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Geddy Lee at Massey Hall short documentary now online

Sun, Sep 13, 2009@5:23PM | comments

UPDATE - 9/14@8:38AM: According to State of Grace, the documentary did NOT screen at Dundas Square yesterday due to technical difficulties. It will instead screen today at 11:30AM.

About a month ago I let you know about the City Sonic Project - a collaboration between Toronto documentary film companies White Pine Pictures and Kensington Communications. The project pairs Canadian music artists with award-winning Canadian filmmakers to create short documentary films about the artists' connection to places where their musical lives were transformed. One of the 13 short films pairs Geddy Lee with director Bruce McDonald. Geddy is followed as he takes viewers on a tour inside the legendary Massey Hall (where All the World's a Stage was recorded). Here's a synopsis of the film from the CitySonic website:

In June 1976, Rush ended their 2112 tour with three sold-out concerts at Massey Hall, an historic event at an historic venue. These shows were recorded for the double-live album All the World is a Stage an album that broke the band in the U.S., becoming their first Top 40 Billboard hit and paving the way for a string of famous Rush live albums. It was a first for Rush, but not the first time singer/bassist Geddy Lee felt magic on the stage at Massey. Geddy takes us on a tour inside the legendary concert hall and back to the 1970s to reminisce on how getting to watch Cream and Genesis rock Massey Hall as a star-struck teen set the stage for him to make rock music history there himself.

All 13 films are premiering as part of the Toronto International Film Festival's TIFF in Concert program at Yonge and Dundas Square this week. Geddy Lee at Massey Hall screened today at 12PM and has now been posted to YouTube (thanks RushFanForever). You can watch it below or at this link. There are also a bunch of great production stills from the film posted in this Flickr photo gallery slideshow.