At the beginning of the year we sat down with director of CAAN, Merv Thomas and 'Promising Practices' co-director Jason Lawrence to discuss the film’s musical treatment which included Jason's new song "No Shame.’ Production for 'No Shame' drew upon a diverse group of musicians to tell its story: a plea to debunk the stigmatization of HIV/AIDS and to unify communities living in the Sturgeon Lake and Ahtahkakoop First Nations territories. We enlisted VSO cellist Ariel Barnes to play off of my viola, creating an even more authentic acoustical edge. We also bolstered Jarrett's drum performance with percussionist Chris Couto on djembe.
By mid-July we had finished the song and were underway with the score itself. At every stage we sought to honour the film’s dynamic and emotional theme of recovery and resilience. The music drew heavily upon that message, something Merv described in his recent interview with the Saskatoon Phoenix Star as ‘positive and uplifting.’ Learn more here> http://thestarphoenix.com/health/family-child/we-wanted-to-show-some-hope-hiv-doc-highlights-positive-stories-in-first-nations-communities