Tamarack Productions is pleased to announce that it has exclusive rights to develop and produce a documentary about the extraordinary jazzman Jim Galloway with the support of his estate.
Jim Galloway is a foundational figures in Canadian jazz. The Scots born Galloway emigrated to Toronto in 1964. He was previously a student in graphic design at the famed Glasgow College of Art. Other internationally renowned Scots emigrants to Canada like the National Film Board animator Norman MacLaren also studied there.
Galloway chose Toronto because of its proximity to jazz centres New York and Chicago, while still having the patina of the United Kingdom and Scotland. Galloway made a life and career for himself from his new Toronto base. Emerging with a passel of superb Canadian jazz musicians including Oscar Peterson, Don Thompson and Moe Koffman, Galloway was regarded as one of the world’s top saxophonists for decades.
Galloway was every bit as accomplished as an impresario and jazz entrepreneur as an instrumentalist. Galloway became Canada’s ambassador of jazz as the founding artistic director of the Toronto Jazz Festival. His international touring earned him accolades and steady work in places like Austria and France where the fully bilingual Galloway was named a chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
A short animated film about girls' education in the Islamic world. Paari and Mullah Jaan will illuminate the struggle between a teenaged brother and sister in a conflict over the allure of fundamentalism.
Written and Conceived by: Kazim Rizvi
Story Editor: Ellen Besen
Executive Producers: James Cullingham & Mark Jones
Developed with the creative participation of the Animation programme, School of Creative Arts and Animation, Seneca College, Toronto.
Luke & The Apostles was the hottest blues/rock/psychedelic band of late 60s and early 70s Toronto. This short film documents their role in developing ‘the Toronto sound’ as well as their artistic tenacity and vision over 50 years of existence.
Luke & The Apostles celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015. Our film follows the band to gigs in the Toronto area during its golden anniversary. We witness the musicianship and experience the wry humour and insights of original members– vocalist/guitarist Luke Gibson, Mike McKenna - hero to a generation of Toronto guitarists and Peter Jermyn, the band’s unparalleled R&B and jazz organist.
Our guide is Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter David Clayton-Thomas (Blood Sweat and Tears) who was there at the creation of the Toronto sound. Clayton-Thomas supplies a wry and sophisticated musicological take on the surge of energy that enveloped musicians like members of Luke & The Apostles. Such musicians played the clubs, bars and coffee houses of 1960s Yorkville and Yonge Street in Toronto, a fount of modern rock ‘n roll and songwriting.