Recommendations by Karen C

Looking for the Light at the End of the Tunnel:  National Canadian Film Day

National Canadian Film Day (NCFD) on Wednesday, April 21, is a great opportunity for Canadians to gather together, even if that means virtually together in 2021. Normally, hundreds of venues would be hosting screenings to showcase our country’s finest filmmakers on NCFD. This year, the Light at the End of the Tunnel (the theme for this year’s NCFD) will be emanating from several streaming platforms instead of physical theatres.

Take a look at the NCFD website for information on these various platforms, as well as their Spotlight list of films that they hope will brighten your day, leaving you to feel warm and fuzzy. For younger film buffs, NFCD has also curated a Family-Friendly list of stream-able films as well as a printable colouring book and an entire Activity Bundle of games and other activities for a variety of ages.

Remember - Our Film Discussion Program

Remember film poster

We invite you to celebrate the eighth annual National Canadian Film Day by joining us online to discuss Remember, the Atom Egoyan film starring the late, great actor, Christopher Plummer. Borrow one of several DVD copies of Remember in our collection, or stream the film using CBC Gem’s free streaming service either through the app or a web browser.

Register to attend our Zoom-based discussion about the film, the historical significance of the Holocaust, and age-related memory loss, and let us know what you think of the Library hosting more film discussions like this.

Who knows? This may be the beginning of a beautiful friendship – or a regular Movie Club at the library, at the very least!

Beyond Canadian Bacon

Whether you attend our NCFD program or not, you can celebrate our country’s culturally diverse, creative contributions to the film industry by checking out one of our many excellent Canadian films and watching it with the people in your bubble. Put a hold on a great DVD in our collection, or borrow and stream a Canadian flick on Hoopla. Yes, we’ve got Canadian Bacon, but here are a few more titles that might show you the light at the end of the tunnel (click on the title links to view trailers and see from where you can stream these films):

Breakaway

Breakaway film still shot

Breakaway is a heartwarming, action-filled comedy combining hockey, romance, and Bollywood in a cross-cultural story of self-discovery, filmed and set in Ontario. What’s more Canadian than an underdog team of hockey players dreaming of the game of their lives?

  • Directed by Robert Lieberman
  • Starring Vinay Virmani, Russell Peters, Rob Lowe, Camilla Belle

The Grizzlies

The Grizzlies film still shot

Did I just ask what’s more Canadian than hockey? Grizzly bears playing lacrosse, perhaps? Described as “transcendently moving” by The Hollywood Reporter, this based-on-a-true-story tells the inspiring tale of how the introduction of a lacrosse program helped to build a sense of pride and purpose in the teens - human, not grizzly - living in a remote, Inuit community.

  • Directed by Miranda de Pencier
  • Starring Ricky Martin-Pahtaykan, Ben Schnetzer, Anna Lambe, Emerald MacDonald, Paul Nutarariaq

Snowtime! (La Guerre des Tuques) and its sequel Racetime! (La Course des Tuques)

Snowtime! film poster

So, not a fan of hockey or lacrosse, but still craving a truly Canadian cinematic experience? Consider curling up with some hot chocolate and your family to enjoy these two gorgeously animated films with epic snow ball fights, icy forts, thrilling toboggan rides, and a “rollicking energy that is unstoppably fun” (NCFD review). Even the soundtrack is distinctly Canadian, with music by Burlington’s Walk Off the Earth, Montreal’s Simple Plan and Groenland, and Quebecois Divas Marie-Mai and Celine Dion.

  • Directed by André Melançon
  • Starring André Sauvé, Nicholas Savard L'Herbier, Mariloup Wolfe, Sandra Oh, Ross Lynch

You Are Here: A Come From Away Story

You Are Here A Come From Away Story film poster

In the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic, sometimes it is hard to remember how a community can come together – literally – to help others. This documentary reminds us how the town of Gander, Newfoundland came together to feed, shelter and support almost 7,000 stranded airline passengers in September 2001. “With interviews from a selection of airline passengers and residents of the town, this emotional and inspirational documentary tells the incredible true story that inspired the smash-hit musical Come From Away” - from the NCFD website.

  • Directed by Moze Mossanen
  • Starring the people of Gander and some of their 7,000 unexpected guests