Subterranean Music Blues
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Subterranean Music Blues

2006_12_28SilverElvis2.jpgTonight, the Toronto Public Space Committee presents the fifth of six films screening at the Bloor Cinema as part of its ongoing Streets to Screens fundraising film series (which also includes monthly screenings of public space-themed NFB shorts at the Toronto Free Gallery).
The theme of the evening is Workspace: Public Space, and the feature presentation is the Toronto premiere of Robin and Rory Muir‘s Downtown Locals, a documentary following a year in the lives of six New York City subway buskers, as they weather personal difficulties while fighting the city for their right to perform in the public space. Preceding this will be Will Beauchamp’s short Marianne, previously screened at Hot Docs, about the community that has developed around Marianne Moroney, the beloved hot dog vendor outside of Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital.
Rather than the usual panel discussions and Q&As that follow the films in this series, local buskers Sarah Burton and Silver Elvis (pictured) will perform in the theatre lobby and sidewalk spaces before and after the films.
At around 9:00, the festivities will move across the street to Pauper’s Pub for an informal “meet’n’greet” with the performers and veteran music educator Jim Maben, who will be on hand to discuss the TTC‘s Subway Musicians Program, for which he served as an adjudicator for ten years.
It all gets going tonight at 7:00 at the Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor Street West, at Bathurst). Tickets are $9 each, and support the continuing work of the city’s premiere organization for fighting those who believe that only the wealthy should be allowed to express themselves in public space.
Photo by trumpetflickr from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.