While shaking hands and hugging may become a thing of the past, Brampton has found a way to ‘lean on’ each other. — in a social distancing kind of way.
“People have really come together so well,” said Councillor Rowena Santos. “It’s been amazing to watch.”
But after two months of pandemic lockdown people were ready for something upbeat.
Enter the Lean on Me video, spearheaded by Santos and fellow Councillor Paul Vicente, featuring Bramptonians at their best.
“I am proud of these two councillors,” said Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown. “Arts and music is a good way to show we are in this together and music exudes optimism.”
The zoom-style music video features Brampton residents from all walks of life battling through this difficult COVID-19 isolation period. It all started from Santos and Vicente who regularly put out a video update for their constituents and thought of doing something a little different.
“I have a music background and Paul worked in video production, so we worked well together on it,” said Rowena.
They quickly learned this kind of constituent communications video would be a whole other logistical mountain to climb.
“While social and physical distancing has been such a challenge for all of us, we wanted to share with Brampton and everyone how we have come together to support each other,” said Rowena.
They achieved it so well.
“Everything captured in the video is Brampton – musicians, editor, images,” said Rowena. “We don’t have fancy recording equipment. This was all recorded on our phones and iPads. It is all raw and real and no lip syncing.”
Well known Brampton musician Carmen Spada laid down a terrific track on his piano that allowed for everyone else to follow with their vocal or guitar parts.
Those who chipped in include Brampton small business owner Emma O’Malley of Restyle Beauty Boutique, firefighter Tyler Young, Peel Regional Police Const. Tyler Leal and many more offering their love and respect for those who have been inflicted with COVID-19 and those who are working on the frontlines of it.
They actually starting working on it before Canadian superstars Tyler Shaw and Fefe Dobson put one together for the Stronger Together broadcast featuring Justin Bieber, Bryan Adams, Avril Lavigne, Geddy Lee, Marie-Mah, Scott Helman, Kartika Jahja, Desiire, Michael Bublé, Sarah MacLachlan, Buffy Saint-Marie and many others.
When they first saw the Canadian musical stars had done the same song so proud, they originally thought they were scooped. But with the support of Mayor Brown and in the spirit of honouring the efforts by so many in Brampton they forged ahead and finished what I think is an exceptional video in its own right.
“The pictures tell a story of how Brampton has responded to these unprecedented times,” said Rowena. “This is the truly beautiful and powerful side of Brampton that is rarely shared. It’s who we are in Brampton.”
A special people were it’s still okay to lean on each other.
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