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Toronto’s Crack Of Dawn has been around for years with their self-titled album released in 1976. Today, we are excited to be premiering this Canadian iconic band’s new video for “Crack of Dawn”. It’s a track that will no doubt have you up on your feet and grooving along with the band.
The band shares thoughts on the video,
“The video was based on the band’s desire to entertain audiences and to always include dancing elements in our performances. We wanted a party scene so invited friends & family, young and old, because our music appeals to all ages.
Leib Kopman was very busy wearing many hats on the day of the party scene shoot at The Stop , in Etobicoke. Thanks to the owners at the stop who provided props, lighting and a huge stage for our live performance scene and dance floor. The filmmaker wanted to recreate something similar to “Soul Train” with some great “Break Dancing” by the ageless Bobby Martin with his illuminating runners.
We once again included The Rose Room for the recording session of the video and added Mark Daniels on Congas for authenticity. Leib Kopman added a 747 at the beginning of the video, flying at the “Crack Of Dawn”.”
Check up the energetic and extremely entertaining video below, then take a few moments to find out more about the band in our Five Questions With.
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
My name is Alvin Jones and I’m the Business Manager, and Sax & Flute player in Crack Of Dawn. I’m one-third of a dynamic horn section which draws on the input from Alexis Baro and Trevor Daley to enhance the musical experience.
Tell us a bit about your music and writing style
Crack Of Dawn music although predominantly categorized in the Funk, Soul & RnB genres has deep roots in Reggae, Rock and other genres of Contemporary Music, including Smooth Jazz. Our writing style is as varied as our members, hailing from many Caribbean Islands, Canada & Europe. We normally present musical ideas, some close to completion and others with basic melodies to the group.The song is dissected with everyone in the group adding their idea, to create something unique, which gives us our distinct sound. When it comes to songwriting we’re a collective of all the members in the group with all songs being written and composed by Crack of Dawn.
Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?
The Toronto Funk & Soul Festival will be held at the Mod Club 722 College St Toronto, Ontario and Crack Of Dawn will be the headliner act on June 2, 2018. The group will also be playing The Beaches International Jazz Festival July 20, 2018, on the main stage. The band really loves to play live and enjoys the interaction with the audience including dancing and singing. We have great soloists so expect great guitar, keyboard, horn and drum solos.
If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?
If I had to select one song, which BTW is extremely difficult, it would have to be “Crack Of Dawn”. This song represents the entirety of what Crack Of Dawn believes.
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?
My current favourite Canadian Artists are Weeknd, Hedley and Drake.
I’m Jenna, the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be.
Canadian Beats has grown to become more than media, and what a journey it’s been.