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Winner of the Rogers Audience Award for Best Canadian Documentary at Hot Docs 2017, RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD reveals an essential and, until now, missing chapter in the history of popular music: the Indigenous influence. Lifting the veil on the enormous impact made by First Nations and Native American musicians including Robbie Robertson, Link Wray, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Charley Patton, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis and more, Rumble celebrates their genre-changing and undeniably catchy influence.


We bring back one of hottest tickets at this year's Hot Docs festival to give Toronto a chance to catch this early favourite. Over 20 years ago, Toronto-based Attiya Khan was in a physically abusive relationship with her then-boyfriend, Steve. Today, she’s a prominent feminist who has worked for women’s shelters across the U.S. and Canada. Khan has teamed with local filmmaker Lawrence Jackman to create a unique documentary that aims to evolve the conversation around domestic abuse.

Toronto Jewish Film Society presents Sam and Me

Co-presented with 918 Bathurst, celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday
Guest Speaker: Paul Saltzman, Executive Producer of Sam and Me
(Canada, 1991, Deepa Mehta director, 94 min)
A quirky comedy that follows the adventures of a Jewish senior and his minder, a young East Indian immigrant. Sam and Me looks at Toronto’s recent past and portrays the similar dreams of different cultures and generations.
2 screenings: 4:00 and 7:30 pm
Al Green Theatre in the Miles Nadal JCC

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival 2017

Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival, will present its 24th edition from April 27 to May 7, 2017, presenting 200+ films from across the globe and welcoming hundreds of international filmmakers and industry delegates to Toronto! Screenings will be held at theatres including the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, TIFF Bell Lightbox, Scotiabank Theatre, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto Centre for the Arts, Innis Town Hall, Isabel Bader Theatre and Hart House Theatre.

Hot Docs ticket packages, passes and single tickets are on sale now!


Once our neighbour here in the Annex, Jane Jacobs played an integral role in making sure Toronto looks and feels the way it does today; her successful opposition to the Spadina expressway helped ensure the city was for people first, and cars second. But before she moved to Toronto, Jacobs stood up to the rapid urbanization in New York City. Her 1960 book The Death and Life of Great American Cities criticized modern planners reconfiguration of cities.


Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and often ranks as one of the most "livable"—but for whom? With the third least affordable housing market in the world, the city has found itself obsessed with housing, perhaps not unlike Toronto is increasingly finding itself. Building condos as commodities and evicting tenants (even, recently, seniors from a retirement home), residents meanwhile protest class disparity and try desperately to curb rampant homelessness.

Ballet on Screen: JEWELS

Divided into three distinct and stunning movements, Jewels exemplifies the range and vision of George Balanchine, perhaps the finest ballet choreographer in history. 'Emeralds' draws on the French Romantic music of Gabriel Fauré, 'Rubies' on Stravinsky and the jazz-age energy of New York, and finally 'Diamonds' brings things to a close with grandeur and elegance, set to Tchaikovsky's Third Symphony. A late piece by Balanchine first performed in 1967, this groundbreaking abstract three-act ballet was the first of its kind.


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