Jane Siberry - I Muse Aloud (52 minutes)
Next, I went looking for my favourite Canadian comedy of all time, 1977’s Love at First Sight with Dan Aykroyd, Jane Mallett and the much under-appreciated actor Mary Anne McDonald. I could not find it streaming anywhere, so at the risk of self-horn-tooting (there’s not much else can you do in social isolation, is there?) I'll recommend some vintage efforts of mine, starting with this 1987 documentary about Toronto singer/songwriter Jane Siberry. It was produced by Cambium Productions, who also created Sharon, Lois and Bram’s Elephant Show, with a half-hour cut made for CBC and this feature-length version, commissioned by TVO. Don Allan directed Jane's live performance and some of the interviews and tour coverage. For the TVO version, I was brought in to write, edit, and second unit-direct the extra scenes in the field and studio, working with cameraman Peter Mettler. I spent hundreds of hours editing this and came to love everything about Jane, her music, and her amazing band, which then included Rebecca Jenkins, Anne Bourne, Al Cross, Gina Stepaniuk, Ken Myhr and producer/composer John Switzer. Hopefully this will inspire you to go looking for more of Jane’s wonderful music.
You can watch the full documentary on YouTube.
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