By Penny Johnson, Contributing Author
Celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the JUNO Awards – “Canada’s Music Awards” – and their return to Toronto later this spring, TIFF Bell Lightbox will host seven days of “seminal music-themed films, featuring some of the greatest Canadian artists of the last forty years and showcasing the outstanding variety and vitality of the Canadian music scene.” A JUNO Award nominee or winner, filmmaker or artist will introduce each of the films. The films will run February 22 thru March 26, culminating in the JUNO Awards ceremony to be held at the Air Canada Centre on Sunday, March 27, 2011.
Among the list of films documenting such musical legends as Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Rush, and Oscar Peterson (Laureate of The Third Glenn Gould Prize) is Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993), a Genie Award-winning film directed by François Girard that stars Gemini Award-winning Canadian actor Colm Feore as the enigmatic Gould. Thirty Two Short Films and will screen on March 22, 2011 at 7pm and is a unique viewing opportunity because it is currently unavailable on DVD or home rental. TIFF last screened the film in 2008, as part of the Canadian Open Vault series.
“François Girard's breakthrough film is a compelling and striking exploration of the idiosyncratic world of Gould’s ideas and music, from his thoughts on technology and northern climates to his fondness for prescription drugs. Sumptuously photographed and designed as 32 separate visual and sound fragments, it uses drama, documentary, animation and performance art to provide insight into the life and work of the enigmatic Canadian genius.”
Following an introduction from Brian Levine, Executive Director of The Glenn Gould Foundation, pianist Claudia Chan will give a special performance of J. S. Bach’s Chromatic Fantasy, from the Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D-Minor, BWV 903. A recent prizewinner of the 33rd Eckhardt-Gramatte National Piano Competition for Contemporary Music, Ms. Chan is currently completing a Bachelor of Music degree at The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory, as a Dean’s scholarship student where she studies with David Louie and John Perry.
Ms. Chan, who has performed in the master class setting for such well known pianists as Leon Fleisher, John O’Conor, John Perry, Lee Kum-Sing, Marc Durand, Andre Laplante, Jean-Paul Sevilla, and James Parker, is also an advocate of art for charity. Recently, she organized and self-presented two concerts to commemorate her late teacher, Elaine Kruse, and she has been a leading part of concerts benefiting the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, the Ottawa Mission, Red Cross Tsunami Relief efforts in Asia, and earthquake relief efforts in Italy. Upcoming performances include recitals in Toronto and Ottawa, and a fourteen-concert tour of Canada playing the two winning programs of contemporary piano music from the Eckhardt-Gramatte competition in Fall 2010. For more information on Claudia Chan, please click here.
For a complete listing of screening schedules please click here. TIFF Bell Lightbox is located at Reitman Square, 350 King Street West, Toronto.