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Music Sparks Togetherness with Canadian National Railway Campaign

Updated: Jul 5, 2023

For the last few months, our Taillight team has been working vigorously in partnership with the Canadian National Railway to celebrate and showcase the talent, creativity, and collaboration of CN's employees through authentic storytelling and original music.

From Alberta to Quebec to Illinois, Director Justin Key and the Taillight crew traveled to various locations across North America to capture footage of CN's fourteen unsung heroes at landmarks and scenic locations within their own hometowns, each with different backgrounds and emerging cultures, but all with one common goal: music.

“These unsung heroes act as connectors and contributors while inspiring and motivating employees to continue working together in their workplaces and communities," says CN

Bob Dipiero, David Kalmusky, and Marc Pavlica with artists Keb'Bo' and Lauren Lucas, helped write and produce the authentic song, bringing all fourteen CN musicians to Nashville for two full days of making music, bonding, and creating "togetherness."

This extended music video, also edited by Director Justin Key, was streamed for the first time earlier this month to over 1,000 CN employees. The piece sparked excitement, raw emotion, tears of joy, and a standing ovation.

“Just one word, wow. A true moment we needed for so many reasons” - Senior HR leader, CN RAILWAY

Watch the emotional clip from CN Railroad’s B2B creative campaign “Project Together" below, and see the full extended version on YouTube here.

Taillight is honored and proud to be a part of such an uplifting, inspiring project and we look forward to future partnerships with CN Railway.

Special thanks to Bridgette Slater, Pat McMakin, and our entire crew!

Production Company: Taillight

Director & Editor: Justin Key

EP: Matt Houser

Project EP: Pat McMakin

Prod. Coordinator: Taylor Campbell

Prod. Assistant: Kristen Herbert & Patrick Taylor

DP: Tyler Oaks

Cam Op: Maria Valetta

1st AC: Kenny Herron›

2nd AC: Quentin Lesser

Steadicam Op: Trent Millspaugh

Camera Labor: Sheila Dunaway

Key Grip: Kitt Fresa

G&E Swing: Luke Lamar

Gaffer: Barrett Depies

Audio: Hunter Vickers


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For over 20 years, Taillight and Porchlight have offered a 360 approach to providing the highest quality creative and production services for brands, agencies, and artists.


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