Archive for the ‘Great Lake Swimmers’ Category

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TIFF World Premieres start today at Yonge and Dundas square

September 10, 2009

Did you get a good night’s sleep? It might be your last for the next week or so as film festival fever descends upon Toronto. We are new-baby proud to crow about the City Sonic shorts getting their world premieres at TIFF‘s Yonge and Dundas square free outdoor screening programme. In fact, it’s City Sonic that will kick-off the entire she-bang today! Come and see director Anita Doron’s film about Tony Dekker of Great Lake Swimmers today at 12 noon (playing right before the Leonard Cohen doc I’m Your Man). If you can’t make it downtown, the film will premiere on mobile immediately after its TIFF screening: check out m.citysonic.tv on your smartphone to make that happen.

Each day a new film will roll out, at Yonge and Dundas and on mobile. See the full schedule here!

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TIFF screening times announced

August 19, 2009

We would never lie to you. When we said details of our free City Sonic screenings at Yonge and Dundas Square as part of TIFF would be coming soon we meant it. All the details here. And here:

September 10th, 12pm: Tony Dekker at Spadina Subway Station. Directed by Anita Doron
Followed by Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man

September 11th, 12pm: Serena Ryder at The Dakota Tavern. Directed by Robert Lang
Followed by Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing

September 11th, 9pm: Danko Jones at Maple Leaf Gardens. Directed by George Vale
Followed by Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars

September 12th, 12pm: Divine Brown at The Rex. Directed by Charles Officer
Followed by The Harder They Come

September 13th, 12pm: Geddy Lee at Massey Hall. Directed by Bruce McDonald
Followed by Woodstock

September 14th, 12pm: Woodhands at the Brick Works. Directed by Rob Pilichowski
Followed by Stop Making Sense

September 15th, 12pm: Sarah Slean at the Rivoli. Directed by Rob Pilichowski
Followed by Sweet Toronto

September 16th, 12pm: Laura Barrett with Martin Tielli at the AGO. Directed by Peter Lynch
Followed by The Last Waltz

September 17th, 12pm: Lioness at the Masonic Temple. Directed by Peter Lynch
Followed by Rattle & Hum

September 18th, 12pm: Jason Collett at Kensington Market. Directed by Peter Lynch
Followed by Don’t Look Back

September 19th, 12pm: Care Failure (Die Mannequin) at 102.1 The Edge. Directed by Bruce McDonald
Followed by Truth Or Dare

You may notice some artist names in there for the first time. Stay tuned for more photos and sneak peeks in the weeks ahead and then come and see the full films every day at noon Sept 10-19.

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Two City Sonic Toronto Bands on the Polaris Music Prize Shortlist

July 8, 2009

Well, it’s official. The short list for the Polaris prize has finally been unveiled. The 10 nominees for best Canadian album include two bands who are part of the City Sonic film series, so congratulations to Fucked Up for their album “The Chemistry Of Common Life” and to Great Lake Swimmers for “Lost Channels.” There are a bunch of exceptional Canadian artists on the list, so check out the Polaris site for more details.

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Three City Sonic Toronto Bands in the Polaris Prize Long List

July 6, 2009

Tomorrow morning, July 7, the Polaris Music Prize will announce the 10 Canadian albums shortlisted for this year’s $20,000 award. This is truly exciting news: and I don’t just say that because I’m part of the Polaris organization (as a Board member, which means I don’t get to vote but I do get to cheer.) It’s because when you look at the Long List of 40 albums released a few weeks back, there are three exceptional City Sonic artists in the running: D-sisive, Fucked Up and Great Lake Swimmers. And while I can’t say yet who will be on the Short List, or who I want to be on the Short List, or anything of the sort, I can wish these three very different but equally worthy candidates congratulations on their recognitions thus far. And then I can tell the rest of you to tune into CBC Radio 3 tomorrow for full coverage of the Short List announcement, live from the Drake Hotel.

More details at the Polaris site.

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