WATERLIFE: Filmmaker fears for the Great Lakes

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Here's a little something that Gord's "lent his voice to". I'm sure most of you know about the Waterkeeper Alliance and what they are trying to do to educate people on the preservation of the Great Lakes and their surrounding areas. If not check out their website.

Special to The Globe and Mail, Monday, Jun. 08, 2009
by Jennie Punter

Although not exactly this year's Jaws – with its well known “Don't go in the water” slogan – Kevin McMahon's new documentary Waterlife is nevertheless must-see cinema for anyone planning to dip a toe into one of the Great Lakes this summer.

The information in this poetic cautionary tale is probably not news to the likes of the film's narrator, Tragically Hip front man Gord Downie, who lives near Lake Ontario and supports the international citizen-led Waterkeeper Alliance. (A new Hip tune Morning Moon plays during Waterlife 's end credits.)

But over the years the state of the Great Lakes, which provide 20 per cent of the planet's fresh water, has fallen off the radar of many North American “users,” asserts McMahon, who grew up in Niagara Falls, Ont., and explored the beauty and hidden horrors of the tourist mecca in his 1991 doc The Falls .

Continute to read the article Here.

WATERLIFE is playing at these theatres in Toronto:

Canada Square (Cineplex)
2190 Yonge St.
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu: 4:20, 6:50, 9:30

Varsity (Cineplex)
55 Bloor St. W.
Mon: 1:10, 3:50, 6:55, 9:40
Wed, Thu: 1:10, 3:50, 6:50, 9:40

I would recommend the 4:20 shows myself, but that's just me ;)

A list off the top of my head...Water Imagery in Tragically Hip songs:

~All Canadian Surf Club - aaah to be young.
~Another Midnight - this might be the weakest reference of the bunch, but they do say "river". Ha ha.
~Born in the Water - Good ol' English/French relations, eh?
~Daredevil - Brave souls or idiots? Maybe both.
~Nautical Disaster - Nothing to add
~Titanic Terrarium - I see water when I here Titanic. You?
~Poets - Makes me think of topless women swimming. What can I say? If that's not water imagery I don't know what is.
~Membership - Ice fishing
~Chagrin Falls - You say 'falls", I think water.
~Emperor Penguin - So who out there knew of the epic struggle of the Emperor Penguin before March of the Penguins can out? Hands up now.
~Lake Fever - This post's topic
~Sharks - Sharks live in the ocean. The ocean is water. The lines connect.
~The Bear - The Polar Bears are SO fucked. Say goodbye folks.
~The Dire Wolf - I don't want to be Done by no water.
~If New Orleans is Beat - Yep.
~Yer Not the Ocean - Same explanation as Chagrin, but change 'Falls' to 'Ocean'
~The Drop Off - Swimming again.
~Morning Moon - The lakes, the lakes!
~Speed River - Guelph, ON

That's all folks.

I will be adding direct links to audience recordings via my set list reports either from The Hip Tracker or some other source where use is not measured/mandated like etree.org for example.

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