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A Podcast Conversation With .. Paul Hoffert on The Rhapsody

Ten plus years in the making, The Rhapsody will have its World Premiere at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival on June 15 at The Hot Docs Cinema. Learn more about this compelling documentary in our conversation with its producer, famed musician Paul Hoffert.

A Podcast Conversation With .. Paul Hoffert on The Rhapsody

By Bill King

Musician Paul Hoffert and I have long history. I always attribute the beginnings of my career as a solo artist to Paul and his gracious loving family. Those early sides for Capitol Records – Goodbye Superdad and Dixie Peach. A few radio hits.


Paul understood the difficulties facing immigrants and offered a helping hand. I have long admired his curiosity, intellect and vast knowledge of music in its totality. Lighthouse, Brenda Hoffert and the King family a travelling roadshow back in the day. More than a few times with me as the opening act. This brings us to today’s podcast and the Hoffert family film project.

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With ten plus years in the making, The Rhapsody will be having its World Premiere at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival on Wednesday, June 15th, 7:30 pm, at The Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W.

At the age of ninety-eight, late composer Leo Spellman, a Polish Canadian Holocaust survivor, sets out on a journey toward artistic liberation. Filmmaker David Hoffert presents Spellman’s musical masterpiece composed in a German DP camp and lost for over fifty years. His secret wartime diary is revealed for the first time with excerpts read by actor Stephen Fry, and his family returns to the Polish town of Ostrowiec where he spent eighteen months hiding from the Nazis. This tale of survival is told through animation, interviews with family and colleagues, and powerful live concerts, including the performance of his composition at the Ashkenaz Festival in Toronto at which Spellman was present.

Director David Hoffert and Producers Brenda Hoffert, Paul Hoffert and Jeff Preyra.

Presented in partnership with The Ashkenaz Foundation.

 

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Neil Young's New Album 'FU##IN' UP' Has Live Recordings from Intimate Toronto Venue The Rivoli

FU##IN' UP, the new album by Neil Young & Crazy Horse, features performances of songs from his 1990 album Ragged Glory, recorded live at Toronto's Rivoli, seemingly during a much-rumoured secret show last November. He'll bring his upcoming tour to Toronto's Budweiser Stage in May, 2024.

Canadian icon Neil Young is adding to his immense discography with a new release this spring, a live album titled FU##IN UP'. The album, featuring Young's longtime band Crazy Horse, consists of nine live recordings from 2023 and is set for a limited edition two-LP release this April, in partnership with Record Store Day. According to the album's credits as noticed by Exclaim!, it was recorded at Toronto's Rivoli club, meaning it likely captures Neil Young & Crazy Horse's secret show at the Rivoli last November.

At that show — supposedly a private birthday party for Canada Goose CEO Dani Reiss — according to reports that generated a lot of buzz when they appeared online days later, Young performed most of his 1990 album Ragged Glory. FU##IN' UP features primarily songs from Ragged Glory, with new titles taken from lyric fragments. ("Over and Over," shared as a single, is now "Broken Circle.") The album features performances from Crazy Horse members Billy Talbot on bass, Ralph Molina on drums, and Nils Lofgren and Micah Nelson on guitar and piano, and Reiss is credited as a presenter.

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