Environmental Initiatives

Mint Film Festival

The MINT Film festival is a monthly Toronto event at Rainbow Cinemas Market Square (80 Front Street East). The festival showcases inspiring, thought-provoking documentaries that connect directors, musicians, community groups, and citizens. A musical concert is performed and recorded before the short film and feature screenings. The event concludes with a post-screening group discussion on the subject of the films, and is often led by a Toronto Director.

‘Sounds Like A Revolution’ kicks off MINT’s Fall 2011 series on Protest Singers.

Thursday September 29th, 2011 at 6:30 pm

The award-winning feature documentary Sounds Like A Revolution screens at Rainbow Cinemas, Thursday, September 29th at 6:30 pm. MINT’s Protest Singer Series is sponsored by Mint Music, SLK Communications and Steve’s Music. As part of MINT’s Protest Singer Series, the post-screening discussion will be: How to Start a Revolution with Music.

Pre-screening Music Concert: The Revolutionary Songbook – 6:45 – 7:15 pm

MINT’s newly appointed musical director Brian Atkinson will work together MINT’s Executive Director Glen Alan to present a program of entirely revolutionary themed music. Throughout the entire Protest Singer series, concerts will feature original songs intermixed with covers from Leonard Cohen, Bruce Cockburn, Phil Ochs, John Lennon, and Buffy St. Marie. All music at MINT is performed by local Toronto artists.

Featured Short: ‘Free F’alling’ at the Supermarket – 7:20-7:30 pm

Synopsis:

Free F’all Sundays is the name of a weekly open mic that takes place at the Supermarket restaurant/club in Kensington Market, Toronto every Sunday night (www.myspace.com/freefallsundays). Over the years, dedicated organizers Steve York and Leh-Lo (Tony Rabalao) have successfully built up one of the most talent rich open mics anywhere. And combined with an unsurpassed community spirit and atmosphere, it has become the premier venue in Toronto for new talent.

The film captures the essence of a night at the Supermarket. Through meeting and getting to know the organizers and performers, it shows how we can all benefit from being positive and helping each other out.

Intermission: 7:30 – 7:45 pm

Take the opportunity to stretch and load up on popcorn and drinks before the main feature and ensuing discussion. Don’t forget to use your Toronto Dollars when making your purchases at Rainbow Cinema’s concession stand!

Featured Film: Sounds Like A Revolution – 7:45 – 8:45 pm

Synopsis:

A documentary on the rise of a new generation of activist musicians who are living proof that music is a powerful tool in the ongoing struggle for social change. From the Dixie Chicks to Michael Franti to the punk band Anti-Flag, artists across the musical spectrum recount their motivations and struggles over the last decade, in a post-9/11 world where dissent has been silenced and censorship is commonplace. No ordinary music doc, this inspiring rockumentary draws on the power of music and insights of artists to help us understand our world and find the courage to speak out about issues that concern us all.

Post-screening Discussion: ‘How to Start a Revolution with Music’ – 8:45 – 9:30 pm

Join in on a discussion with representatives of the film and music community to discuss:

1) How corporations and governments silence dissent and effective strategies for overcoming this

2) How capitalism and oppositional culture can feed off each other. As director Michael Moore has said in reference to the corporate financing of his anti-establishment documentaries: “Capitalists will sell you the rope to hang themselves with if you can make a buck off it.”

MINT Ticket Information

Tickets can be purchased in person at Rainbow Cinemas Market Square (80 Front St. E.) and reserved via the MINT website starting Thursday, September 8, 2011. The MINT Merchandise table opens at 5:00pm on Thursday September 29th where books and CDs of past MINT performers and guest speakers will be for sale. The MINT Community Open House begins at 6:00pm in the lobby of Rainbow Cinemas, and the program starts at 6:30pm. Tickets are $12 at the door for everyone, $10 in advance for adults and $8 for students and seniors.

For more info on the MINT Film Festival visit www.mintff.org

Free Environmental DVDs

Beginning on Earth Day April 22nd 2010 Mint Music will be offering new and existing clients who prepay for a minimum of 10 hours of Music Lessons or Recording Studio time will receive a free copy of The 11th Hour DVD.

Film Description:

The 11th Hour is the last moment when change is possible. The film explores how we’ve arrived at this moment — how we live, how we impact the earth’s ecosystems, and what we can do to change our course. Featuring ongoing dialogues of experts from all over the world, including former Soviet Prime Minister Mikhail Gorbachev, renowned scientist Stephen Hawking, former head of the CIA R. James Woolsey and sustainable design experts William McDonough and Bruce Mau in addition to over 50 leading scientists, thinkers and leaders who discuss the most important issues that face our planet and people.

Film Review by Chris Barsanti

The 11th Hour takes its title from a couple of themes which are woven throughout, both the extremely short duration of humanity’s time on the planet when compared to the Earth’s total history, and also the extraordinarily short amount of time remaining in which we as a society have to effect change. In one of the film’s more pungent lines, we’re told that humanity faces a ‘convergence of crises,’ many of which have by that point already been enumerated in graphic detail. The point is made quite clearly that the economic system, as currently structured, since it places no value on anything but unending growth, is inherently dangerous to the natural order of things, and will doom us all if not corrected.

For the full review click here.

A Bike Route Planner for Toronto

Over the past few years Mint Music has continued to invest into the research and development of an interactive cycle route planner for Toronto to help cyclists avoid road hazards such as street car tracks, parked cars, smog, construction and dangerous thoroughfares. Currently Mint Music is seeking to establish partnerships with the City of Toronto, local businesses, community and cyclist advocacy groups to secure funding for an interactive online bike route planner. If you would like to get involved and help with the creation and promotion of the exciting project please contact Mint Music at (416) 707-1077.

Environmental Discounts

Since 2002 Mint Music has offered an environment discount for students that walk, ride their bike or take the TTC to their lesson. To date thousands of dollars in savings have been passed on to our clients who choose to take environmentally friendly methods of transportation to their lesson.

Mint Music's Green Pages

In 2008 Mint Music founder Glen Alan and Martina Rowley created the Mint Music Green Pages. This is intended to be a resource for Mint Music clients and the community at large the highlights key environmental issues and offer solution so that we may live a more healthy and sustainable lifestyle that is more in balance with the earth. This online resource is very much a work in progress and we welcome your comments and feedback so we can improve this resource for future site visitors.