball Diamond and Lover’s Graveyard from his album Characters, as well as 3 new tracks called You Run, When the Music is Over, and Into the Light. The first two are slower and he played them on his shiny red keyboard (a Nord Electro 2) which has a lighter sound, and then switched to his Yamaha keyboard for a piano sound. His bass player, Garney, and drummer, Steph, were solid as usual and the three sounded excellent thumping out these new tunes.
It’s pretty cool to see how a live taping works; I checked out all the screens and could actually see most of the angles that would be put together for the final show. Sometimes you’d catch a camera man beside the drums (which they would edit out later or use a different camera angle), but overall it was pretty seamless.
After the taping was done, we went out of the garage into a huge van set up with a million controls, and the sound feed ran into there, so we could watch a more polished version.
The show airs tonight at 10pm on Rogers cable 22, and I can’t wait to see how the whole thing turned out. It was so great of them to support local music this way, and to showcase some of our awesome artists on TV!