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Thursday: Open Roof Festival presents the movie “Trigger” with Betty Burke!

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As a fan of Bruce McDonald and the late Tracy Wright, I’m delighted to announce that we’ll be playing as the opening act at a screening of their recent film “Trigger” on Thursday, July 7th. The event is part of the Open Roof Festival, a weekly series that brings together a band and a feature film for a night of fun in the parking lot of the Amsterdam Brewery in Toronto. Open Roof festival’s programmers have taken care to select great bands, many of them local, and a number of Canadian movies that deserve to be screened more often!

Bruce McDonald is the creator of the rock and roll Canadian classics “Highway 61” -no description required- and “Roadkill” -the story of a gorgeous young record label employee chasing a band on the lam through Northern Ontario (I found the clip above on youtube, to give you a taste). Joey Ramone and Jello Biafra have been notable guest stars in his films, but Canadian actress Tracy Wright is the artist I am most excited to see featured by McDonald. Sadly, Wright passed away last year, but she and her collaborators made Trigger before her illness made it impossible to work. The film is about a girl band led by Tracy Wright and Molly Parker that reunites for an emotional gig. Having played a few ‘reunion’ shows, I can testify that this is rich material for drama!

Betty Burke will take the stage at 8 PM and the film will begin at 9 PM. Doors are at 7:30, so arrive early to mingle! Here is the facebook event, with more info:

We are honoured to be taking part in this week’s program, and we hope to see you there.



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