Wednesday, December 4, 2013

2013 RightOutTV Music & Video Awards • Best DIY Video (Do It Yourself) & Best Video (Pro)

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Pictured: The Cliks, above, and Perpetual Detour, below.

I am pleased to showcase the recent winners of the 2013 RightOutTV Music & Video Awards, pointing a spotlight on a few of the many talented members of the LGBT community making music. This year, awards were given in 18 different categories, with 17 different acts receiving them. The awards are given by RightOutTV, a website founded by Marlee Walchuck and Tully Callender. The website promotes Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender artists, allowing a platform for their voices to be heard, and a place for those wanting to support them to visit on a regular basis. “If you watch the awards show you’ll see that we don’t just promote and award these artists because they’re gay. These are high-level, multi-talented, professionals with star quality,” says Marlee Walchuk, co-producer of the awards. “Even though most of these artists are not being heard on mainstream radio yet, they deserve every success enjoyed by their straight counterparts."

I continue this series by offering you some more great videos, the first of which is the one that claimed the title of Best Video (Pro), The Cliks' "Savannah". The Canadian Rock band, with vocalist/guitarist Lucas Silveira at the core, has been making great music for the last decade or so, and shows no sign of slowing down. And if this music video is any indication, The Cliks are as good, if not better than ever! the "Savanna" music video was directed by The Young Astronauts, a great production team based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The song was written by Lucas Silveira & producer Hill Kourkoutis. This is the music video for "Savanna" by The Cliks.

"Savanna" can be found on the album 'Black Tie Elevator', which can be purchased from iTunes, Amazon, and Bandcamp. The album is truly wonderful, and I would highly recommend it. To learn more about The Cliks, visit the official website. You can also 'follow' them on Twitter, and 'like' them on Facebook.

For the category of Best DIY (Do It Yourself) Video, we have another Canadian band. Perpetual Detour was formed in a house in Halifax, Nova Scotia, four talented ladies getting together to make some truly interesting music. Well, not just music, for they have they fantastic stop-motion video they took on themselves! The music video for "What If It Was You" is a playful look at lesbian relationships, but I think it also takes a more universal swipe at the need for humans to couple. It truly makes me smile, and warms my heart. This is Perpetual Detour with their music video for "What If It Was You".

"What If It Was You" can be found on the album of the same name, which can be purchased from iTunes, Amazon, and from the online store. To learn more about Perpetual Detour, visit the official website. You can also 'follow' them on Twitter, and 'like' them on Facebook.

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