Toronto, Aug 1 (Canadian-Media): Canadian-born music producer and songwriter David Foster will receive a special tribute at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), along with the world premiere of the new documentary “David Foster: Off the Record,” TIFF co-heads Joana Vicente and Cameron Bailey announced on Tuesday, TIFF reports said.
David Foster. Image credit: Twitter handle
Foster has helped sell more than a half-billion records. He has collaborated with such artists as Chicago, Barbra Streisand, and Andrea Bocelli and been credited with discovering and working with Celine Dion, Michael Bublé, and Josh Groban.
“A global musical genius, David Foster has left his mark on some of the most timeless songs of today while discovering and launching the careers of the industry’s most talented artists, defining what it means to be a multi-hyphenate musician,” said Vicente, Executive Director and Co-Head, TIFF. “We are proud to celebrate his creations and collaborations with the World Premiere of David Foster: Off the Record at TIFF, honouring Foster in his native country.”
“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate and honour David than by premiering David Foster: Off the Record at TIFF,” said Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media. “Through Bell Media Studios’ partnership with Melbar Entertainment, we are thrilled to bring this inspiring documentary of the legendary music icon to life and showcase David’s remarkable story on the world stage before bringing the film to CTV and Crave.”
“David Foster fills a frame with his greatest-showman-on-Earth style,” said Avrich. “He is a world-class combination of rule-breaker, game-changer, and complex genius.”
Throughout his career, Foster has won 16 Grammy Awards — including three for Producer of the Year — an Emmy Award, and a Golden Globe, and has been nominated for three Oscars for Best Original Song.
The 44th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 5–15, 2019.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)