Gord Downie's role in "One Week"

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One Week chronicles the motorcycle trip of Ben Tyler as he rides from Toronto to Tofino, British Columbia. Ben stops at landmarks that are both iconic and idiosyncratic on his quest to find meaning in his life.

By SooToday.com Staff
Thursday, February 26, 2009


ALGOMA (February 26, 2009) - Pat O’Gorman, who has lived for a number of years in the Desbarats area, can be heard playing Irish pipes, called Uilleann (ill-un) pipes, on the soundtrack to the Canadian film One Week which is opening at cinemas across Northeastern Ontario on March 6.

The film is a story of a young man [shown] confronted with his mortality who takes a cross-Canada road trip on a vintage motorcycle.

One Week stars Joshua Jackson (Fringe, Shutter, Bobby, Dawson’s Creek) as Ben Tyler, a young man who flees from the confines of his life—an impending marriage, a job he’s not entirely happy with and a recent diagnosis—in order to attempt to live more fully.

What starts off as an ill-defined attempt to escape soon morphs into a cross-country odyssey from Toronto to Tofino, British Columbia featuring great Canadian scenery, great Canadian music, and amusing side-trips to some of Canada’s “biggest” roadside attractions.

O’Gorman, who is known in the Algoma region for co-founding the AlgomaTrad Family Camp with Julie Schryer, has been performing, recording and teaching traditional music since the seventies, with groundbreaking groups Rare Air, Morgaine Le Fay and the Brian Pickell Band.

He plays Scottish and Irish bagpipes, flutes and whistles and was last heard in the movies playing Highland bagpipes on the soundtrack for Canadian feature film Men With Brooms.

O’Gorman met composer Andrew Lockington, responsible for the score of One Week, several years ago while recording several CDs with Mychael Danna ("The Sweet Hereafter," "Little Miss Sunshine").

"Pat O'Gorman's haunting use of the Uilleann pipes brought to life Andrew Lockington's incredible score in ways I can only marvel at," says Director Mike McGowan, whose films, including One Week, have been featured at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Artists whose songs are also heard in the film read like a Who’s Who of the Canadian indie music scene.

Joel Plaskett, Great Lake Swimmers, Stars, Sam Roberts, Wintersleep and Patrick Watson are among the artists featured in the film.

In addition, Gord Downie, lead singer for the Tragically Hip, makes an appearance as a character that Tyler meets “on the road”.

A great Canadian road film with great Canadian music and an Algoma connection…check it out!

One Week, directed by Michael McGowan, [is a] Canadian feature film opening March 6 at a theatre near you.

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