'Closing Time' music video plays tribute to end of Target Canada

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A group of Target Canada employees have made a music video bidding farewell to the retail giant’s Canadian presence, featuring everyone’s favourite late-90s alternative rock song.

Shot at the Target in Victoria’s Tillicum Centre, the video was made by Evan Holbein, Kyle Vanderberg, Liam McDonald, Liam James Kelly, Brady Zomer and Eric Deibert.

Our final day was closing in, we were discussing how to close out the store and had no ideas. We decided that we would play the song “Closing Time” by Semisonic over the P.A system, but Kyle decided to take it one step further and taught himself how to play it on the guitar,” says Evan Holbien.

In one take, and no practice, we took to our make shift instruments. I sat and played a shopping basket with two plastic hangers, Liam M grabbed a hanger bar to use as a faux-mic, and Eric mounted up his camera and masterfully filmed and edited this bad boy. With Brady and Liam K (Skipper) pulling us along, we poured our heart into our final goodbye through song, to a job we loved, and a building that contains so many great memories,” Holbien writes in the video’s description.

The Facebook video now has over 200,000 views, 5,000 shares and almost 300 ‘likes’.

Check it out below.

Semisonic – Closing Time (Target Edition)“A little musical send off, with what we had available.”———————————————————————————-Seeing as this has gone viral I feel as though I should update this description to provide a little more detail. Our final day was closing in, we were discussing how to close out the store and had no ideas. We decided that we would play the song “Closing Time” by Semisonic over the P.A system, but Kyle decided to take it one step further and taught himself how to play it on the guitar. We were discussing it again a few days later and he mentioned that he had his guitar in his car and had learned the song. So we printed off the lyrics (that Liam M didn’t even know 20 minutes prior to recording this) and began putting the pieces together, with this being our result.In one take, and no practice, we took to our make shift instruments. I sat and played a shopping basket with two plastic hangers, Liam M grabbed a hanger bar to use as a faux-mic, and Eric mounted up his camera and masterfully filmed and edited this bad boy. With Brady and Liam K (Skipper) pulling us along, we poured our heart into our final goodbye through song, to a job we loved, and a building that contains so many great memories!Enjoy!

Posted by Evan Holbein on Sunday, April 12, 2015

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