Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind


TIFF Lightbox 1 Sat, Apr 27, 2019 6:45 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Program Category:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:Aging & the Elderly
Music & Musicians
Popular Culture
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Joan Tosoni
Martha Kehoe
Producer(s):Joan Tosoni
Martha Kehoe
Executive Producer(s):John Brunton
John Murray
Gary Slaight
Editor(s):Alex Shuper
Writer(s):Joan Tosoni
Martha Kehoe
Cinematography:Kristoff Rochon
Composer:John Welsman


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Also screening in the Big Ideas Series presented by Scotia Wealth Management

From the song he refuses to perform to his admiration for Drake, a songwriting legend reflects on his lyrics and longevity with candour and humour. At 80 years young (and currently recording another album), Gordon Lightfoot continues to entertain and enlighten. Personal archive materials and studio sessions paint an intimate picture of an artist in his element, candidly revisiting his idealistic years in Yorkville's coffeehouses, up through stadium tours and the hedonistic '70s. Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Barbra Streisand are only a handful of the stars whose recordings of "Early Morning Rain" and other hits helped Lightfoot's artistry leap across borders, but no matter how far his music travelled, he continued to write passionately about the country he called home. As fellow music icon Burton Cummings sums it up, "Gordon's stuff screamed Canada." With his instantly recognizable voice and masterful guitar playing, Gordon Lightfoot remains influential and timeless. Alexander Rogalski

Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind also opens at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema May 24.

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