Pictou Proud cel­e­brates tal­ent

Video be­ing re­leased fea­tur­ing com­mu­nity, lo­cal mu­si­cians

The News (New Glasgow) - - PICTOU COUNTY - BY SUEANN MUSICK

The dance moves have been shuf­fled, the music has been fine­tuned and the Pictou Proud video is ready for re­lease.

Me­dia Lad­der will be re­leas­ing its Pictou Proud music video Thurs­day at 11 a.m. on its Face­book page, web­site and YouTube chan­nel after months of col­lect­ing footage and pho­tos from res­i­dents in the Town of Pictou.

In ad­di­tion to the video re­lease, it will be host­ing a two-day open house at its Pictou of­fice from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 14 and 15 for any­one in­ter­ested in see­ing the video and speak­ing with Me­dia Lad­der own­ers Louise Dixon and An­drew Loscher.

Dixon said the on­line video re­lease date came first but they soon learned that many peo­ple who are not com­puter savvy wanted a place to view it as well. Me­dia Lad­der had con­sid­ered do­ing a big­ger re­lease in an­other venue, but re­turned to their roots.

“This is a com­mu­nity-based project and we want to show peo­ple how we evolved the project,” said Loscher.

The re­sponse to the video has been over­whelm­ing with about 120 pho­tos and video seg­ments sub­mit­ted to be part of it. Pictou mu­si­cian Ash­ley Ge­orge wrote the orig­i­nal song and was later joined by fid­dler Hayley Ma­cLeod and well-known folk artist Dave Gun­ning who vol­un­teered to not only pro­duce the video in his record­ing stu­dio but per­form in it as well.

Dixon said the video is about 4.5 min­utes long and in­cludes an ex­tended in­stru­men­tal sec­tion in the mid­dle that al­lowed them to in­clude many of the videos and pho­tos sub­mit­ted.

Fol­low­ing the video re­lease, Me­dia Lad­der will be ex­pand­ing their vi­sion with Pictou County Proud. Few de­tails are cur­rently avail­able but a Face­book page has been set up and they are look­ing for­ward to meet­ing new peo­ple in other ar­eas of the county.

“We will be get­ting into the com­mu­nity the same way we did with Pictou Proud,” Loscher said.

Any­one in­ter­ested in find­ing out more about Pictou County Proud can con­tact Me­dia Lad­der.

SUEANN MUSICK/THE NEWS

An­drew Loscher and Louise Dixon of Me­dia Lad­der will be re­leas­ing their Pictou Proud video Thurs­day in ad­di­tion to host­ing an open house Thurs­day and Fri­day at their Pictou of­fice. The video fea­tures music by lo­cal artists Ash­ley Ge­orge, Hayley Ma­cLeod and Dave Gun­ning as well as sub­mis­sions and clips from lo­cal res­i­dents all cel­e­brat­ing their con­nec­tion to the Town of Pictou.

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