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Rush’s Geddy Lee, Jim Kerr Star in Toronto Rock Radio Station Doc

Rush frontman-bassist Geddy Lee, Easy Minds lead singer Jim Kerr and Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley seem in a brand new documentary in regards to the origins and excessive factors of pioneering Toronto radio station CFNY.

Veteran movie producer Matt Schichter makes his directorial debut with CFNY: The Spirit of Radio, which has simply wrapped publish manufacturing. Different artists showing within the doc embody Steven Web page (Barenaked Girls), Peter Hook (New Order/Pleasure Division), Lol Tolhurst (The Treatment), Emily Haines (Metric), Ben Kowalewicz (Billy Expertise) and Andy McCluskey (OMD).

In the course of the Seventies and Nineteen Eighties, main file firms and huge unbiased labels relied on data being performed on native radio in main markets to advertise business releases. Toronto’s CFNY, which launched in a small metropolis suburb in 1960, ultimately grew to become massively influential in breaking punk and new wave acts after evolving into an alternate radio station on the FM dial.

In 1979, Rush drummer Neil Peart wrote a tune, “The Spirit of Radio,” that was impressed by CFNY and covertly appeared on the rock band’s Everlasting Waves album beneath the catalog quantity ANR1-1021 — after the station’s 102.1 frequency.

Geddy within the documentary recollects rising up in Toronto and the contribution of CFNY program director David Marsden within the Nineteen Eighties. Earlier, in 1965, Marsden, utilizing the pseudonym Dave Mickie, succeeded the late Alex Trebek of Jeopardy! fame as host of CBC TV’s Music Hop, a Canadian teen music present modeled after American Bandstand stateside.  

“Going into manufacturing, I believed we have been telling a narrative a couple of radio station, however we rapidly came upon this was a extremely private story about David Marsden’s imaginative and prescient and the choice tradition he created,” director Schichter defined. Damaged Social Scene’s Brendan Canning and Ohad Benchetrit wrote an authentic rating for CFNY: The Spirit of Radio, which filmed throughout Canada, the U.S. and the U.Ok. at main recording studios like Abbey Street, EastWest, Grant Ave and Toronto’s legendary music venue the El Mocambo.

The documentary is produced by Matthew Campagna for HighballTV, whereas Alan Cross, Barbara Corridor, Chantal Jackson, Ivar Hamilton and Scot Turner share govt producer credit.

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