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Whitehorse (Collective Arts Black Box Session)

Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland are both established and successful singer-songwriters in their own right. But together they combine their talents to form Whitehorse, the husband-and-wife Canadian folk duo who released their third studio album Leave No Bridge Unburned this year. This Kickstarter-funded follow-up to their 2013 Polaris nominated album saw the band expanding upon their two-person creative effort, bringing in producer Gus Van Go (The Stills, Hollerado, Said The Whale), and starting a conversation with their campaign contributors to help guide the creative direction of the record.

A recurring Whitehorse theme is the urban/suburban divide which clefts political, social and artistic factions. Cities, specifically New York and Toronto, never cease to inspire the two. “Downtown” points to Toronto’s mayoral debacle, a local media circus and international embarrassment, but also the loneliness of urban living and the gulf between left and right.

Check out the video above to see Whitehorse perform “Tame As The Wild Ones” and “Downtown”, both from Leave No Bridge Unburned, and discuss the rewarding challenges they faced while changing their creative process.

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