The Royal Conservatory of Music and Hot Docs celebrate the fifth annual edition of the unique and ever-popular film series. Exploring and honouring music genres from around the world, Music on Film features stimulating post-screening discussions with accomplished musicians moderated by Mervon Mehta, Executive Director of The Royal Conservatory of Music’s Performing Arts Division.

Music on Film screens select Tuesdays, from September 27 to March 28, at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema.

The series launches with the incredible and widely-lauded Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (D: François Girard | Canada, Netherlands, Portugal, Finland | 1993 | 98 min | PG). Through 32 elegantly constructed vignettes, audiences can glimpse legendary pianist Glenn Gould from artist to financier, humourist to nature-lover, recluse to iconoclast. Roxolana Roslak, head of the vocal division at The Glenn Gould School and collaborator on the Juno Award-winning Das Marienleben with Gould himself, will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.

Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould screening date and time:
Tuesday, September 27          6:30 PM

A Great Day in Harlem (D: Jean Bach | USA | 1994 | 60 min) zooms in and out of a world-famous “class photograph” of America’s jazz legends, featuring archival performance footage, remarkable home video, and rare interviews with masters present that day. Special guests will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.

A Great Day in Harlem screening date and time:
Tuesday, October 25               6:30 PM

Exit: Music (D: James Murdoch | Canada | 2016 | 82 min) tells the extraordinary stories of five composers who fled Europe with the rise of the Third Reich and how their lost masterpieces have been recovered. Members of ARC Ensemble (Artists of The Royal Conservatory) and Artistic Director Simon Wynberg, the narrator, who together have worked on restoring the musical masterpieces upon which the film is based, will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A, and The ARC Ensemble will also briefly perform live.

Exit: Music screening date and time:
Tuesday, November 29           6:30 PM

Through intimate interviews, some of Cuba’s leading artists chronicle their defiant personal journeys that changed the history of their country’s music in A Todo Color (D: Randy Valdes | Cuba, USA | 2016 | 86 min). Two members from the all-female Cuban jazz sextet, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, Jane Bunnett and Magdelys Savigne, will be in attendance for a post-screening performance and Q&A.

A Todo Color screening date and time:
Tuesday, January 31               6:30 PM

From an international choir connected by YouTube to a string quartet paired with a DJ, What Would Beethoven Do? (D: Jonathan Keijser | USA, Canada | 2016 | 75 min) is a high-energy, optimistic look at the exciting revolution that looks to bring classical music to a 21st century audience. Artists at the forefront of the classical music revolution, including Skratch Bastid, Dinuk Wijeratne, and The Afiara Quartet will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A. 

What Would Beethoven Do? screening date and time:
Tuesday, February 28             6:30 PM

In smoky juke joints and spirited church halls, I Am the Blues (D: Daniel Cross | Canada | 2016 | 106 min | PG) is a musical travelogue that immerses the audience in the heart of the American South, featuring the last of the original blues legends. Raoul Bhaneja, from celebrated local blues act Raoul and The Big Time, will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.

I Am the Blues screening date and time:
Tuesday, March 28                  6:30 PM

The six-film package is $63 (Hot Docs members: $54, $42, Free). Tickets are $16 each (Hot Docs members: $12, $10, Free). Tickets can be purchased at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema box office (506 Bloor St. W.) or online at

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema is a historic, century-old cinema located in Toronto’s vibrant Annex neighbourhood. Owned and operated by Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, the 684-seat venue is a year-round home for first-run Canadian and international documentaries, as well as special documentary presentations and showcases, including the popular Doc Soup screening series. Continuing its longstanding role as a community cinema, it also hosts many of the city’s independent film festivals and is a proud member of the Bloor St. Culture Corridor. In June 2016, a donation from the Rogers Foundation enabled Hot Docs to purchase the cinema.

The Royal Conservatory of Music is one of the largest and most respected music and arts education institutions in the world. Providing the definitive standard of excellence in music education through its curriculum, assessment, performance, and teacher education programs, The Conservatory has had a substantial impact on the lives of millions of people globally. In addition, the organization has helped to train a number of internationally celebrated artists including Glenn Gould, Oscar Peterson, David Foster, Sarah McLachlan, Angela Hewitt, and Diana Krall. Motivated by its powerful mission to develop human potential through music and the arts, The Royal Conservatory has emerged over the last two decades as a leader in the development of arts-based programs that address a wide range of social issues.

Media Contacts:

Barbora Kršek, Concert Publicity Manager and Publications Editor
The Royal Conservatory of Music;, 416.408.2824 ext. 265

Sonya William, Marketing and Communications Manager
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema;, 416-203-2155 ext. 284