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Toronto, ON-based pop-folk duo, In The City is made up of Ashley Jane and Timon Wientzek. Today, we are happy to aid them in unveiling their debut video for their single, “Best Time”.
The band shares on the video,
“We wanted to create a video that celebrates life – both its everyday moments and big momentous occasions. Our amazingly talented director, Anna Maguire, came up with the concept that involved our band playing in front of projected home videos from lots of different families. We received submissions from all over the world and feel honored to include these precious memories in our music video.”
Take a listen to “Best Time” below and find out more about In The City via our Five Questions With segment.
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
We’re “In the City”, a songwriting duo from Toronto! We met a few years ago at a studio downtown when we were working on our own separate projects and soon started writing and playing together.
Our music is pop with folky elements sprinkled all over it and our new single “Best Time” is our latest release. We strive to write music that tells a story with meaningful lyrics, catchy melodies and universal messages.
The last EP we released was well received by the TV and film world with some of the songs being featured in shows like Saving Hope, Heartland and Workin’ Moms.
After releasing our last EP, “Changing Tides”, we dove right into working on new songs and redefining our sound, when we were suddenly faced with a family tragedy. We decided to dedicate ourselves to a project that would take this loss and create a lasting memory. We wanted to share a message of strength and gratitude around something tragic. This song, “Best Time”, and the ones yet to come have been our process of finding peace, and honouring a life. We hope that it can do the same for others and most importantly that it can be a celebration of an incredible life lived.
For our single “Best Time”, we were lucky enough to shoot an epic music video with our friend and unbelievably talented director Anna Maguire. We were able to rally a small village of talent around us to make it happen and today we’re excited to share it with you.
Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.
We write folk-pop from the heart with lush, yet meticulously arranged instrumentation.
We strive to find the heart of a song and to bring out just the right kind of elements at the right time, always supporting the melody and the story.
Between the two of us, we are able to record and produce our music from our studio here in Toronto, bringing in talented friends to embellish our tracks.
We’ve developed our way of working on music together over time and it has grown into an intimate and safe environment for us both to thrive off of one another.
Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?
We’re currently finishing up our EP to be released later this Fall and will be playing a few shows around town.
On stage, we’re usually a 6 piece band, including a cellist. We’re experimenting with new ways to enhance our sound with backing tracks as well.
Our next show will be on September 25th at the Piston on Bloor St W. We’ll be booking more shows with the release of the EP. You can find out about our upcoming shows by following our Instagram or joining our newsletter.
If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?
We’ve always had a soft spot to the song “When I Look Back” from our “Changing Tides” EP but since it’s all new and shiny, it’s a pretty easy win for our new single “Best Time”. Not only is it a catchy and refreshing song, it also shows how we have grown as musicians and as a band.
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?
A band that keeps inspiring us with their incredible songs and sounds is The Barr Brothers. Their record “Sleeping Operator” is full of magic and whimsical goodness. And other classic acts like Fleetwood Mac and Joni Mitchell have been a huge inspiration for our music as well.
I’m Jenna, and I am 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. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.