A film about Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot made its world premiere at this year’s Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto last month. Now, the rest of Canada will get to see it over the next few weeks. Here in Ottawa, the ByTowne Cinema will be showing it over the weekend.
The new documentary ‘Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind’ by Martha Kehoe and Joan Tosoni, is an exploration of the evolution of Gordon’s performing career, from Christian choirboy to troubled troubadour to international star and beloved Canadian icon. With unprecedented access to the artist, the film takes audiences from high-school auditoriums in small-town Ontario in the 50s to the coffee houses of Yorkville and Greenwich Village in the 60s, through Lightfoot’s turbulent, substance-fueled arena shows of the 70s, and finally to the artist in present day.
The documentary features interviews with many notable voices in the music industry including peers such as Ian and Sylvia Tyson, Randy Bachman, and Steve Earle; famous fans such as Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee from Rush, Alec Baldwin, Anne Murray and Sarah McLachlan; and behind-the-scenes stories from members of Gordon Lightfoot’s longtime band.
Bytowne Cinema SHOWTIMES:
FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 6:55PM
SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 4:20PM
SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 12:30PM
SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 5:25PM
MONDAY, JUNE 10, 7:15PM
Image source: https://boxoffice.hotdocs.ca/