20 Days of Giveaways – Day 3

Welcome to DAY 3!

One of the things I’ve become a big champion for here at Fresh Collective is tying in a love of music to our personality. We are all massive lovers and supporters of music, and it’s a huge part of many of our lives.

As a business that supports local designers it only makes sense that we would extend our support to other areas of the arts – so I’ve taken on building that into our online and in-store experience as a passion project, partnering with Rdio to create monthly indie music playlists, creating playlists for our stores and dressing local talent for big events in Fresh Collective!

When this 20 days idea came to me, I immediately wanted to reach out to the local music community and involve them. Brad Fillatre is an old friend and an incredibly talented musician. I was a huge fan of his previous band The Evelyn Room so I was intrigued to hear over the last year that he was working on some solo stuff. When I finally heard it I was blown away. This EP is stunning. I got in touch with Brad and asked him if he’d answer a quick Q&A for Fresh Collective and perhaps give us a copy of For Your Weakness to give away for the holidays – being the awesome guy he is, he was more than happy to oblige!

Q&A with Brad Fillatre:

You began recording “For Your Weakness” in early 2011. Tell us a little about the journey from that time to the record’s release this October.
I started the recording process during the winter of 2011 and it took most of the year to complete.  I was prepared to release the record independently around this time last year when I was approached by a local independent label. I put everything on hold for a few month until I could figure things out, then in February I signed. Once the deal was done we went back and made a few slight adjustments to what was already completed and finally released the EP in October of this year.

In 2009 your band The Evelyn Room made the NXNE (North by North East) shortlist for bands to watch that year. What was the catalyst in the decision to go from a band format to a solo singer/songwriter project?
I loved being in bands but needed the experience of doing things on my own and at my own pace.

I had to try something new. With a bunch of songs already written and a few new ones in the works I quickly started to piece things together.

Can you tell us a bit about the single “Face in the Dark?” How did that song come about and what does it mean to you?
“Face The Dark” came out pretty quickly in comparison to most songs I’ve written. The song expresses some of the thoughts and emotions that one may encounter when suffering from a broken heart.

What are some Canadian artists you admire (in any medium)?
I admire any Canadian artist who has been able to make a living doing what they love. I also admire the musicians who have been able to sustain life-long carriers and remain relevant. Bands like Blue Rodeo.

What is your relationship with fashion? What are your thoughts on personal style?
I’m pretty much a jeans, jean jacket, plaid shirt, leather jacket, kinda guy. As long as it fits right and is either black, navy blue, or grey I’m good.

I do appreciate a good pair of jeans.

Visit www.bradfillatre.com to find out more!



Step 1: COMPLETE the entry form at the bottom of this post (even if you completed one yesterday! You MUST complete this form to be eligible to win!)

Step 2: FOLLOW @FreshCollective and @BradFillatre on Twitter

Step 3: TWEET “I’d like to win a copy of For Your Weakness by @BradFillatre via @FreshCollective ! #20days” (make sure to tag @FreshCollective or we won’t be able to find your entry!)


Brad plays LIVE tomorrow night at The Great Hall in support of Movember! (Set time 8pm).

Click the poster below to buy your advance tickets: a great show for a great cause! I’ll see you there!

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