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ONLINE—Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind

Friday, July 31—September 17, 2020,

(Marta Kehoe, Joan Tosoni, Canada 2019, 91 min.)

Gordon Lightfoot, Canada’s greatest songwriter, grew up only four hours from Rochester, in Orillia, Ontario. His performing career went through Toronto and Canadian television, influenced by singer/songwriters such as Stephen Foster and Pete Seeger. His success in folk, country, and pop music drew comparisons to Bob Dylan, who inducted him into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012. This documentary features conversations with Lightfoot as he reminisces down the streets of Orillia and Toronto, as well as interviews with recording artists Sarah McLachlan, Anne Murray, and Geddy Lee of Rush. Moving back and forth through time, the film details his career, his battle with substance abuse, and his success with the songs “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Sundown,” and “Carefree Highway.” The film ends with the story of his greatest success, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” based on events that took place on Lake Superior.

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