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Okanagan viral video star hopes for success with new Canadian Christmas song

Jordan Wiberg, a.k.a Clark W.
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December 01, 2020 - 3:39 PM

Back in May, Clark W. racked up one million YouTube views of his hit "Up here, in Canada" in just six days.

He's now hoping his new Christmas song will have a similar appeal.

Jordan Wiberg, a.k.a Clark W. has just released "A Canadian Christmas" a self-deprecating look at the holiday season from the Canadian perspective.

"A lot of people are already calling it an instant Christmas classic," Wiberg told iNFOnews.ca. "The only critique I've received so far is that it gets stuck in your head too much, which I guess is a good problem to have."

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Wiberg, who records under the pseudonym Clark W., said he only thought about writing a Christmas song four days ago and wanted to get it released for Dec. 1. So after some very long days, and help from his wife and kids as backing singers, he finally finished the song in the early hours of the morning Dec. 1.

He said the song describes a typical Canadian Christmas.

"I always enjoy Christmas as being a combination of family, magic, and a little bit of awkwardness from time to time, and that's certainly reflected in the song," he said. "One of the great things about our Canadian identity is the ability to not take ourselves too seriously."

Earlier this year, with work having dried up because of the pandemic, the Lake Country music producer released a song under his alter-ego, Clark W. "Up here, in Canada" soon when viral, and Wiberg estimates it's been viewed online around 30 million times. Clark W. now has its own clothing brand and is working on a full album.

Does he hope "A Canadian Christmas" will have the success of his springtime hit?

"That would be a bonus," he said. "My theory behind music is just to make music for the sake of making music, and if people like it, then it's a bonus... and if they don't, Merry Christmas anyway."

As the song was put together so quickly the video for "A Canadian Christmas" is rather simple, but Wiberg points out it's the lyric video, so the whole family can sing along.

More Clark W. songs and clothing can be found here.

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