You know that warm fuzzy feeling you get when you’re watching something on television and you catch a glimpse of that instantly recognizable street corner or that distinctive façade from your hometown?
These five music videos, filmed by local artists in and around the city, are full of those moments. Look a little closer and you just might see a few familiar places.
1. “Poland” – Indigo District
Neo-soul artist Indigo District filmed his video for “Poland” — a track that samples Aretha Franklin’s “Rock Steady” and also features a rap verse by local hip-hop artist Traffik — on a rooftop in Gastown.
2. “Hot Dog High” – The Evaporators
The legendary Vancouver punk band, fronted by Nardwuar The Human Serviette, deliver a celebratory ode to the hot dog at the longstanding North Vancouver diner, The Tomahawk.
3. “Load Me Up” – Matthew Good Band
Along with filming at many recognizable venues like Pacific Coliseum, the Pacific National Exhibition, and the Vancouver Aquatic Center, Matthew Good Band also shot scenes for “Load Me Up” at the all-boy’s private school, St. George’s School.
4. “Heaven” – Bryan Adams
There are two versions of this music video — one filmed in London, England and the other filmed at the historic Stanley Theatre, in Adams’ native Vancouver.
5. “A Doll’s House/Pavlovia” – Dan Mangan + Blacksmith
Directed by Jason Karman, much of the music video for the track off Dan Mangan + Blacksmith’s latest effort, Club Meds, was shot underneath the Lions Gate Bridge.
6. “Knot In My Heart” – The Zolas
This stop-motion video, directed by Sean Arden, for “Knot in My Heart,” a track off The Zolas’ 2012 album, Ancient Mars, was filmed over a period of six exhausting days from dusk until dawn on the streets of New Westminster.