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TIFF 2010 Scores An Opening Night Film

When the 35th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) kicks off on September 9 the audience will get a taste of what a majority of Canada and Canadians are all about — hockey. And singing.

Score: A Hockey Musical captures key elements of Canadian identity – our passion for our national pastime, our unique musical style and our special brand of humour,” says Piers Handling, Director and CEO of TIFF.

Directed by Michael McGowan (One Week, Saint Ralph), Score: A Hockey Musical tells the story of a teenager who is drafted to join a hockey league and becomes an instant celebrity. The film stars Olivia Newton-John, singer/songwriter Marc Jordan, young talent Noah Reid and Allie MacDonald, and features cameos by musicians Nelly Furtado, Hawksley Workman and John McDermott, hockey dad Walter Gretzky, and hockey star Theo Fleury.

“I can’t think of a better way to kick off our 35th anniversary Festival than with Score: A Hockey Musical,” says Cameron Bailey, Co-Director of the Toronto International Film Festival. “It continues our tradition of launching the very best in Canadian filmmaking — although in 35 years this is our first musical romance about hockey. Plan for a fun night on September 9.”

TIFF runs from September 9 – 19, 2010. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit tiff.net/thefestival.

brian.mckechnie@citynews.rogers.com

Top image: Michael McGowan on set of Score: A Hockey Musical. Courtesy TIFF.