Elise Boulanger released her first music video, It Started in the Garden, with the help of a provincial grant. (Submitted photo)

Elise Boulanger released her first music video, It Started in the Garden, with the help of a provincial grant. (Submitted photo)

Vancouver Island artist promotes biodiversity with new music video

Elise Boulanger releases first music video with help from Creative BC grant

A Vancouver Island musician who focuses her work on climate and social issues is excited to release her first music video. Elise Boulanger’s new single It Started in the Garden mixes a love story with awareness of biodiversity in the face of climate change.

“I am very passionate and I am scared of climate change and it’s just how I decide to share my voice,” she said. “I feel like music is a way to really amplify messages.”

A Creative B.C. grant from the province helped her to make the music video, which she released on Sept. 22.

“I don’t know if I would have actually made a music video if it wasn’t for that grant,” Boulanger said. “It definitely changed the game for me.”

She is currently doing a small tour to promote the single, focusing on Vancouver Island venues. She will finish the tour at the Port Theatre in Nanaimo on Nov. 4. She said it will be the biggest of the shows and she hopes to play more theatres in the future.

Boulanger has big goals for her music career, saying she wants to be a Canadian cultural ambassador with her music. She also hopes to tour parts of Europe in the next two years and wants to play her music with an orchestra.

“That feels like the biggest goal to me,” she said. “I just think it’s one of the most beautiful things in the world and it just has such incredible power.”

Since releasing It Started in the Garden, Boulanger has been sharing information about wild and invasive plants on her social media to help promote the single. She believes many people do not realize how biodiverse Vancouver Island is.

“I think learning about all of the things that you live with can be quite impactful in changing your outlook and how you respect what is around you,” she said.

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