Sunday, March 20, 2011

The JUNO Awards at 40: Celebrating Canadian Music on Film

TIFF Bell Lightbox is celebrating the upcoming Juno Awards with a week-long schedule of films about music. Each of these films will be introduced by a Juno nominee or winner, filmmaker or artist.

The screenings begin tonight at 7pm with Jonathan Demme's Neil Young: Heart of Gold presented by Juno-nominated musicians Suzie McNeil and Emm Gryner. This is followed by a screening at 9:45pm of Bruce McDonald’s This Movie is Broken presented by Stuart Berman, author of This Book Is Broken.

Other screenings in this series include the hilarious and outstanding documentary Anvil: The Story of Anvil by Sacha Gervasi, and another excellent rock documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage.

For jazz fans, you can catch Oscar Peterson: Keeping The Groove Alive which screens with the short film Begone Dull Care. Classical lovers and film lovers can look forward to the brilliant Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould by François Girard, which appropriately depicts his life by mirroring the form of Bach's Goldberg Variations, the piece of music most closely associated with him.

The Juno Awards ceremony takes place Sunday March 27 and will be broadcast live by CTV from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Films in The JUNO Awards at 40: Celebrating Canadian Music on Film

Anvil: The Story of Anvil

Sacha  Gervasi
One of the best music docs of recent years, Sacha Gervasi’s film about the Canadian heavy metal band Anvil is funny and heartbreaking in equal measure, poignantly depicting the thin line between what is and what could have been (and what might be yet to come!). Introduced by 102.1 The Edge’s Alan Cross.

Blue Rodeo: In Stereovision

Ron Mann
A 20th anniversary celebration of one of Canada’s most iconic rock ensembles. Introduced by Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor.

Escarpment Blues

Andy  Keen
Following Sarah Harmer’s 2005 concert and activist tour in support of the Protecting Escarpment Rural Land (PERL) campaign. Introduced by JUNO Award winner Sarah Harmer.

Festival Express

Bob  Smeaton
A vintage document of rock legends The Grateful Dead, The Band, Janis Joplin and others as they travel by Canadian National Railways on the eponymous tour during the summer of 1970. Introduced by legendary concert promoter and music publicist Richard Flohil, who will be joined on stage by Garth Douglas, Executive Producer of Festival Express.

Hard Core Logo

Bruce  McDonald
Bruce McDonald’s epochal mockumentary offers a greasy and hilarious window onto the Canadian punk rock scene, and features a stand-out performance by Headstones frontman Hugh Dillon. Introduced by JUNO Award winners Billy Talent.

Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man

Lian  Lunson
A superstar 2005 tribute to the man himself at the Sydney Opera House, with performances by Nick Cave, Beth Orton, Rufus and Martha Wainwright and numerous others. Introduced by CBC’s Peter Mansbridge and JUNO Award winner Amelia Curran.

Look at What the Light Did Now

Anthony  Seck
A new documentary about Feist and the creation of her hit album The Reminder. Introduced by Stuart Berman, author of This Book Is Broken.

Music from the Big House

Bruce  McDonald
Echoing Johnny Cash’s legendary Folsom Prison concert, this film marries hope and heartbreak as Canadian blues singer Rita Chiarelli performs with inmates at Louisiana State Maximum Security Penitentiary. Introduced with a performance by Rita Chiarelli.

Neil Young: Heart of Gold

Jonathan  Demme
Jonathan Demme captures Neil Young’s masterful two-night performance at the Ryman Theater in Nashville, Tennessee, as Young premieres his new album Prairie Wind and delivers an encore acoustic set of beloved classics. Introduced by JUNO Award-nominated recording artists Suzie McNeil and Emm Gryner.

Oscar Peterson: Keeping The Groove Alive

Ron  Allen
Narrated by actor Christopher Plummer, this compelling documentary combines interviews with Peterson and such eminent jazz performers as Diana Krall and Herbie Hancock to celebrate the life and times of one of Canada’s greatest jazz musicians. Introduced by Kelly Peterson and JUNO Award nominee Robi Botos. Preceded by the short film Begone Dull Care.

Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage

Sam Dunn Scot McFadyen
This stunning new documentary traces the story of Canada’s prog-rock heroes from their humble beginnings in Toronto’s Willowdale neighbourhood to international superstardom. Introduced by directors and Juno Award winners Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen.

Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould

François  Girard
François Girard’s Genie Award-winning film provides a multidimensional portrait of the piano prodigy through a combination of interviews, animations and imaginative re-creations of scenes from Gould’s life. Introduced by Brian Levine, Executive Director, Glenn Gould Foundation with a special performance by pianist Claudia Chan.

This Movie Is Broken

Bruce  McDonald
Bruce McDonald’s indie rock romance about the power of love . . . and Broken Social Scene. Introduced by Stuart Berman, author of This Book Is Broken.

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