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Lowdown Tracks

This screening took place on
Friday, July 10, 2015 at 6:30pm
Venerable Globe Theatre - Atlin, BC

A Top 10 Audience Favourite at Hot Docs 2015, this illuminating doc portrays the lives and music of buskers living on the margins of Canada’s largest city. Singer and activist Lorraine Segato of The Parachute Club travels the shelters, parks, freeway underpasses, rooming houses and industrial spaces to document a catalogue of songs and stories from five of Toronto’s modern troubadours. Their songs are melodies for the masses, filling subway platforms and street corners, yet the singers remain unknown. Some are homeless, others “home free.” Shining a light on the struggles they face—be it in shelters, with social programs, the city’s bureaucratic busker system, with their addictions and abuse—a soundtrack evolves that demonstrates that music is the common language in this empowering celebration of survival.
  • Directed by Shelley Saywell
  • 2015, Ontario Canada
  • 86 minutes

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