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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould

Directed by Peter Raymont and Michèle Hozer

Special Presentation Screenings: The Royal in Toronto

Thu Dec 3 – Sun Dec 6 and Tue Dec 8, 2009

Cinema du Parc in Montreal

Friday December 4 – Thursday December 17, 2009

TORONTO - After a successful launch at TIFF 2009, Union Pictures and White Pine Pictures are pleased to bring Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould to audiences across Canada with a series of Special Screenings in select venues beginning with The Royal in Toronto and the Cinéma du Parc in Montréal. Confirmed dates in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Winnipeg, Waterloo, and Ottawa will be announced in the coming weeks.

Intimately revealing the man behind the myth, Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould casts a fresh light on the mysterious pianist whose ideas were as controversial, and his private life as passionate, as his music.

Although undoubtedly one of the most famous artists of his time - what do any of us really know about the man Glenn Gould, who would turn his back on celebrity for the sake of his art and whose devotion to his craft cost him the relationships most dear to him? A collaboration between award-winning documentary director
Peter Raymont and award-winning editor Michèle Hozer in her directorial debut, Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould explores these questions and humanizes the icon.

Featuring never-before seen footage of Gould, photographs and excerpts from his private home recordings and diaries, plus personal memories from Gould's most intimate friends and lovers, some who have never spoken about him publicly before, Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould takes a fresh look at the artist who continues to captivate twenty-seven years after his untimely death.


Headed by award-winning filmmaker, Peter Raymont, the company is recognized internationally as a high quality production house with a reputation for compelling visual styles and depth of content. White Pine Pictures prides itself on its longtime relationships with Canadian talent and key industry players worldwide. White Pine has produced over 100 films, including the Emmy award-winning feature documentary Shake Hands With The Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire, the Oscar-short listed A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman, and the award-winning documentary Triage: Dr. James Orbinski’s Humanitarian Dilemma.


Union Pictures is a full-service movie distribution and production company dedicated to the idea that Canadians have the ability and the resources to be a world leader in creating the best in on-screen entertainment. Union is preparing for the upcoming release of Gary Yates High Life, a heist comedy set in the 80’s starring Timothy Olyphant, Stephen McIntyre, Joe Anderson and Rossif Sutherland. High Life opens in select centres across Canada on January 15, 2010. website: Running time: 108 minutes

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Lecture / Mark Kingwell on Glenn Gould 1 October 7 PM Studio Theatre


Thursday, 1 October | 7 PM

Author of fifteen books about philosophy, design and architecture, Mark Kingwell is a philosophy professor at the University of Toronto and a contributing editor for Harper’s Magazine. His new book, Glenn Gould (Penguin, 2009), focuses on Canada’s most renowned classical musician of the twentieth century, a figure whose technical virtuosity and interpretive brilliance were matched by an eccentric lifestyle. A recording artist, broadcaster, writer, and proponent of electronic media, Gould stopped performing live in 1964 to focus exclusively on recorded performances. Discussing Gould as a philosopher who lived according to his own contradictory, mischievous and provocative ideas about music, Kingwell adopts a kaleidoscopic approach to writing his life, offering twenty-one “takes” – a reference to Gould’s famous twenty-one “takes” on Bach’s Goldberg Variations in 1955. Kingwell’s lecture links to the Candice Breitz exhibition at The Power Plant, which also examines connections between live and recorded performance, repetition and improvisation.

This event is dedicated to the Toronto Arts Council in honour of their 35th Anniversary.

$4 Members, $6 Non-Members
Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
Call the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416.973.4000 to purchase tickets.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

J.S. Bach Meets the Great Glenn Gould at the next TD Canada Trust Family Adventures with the NAC Orchestra conducted by Boris Brott on February 9

Ottawa (Canada) - The TD Canada Trust Family Adventures with the National Arts Centre Orchestra series continues on Saturday, February 9 with J.S. Bach Meets the Great Glenn Gould at 13:30 and 15:30 in the afternoon with pre-concert activities in TuneTown beginning 45 minutes prior to each concert. Principal Youth and Family Conductor Boris Brott returns to the podium for the bilingual concerts which are perfect for kids 5 and up, and their grown-up friends. He is joined by the brilliant young Calgary pianist Jan Lisiecki, Ottawa's fiddling sensation Sarah Burnell and the Sarah Burnell Band, Stellae Boreales (SuzukiMusic senior string ensemble), organist Thomas Annand, and the Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys.

Johann Sebastian Bach (performed by actor Luc Thériault) visits the NAC Orchestra to tell you about his life and times, and of course his music. Audiences will hear musical excerpts from Bach's Magnificat, Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring and the B-Minor Mass performed by the Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys; the Suite No. 2 featuring flutist Camille Churchfield; as well as the Brandenburg Concerto No. 5.and Concerto for Two Violins in D minor featuring Stellae Boreales. Star fiddler Sarah Burnell and her ensemble improvise on the Orchestral Suite No. 3. Jan Lisiecki, the 12-year-old piano prodigy who studies at Calgary's Mount Royal College Conservatory and has participated in the NAC Young Artists Programme, has already performed three times with the NAC Orchestra including this series, Canada Day celebrations, and the prestigious 2006 NAC Gala. He will perform Bach's Goldberg Variations as well as the Keyboard Concerto in B-flat major by Bach's son Johann Christian Bach. The concert includes a special appearance on the giant NACOtron screen by Glenn Gould, the legendary Canadian pianist and Bach specialist.

The concert ticket includes "TuneTown", pre-concert activities in the NAC Foyer organized by Friends of the NAC Orchestra 45 minutes prior to each concert, beginning at 12:45 for the first concert and 14:45 for the second concert. The activities and community partners for J.S. Bach Meets the Great Glenn Gould include short recitals by students of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association; an Ottawa Public Library book display; a demonstration of how pianos are constructed and tuned with NACO piano tuner Don Côté; a percussion demo with Music for Young Children; an info booth with the Christ Church Cathedral Men & Boys Choir; a craft station to make Bach and Glenn Gould ID tags; an instrument petting zoo with stringed instruments, and a chance for subscribers to meet "Boris the Explorer". After the concert, the audience also has the chance to meet fiddler Sarah Burnell in the Foyer.

All TD Canada Trust Family Adventures feature NACOtron presented in collaboration with Rogers Television. Five television cameras positioned on stage and in the hall capture live video images of the musicians while they are performing, and these images are projected onto a giant screen above the stage allowing the audience to watch the action in close-up.

The Ottawa Citizen is the media partner of the TD Canada Trust Family Adventures with the NAC Orchestra.

Tickets for J.S. Bach Meets the Great Glenn Gould on Saturday, February 9 at 13:30 and 15:30, including TuneTown Pre-Concert Activities, are $12.00 for children and $20.00 for adults (including GST and Facility Fee where applicable) and are on sale now at the NAC Box Office (Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 21:00), and through Ticketmaster (with surcharges) at 613-755-1111. Visit the National Arts Centre's web site at

Groups of 10 and more save 15% to 20% off the regular price of tickets to NAC Music, Theatre and Dance performances. To reserve your seats call 613-947-7000 ext. 384 or email

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Jane Morris

Communications Officer/Agente de communication

National Arts Centre Orchestra/Orchestre du Centre national des Arts

Telephone/Téléphone: 613-947-7000 x 335

Fax: 613-996-2828

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OCNA, le 9 février : Aventures familiales TD Canada Trust proposent J. S. Bach face à Glenn Gould

Le 30 janvier 2008

Les prochaines Aventures familiales TD Canada Trust avec l'Orchestre du CNA, sous la direction de Boris Brott, proposent J. S. Bach face à Glenn Gould , le 9 février

Ottawa (Canada) - L'Orchestre du Centre national des Arts poursuit la série des Aventures familiales TD Canada Trust et présente J. S. Bach face à Glenn Gould le samedi 9 février à 13 h 30 et 15 h 30, au cours de deux concerts précédés par Dorémiville, un ensemble d'activités qui débutent 45 minutes avant chaque concert. Boris Brott, le premier chef des concerts jeunesse et famille sera de retour au podium pour présenter ces concerts bilingues destinés aux jeunes de cinq ans et plus, ainsi qu'à leurs amis adultes. Il accueillera sur scène le brillant jeune pianiste de Calgary Jan Lisiecki, la sensationnelle violoniste d'Ottawa Sarah Burnell et le Sarah Burnell Band, Stellae Boreales (ensemble de cordes émérite de SuzukiMusic), l'organiste Thomas Annand et le Choeur d'hommes et de garçons de la cathédrale Christ Church.

En visite à l'Orchestre du CNA, Jean-Sébastien Bach (incarné par le comédien Luc Thériault) parle de sa vie, de son époque et, bien entendu, de sa musique. L'auditoire pourra entendre des extraits musicaux du Magnificat, de Jésus que ma joie demeure et de la Messe en si mineur de Bach interprétés par le Choeur d'hommes et de garçons de la cathédrale Christ Church; la Suite no 2 mettant en vedette la flûtiste Camille Churchfield; ainsi que le Concerto brandebourgeois no 5 et le Concerto pour deux violons en ré mineur avec l'ensemble Stellae Boreales. La célèbre violoniste Sarah Burnell et son ensemble improviseront sur la Suite orchestrale no 3. Jan Lisiecki, jeune pianiste prodige de 12 ans, ancien stagiaire du Programme des jeunes artistes du CNA, qui étudie au conservatoire du Collège Mount Royal de Calgary, s'est déjà produit trois fois avec l'Orchestre du CNA, en l'occurrence dans cette même série, à l'occasion de la fête nationale du Canada et à l'édition 2006 du prestigieux Gala du CNA. Il interprétera les Variations Goldberg de Bach, ainsi que le Concerto pour clavier en si bémol majeur de Johann Christian Bach, le fils de Jean-Sébastien. Au cours du concert, l'écran géant de l'OCNAtron permettra aux spectateurs de découvrir Glenn Gould, légendaire pianiste canadien spécialiste de Bach.

Le billet inclut les activités « Dorémiville » présentées avant le concert dans le Foyer du CNA par les Amis de l'Orchestre du CNA, 45 minutes avant le début de chaque concert, soit à 12 h 45 pour le premier concert et 14 h 45 pour le second. Avant le concert J. S. Bach face à Glenn Gould, divers partenaires locaux présenteront les activités suivantes : les élèves de l'Association des professeur(e)s de musique de l'Ontario proposeront de brefs récitals; la Bibliothèque publique d'Ottawa apportera une sélection de livres; Don Côté, l'accordeur de pianos de l'OCNA expliquera comment on construit et accorde un piano; Musique pour jeunes enfants fera une démonstration de percussion; le Choeur d'hommes et de garçons de la cathédrale Christ Church aura un stand d'information; il y aura un atelier de bricolage permettant de réaliser des pièces d'identité au nom de Bach et de Glenn Gould; les spectateurs pourront participer à une activité touche-à-tout d'instruments à cordes et auront la chance de rencontrer « Boris l'explorateur ». Après le concert, le public pourra également rencontrer la violoniste Sarah Burnell dans le Foyer.

Tous les Aventures familiales TD Canada Trust bénéficient de l'OCNAtron présenté en collaboration avec la Télévision Rogers. Cinq caméras de télévision installées sur scène et dans la salle enregistrent en direct des images vidéo des musiciens pendant qu'ils jouent sur scène et les transmettent sur l'écran géant surplombant la scène, afin de permettre au public de suivre de près tout ce qui se passe.

Les billets pour les Aventures familiales TD Canada Trust présenté le samedi 9 février à 13 h 30 et 15 h 30, incluant les activités d'avant-concert, sont en vente dès maintenant à 12 $ pour les enfants et 20 $ pour les adultes (TPS et frais d'établissement inclus dans les cas qui s'appliquent), à la Billetterie du CNA (du lundi au samedi de 10 h à 21 h) et par l'entremise du réseau Ticketmaster (frais de service en sus) au (613) 755-1111. Consultez le site Web du Centre national des Arts à l'adresse .

Formez un groupe de 10 personnes et plus, et économisez de 15% à 20% sur le prix régulier des billets pour l'Orchestre du Centre national des Arts, la Danse et le Théâtre. Pour réserver appelez 947-7000 poste 384 ou écrivez à

The Ottawa Citizen est le média partenaire des Aventures familiales TD Canada Trust avec l'Orchestre du CNA.

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Jane Morris

Communications Officer/Agente de communication

National Arts Centre Orchestra/Orchestre du Centre national des Arts

Telephone/Téléphone: 613-947-7000 x 335

Fax: 613-996-2828

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