Rock Your Reel with Warner Music Canada

Warner Music Canada presents an exclusive opportunity for Artscape Launchpad members to create original video content for musical artist, Big Wreck! Six creators will be awarded $3,500 each to produce and deliver a conceptual music video based on one of six songs from the band’s forthcoming album.

Submissions are open to active (paid) members of Artscape Daniels Launchpad.

April 8th (6:00PM) – Join Warner Music Canada and Big Wreck at Launchpad for an info session on the Rock Your Reel video challenge.
April 22nd (9:00AM) – Open Call Submission deadline
April 26th – Jury will choose top 6 submission to content based on parameters outlined by the call and share feedback from the jury
April 29th – Six finalists will be notified with feedback
May 20th – Final edited content/video submitted to Warner Music

To enter this challenge, your submission must include the following components and be received no later than 9:00AM April 22nd. Send your pitch to

  • Pitch Reel – links only, no attachments!
  • Professional biography
  • Content concept – Written, storyboard or short clip

Big Wreck and Warner Music Canada will work with finalists to approve concepts before shooting begins. Final videos will be shared on all of the artist and Warner Music Canada’s social platforms. Warner Music Canada and Big Wreck will have ownership and copyright of final content. Remuneration will be 50% paid on approved concept; 50% paid on final delivery of video.

Big Wreck was formed in Boston in the early 90’s by Toronto-native (guitars / vocals) Ian Thornley and Americans Brian Doherty (guitars), Forrest Williams (drums) and Dave Henning (bass), students at the Berkley School of Music. Their 1997 debut album, In Loving Memory, is certified double platinum in Canada and features the chart topping singles “Blown Wide Open,” “That Song” and “The Oaf”.

In 2002, the band broke up following the release of their sophomore album, The Pleasure and The Greed, after which Ian Thornley formed the band Thornley who also enjoyed rock radio success with several singles

In 2010, Brian Doherty filled in on guitar at a Thornley show and shortly thereafter he and Ian started working on new material that would be once again christened Big Wreck. Their first single as a reunited Big Wreck, “Albatross,” became the band’s first #1 single at Rock radio in Canada. Since then, they have recorded three new Big Wreck albums (Albatross – 2012; Ghosts – 2014; Grace Street – 2017). Later this year they release their sixth Big Wreck studio album followed by an extensive cross-Canada tour.

For more on Big Wreck’s latest sound, check out this interview with guitarist and lead vocal, Ian Thornley.