Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Canadian Music Week 2013, Music, Comedy & Film Festival, Mar 19-24

Canadian Music Week kicks off Canadian Music Fest 2013 today in Toronto. Now taking over the city for six days, the festival will welcome more than 1000 artists from Canada and around the globe.

In addition to music performances, Canadian Music Week presents the second annual Canadian International Comedy Festival and the sixth annual CMW Film Fest. The comedy festival begins tomorrow night at various venues, while the film portion of the festival will take place from March 21 to 23 at TIFF Bell Lightbox. They will also host a conference and trade show.


TORONTO – The sixth annual CMW Film Fest takes its residence at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reitman Square (350 King Street West) for three days – March 21 – 23, 2013 – during Toronto’s celebrated entertainment festival and conference, Canadian Music Week. Presented by Tribute Entertainment, this year’s festival casts a light on some of music’s unsung heroes, goes behind the scenes with a revealing look into touring and Toronto’s 70’s punk and new wave explosion, and takes a comedic turn with a sci-fi musical and the sneak preview of Harmony Korine’s latest and soon to be released, Spring Breakers. Advance tickets – priced at $10 apiece – can be purchased online at Ticketfly.com or through cmwfilmfest.com. Day of screening tickets will be available at the TIFF Bell Lightbox box office.


Canadian Premiere
83 minutes | USA
Director: Jacob Hatley
Official Selection: SXSW Film Festival
Filmed during the final years of his life, Ain’t In It For My Health sees Levon Helm forced to confront the dark times that have haunted him since The Band’s demise: throat cancer, bankruptcy, drug addiction and the tragic loss of band mates Richard Manuel and Rick Danko.

Sneak Preview
92 minutes | U.S.A.
Director: Harmony Korine
Cast: James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine, and Gucci Mane
Website: www.springbreakersthemovie.com
SPRING BREAK FOREVER!!! Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, Vanessa Hudgens, and Rachel Korine star as a group of best friends who are willing to do anything (including robbing a fast food joint at gunpoint) to get to Spring Break. But when they get there and meet local thug, Alien (James Franco), things get crazier than they could have ever imagined.
Distributed by VVS Films


7:00 p.m. – WHO THE !@#$ IS ARTHUR FOGEL?
World Premiere
93 minutes | Canada
Director: Ron Chapman
Arthur Fogel rose through the ranks of the concert promotions business in Canada to become the most successful international tour producer in the world. As CEO of Global Touring and Chairman of Global Music for LIVE NATION, he is also, arguably, the most trusted man in music. With his personal, “hands-on” approach and masterful knowledge of world touring, Fogel has overseen the most profitable mega-tours in history, building lucrative partnerships with an elite group of artists including Madonna, U2, Sting, David Bowie, Neil Young, and Lady Gaga.
Raw, uncensored, revealing, Who the !@#$ is Arthur Fogel? is the insider story of today’s multi-billion dollar pop music industry that is struggling to survive the meteor-like impact of massive technological change that has affected it like no other business on Earth… and one man who is trying to save it.
*Arthur Fogel will be participating in a keynote interview earlier the same day at Canadian Music Week, Friday March 22, 2:55 p.m., at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel. Details at www.cmw.net.

Toronto Premiere
86 minutes | U.S.A.
Director: John Mitchell and Jeremy Kipp Walker
Cast: Jay Klaitz, Nils d’Aulaire, Julie Ann Emery, April Hernandez Castillo, Onata Aprile, and Dee Snider
Website: www.futurefolk.com
A crowd-pleasing sci-fi musical comedy about two alien soldiers sent to Earth to wipe out the human race, but have a difficult time completing their missions after they hear the Earth creation, ‘Music’.
Co-presented with Toronto After Dark Film Festival


World Premiere
204 minutes | Canada
Directors: Colin Brunton and Kire Paputts
Website: www.thelastpogo.net
A history of the first wave of Toronto punk rock and new wave music, from when the Ramones played in ‘76 through to when the cops gave Teenage Head the boot at “The Last Pogo” concert in December, 1978.
*Filmmakers will be in attendance.

Toronto Premiere
61 min | USA
Director: Hanly Banks
Official Selection: Leeds Film Festival, Don’t Knock the Rock Film Festival
Website: www.hanlybanks.com/index.php?/about/apocalypse-a-bill-callahan-tour-film/
“I think when I’m performing live, it’s really just the realest me there is,” says Bill Callahan (Smog) in this wonderful tour film that features intimate interviews and performances from the notoriously private Callahan’s 2011 tour.
Preceded by
Toronto Premiere
10 minutes | Canada
Director: Kyle Armstrong
Official Selection: AFI Film Festival, Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art
Website: www.magneticreconnection.ca
A short documentary contrasting the Northern Lights with decaying manmade debris surrounding the Arctic Canadian town of Churchill, Manitoba. The film features an original score by Jim O’Rourke, a voice-over by Will Oldham and likely some of the best footage of the aurora borealis ever captured.

7:00 p.m. – BAD BRAINS: A BAND IN DC
Canadian Premiere
104 minutes | USA
Directors: Benjamen Logan and Mandy Stein
Official Selection: SXSW Film Fest, Silverdocs, Seattle International Film Festival
Website: www.badbrainsmovie.com
The Bad Brains are one of the most important and influential American bands still working today. Despite the troubles of an eccentric front man they’ve stayed together for 30 years without reaching the level of success many think they deserve. Bad Brains: A Band in DC re-constructs Bad Brains’ rich and complicated history.

Canadian Premiere
112 minutes | USA
Director: Drew DeNicola
Official Selection: SXSW Film Festival, Doc NYC, IDFA
Winner: Best Documentary Feature – Indie Memphis Film Festival
Website: www.bigstarstory.com
Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me tells the incredible story of the dismal commercial failure, subsequent massive critical acclaim, and enduring legacy of pop music’s greatest cult phenomenon, Big Star.
Featuring never before seen footage and photos, in-depth interviews and tributes from bands they inspired (REM, The Replacements, Belle & Sebastian, Elliott Smith, and The Flaming Lips), the film tells the whole Big Star story for the first time. For new fans or old, this is an essential document of pop music’s greatest cult phenomenon.

Admission to all films is also included with a Canadian Music Fest wristband available for purchase at canadianmusicfest.com.

Canadian Music Week is Canada’s leading annual entertainment event dedicated to the expression and growth of the country’s music, media and entertainment industries. Combining three information-intensive conferences; a trade exposition; a film festival; a comedy festival; four awards shows and the nation’s largest New Music Festival – Canadian Music Fest – CMW spans a six-day period from March 19 to March 24, 2013 at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel and over 60 downtown Toronto venues, attracting participants from across the globe. For more information, visit www.cmw.net.

2013 Canadian International Comedy Fest

TORONTO – Back for a second spell of fun and hilarity, the Canadian International Comedy Fest invades Toronto’s comedy clubs for five days this March. Running March 20th through to the 24th, and presented by Bite and Funny 820, the laugh-fest delivers one of the finest lineups of comic entertainers to hit the city this season. From stand-up to rock-out, local to global, audiences will have the opportunity to take in performances from the likes of performer, actress, and comedienne Sandra Bernhard, Jon Dore and comedians from the third season of HBO Canada’s Funny As Hell, Kids In The Hall and NewsRadio star Dave Foley, Cool Chicks of Comedy Part II with Morgan Murphy, host of CBC’s “The Debaters” Steve Patterson, and more. See full schedule below.

Wednesday, March 20
Steve Patterson (at The Crystals)
Toronto Marriott Downtown, 525 Bay St., 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $160.00 available at www.cmw.net

Wednesday, March 20 & Thursday, March 21
Dave Foley
Yuk Yuk’s Downtown, 224 Richmond St. W., 8:00 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20.00 available at Yuk Yuk’s, 416.967.6425

Thursday, March 21
HBO Canada Presents Funny As Hell Live
(Featuring comedians from the upcoming third season of Funny As Hell)
Hosted by Jon Dore
Featuring Rory Scovel, James Adomian and The Lucas Brothers
Randolph Theatre, 736 Bathurst St., 7:30 p.m. & 10:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25.00 + S/C available at Ticketmaster or charge by phone 1-855-985-5000

Friday, March 22
Sandra Bernhard
Presented by Proud FM 103.9 & Xtra!
Winter Garden Theatre, 189 Yonge St., 9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $44.50 – $54.50 + S/C available at Ticketmaster or charge by phone 1-855-985-5000

Friday, March 22 & Saturday, March 23
Dave Foley
Yuk Yuk’s Mississauga, 5165 Dixie Rd., 9:00 p.m. (Friday), 8:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m. (Saturday)
Tickets: $20.00 available at Yuk Yuk’s, 416.967.6425
Cool Chicks of Comedy Part II: Featuring Morgan Murphy
Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club, 224 Richmond St. W., 8:00 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20.00 available at Yuk Yuk’s, 416.967.6425

Individual tickets are available for each performance as outlined above. Limited seats for all Canadian International Comedy Fest performances are available to Canadian Music Fest wristband holders on a first-come first-served basis, unless otherwise noted. Please arrive early.

Certain restrictions on some shows may apply. Entry to all shows is subject to capacity. All shows are 19 and over unless otherwise stated. Line-up is subject to change.

For a complete schedule, ticket information and additional details, visit www.canadiancomedyfest.com
**Schedule for all events is subject to change and updated frequently – please check online often for up-to-the-minute information and announcements.

About Canadian International Comedy Fest
The Canadian International Comedy Fest is one of Canada’s marquee comedy events featuring some of the hottest comedians, emerging funnymen (and women!), and headline talent from comedy hot spots worldwide. For five days in March (20-24, 2013), comedy comes alive in Toronto as audiences revel in funny, unfiltered and original humour throughout some of the city’s prime venues and leading comedy clubs. For more information, visit www.canadiancomedyfest.com.

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