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Two P.E.I. natives receive music grants

Dylan Menzie speaks to The Guardian at Baba’s Lounge on Jan. 25 about Wednesday’s performance on CTV’s The Launch.
Dylan Menzie. - SaltWire file photo

Islanders Dylan Menzie and Aidan Searle are two of nine grant recipients for Round 2 of the Music Video Production (MVP) Project.

RBC and the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television announced the nominees earlier this month. The MVP Project enables Canadian creatives to explore their craft, hone their filmmaking skills and encourage growth within their respective industries.

Local director/producer Searle and singer-songwriter Menzie were selected as grant recipients for their video concept for the song “Wild”.

The video for “Wild” will tie in with the song lyrics in a conceptual sense but will not be portraying them in a literal sense.

The video will focus on the hatching of a sea turtle, its first observations of the world and the trials and tribulations of the young turtle as it tries to make the dangerous journey from beach to ocean, where it will live a long, beautiful life in the sun-soaked waves.

In addition to funding, they will receive valuable mentorship and networking opportunities with established industry professionals.

This collection of Canadian recording artists, producers and directors were selected from 380 submissions and will have the opportunity to bring their music video treatments to life.

The MVP project is part of the RBC Emerging Artists Project, which helps Canadian artists bridge the gap from emerging to established and supports organizations that provide the best opportunities to advance artists’ careers.

Since 2015, over 11,000 artists have been supported through these programs.


At a glance

Recipients include:

  • Recording artist Amaal, director Kat Webber and producer Matt Power (Toronto)
  • Recording artist Harrison, director Jon Riera and producer Connor Illsley (Toronto)
  • Recording artist Tanika Charles, director Nayani Thiyagarajah (aka V. T. Nayani) and producer Simone Ince (Toronto)
  • Recording artists Hansom Eli, director Yann Lo Bono and producer Alexy Guérer (Montreal)
  • Recording artist Shay Lia, director CARAZ and producer France-Aimy Tremblay (Montreal)
  • Recording artist Maky Lavender, director Alexandre Pelletier and producer Anthony Martino Maurice (Montreal)
  • Recording artists Said the Whale, director Johnny Jansen and producer Josh Huculiak (Vancouver)
  • Recording artist Dylan Menzie and director/producer Aidan Searle (Charlottetown)
  • Recording artist Desiire and director/producer Ayo Tsalithaba (Toronto)

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