A father-son duo in Midway is set to film a country music video featuring the village.
Javan Johnson said he and his father John formed their band, aptly named Son of John, in 2017. Johnson, who started teaching at Boundary Central Secondary School last September, said he and his dad have been playing music together on and off “for at least a decade.” They most recently started playing together after Javan moved back to Midway, he said.
“We’re both songwriters. So we decided to team up and it’s been a great ride ever since,” he told The Times.
With their roots in old-school country and bluegrass music, Johnson said he and John have played at outdoor music festivals including the Calgary Stampede, as well as popular country venues like Kelowna’s OK Corral Cabaret.
Gigs dried up with the onset of the pandemic, so the band applied for a Career Development grant from BC Creative (BCC), a government-created body that provides expertise and start-up funding to film and performing artists across the province. BCC gave the band an $8,000 grant for a music video in early 2021, Johnson said.
The Johnsons and their production crew, The Film Factory of Kelowna, plan to start filming in Midway on Saturday, June 26. Johnson junior said the finished video, to be released sometime next fall, will feature McMynn’s Family Foods and scenes along Florence Street, pending permission by the Ministry of Transportation.
Son of John is working on their untitled 10-track album, Johnson said.