Tune into spring with Lunenburg Doc Fest and ‘Docs on Music’ — a lineup of films that are sure to get your feet tapping and put a song in your heart. Sing alongs are encouraged!

Beginning March 18, one film will launch at 7pm each Thursday and be viewable across Canada through Saturday. The Thursday screenings will be accompanied by a livestream Q&A with filmmakers and/or special guests whenever possible.

A limited number of individual tickets are available for each film at a suggested price of $5.

Keep reading to check out the first selections in the series and learn how to reserve your ticket.

Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things explores how Ella’s music became a soundtrack for a tumultuous century. From a 1934 talent contest at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, the film follows Ella’s extraordinary journey across five decades as she reflects the passions and troubles of the times in her music and life. Moving beyond conventional biopic, the film uses images and music to evoke the feel of those times bringing to life the history of Ella’s unique career. Featuring interviews from Smokey Robinson, Tony Bennett, Jamie Cullum, Norma Miller and Ella’s adopted son Ray Brown Jr.

Join a livestream Q&A with producer Reggie Nadelson after the screening.

MARCH 18  •  7pm Atlantic 
Viewing Region:  Canada

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Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind is an exploration of the career, music, and influence of legendary Canadian musical icon Gordon Lightfoot. With unprecedented access to the artist, the documentary follows Lightfoot’s evolution from Christian choirboy to troubled troubadour to international star and beloved Canadian icon, taking audiences from high school auditoriums in straight-laced, small town Ontario in the 50s to the coffee houses of Yorkville and Greenwich Village in the 60s, through Lightfoot’s turbulent, substance-fueled arena shows of the 70s, and finally to the artist in present day.

Join a livestream Q&A with director-producer-writers Martha Kehoe and Joan Tosoni after the screening.

MARCH 25  •  7pm Atlantic 
Viewing Region:  Canada

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Pipe Dreams follows five young organists as they compete in Canada’s prestigious International Organ Competition (CIOC). Who will master the ‘king of instruments’ and come out victorious in Montreal? Pipe Dreams gives you an inside look into the wonderful world of competitive organ playing. From the quietest tinkling of a bell to the rumble of a locomotive… this is organ playing like you have never heard it before!

Join a livestream Q&A with director Stacey Tenenbaum after the screening

APRIL 1  •  7pm Atlantic 
Viewing Region:  Canada

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If you joined us online for the 2020 festival, you may already have an Eventive account and can proceed with ‘Purchasing Your Ticket’.  If you are new to Eventive, please follow the simple steps below.  


•  Pre-order any virtual screening listed under Schedule at LDFdocsonmusic.eventive.org

•  Click on a film in the Film Guide to see the synopsis and the viewing region.

•  All screening and livestream events you pre-order will be automatically linked to your Eventive account. (If you do not have an Eventive account, you will be asked to create one when you pre-order a specific film).

•  After you pre-order, please note the remaining time to complete viewing the screening. Films are available for a limited time and with limited capacity.


• Head to our virtual screening page: https://ldfdocsonmusic.eventive.org/welcome

• Click Schedule

• Select your preferred film. Click Pre-order now. NOTE: You will need to create an Eventive account if you have not already done so. You will receive an email confirmation from Eventive once you have placed your order.


Click here to learn how to watch on your TV, computer, smartphone or iPad. Test device compatibility here.


Lunenburg Doc Fest is thrilled to announce dates for our 8th edition and a hybrid festival experience.

Join us September 23-29, 2021 for a remarkable lineup of documentaries and livestream events!

All films will be viewable online. Special social events will take place onsite within the parameters of public health guidelines at the time. 

Again this year, our fellow documentary enthusiasts will watch remarkable films together, apart, viewing international documentaries from the comfort of home. We will gather virtually to watch and discuss some of the year’s best new documentary films and add treats to make the screening experience special, thanks to the wonders of technology.

Our programmers are already curating a compelling experience — a virtual screening room of films from around the world as well as Filmmaker Q&As, an online social where you can mingle with fellow film fans, and select in-person events.

As always, we will connect with filmmakers and get the inside stories only available to festival attendees. As much as possible Lunenburg Doc Fest will foster the interactive atmosphere that our filmmakers, special guests, and audiences so much enjoy.

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube for exciting details to come!



Submissions are now open for the 8th annual Lunenburg Doc Fest!

Sail on over to Filmfreeway.com for details and to submit your documentary.

* Lunenburg Doc Fest is a Canadian Screen Awards Qualifying Festival *


… for even more music showcased by our friends at Lunenburg Folk Harbour.

The 2021 Folk Fiesta! Winter Series Concerts will be presented in the historic Lunenburg Opera House as follows:

March 13
Shannon and Tony Quinn  (snow date: March 14)

March 20
Ben Caplan  (snow date: March 21)

March 27
Darren, Rachel and Chrissy of Còig  (snow date: March 28 )

COVID-19 protocols will be in place. Click here for more details and to buy your tickets.



Chippie Kennedy & John McLennan
Garry & Mary Lou Pye

Adams & Knickle
John & Jenice Benton
Richard Brown & Deborah Kennedy Brown
Colin Carroll & Colleen Galloway
CBC Atlantic
Gorgeous Mistake Productions
Inge Hatton
HB Studios
Margaret & Ian Lightstone
Christina McArthur
Narrative Research
Nova Scotia Building Supplies
Lou & Karen Putney
Allan E. Rubenstein, MD
Town of Lunenburg
Elizabeth Wishart & Bruce MacCormack

Henry Demone
Eleven Eleven Group of Companies
David & Roseann Fine
Nova Wood Products Ltd.
Carole Postal
Elizabeth Rhinelander
Roland Sitzler
Ed Vaughan
West Nova Fuels

Gerald Hallowell
Ironworks Distillery
Laughing Whale Coffee Roasters
Pierre Lesperance & Suzie deWitt
Christian Scheidemann
Debora Walsh

Amos Pewter
Alan Scott

902Post Inc.
Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative
Boscawen Inn
Cane’s Moving
Centre for Art Tapes
Connections Productions
Cranston Art Gallery
Narrative Research
DOC Atlantic
David Francis — Independent Grocers
Gaspereau Vineyards
Hot Docs
Lincoln Street Food
Lunenburg Arms Hotel and Spa
Lunenburg Seaport
Mom’s Buy & Sell
The Old Fish Factory Restaurant
Propeller Brewing Company
Star Charters
Garth & Dorothy Turner
Lunenburg Doc Fest is grateful for the support of our Sponsorship Community! If you share a passion for film or wish to connect with our film enthusiast audiences, a Lunenburg Doc Fest sponsorship package will ensure distinguished exposure for you or your brand. The Festival offers a variety of sponsorship levels and packages and you will directly benefit by reaching a culturally savvy audience through festival program guide advertising, social media, logos on printed materials, a sponsor highlight at each screening, and more.

Please consider donating to Lunenburg Doc Fest to support our mission and help the festival continue to present evocative documentaries for all ages, special community events, and free educational opportunities for youth and seniors. An official charitable tax receipt will be issued for all eligible gift amounts per CRA guidelines.


Lunenburg Doc Fest is an approved beneficiary of the Council for Canadian American Relations (CCAR), a 501(c)(3) public charity in the U.S. that is a “qualified donee” under the Income Tax Act (Canada). For information about CCAR please visit ccar-nyc.org or contact info@ccar-nyc.org.

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