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Mark Wigmore's Top 3 - Weekend of April 7th

Friday, 07 April 2017 09:41

It’s Friday and that means Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore shares his top picks for your arts and entertainment week ahead.


Starting with a must see film for jazz fans. “I Called Him Morgan” chronicles the life and times of brash and bold trumpeter Lee Morgan.
Synopsis: On a snowy night in February 1972, celebrated jazz musician Lee Morgan was shot dead by his wife Helen during a gig at a club in New York City. The murder sent shockwaves through the jazz community, and the memory of the event still haunts those who knew the Morgans. This feature documentary by Swedish filmmaker Kasper Collin is a love letter to two unique personalities and the music that brought them together. A film about love, jazz and America.

I Called Him Morgan Trailer from Submarine Deluxe on Vimeo.

Mark Wigmore spoke with Swedish director Kasper Collin at TIFF last September. You can listen to that conversation here.

“I Called Him Morgan” runs through Wednesday April 12th at Bloor Hot Docs Theatre.


One of the hottest tickets in town is the remount of ‘887’ at the Bluma Appel Theatre.

Synopsis: Following the success of 2013's Needles & Opium, Canadian Stage brings international stage sensation Robert Lepage back to Toronto with 887: an intimate solo spectacle that mesmerized audiences at Panamania 2015. Beginning with his childhood growing up in 1960s Quebec City, Lepage plunges us into the depths of his past, distilling his most intimate of recollections into a multi-layered story that reveals the historical and social reality that shaped his identity. A magical foray into the world of memory by a storyteller at the top of his game.

Tickets at – 887 runs through April 16th.


Twin Peaks is getting a reboot on television, and a nice refresher for that cult classic series arrives in the form of a new documentary. Lynch is one of the most distinct film and television auteurs of the last half century

Synopsis: In the film, directed by Jon Nguyen, David Lynch takes the audience on an intimate journey through the formative years of his life. From his idyllic upbringing in small town America to the dark streets of Philadelphia, David Lynch: The Art Life follows Lynch as he retraces the events that have helped to shape one of cinemas most enigmatic directors.

A long form interview style documentary that offers a peephole into Lynch’s mind, David Lynch: The Art Life infuses Lynch’s own art, music, and early films shining a light into the dark corners of his unique world, giving audiences a better understanding of the man and the artist. As Lynch states "I think every time you do something, like a painting or whatever, you go with ideas and sometimes the past can conjure those ideas and color them, even if they're new ideas, the past colors them."

“David Lynch: The Art Life” opens at TIFF Bell Lightbox Friday. for details.

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