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OWEN PAL­LETT When­ever you hear a tight, del­i­cate string ar­range­ment im­prov­ing songs by one of the coun­try’s best indie pop groups, chances are it’s been com­posed and per­formed by Owen Pal­lett. Un­til re­cently, he was just that dash­ing fel­low fid­dling along­side the Hid­den Cam­eras, the Ar­cade Fire, Jim Guthrie and Gen­tle­man Reg (to name a few), but with his Fi­nal Fan­tasy project, Pal­lett’s trans­formed his vi­o­lin vir­tu­os­ity into one of T.O.’s most ex­cit­ing mu­si­cal acts. With just a hand­ful of loop­ing ped­als and his own sweet voice as ac­com­pa­ni­ment, Pal­lett makes Fi­nal Fan­tasy into hyp­notic mini-sym­phonies of ur­gent, ex­quis­ite vi­o­lin melodies that never veer into ex­ces­sive schmaltz.

MICAH MEIS­NER Form­ing a long-term artis­tic re­la­tion­ship with k-os af­ter the suc­cess of their Su­per­star Pt. 0 video to di­rect four videos ( Crab­buckit, Man I Used To Be, B-Boy Stance and Love Song) was the best de­ci­sion Micah Meis­ner, one of Re­volver Films’ star di­rec­tors, could have made. Work­ing in con­junc­tion with k-os un­der the mys­te­ri­ous moniker The Love Move­ment, Meis­ner and co. rep­re­sented proudly, flood­ing k-os’s videos with parts of the city (Trinity Bell­woods Park, Re­vival, the Waver­ley Ho­tel, Spad­ina, Yonge Street), star cameos ( Nelly Fur­tado, Emily Haines) and sur­real con­cepts (crab peo­ple, space­ships, glow­ing boxes, street b-boy bat­tles). Some­how he still had time this year to film a K’naan video in So­ma­lia and a Met­ric video in a house of bloody zom­bies.

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