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John "JP" Poliquin (born August 24, 1986 in Vancouver, British Columbia) is a Canadian music video, commercial and feature film director. He has directed music videos for bands such as Hedley, Finger Eleven, Mother Mother, and Carly Rae Jepsen, and his music video work has been nominated for awards at the Juno Awards,[1] the MuchMusic Video Awards,[2] the East Coast Music Association Awards,[3] the PEI Music Awards, and the Leo Awards. His video for Hedley "Anything" won Video of the Year, Pop Video of the Year and Your Fave Video at the 2014 MuchMusic Video Awards.

John "JP" Poliquin
Born (1986-08-24) August 24, 1986 (age 32)
Other namesJP Poliquin
OccupationFilm director
Years active2007–present
AwardsJuno Awards Nominations MuchMusic Video Awards Wins

His 2008 short film "Inside Charlie" has been nominated for a number of awards. In 2012, John Poliquin directed the found-footage horror film Grave Encounters 2, his first feature film as director. He has also directed videos for The Next Star, a series aired on the youth-oriented Canadian television network YTV. Poliquin has also appeared on MuchMusic's television program New.Music.Live[4] as an industry expert.[5]


Early life, educationEdit

John "JP" Poliquin was born on August 24, 1986 in North Vancouver, British Columbia.[6] In his youth he would use his father's video camera to shoot "crazy short films and skateboard videos."[7] As a high school student he attended Handsworth Secondary School in Vancouver, and during the summers would work on local film sets.[7] Around 2005 this included working as a production assistant on projects such as Merlin's Apprentice, John Tucker Must Die, and Snakes on a Plane, and by 2006 he was also working on sets such as Her Fatal Flaw as a camera trainee. In 2009 he served as a grip in Santa Buddies and a location production assistant for the TV movie Web of Desire.[6] Stated Poliquin, "I worked in tons of different departments (assistant directing, camera, grip, props, locations, etc.) and realized that what I really wanted to do was direct. Even if it was low budget I knew I'd enjoy that role more."[7] He graduated with a BFA in New Media and Film from the University of Lethbridge in Alberta.[6][7][unreliable source?]

Film careerEdit

Early yearsEdit

Among Poliquin's first directorial projects was the short film "Inside Charlie," released in 2007. The film, which he co-wrote, followed the story of a photographer seeking to take a picture to save his career.[6] At the 2008 Calgary International Film Festival it was nominated for both "Best New Film" and "Audience Favorite."

Music videosEdit

By 2010 Poliquin was active in directing music videos for artists, many signed to major labels in Canada. Among the bands he has worked with are Hey Ocean!, Tim Chaisson, Hedley, Finger Eleven, My Darkest Days, Mother Mother, Arkells, Theory of a Deadman, The Trews, Small Sins, The New Cities, Paper Lions, illScarlett, The Latency, Brock Zanrosso, Victoria Duffield, State of Shock, and Gary Beals. Poliquin was nominated for his first major music video award in 2010, when "A Song About California" by Hey Ocean! was nominated for "Best New Video" at the Leo Awards. His music video work has since been nominated for awards at the Juno Awards,[1] the MuchMusic Video Awards,[2] the East Coast Music Association Awards,[3] and the PEI Music Awards.

In 2010, Tim Chaisson's band filmed their first music video for "Broken Hearted Beat" in Toronto with Poliquin. The video was released in May 2010 on CMT and also made it to the #1 spot on Much More Music’s Top 10. Immediately following the video’s release, its single was released and made it to #1 on the East Coast Countdown. The music video for "Slippin’ Away", also directed by Poliquin, was released in October 2010. It reached #8 on the Much More Music Top 20 Countdown. Also in 2010, the band Paper Lions had the Poliquin-directed video for their single "Lost the War" nominated for a 2010 CBC Radio 3 Bucky Award.[8]

John JP Poliquin has appeared on-air several times on MuchMusic's television program New.Music.Live,[4] sitting on an expert panel to discuss industry music videos and adding entries to their official blog.[5] In January 2012, his music video for Light Organ Records artist Adaline "The Noise" premiered exclusively with Andy Warhol's Interview Magazine.[9]

Film and televisionEdit

From 2010 to 2012 he directed segments for The Next Star, a series aired on the youth-oriented Canadian television network YTV.

In 2012, Poliquin directed the found-footage horror film Grave Encounters 2, the sequel to the 2011 cult hit Grave Encounters, which is his first film as director.[10] Written and produced by the Canadian filmmaker duo The Vicious Brothers, the film follows a film student investigating the found footage from the sequel. The film received mixed reviews, but like its predecessor, many were largely positive, particularly concerning Poliquin's directorship. According to Dread Central, "if you look at just the first two acts, it is one of the most smartly written... and directed movies this reviewer has seen all year. At the helm is John Poliquin, and he takes the events of the first film and builds upon them in the most clever of ways. Poliquin's direction is beyond spot on, and he and the Vicious Brothers collectively managed to deliver an almost perfect sequel to Grave Encounters."[11]

Style and themesEdit

About his influences, Poliquin has stated his favorite directors include David Fincher, Michel Gondry, Jonas Akerlund, and Dougal Wilson, and that "For horror films, Hitchcock and Kubrick are my idols."[7]

Personal lifeEdit

He currently resides in Los Angeles.[7][unreliable source?]



Feature and short films involving John Poliquin
Year Film Studio Role
2007 "Inside Charlie" Director, co-writer
2009 "Frog" Producer
2012 Grave Encounters 2 Tribeca Film Festival Director, background actor
2013 "Yes, I Did" M. Blaustein Director
"Wilhelminia Fashion Film Collection" Wilhelminia Models Director of 30 short films
2014 "Bitten" Director, co-writer, editor


Television directed by John Poliquin
Year Film Studio Role
2010-2012 The Next Star Top 6 YTV Director of "Oh Oh Santa" segment
2015 Chilling Visions: 5 Senses of Fear NBC Chiller Director, co-writer, editor

Music videosEdit

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Music videos directed by John Poliquin
Yr Title Album/artist Production company Role
2010 "A Song About California" Hey Ocean! Director
"Milkshakes and Razorblades" illScarlett (ft. Kardinal Offishall) Sony Music Director, post-production
"Broken Hearted Beat" Tim Chaisson Director
"Slippin' Away" Director
"Living in a Dream" Finger Eleven Director
2011 "Lost the War" Paper Lions Director
"The Stand" Mother Mother Director
"Broken Hearted Beat" Tim Chaisson Director
2012 "The Noise" Adaline Light Organ Director
"Too Cold" Current Swell Nettwerk Records Director
"Easy To Love" Theory Of A Deadman Roadrunner Director
"On The Radio" Rikers Warner Music Director
"Colour Blind" Small Town Pistols Warner Music Director
"Dedicated To You" Johnny Reid Universal Canada Director
"Beautiful" Jessica Lee 604 Records Director
"Curiosity" Carly Rae Jepsen Interscope 2nd Unit Director
"Colour Blind" Small Town Pistols Director
"Michigan Left" Arkells Universal Canada Director
"Heatwave" The New Cities Director
2013 "I Wake Up Every Day" Thomas D'Arcy Maple Music Director, editor
2014 "Anything" Hedley Director

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Film/music video/subject Result
2008 Calgary International
Film Festival
Best Short Film "Inside Charlie" by Poliquin Nominated
Audience Favorite Nominated
2010 Leo Awards Best Music Video "A Song About California" by Hey Ocean! Nominated
MuchMusic Video Awards Best Post Production "Milkshakes and Razorblades" by IllScarlett Nominated
2011 East Coast Music Awards Fan's Choice Video "Lost the War" by Paper Lions
"Broken Hearted Beat" by Tim Chaisson
2012 Fan's Choice Video "Slippin' Away" by Tim Chaisson Nominated
PEI Music Awards Best Video Nominated
Juno Awards Video of the Year "The Stand" by Mother Mother Nominated
MuchMusic Video Awards Best Rock Video "Michigan Left" by Arkells Nominated
Best Post Production "Heatwave" by The New Cities Nominated
2013 Elle Canada Fashion Film Awards Best Fashion Film Norman Ambrose Campaign Nominated
2014 Much Music Video Awards Director of the Year Poliquin Nominated
Video of the Year "Anything" by Hedley Won
Pop Video of the Year Won
You Fave Video of the Year Won
MuchMusic Video of the Year "More Than Friends" by Victoria Duffield Nominated
Juno Awards Video of the Year "Anything" by Hedley Nominated
2015 Much Music Video Awards Best Post Production "Rule The World" by Walk Off The Earth Nominated
2015 The One Club / One Show 2015 One To Watch Award 2015 Directing Portfolio / Body of Work Won
2016 2016 iHeartRadio MMVAs Best EDM Video "Quit This City" by Grandtheft ft. Lowell Won

Further readingEdit

  • "Interview: Filmmaker John Poliquin". Yahoo! Voices. October 25, 2012.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Juno Awards, Juno Awards of 2012, Retrieved on 2012-02-07
  2. ^ a b MuchMusic, 2010 Much Music Video Awards Nominees Archived 2010-06-28 at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved on 2011-03-04
  3. ^ a b East Coast Music Awards, 2011 ECMA Nominees, Retrieved on 2011-03-04
  4. ^ a b New.Music.Live, John JP Poliquin Discussing Death Cab For Cutie, Retrieved on 2011-12-10
  5. ^ a b New.Music.Live Guest Blog, John JP Poliquin Blogging About Death Cab For Cutie, Retrieved on 2011-12-10
  6. ^ a b c d "John Poliquin". IMDb. Retrieved 2014-07-01.
  7. ^ a b c d e f Samuels, Justin (October 25, 2012). "Filmmaker John Poliquin on Grave Encounters 2 and His Upcoming Projects". Yahoo! Voices. Retrieved 2014-07-01.
  8. ^ CBC Radio 3 Polls Archived 2011-03-01 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Interview Magazine, Exclusive Video Premiere: 'The Noise', Adaline, Retrieved on 2012-06-01
  10. ^ The New York Times
  11. ^ Barton, Steve (October 2, 2012). "Grave Encounters 2 Review". Dread Central. Retrieved 2014-07-01.

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