Published Oct 23, 2020The Cold Manitoba Project — a band headed up by Blue Rodeo keyboardist Michael Boguski — has shared a third charity single to honour Gord Downie's call to Canadians to move the country towards truth and reconciliation.
Following 2018's "Cold Manitoba" and last year's "Hometown Down Heart," the outfit has shared "Land & Tide" as the third and final single in the series. The song is now available to stream and purchase.
An accompanying video finds the band — featuring Boguski, Sheepdogs guitarist Jim Bowskill, ex-Deep Dark Woods players Chris Mason and Lucas Goetz, Chris Sleightholm, and vocalists Ellen Froese and Kacy Anderson — playing through the track from their respective spaces.
As with the two songs before, "Land & Tide" was originally written by Toronto songwriter Eddie Orso. All proceeds from the song will be donated to the Native Addictions Council of Manitoba.
"Everyone in the band felt this was the strongest tune of the three tunes that we recorded," Boguski reflected in a statement. "The interesting thing was we weren't even sure 'Land & Tide' was going to happen...We'd initially tracked the beds in a key that was just too low for any of the male voices present in the studio. I was happy with the first two tracks, so I wasn't giving this one too much thought. To quote Meatloaf, 'two out of three ain't bad!'"
Boguski explained that Mason was responsible for bringing vocalists Froese and Anderson into the fold, breathing new life into the track.
"These two extraordinary singers weaved some serious vocal magic, and also managed to create some very poignant lyrical rewrites," he said. "They remind me very much of Kate and Anna McGarrigle, and I am forever thankful that they were able to rescue what was initially a throw away track. That's the way it happens in the studio sometimes...it just takes some different perspectives, and suddenly the magic that was always there begins to reveal itself."