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Help Matty Powell finance a music video for 'Toronto', featuring some of the city's most beautiful spots!
Help Matty Powell finance a music video for 'Toronto', featuring some of the city's most beautiful spots!
41 backers pledged CA$ 8,208 to help bring this project to life.

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What's the Video About?

A love/hate relationship with city of Toronto and the expectations associated with moving here – particularly, when moving from a different part of Canada. Whether the move to Toronto is for creative or financial opportunity, exposure, or simply a new experience, many feel that you can also lose yourself in all that Toronto is and has to offer. 

Hence, we are taking this economically-driven utilitarian landscape and contrasting it with the heart and soul that lives beyond the steel, glass and concrete: the heart and soul of people, like Matty, who retain their authenticity and carve out their own place here in the city. That’s the coolest part of Toronto— you don’t need to change or adapt or homogenize. There is something in it for everyone. You can find like-minded people no matter what you’re into or what unique hobbies and interests you may have.

About the Artist - Matty Powell

“Passionate and melodic, brimming with questions and answers, insight and awe, personal yet universal.” – Bob Segarini 

The warmth in Matty’s music is an extension of the warmth in his soul. It translates through the many experiences he has undergone, which include living in the Prairies, performing theatre in Winnipeg, founding a music festival in Nicaragua and moving to Toronto, twice. With each move, Matty had expectations and then recalibrated his expectations from his experience. And it was this recalibration of going away and coming back that led Matty to carve out a fulfilling life for himself in the city of Toronto, writing and playing music. If there is one thing that can be said about Matty, it is that he stays true to who he is, the people he loves and the values upon which he was raised. 

Musically, Matty has played in Toronto at Free Times, Clinton’s, The Cameron House, Henhouse and The Local, amongst others. In 2002, he recorded an E.P. What We Could Be in Toronto and in 2007, he joined the board of the Ness Creek Music Festival, which inspired his 2nd E.P. The Ness Creek Sessions. He followed this up with The Great Train Reverie project, which took bands from Saskatoon to Halifax by train, playing on the train and in cities across Canada and in 2012, with the support of Alec Fraser, Matty recorded the album Kiss the City, which features the track Toronto. In line with his adventures down in Nicaragua, it is one of his most fulfilling accomplishments to date. www.mattypowell.com

About the Director - Marta Borowski

Marta Borowski is a Toronto-based filmmaker, who has worked in the industry for over a decade on 250+ episodes of television, feature films and commercials, most notably SyFy’s Alphas and NBC’s Hannibal. While her career started as a script supervisor, Marta is currently pursuing her passion of photography and visual storytelling by applying her technical savvy and development knowledge to her own stories. Marta’s directorial debut, Jacob’s Arrow, premiered at the Phoenix Film Festival in 2013. She recently completed a video for Snow Ghosts’ “Time Listens” and is currently working on a project with poet Chaya Silberstein. www.martaborowski.com

Now, we are asking YOU to join us in our next adventure-- creating a music video for Matty Powell. 

Thank you for supporting independent film and music!

Sample Lyrics:

You never told me,
On those nights I was lonely
In and out of bars,
Go out to the country,
Go lie by the highway,
Listen to the cars.
Find peace in the silence,
In between those sirens.
You wonder where the time went.
You wonder where the time went.

Have a listen:

Our Team:


Producer – Monika Meulman
Director – Marta Borowski
Cinematographer – Dustin Rivers
Production Designer – Jennifer Jacobson
Editor – Cory Augustyn

Locations:

Black Creek Pioneer Village (to double for the Prairies)
Chester-Hill Lookout
Fork York
Billboard Truss in Liberty Village

Russell (Connaught) Carhouse (Streetcar station)

Here’s what we are raising funds for:

Insurance
Props & Set Dressing
Generator
Post Production/Finishing

Locations & Permits

Risks and challenges

We are working with experienced team of industry professionals who have have been trained to foresee problems and counter them in pre-production. The greatest challenge will be weather, as the shoot takes place entirely outdoors. However, since we have small crew with a flexible schedule, should weather issues arise we are able to shuffle dates around inclement weather.

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  1. Select this reward

    Pledge CA$ 10 or more About $8

    YOUR CHOICE OF:
    • List of 10 fave restos in Toronto from the core team (Artist, Director, Producer, Cinematographer & Production Designer)
    OR
    • List of 10 fave bands/artists from the core team
    OR
    • A digital download of the Kiss the City album
    OR
    • A signed Matty Powell Postcard

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    Pledge CA$ 25 or more About $19

    YOUR CHOICE OF:
    • Matty dedicates a song to you or your loved one at his next live Event
    OR
    • A signed copy of Kiss the City album
    OR
    • A 5 x 7 photo, unframed, from director’s collection (www.martaborowski.com/photography-2/)

    PLUS - Any item from the $10 Level

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    Pledge CA$ 50 or more About $38

    YOUR CHOICE OF:
    • Artist will cover a song of your choosing and email you the video!
    OR
    • Framed Lyrics of your favourite song
    OR
    • 5 x 7 photo – Framed, from the director's collection (www.martaborowski.com/photography-2/)
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    • The mix & match -- Any item from the $10 level and 2 items from the $25.

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    Pledge CA$ 100 or more About $76

    YOUR CHOICE OF THE FOLLOWING PLUS EVERY ITEM FROM THE $10 LEVEL -
    • A set visit and a signed copy of Kiss the City album
    OR
    • Artistic Discussion over a drink with Matty Powell (Includes a free Beer or Glass of Wine)
    OR
    • Artistic Discussion over a drink with director, Marta Borowski (Includes a free Beer or Glass of Wine)

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    Pledge CA$ 250 or more About $190

    YOUR CHOICE OF:
    • Private live-performance (in the GTA)
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    • Professional Headshots (acting, corporate etc.) by Director/Photographer Marta Borowski (prints not included)
    OR
    • A chance to be in the video (limited to 10 roles)
    OR
    • 1 hr. guitar lesson & music consultation
    ALSO---
    Anyone who donates over $500 will get any 3 items offered and an exec. producer credit

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Funding period

- (59 days)