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.”
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?