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The Scene: An Exploration of Music in Toronto follows three very different bands, The Ruby Spirit, Committed To Rhyme, and The Alter Kakers, as they navigate the indie music scene in Toronto. Taking an in-depth look at what makes Toronto such an important part of the Canadian music scene, as well as the various problems within the music industry, The Scene: An Exploration of Music in Toronto is a fascinating look at the struggles, and motivation, of indie bands.

For music fans, especially those living in Toronto, this is a must-see documentary. There is a vast wealth of information provided in the all too short 79-minute running time. In fact, that’s the biggest problem with the film, it should have been longer. Watching the various bands profiled is extremely entertaining, and listening to the ways in which radio, piracy, album sales, and band managers can affect the system is informative. If only there could be more.

Director Josh Jensen does an incredible job of bringing together famous Canadian talent, radio personalities, record producers, and the amazing indie bands, to provide a clear picture of the overall state of the Toronto music scene. For anybody who has been in a band, or dreams of standing on a stage, there isn’t a better film to watch.

Is The Scene: An Exploration of Music in Toronto Essential CFF Viewing?

Absolutely, unless you have no interest in music at all. This will appeal a lot more to people in bands, or who have been in one, but even those with only a slight interest in music will find plenty to enjoy.

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