Media Ladder will be releasing its Pictou Proud music video Thursday at 11 a.m. on its Facebook page, website and YouTube channel after months of collecting footage and photos from residents in the Town of Pictou.
In addition to the video release, it will be hosting a two-day open house at its Pictou office from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 14 and 15 for anyone interested in seeing the video and speaking with Media Ladder owners Louise Dixon and Andrew Loscher.
Dixon said the online video release date came first but they soon learned that many people who are not computer savvy wanted a place to view it as well. Media Ladder had considered doing a bigger release in another venue, but returned to their roots.
“This is a community-based project and we want to show people how we evolved the project,” said Loscher.
The response to the video has been overwhelming with about 120 photos and video segments submitted to be part of it. Pictou musician Ashley George wrote the original song and was later joined by fiddler Hayley MacLeod and well-known folk artist Dave Gunning who volunteered to not only produce the video in his recording studio but perform in it as well.
Dixon said the video is about 4.5 minutes long and includes an extended instrumental section in the middle that allowed them to include many of the videos and photos submitted.
Following the video release, Media Ladder will be expanding their vision with Pictou County Proud. Few details are currently available but a Facebook page has been set up and they are looking forward to meeting new people in other areas of the county.
“We will be getting into the community the same way we did with Pictou Proud,” Loscher said.
Anyone interested in finding out more about Pictou County Proud can contact Media Ladder.