Inspiring Change Through Music

Written by Denise Deby.

Musician and activist Vela has released a music video called #TarFree613.

“The goal of the video is to raise awareness and inspire action on the proposed Energy East pipeline,” she says.

The video, featuring Vela, Kevin Guerette and Rebecca Lantz, was shot around Ottawa, including (according to the credits) at Britannia Beach on the Ottawa River, and at Kemptville’s TransCanada pumping station near the Rideau River.

(Did you catch the “Parody Product Placement” at the start of the video? Vela says the stickers on her laptop show names of local ethical businesses that supported the video and groups working to stop Energy East.)

For background on the proposed Energy East pipeline and information on actions people can take, see Ecology Ottawa or the Council of Canadians.

Vela has written songs about the South March Highlands, climate change and other concerns. You can find out more about her work here and here.

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