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T.O. Music Pix Newsletter #89: Sep. 11/09
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In keeping with some notes in last week's newsletter, and in the spirit of the Toronto International Film Festival which opened yesterday, a few movie/music notes:

Pennebaker Week:

A rare chance to see three music documentaries in the same week by the legendary documentary maker D.A. Pennebaker, all for free. TIFF is screening two of his best-known films, both at noon in Yonge-Dundas Square:

Monterey Pop, a record of the landmark rock festival that helped make stars of Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, The Who, and most notably Jimi Hendrix, among others. Watch some of Otis Redding's performance here (Sep. 15)

Don't Look Back, his account of Bob Dylan's 1964 U.K tour. Watch the trailer (Sep 18)

As well, CIUT-FM, in preparation for its upcoming move to Hart House will be screening the very rarely seen, Sweet Toronto on Sunday, Sep. 13. That is the 40th anniversary of the Toronto Rock & Roll Revival: a concert which was the end result of what had once been envisioned as a huge "Toronto Peace Festival" built around John Lennon. Rather than a sprawling, Woodstock-type event, it ended up as a one-day concert in Varsity Stadium. John & Yoko, backed by Eric Clapton, headlined the show which also featured rock & rollers Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard & Bo Diddley.

Pennebaker filmed the show, although it was years before it was completed, and it has had few public showings. CIUT is billing it as the "Canadian premiere", although I did see it many years ago in town (I believe at the old Roxy on Danforth).

A number of guests who were involved in the event, including John Brower, one of the promoters, will attend. It's free, but you need to get tickets at UofT Tix here. More information at  CIUT is also featuring special programming that day between 2-6pm.


More TIFF:

NOTE: The TIFF films are part of its Yonge-Dundas Square program which includes numerous free music performances at noon. This week's issue of NOW has an article on some of the music components of TIFF. In addition to the people and films mentioned there, TIFF is also screening a new documentary about one of the 20th century's greatest classical musicians, Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould,

And, If you're in Yorkville this weekend, you can catch some of Adam Solomon's African Blues at a TIFF party this weekend (Sep. 10-12) for the International House of Music. At the Mood Lounge, 120 Cumberland, starting at 9pm. Free.


Final Film Note:

One more movie to note: the Revue Cinema on Roncesvalles is screening Rocksteady: The Roots of Rhythm, beginning Sat. Sep. 13. The title is self-explanatory; see the Revue site for a mini-review and link to the trailer.


Non-movie note:

This weekend's standout event is Getatchew Mekuria. See David Dack's article in this week's Eye Weekly. (But in keeping with the newsletter's film theme... you can watch some of his partnership with Dutch group, The Ex Catch here.


As usual, event listings are posted at


John Leeson