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Bryan Adams: Bare Bones

Bryan Adams: Bare Bones

| 5 min

Bryan Adams is one of world’s most enduringly popular singer/songwriters. He is most at home in his Vancouver studio, surrounded by his collection of vintage microphones and guitars. Adams calls it “a very analog space in a very digital world.” In this short documentary, we witness an intimate rendition of his song “One World, One Flame” and hear him speak of his audience-centred approach to performance: “I want it to be fun, I want it to be real.”

  • recipient
    Bryan Adams
  • writer
    David Battistella
  • director
    David Battistella
  • producer
    Gerry Flahive
  • director of photography
    David Battistella
  • editor
    David Battistella
  • sound recordist
    Igal Petel
  • second camera
    Al De Zilva
  • gaffer
    Chris Rumak
  • key grip
    Derek Saari
  • on-line
    David Battistella
  • mixer
    Bryan Gallant
  • recording engineer
    Adam Greenholtz
  • sound editing
    Grant Edmonds
  • re-recording mixer
    Grant Edmonds
  • production manager
    Amanda Coles
  • production supervisor
    Mark Wilson
  • technical coordinator
    Marcus Matyas
  • centre administrator
    Josiah Rothenberg
  • production coordinator
    Rachel Punwassie
  • production assistant
    Mike Gallagher
  • research
    Sylvia Mezei
  • executive producer
    Silva Basmajian


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Ages 9 to 14

Arts Education - Music
Civics/Citizenship - Ideologies
Diversity - Identity

Before viewing, students list favourite musical performers/songs. Challenge students to find a common thread in their choices. What does their taste in music say about them? View film, make anchor chart about Adams’ musical tastes/style. Bring in recordings—how does he express his values through his art? Discuss what makes his music “Canadian”—what are our values as a culture; how has Adams embodied these?

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