FILMED DURING CANADIAN MUSIC FEST 2011
"I have two lenses," admits Montreal-based singer-songwriter, Chris Velan. "The small one is focused internally, learning about myself. The large one point's outward, observing how the world works in its complexity. I try to find my own truths on both those levels of inquiry."
Searching for these truths since first picking up a guitar at the age of nine, Velan's journey to understand how he and ...the world itself operates has taken him down two distinct paths: law and music. In his early 20s, Velan was determined to make sense of humanity's struggles through a career in law, only to realize - after collaborating on the Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars' documentary - that he could make as great an impact through music by its simple yet profound ability to connect people.
Motivated by a range of influences spanning 70s' singer-songwriters, blues, rock, 80s alternative, West African music and reggae, Velan continues his goal to carve out his own path, directly inspired by the loneliness, searching, exhilaration and exhaustion of a nomadic musical lifestyle.
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