Toronto, Sep 6 (Canadian-Media): Long awaited TIFF 2019 opened with world premiere of 'Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band' in Toronto on Sept 5.
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Based on the personal memoirs of Robertson, the film follows his early life in his hometown of Toronto and on the Six Nations of the Grand River reserve, in southern Ontario, leading to the creation of The Band.
He wrote his first song for Hawkins when he was 15. The band later partnered with Bob Dylan.
Robertson was presented a with a Key to the City at a press conference held at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Bell Lightbox in recognition of his enduring contribution to music and the arts in Canada and around the world.
The Key to the City, the highest honour that the City can grant, was presented to Robertson prior to the world premiere of the film.
Robertson is a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and is best known for his work as lead guitarist and primary songwriter for The Band.
"Robbie Robertson has inspired Torontonians for decades with his music and incredible talent for songwriting. A Canadian music legend, he has contributed to the establishment of a musical genre known as Americana. It's a point of pride for our city to witness Robbie's enduring influence on artists here and around the world. For his contribution to Toronto's arts and culture industry, I am proud to present a Key to the City to Robbie Robertson, " said John Tory.
John Tory presenting Key to the City to Robbie Robertson.Image credit: TIFF
Reporting by Asha Bajaj