Music Video Preview: This Christmas Time

So I can’t contain the excitement of how incredible the making of the video for “This Christmas Time” was. This was my FIRST official music video and I have to say that I had an incredible experience. It’s one thing to make a video, but it’s another to make it with your friends, your family and such an amazing team. The shoot was a lot of work, but so much fun. I am still in awe of how this whole project came together, starting right from the production with my talented friend Colin Janz, to radio promotion with my incredible radio teams, to yesterday where it all came together for the filming of the final video. I want to honour everyone properly in a post coming soon, but I do want to say a special thanks my director/videographer Thomas Wong who literally worked round the clock to get this all done, to all my cast and crew, the businesses that gave us such incredible food, candy and clothes to work with, and a HUGE thank you goes out to my good friend Daniel Ingram for letting us film in his amazing Gastown loft apartment. I was so incredibly blessed to have my whole family film with me, and even my mom in law and my niece Jaelyn flew out to see us, so we brought them in on the fun too. This project is something else, and I’m just enjoying and celebrating every single moment. Check out the preview and stay tuned for more. I love hearing your comments, messages and posts. They are so encouraging! If you’d like to stay tuned, you can check out the FB and twitter pages too – http://www.facebook.com/marikaonline, and twitter at @marikaonline

Here’s the preview!!!

A Week of Awesome.

MARIKA ITUNES_Fotor_edited-1Monday – “This Christmas Time ” serviced to radio.

Tuesday – ” This Christmas Time ” released worldwide on iTunes.   Buy Here 🙂


My Covenant Award Win

6 time nominee, First time Win 🙂 Blessed by this one.

Wednesday – Won Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year at GMA Canada’s Covenant Awards. Blessed that the extremely beautiful and talented Hollie Sackett-Reid could receive my award. She’s also one of my amazing radio promoters.

Thursday – Performed my second show case at Lafflines Comedy Club, and was filmed by The Comedy Network for their “Exposed” competition. It was cool. First time I performed on stage wearing underwear! Super glad my classmates James, Wayne, Hector and Kevin were there, and my comedy coach Jan too. They make me braver 🙂

Had a blast performing with friends and laughing a lot! My crazy friend Hector went almost buck for a potential $5000 prize. He’s from Venezuela, that’s what they do there lol

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Also received a message that CBC was using Unstoppable for their hockey night in Canada Montage after the Toronto Maple Leafs/Boston Bruins game and before the Vancouver Canucks/Los Angeles Kings game. Listen out for it tonight! 200px-HNIC_Logo.svg

Friday – Took Kids to hang out with our good friends Daniel Ingram and Trevor Hoffmann at Daniel’s studio. The kids did some ” homeschool ” homework and wrote about Daniel’s career and what he does as a TV and Film Composer. They also got to do some hands on demo work on a new Disney XD Series  while they were there.

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Later on that day, I had a photoshoot with some rad team members for the new Vancouver TV show I’m a part of hosting too 🙂

Saturday – hanging out singing for the Vancouver Giants staff and getting to take in a game. Might have the opportunity to sing for a game or two, or not, we’ll see haha. Maybe the Hockey Night in Canada thing will get me an in haha 🙂

Have to say, a lot in one week. Not without some challenges and distractions for sure, but because I’m choosing to not worry so much,  trust God, laugh more, celebrate more, and certainly will simply, carry on. #VERYBLESSED.

New radio single releases today! :)

MARIKA ITUNES_Fotor_edited-1Its a very exciting time and I’m also so blessed beyond words to be a part of this whole thing. I have a new Christmas single and it officially releases today. Im learning to enjoy and embrace these moments more, as it’s been a long time since I did a radio campaign. I believe in big dreams coming true. I still believe anything is possible, and I still believe that music changes the world. This song is one that I’m particularly proud of – not only because of it’s message, but also because of the many people that came together to bring it to where it is today. It is a privilege to say that I had a “team” on this one.

I had an idea about 3 weeks ago and once I shared the idea, everything kind of fell into place. With the help of some incredible people along the way, the perfect timing, and a few amazing miracles, the single officially goes across Canada this week and next.

For the first time in my music career, I’m having a song released to both Christian radio and Pop radio. It’s been a dream of mine to do this, and I couldn’t be happier to have this particular song launched to both. In the past my focus has been Pop radio, and I’m so grateful to the stations that have made the singles hits in the past. Pop radio has been so good to me, and I never take that for granted. I also have had the privilege of working with some stellar people in the Christian music world whom many have become dear friends, and that spurred the launch of the single to those airwaves also. It also releases on the heels of the “Unstoppable” album just being nominated for Pop album and Pop song of the year at the GMA Covenant Awards which are actually being held Nov 6th in Ontario. It all seems a little surreal, but I’m taking it all in, and just enjoying the season while it’s here.

As well on this journey, I have learned never to throw anything away. And by that, I mean my songs. This particular one going to radio, I wrote about 14 years ago. It has a few modern tweaks, but the basic song was birthed a long a time ago. I wrote it with my family in mind, and after a few years of traveling and being in different countries, I realized how blessed I was to have a pretty incredible family to share the holidays with. The song also came out of the fact that there are so many that don’t have that luxury, but how I wish and pray that everyone could know and experience the fact that they BELONG.

I’m very thankful to be able to bring the song to life, and to get it across the country as well. Thank you to all those that are helping me. I couldn’t do this without any of you. It’s humbling to know so many believe, and there are no words to express my gratitude in making this dream come true. xo

Here’s the song, buy it on iTunes and listen LOUD!!

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/this-christmas-time-single/id733971106

And you can listen to it on Youtube:

This Christmas Time on Youtube

or on the marikaonline music page HERE