Sam wins 10k scholarship

By Geoff Lee

August 4, 2016 12:00 AM

Sam Lundell, right, pictured performing at Bud Miller All Seasons Park on Canada Day with Luke Mattheis, has won the top prize for a collaborative music video of his first original song, "Everything." The Telus Storyhive prize is a $10,000 scholarship to the Banff Centre for the Arts.

Lloydminster area singer/songwriter Sam Lundell is over the moon learning he won the top $10,000 residency scholarship to the Banff Centre for the Arts.
The prize goes to a collaborative music video entry featuring his original song Everything in a Telus Optik TV Storyhive music video competition for emerging artists in Alberta and British Columbia.
“It was pretty insane,” said Lundell, about getting a call last Wednesday at his home in Islay that he’d won to top prize among 17 Alberta entries.
“I was pretty flabbergasted, so I was floored.”
The 19-year-old artist teamed up with Edmonton filmmaker Justin Brunelle and cinematographer David Baron to create the video with its message of finding freedom and love when it’s least expected.
“I am so grateful that I got to work with the guys that I did,” said Lundell, who thanked everyone from his partners and his band, to surrounding communities for their support.
The video funded by a $10,000 Storyhive grant was open to public viewing and voting for a few days from July 18-22.
“All the local media coverage, the radio stations—it’s been absolutely incredible and just of mouth has been awesome,” said Lundell.
His song “Everything” continues to be played on area radio stations and it just came out on iTunes as well.
“And then from there we are just going to look forward to making a record in the near future,” said Lundell.
In the meantime, Lundell is checking out what will be a self-directed music course at the Banff Centre.
“I’m just getting in touch today with the liaison at the Banff Centre to see what this program will look like and what this $10,000 will go towards,” he said.

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