Stittsville native Mercedes Papalia launches crowdfunding campaign for debut album – Stittsville Central

(Mercedes Papalia and Holly Bowman of Ophelia Blooms Flower Co. prepare floral arrangements for the set of “Sorella” on the first day of shooting in Toronto on March 12, 2022. Photo: Devon Slack, director of Sorella)

As a writer, performer, co-director and producer, Stittsville-born Mercedes Papalia is excited to launch her latest project, debut album. Sistera reality, calling it her most fragile creation to date. Stittsville Central had the opportunity to catch up with Mercedes to hear about its new venture.

(Mercedes Papalia created by director “Sorella” – Devon Slack.)

a visual album, Sister is a combination of music and music videos in the form of short films† The result is five short stories told through dance, imagery and songSister started with Mercedes sitting down one day to play the piano that she and her husband had gifted. Despite not knowing how to play the piano, Mercedes played a song and said “the chords just came through” and the floodgates opened. That song inspired the album as a whole, and So Sister was born

Mercedes says the idea of ​​making Sister a visual album came as she continued to visualize “so many beautiful stories that can’t just be absorbed by hearing, they had to be visual.” While she jokes that it “feels like an artist cliché to say,” Mercedes writes Beyoncé’s Lemonadeanother visual album, with influence Sister

The production of Sisterthe Italian word for ‘sister’ – a testament to Mercedes’ Italian roots – has begun, with a successful production day in Toronto. To collect the remaining funds needed to truly bring her vision to life, Mercedes and her team turn to the popular crowdfunding site Indiegogo. Benefits are available at any donation level, including intuitive readings with Papalia herself, her custom art, and even being credited in the film. The money raised will go towards bringing in the best of the best in music production, cinematography, lighting, acting, hair and makeup, stylists and production design, and to help cover the cost of venues, equipment rental, wardrobe and props . You can donate via Indiegogo until midnight May 9the

(Mercedes Papalia sits on the set of Sorella waiting to face the camera on the first day of shooting in Toronto, March 1, 2022. Photo: Wilson Hyunh, film producer)

“I am beyond excited and grateful to be bringing this vision to life alongside some of the most talented creatives out there,” said Mercedes. “My entire life as an artist, including my most formative years growing up in Stittsville, has all led me to this moment and this project. Sister is truly my most vulnerable creative venture to date, and I’m excited about this journey we’ve embarked on

Mercedes has been singing since she was 11 years old and has performed all over the city of Ottawa, including as a singer and dancer with the Ottawa SuperEx aged 10-18 and singing Christmas carols every year on the Stittsville Village Square Holiday Celebration† She gave up singing after choosing to pursue acting, only singing here and there. Mercedes trained as an actor in New York City, Los Angeles and Toronto and had recurring roles on Amazon Prime’s dystopia and no daysand appear in notable shows such as The Handmaid’s TaleTakenThe LA complexand being Erica However, Mercedes is delighted that he has returned to singing, “what I love most and am most passionate about.”

(Mercedes is filmed on the set of “Sorella” on the first day of shooting in Toronto on March 12, 2022. Photo: Danielle LeBlanc)

Now living on the West Coast with her husband and daughter, Mercedes has explored different areas of her creativity. At the age of 18 she started a cake decorating business with her sister“Before the pie making craze and being able to find YouTube tutorials,” she laughs. This evolved into dessert tables, wedding planning, and then interior design. Moreover, Mercedes is a award-winning production designer, working on movies, online web series and commercials. She also added painting to her creative resume when she was pregnant with her daughter and unable to move.

by her “Priestesses Collective” program, Mercedes offers intuitive guidance for people – mostly women and artists – to honor and understand the value of their creativity, while helping to merge their creative and spiritual sides. Mercedes credits are an intuitive guide as a big part of why Sister happened, when these women were spoken to, it turned out that: “the more we connect creativity with spirit, the better we are as artists.” Mercedes sees art as ‘creating beauty and admiring beauty’, which is her goal to live a beautiful life.

Looking back on her time in Stittsville, Mercedes tells her: favorite thing about the community is “my family, of course,” including her grandmother’s possessions, which greatly influence her creative projects. Mercedes also fondly remembers singing around Stittsville, especially singing Christmas carols in the town square. In general she states: “Stittsville is a big part of who I am. That’s where my childhood happened. It is deeply rooted.”

Visit the website of Mercedes Papalia for more information about her work and visit Sister‘s Indiegogo campaign to learn more about the project and help make it happen.

(A screenshot of footage from the first day of shooting of “Sorella,” filmed by Wilson Hyunh in Toronto on March 12, 2022.)

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