OTTAWA’S CINEMA FOR INTERNATIONAL AND INDEPENDENT MOVIES

The lights will come on again!

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The ByTowne is now closed. But there's good news!

After the pandemic has been brought under control,
new management will take over the space and the ByTowne will re-open.

It may take a while for pandemic restrictions to be eased enough
that a feasible number of patrons can be allowed to watch a movie again,
but the new owners are working towards that day.

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Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind

An intimate look at a Canadian icon

The new documentary Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind by Martha Kehoe and Joan Tosoni, is an exploration of the career, music and influence of the legendary Canadian musical 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 Lightfoot’s longtime band.

Following Lightfoot’s evolution from Christian choirboy to troubled troubadour to international star and beloved Canadian icon, Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind is an intimate and emotional examination of the artist’s profound relationship to his music and his Canadian roots.

– Kinosmith

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