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Leonard Cohen, Rush, Neil Young, Anvil in film

Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage by Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen is screening tonight at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Another exciting part of the JUNOS 40th anniversary celebrations is the JUNO-themed programming at the TIFF Bell Lightbox from March 20 - 26. TIFF is proud to host a week of Canadian music films featuring icons such as Leonard Coen and Neil Young.

The JUNOS approached TIFF about a partnership due to the long-standing connection between Canadian music and film. 

Shane Smith, Director of Public Programmes at TIFF.

“We worked with Steve Cranwell of MusiCounts, which is the CARAS charity, to pin down a list and it was really only going to be seven screenings originally but because there were so many great films out there we almost doubled the size of the program,” says Shane Smith, Director of Public Programmes at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

“There was a lot of back and forth talking about particular artists and particular films, and having variety in the programming. Everything from classical to heavy metal is represented here,” Smith continues.

While not every music genre is covered, the films give a representative sample of both legendary and less widely known Canadian artists.

“This is why, for instance, Music from the Big House screening with Rita Chiarelli is in the program. In Canada’s blues world, Rita is a phenomenon but we wanted to be able to bring that film and that voice to an audience who may not necessarily be aware of her,” says Smith.

Audiences are treated to performances and appearances by a JUNO award winner/nominee, filmmaker or artist who will be introducing the evening’s film. Cranwell, who was primarily responsible for approaching the singers and musicians doing the introductions, chose each artist based on their relationship to the film or the artist featured in the film.

“Steve Cranwell reached out to artists like Suzie McNeil or Emm Gryner saying, ‘Hey I know you like Neil Young. Do you want to come and perform a Neil Yong song before the film?’ So they may not know Neil Young but they know his work, they love his work and he’s been an influence on them so it was great for them to be able to come and pay tribute, “ says Smith.

“We wanted to mix it up a bit. Tonight, for example, we have the directors of Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen, introducing their film. On Saturday, we have folk singer Amelia Curran performing, and then a pre-recorded introduction by Peter Mansbridge for the Leonard Cohen screening.”

Regular tickets are $12.00, Students/Seniors: $9.50, Child/Youth: $8.50. Below is a schedule of upcoming screenings:

Wednesday, March 23 at 9:45 p.m.
Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen
Introduced by directors and Juno Award winners Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen

Thursday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m.
Escarpment Blues, Andy Keen
Introduced by director Andy Keen and JUNO Award winner Sarah Harmer.
Thursday, March 24 at 9:45 p.m.
Festival Express, Bob Smeaton
Introduced by legendary concert promoter and music publicist Richard Flohil, joined on stage by Garth Douglas, Executive Producer of Festival Express
Friday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m. 
Oscar Peterson: Keeping the Groove Alive (with short Begone Dull Care), Ron Allen
Introduced by Kelly Peterson and with performance by JUNO Award nominee Robi Botos

Members of Anvil will be in attendance on Friday for their film's screening.

Friday, March 25 at 9:45 p.m.
Anvil! The Story of Anvil, Sacha Gervasi
Introduced by 102.1 The Edge’s Alan Cross and special guests.

Saturday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m.
Blue Rodeo: In Stereovision, Ron Mann
Introduced by Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor.

Saturday, March 26 at 9:45 p.m.
Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man, Lian Lunson
Introduction by JUNO Award winner Amelia Curran and video introduction by CBC’s Peter Mansbridge. 

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