It’s a strangely beautiful sight: drone shots of downtown Ottawa, empty streets because everyone is at home.
And accompanying these images, an ambient rhythm, on the piano and the words of the Ottawa MC Peter Joynt.
Joynt, also known as The Joynt, became famous in 2011 with the song “CapCity”, a tribute to Ottawa. He paid several musical tributes to his beloved Ottawa Senators.
Joynt also has a stutter that goes away as he raps.
His last song, “Light & Love,” was born out of the first few weeks of difficult isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic when he and his wife struggled to adjust to homework with two young children at home. House.
“Life was really difficult. It was very difficult trying to get into this new routine, “said Joynt.
But after these difficult weeks, there was a very good weekend. He ignited a creative spark.
“Things just seemed lighter and better, and it was just after this weekend that I was inspired to correct this song about the vision of light and love in this completely crazy situation”, a- he declared.
The bulk of the song took him about two hours to write. For the video, Joynt knew he wanted to reflect the reality of unusual times.
Local videographer Honz Slipka shot most of the drone footage. The rest of the video was shot – remotely, of course – by Chris Seibel, a colleague from Joynt at Shopify, where he produces cultural content.
Much of it features rapping Joynt in an empty public transit station in Bayview.
“It was just a surreal scene from what is usually a busy street,” said Joynt. “No cars were passing, and all the trains were absolutely vacant. “
Joynt cut the video together for about a week, starting at 8 p.m. until midnight after her children go to bed.
Joynt has given motivational speeches in more than 150 schools, teaching children that they can do what they want in life, even if they are different in one way or another.
He said he feels the lessons he learned as a lifelong stutterer apply to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I had to overcome a lot,” he said. “It’s the difficulties in overcoming these obstacles that make it all the more interesting – and rewarding – once you overcome them.
“This too should pass. Once you’ve crossed it, you’ll think about it and think it was worth it, because it taught you a lot about yourself … and you are stronger for it. “