Featuring music from Mac DeMarco, Spencer Krug, Colin Stetson, Sean Nicholas Savage, AIDS Wolf, Patrick Watson, Tim Hecker, Ramzi, Gambletron, Pat Jordache, Braids, Mozart's Sister, Country, Tonstartssbandht, Cadence Weapon and many more...

In a Montreal where linguistic identity is a permanent, fundamental issue, a community of talented English-speaking musicians has put down roots, attracted by the city’s cheap rents. This scene has grown into a cultural world unto itself. Warehouses abandoned in the 1990s now buzz with these autonomous but busy new arrivals, who contribute to Quebec’s cultural life even though they remain perpetually on its fringes.

Timothy George Kelly’s film is an uncompromising exploration of an independent music scene unintegrated with the culture surrounding it. Made with the same DIY ethos that its subjects apply to their music, A City is an Island traces the struggle for expression and the place of the artist amid the contradictions of contemporary society.

Meyer Billurcu, Blue Skies Turn Black
Marilis Cardinal, Arbutus Records
Martin Cesar, Dishwasher, Think About Life
Jonathan Cummins
Mac DeMarco
Xarah Dion, La Brique
Bobby Ezekiel, Miss Lady Swamp Pussy
Tony Ezzy
Lisa Gamble, Gambletron, Clues
Pat Gregoire, Pat Jordache, Islands, Sister Suvi
Phobé Guillemot, Ramzi
Tim Hecker
Spencer Krug, Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown, Moonface
Tim La Fontaine, Cop Car Bonfire
Chloe Lum, AIDS Wolf
Roland Pemberton, Cadence Weapon
Brendan Reed, Arcade Fire, Clues, Les Angles Morts
Sean Nicholas Savage
Dan Seligman, Pop Montreal
Beaver Sheppard, Country, Secret Secret Girl
Raphaelle Standell, Braids, Blue Hawaii
Colin Stetson
Kiva Tanya Stimac, Casa del Popolo
Caila Thompson-Hannant, Mozart’s Sister, Think About Life, Shapes & Sizes
Graham Van Pelt, Miracle Fortress, Think About Life
Patrick Watson
Andy White, Tonstartssbandht, Andy Boay

Directed by Timothy George Kelly
Written by Luke Neima
Edited by Gaétan Nivon
Produced by Timothy George Kelly
Associate produced by Patricia Boushel & Selin Murat
Post-Production Assistant Jade Blair

Screenings

Nov 7, 2014
Copenhagen
Cinemateket

Nov 13 & 15, 2014
Montreal
Amphithéâtre du Coeur des sciences de l'UQAM

Nov 16, 2014
Copenhagen
Nordisk Film Palads

Feb 17, 2015
Istanbul
Cinemaximum Fitaş Salon 1

Apr 18, 2015
Vienna
Top Kino Vienna

Apr 30, 2015
Slavutych
86 Fest

Jun 5, 2015
Moscow
Moscow Center of Documentary Cinema

Jun 11, 2015
Berlin
Babylon Cinema

Jun 22, 2015
Calgary
Sled Island

Aug 21, 2015
Toronto
Hot Docs Bloor Cinema

Oct 3, 2015
Vladivostok
Kaliningrad
Kazan
Krasnoyarsk
Minsk (Belarus)
Nizhny Novgorod
Novosibirsk
Rostov-on-Don
Moscow
Khabarovsk
Samara
Saint-Petersburg
Chelyabinsk
Voronezh
Yaroslavl
Yekaterinburg
Beat Weekend

Dec 1, 2015
Vienna
Pomeranze Cinema

Dec 9, 2015
Amsterdam
Melkweg / Subbacultcha

Jan 27, 2016
Mexico City
Distrital Festival