Rae Spoon - I Hear Them Calling - Official Music Video
Rae Spoon and Chelsea McMullan's follow up to hit NFB Sundance documentary musical, My Prairie Home. A music video response to the trend toward laws that regulate how people use bathrooms according to their assigned sex at birth. Twenty-three LGBTQ and ally youth participants made their own monster or beast costumes and filmed this music video in an accessible, all-gender bathroom to show that everything is better when it's inclusive.
Directed by: Chelsea McMullan
Director of Photography: Maya Bankovic
Edited by: Avrïl Jacobson
Production and Costume Design by: Ayma Letang
Grip: Cate Lusk
Post Production by: Douglas Nayler
Produced by: Rae Spoon
Assistant Producer: Kaleb Robertson
Assistant Production and Costume Design: Daria Savik
Makeup: Reg Vermue
Still Photography and Design by: Cai Sepulis
Big thanks to: The Gladstone Hotel, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and Jordyn Taylor
Armour, singer-songwriter Rae Spoon's follow-up to the Polaris Music Prize-nominated 2013 album My Prairie Home, is full of personal songs about finding hope amidst hurt. It comes as no surprise then that Spoon chose to take a stand against transphobia by teaming up with LGBTQ and ally youth for the spirited video for "I Hear Them Calling" off the album.
"I Hear Them Calling" is Spoon's latest collaboration with Canadian filmmaker Chelsea McMullan, director of the 2013 documentary on Spoon, My Prairie Home. In protest of bathroom bills mandating transgender people to use the bathroom of their gender at birth, Spoon and a group of 23 youth reclaimed a bathroom by turning it into a dance party, complete with monster costumes they made themselves.
"Equal rights are shown in the way transgender people can access public facilities. The recent trend of bathroom laws criminalizes spaces that are already difficult for transgender folks to navigate," says Spoon. "I hope this video will help show the youth who will be affected by these laws how absurd they are."