Plus, Alvvays snag opening spot for the Decemberists
Toronto singer/songwriter Leslie Feist has gotten behind the anti-violence-against-women documentary A Better Man. A survivor of intimate partner violence, Attiya Khan got the idea for the film after running into her abuser- on the street 20 years after their relationship ended. She asked if he’d share his reflections and justifications about that time – on film. He agreed. (The trailer is riveting.)
Feist donated $10,000 toward Khan’s $75,000 goal on IndieGogo, saying she believes Khan’s courage and willingness to hear another version of the abuse she experienced will make for “an important documentary and spark a conversation we will all benefit from.” Perks for donating include a Justin Rutledge living room concert and dinner with executive producer Sarah Polley. And Choir! Choir! Choir! have filmed their cover of Pearl Jam’s Better Man to raise awareness about the film and campaign.
It took Alvvays a loooong while to finally release their debut album, but clearly they were using that time to get their ducks in a row. The Toronto-based dream pop band led by Molly Rankin is amassing acclaim and just snagged a coveted opening slot on the Decemberists’ North American tour, kicking off in Minneapolis in March. The just announced Toronto date is at Massey Hall on March 30. How many bands get to Massey that fast?!