Street Fights And Flashing Lights
Dundas Square gets a lot of flak for being a cold and soulless expanse of commercial neon and grey granite, and in a new music video for local singer-songwriter-producer Colin Munroe, it still is! But in this case, it’s appropriate for his fantastic cover of Kanye West’s mediocre “Flashing Lights” track.
Directed by Toronto-based street artist, musician, and director Philip Sportel, the super-low-budget video effectively dulls the square down into a generic, industrial, underpopulated space, but actually turns the ubiquitous videoboards (and a garbage bin) into something quite beautiful.
Just posted to Kanye West’s blog and Perez Hilton, the video is bound to rapidly surpass the unexpected summer success of “World of Pain,” Munroe’s buzzworthy clip that stitched together 10,000 still photographs taken over two days in his attic. The homemade video helped attract the attention of Atlanta-based megaproducer Dallas Austin (Gwen Stefani, Janet Jackson, Pink, Madonna), who is now helping to facilitate the upcoming spring release of Munroe’s first album, Don’t Think Less Of Me (Marked Music).