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St. Lawrence, is a coming of age story about learning to accept help and love in order to achieve your dreams.  A young man, Thomas, (Chris Vlahos,) who is down on his luck, is driven to make his own movie for a contest with the hopes that winning might pull him out of his funk. Without resources, he finds he has to put his ego aside in order to navigate a hard city and grow into the filmmaker, and the man, he always dreamed he could be.                                                      

Starring Chris Vlahos, Ariel Gerard and Tim Braddock, Director Sandie de Freitas Commffest Productions

in association with Telemark Media Productions Inc 82m Canada

Plays with "We Went out" Director Ian Kamau 12m Canada

followed by

Alan Cohen and  Friends a musical presentation featuring Tracey Gallant,  Cal B,  The Performing Arts Lodge   $20.00

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St Lawrence Centre for the Arts 27 front st East 6.20PM September 16th
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 Director Hubert Boorder Canada 9:59

Hanna unknowingly wakes up in an abandoned building swarmed with (mercenaries) She must survive her way out to escape. Failure is not an option, Failure is death!

screens with Armeno Project and Low Water Pressure all one price.

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September 18th 5.00pm Imagine Cinema 80 Front St East
love
Director Colin Askey  Canada 1.20m

Set in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, LOVE IN THE TIME OF FENTANYL is an intimate, observational look beyond the stigma of injection drug users, revealing the courage of those facing terrible tragedy in a neighbourhood often referred to as ground zero of the overdose crisis in Canada. As the number of overdose deaths reaches an all time high, the Overdose Prevention Society (OPS) opens its doors — a renegade safe injection site that employs primarily current or former drug users, its staff and volunteers save lives and give hope to a deeply marginalized community as the overdose crisis rages. 

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St Lawrence Centre for the Arts 12.pm 27 Front st east
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Director Behzad Sedghi  Canada 01:04

An obscure middle-aged Iranian filmmaker in Canada is out of ideas. When a German friend invites him to join an artists’ resort in Italy to make a film, he accepts the invitation much to his wife’s dismay who finds his plan self-indulgent in view of the many problems at home. The adventure turns out to be a mistake at first; the resort, an idyllic Italian villa in its charming surroundings, is filled with a cacophony of many artistic expressions impossible to decipher. But as the week nears an end he finally manages to recognize a pattern of his own artistic vision that can put his life back on track.

plays with One in The Chamber and Low Water pressure

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September 18th 5.00pm Imagine Cinema 80 Front St East
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Director Ian Kamau  Canada 12m

We Went Out is a short film based in Toronto that explores coming of age in the in-between spaces of a city.

In the spring of 2021 Rosina Kazi called to ask if I would contribute to a project she was curating as part of the 2021 Luminato Festival. The project would become a five-part docu-music series called Guided by Starlight—Exploring Toronto’s Musical Galaxy. The concept focused on neighbourhoods then pivoted to venues because of the music venue closures happening in the city due to Covid restrictions and lockdowns. I told Rose, a long-time friend, that many of those venues did not treat hip hop or young Black and Brown people well in the times when we performed in them regularly. The venues my close friends and I spent the most time in where in-between and informal spaces: sidewalks, stairwells, benches. We had few formal places to be on our own. I made We Went Out, a short film featuring my close friends and members of the downtown hip hop community in the 90’s and 00’s, to pay homage to the people who became adults in those in-between spaces. It is a mapping project. We have wonderful and significant memories in places that are not often valued, that didn’t value us, but are an important part of Toronto’s cultural landscape.

Screens with "St. Lawrence"

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St Lawrence Centre for the Arts 6.20pm September 16 27 Front st East
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 Director Fancesco filice 14:17 Canada

Jason and Melissa have been in a loving relationship for three years. But lately there is something between them that neither of them wants to acknowledge. Over the course of one conversation they have to come to terms with the fact that their relationship isn't what they thought it was.

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Imagine Cinema September 18th 5.00pm 80 front St East
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Director Jordana Bleiwas Canada, USA  13.16m

Lucy, a frightened and conflicted pregnant teenager has a monumental decision to make while simultaneously struggling to maintain her relationship with her religious father. The recent overturning of the constitutional protection for abortion in the U.S. which has galvanized attention on this subject around the world highlights the timeliness of this short film. Moreover, the real-life shockwaves caused by this polarizing ruling make films like “Lucy”, that grapple with these questions of abortion, privacy, bodily autonomy and others more crucial than ever.

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Imagine CInema September18 7.30-10pm 80 Front St East
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 Directed by KT Curran  USA 1.40

In a world that's falling apart, a grieving widow struggling with her own grief and self-destruction, fights to save young people struggling with a mental health crisis. Embedded with the fire department, she's battling the men who don't want her there, the clients who fight her tooth and nail, and her own wounded psyche. She wants to save the world, if the job doesn't
kill her first.

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September18 7.30-10pm 80 Front St East Toronto

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To purchase tickets for Shows above at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts   click here 

September 18th Imagine cinema 80 Front St East 5-10pm tickets can be purchased here online by clicking the film being showcased

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Commffest  2022  combines local and international artists  with film music and dance celebrating global communities
 

The opening night Friday September 16th is dedicated to our community with a feature and a short film shot in the St Lawrence Market Neighbourhood portraying community life.  It Segue’s to local musicians/ performers starring Jazz singer Tracey Gallant and members of the Performing Arts Lodge.  Tickets $20.00

Saturday September 17th 12.00pm, Canadian film “Love in the Time of Fentanyl” Set in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside is an intimate, observational look beyond the stigma of injection drug users.  Tickets $20.00
 
Saturday 3.30. Showcasing short films from The Island of Antigua & Barbuda.  Christal Clashing O'Reilly  ‘Yemoja’s Anansi,’ a filmed dance interpretation short story about an Afro-Caribbean water goddess with elements of 3D motion capture effects with an opportunity for audience participation. "Nobody hit me Pickney" 

  Tickets $20.00

Saturday Sept 17th 8pm.  “A Tribute to Blues and Jazz”, a musical storytelling of the evolution of jazz heralding from the US the Caribbean and Canada featuring Jay Douglas with his all-star Band.  Tickets $20.00

Singer Jay Douglas’ untold musical history is played out on stage with selections from his ground-breaking new album “Confession”. The album was inspired by his love for Blues and Rhythm & Blues then a new music in post WWII America that was coming out of Memphis and New Orleans. 

Alexis Baro takes the audience on a musical journey back in time to the mid 50's and early 60's when new current within jazz emerged in the US called "Hard Bop". 

The new music incorporated influences from rhythm and blues, gospel music, and blues with an emphasis on a heavy backbeat. It was this style of music that inspired the original founders of Kollage Archie Alleyne and Doug Richardson to form this Canadian musical institution.

COMMFFEST honors filmmaker’s artists and community leaders with the prestigious MADA (Making A Difference Award).

 

Tickets $20.00 or $38.00(pass) St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts 27 Front St East Toronto Sept 16 17. Available online at ToLive. 

Single tickets $20.00  2 day pass $38.00

September 18  Features and shorts from 5pm -10pm  Imagine Cinema 80 Front St East