This was the best piece of news to sail across my desktop last week. All ABOARD!!!
Canadian Music Week (CMW) is pleased to partner with Hot Docs to present Music Docs at Hot Docs. Featuring twelve outstanding docs from across the festival’s programs, these films featuring compelling stories for music fans, ranging from illicit raves in Iran to the comeback of eighties electro-pop pioneer Gary Numan, and from an immersive tour of the American south, birthplace of the Blues, to Senegal where hip hop stars merge artistry and activism to mobilize a citizens movement during the country’s presidential campaign.
In addition, Canadian Music Week has partnered with Hot Docs to present live music free of charge during Hot Docs’ opening weekend activities on April 30 and May 1, from 9-11PM, at The Mill Street Hub, located behind the Isabel Bader Theatre at 93 Charles Street West. Featuring hot new talent from Toronto and Montreal, the full line up will be announced in April.
"We're thrilled to partner with Canadian Music Week—music is such an important part of documentaries, both in form and content. As their world class event runs parallel to Hot Docs, we love finding ways to bridge these interconnected worlds," say Hot Docs executive director Brett Hendrie.
“Hot Docs is a wonderfully curated festival and we could not be more excited to partner with them on an exceptional year of programming. Film has been an important part of Canadian Music Week, and we look forward to seeing so many great music documentaries showcased alongside live music events in Toronto this spring,” says Canadian Music Week President Neill Dixon.
The films that are included in the Music Docs At Hot Docs Co-Presented With Canadian Music Week program appear below. In many cases, filmmakers will be in attendance for post-screening discussions.
AIM FOR THE ROSES
GARY NUMAN: ANDROID IN LA LA LAND
I AM THE BLUES
STRIKE A POSE
MADONNA: TRUTH OR DARE
THE REVOLUTION WON'T BE TELEVISED
THE WONDERFUL KINGDOM OF PAPA ALAEV