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'Stop and hug the flowers, all': the Once premieres new video for 'Any Other Way'

Holly Gordon

The Once’s new video for “Any Other Way,” premiering today off the band’s 2018 album Time Enough, at first plays as a collection of vibrant on-tour moments, but there’s a lot more to the veneer of fun in the lo-fi filming.

“It takes a lot to leave; it takes much more to stay,” sings Geraldine Hollett on the chorus, as the camera pans over a tour van that includes Once members Phil Churchill and Andrew Dale. “But I see you, and you see me. We are each other’s night and day. We wouldn’t have it any other way.”

While “Any Other Way” shows the band members out enjoying themselves on tour somewhere between Edinburgh and Yorkshire, it also asks the hard question of whether they’re going to hold space for each other. “If I lay awake in bed with dreams full of dread, would you wipe away my fears?” Hollett asks. And ultimately, her bandmates answer “Yeah, yeah, yeah” in harmony, affirming that they will, in fact.

“Every relationship you have requires work but it doesn’t mean the work can’t be fun," explains Hollett via press release. "Stop and hug the flowers, all. There's joy to be found at every turn. Let that kid inside of you out. Have a laugh. Soak it up. Every second you miss is a second gone. And in every moment lies an opportunity to make life and your fortunate relationships stronger and unbeatable."

The Once will go on tour this fall in support of their new album — watch the new video below, and get the tour details after that.

Oct. 9: Happy Valley-Goose Bay, N.L, Lawrence O'Brien Arts Centre
Oct. 10: Labrador City, N.L., Arts & Culture Centre
Oct. 12: Stephenville, N.L., Arts & Culture Centre
Oct. 13: Corner Brook, N.L., Arts & Culture Centre
Oct. 18: Grand Falls-Windsor, N.L., Arts & Culture Centre
Oct. 19: Gander, N.L., Arts & Culture Centre
Oct. 20: St. John's, N.L., Arts & Culture Centre
Oct. 23: Winnipeg, Man., West End Cultural Centre *
Oct. 24: Saskatoon, Sask., the Bassment *
Oct. 25: Edmonton, Alta., Festival Place *
Oct. 26: Hinton, Alta., Hinton Performing Arts Centre *
Oct. 28: Canmore, Alta., Communitea *
Nov. 1: Penticton, B.C., the Dream Café
Nov. 2: Vancouver, B.C., the Rogue Folk Club *
Nov. 3: Calgary, Alta., Bow Valley Music Club
Nov. 16: Toronto, Ont., the Mod Club #
Nov. 17: Montreal, Que., Petit Campus #
Nov. 20: London, Ont., Aeolian Hall #
Nov. 21: Hamilton, Ont., Mills Hardware #
Nov. 22: Peterborough, Ont., Market Hall Performing Arts Centre #
Nov. 23: Ottawa, Ont., National Arts Centre, Babs Asper Theatre #
Nov. 24: Newmarket, Ont., Royal Canadian Legion
Nov. 27: Charlottetown, P.E.I., The Mack #
Nov. 28: Riverview, N.B., Riverview Arts Centre #
Nov. 29: Halifax, N.S., St. Matthew's United Church #
Nov. 30: Fredericton, N.B., Wilmot United Church #
Dec. 1: Pictou, N.S., deCoste Entertainment Centre #

* = with opener Bradley Arthur Maxwell
# = with opener Megan Bonnell


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