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Sackville punk band Partner gets a Hollywood endorsement

Partner, a punk band from Sackville, N.B., is celebrating a Hollywood shout out actor Ellen Page posted their music video "The ‘Ellen’ Page" on her twitter and facebook pages.

Partner's song, "The 'Ellen' Page" gets a boost from Ellen Page

Sackville band Partner made a video using open source footage of Ellen Page, the song is called The "Ellen' Page, Tuesday it was reposted on Facebook and twitter by the actor Ellen Page.

Partner, a punk band from Sackville, is celebrating a Hollywood shout out after the actor Ellen Page posted their music video "The 'Ellen' Page" on her Twitter and Facebook pages.

Front women Lucy Niles and Josee Caron wrote the song after Caron was told a number of times that she looked like the star, and they are also both fans, especially after Page announced she was gay during a speech in 2014.

The bandmates watched Page speak, waiting to hear what she'd say.

"Then right in the middle she was like, 'I am here today, because I am gay,' we were like, yeah, and we danced around,' said Niles, clearly excited.

"We were just pumped."

Josee Caron (left) and Lucy Niles (right) are the front women of Partner.

After the song was written and recorded, a friend of Niles and Caron told them there was footage of Page dancing that is available on-line under a creative commons license, meaning they could use it for free.

Colin Medley, a photographer and video artist from Toronto used the footage to make the video "The 'Ellen' Page," which was released on Tuesday.

The real Ellen Page retweets the video for The 'Ellen' Page by Partner, sent to Page by her friend Joel Plaskett (Twitter)

Word spread quickly through the social media grapevine, and by Wednesday Ellen Page the actress had posted a link to the video to her Facebook and Twitter pages.  

Partner found out while driving back from playing a show in Montreal.

"We were over the moon, what can you say?" said Caron.

The amount of people who have watched the video is climbing quickly, with 13,396 views after only two days.

Partner is understandably excited about the exposure, but they said celebrating a gay celebrity is about more than notoriety.

"It's nice to see someone normalize it, and not make it weird," said Niles.

"Maybe it's different now, but when we were in school, it was generally like, 'ha ha you're gay,' or 'you're a dyke', it was still a bad thing, or not that cool."  

"We want it to be an actively cool thing, so every cool person that comes out makes it a little easier for people to be gay and popular."



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