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Remembering Glenn Gould
Twenty Interviews With People Who Knew Him


This interview took place at McGreevy's home in mid-town Toronto on July 12, 2011. In this excerpt, McGreevy talks about Gould's ideas of structure, and how he involved Gould in the Cities series of films.

John McGreevy: Documenting Gould's Toronto

John McGreevy was born in Ireland, in 1942. Raised and educated in England, he immigrated to Canada in the early 1960s, where he found employment at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Toronto. He worked at the CBC until 1976, when he left to work independently. Since then, he has made more than 130 films around the world. His first major independent film project was the thirteen-part Cities series, in which he invited famous people to give on-camera tours and offer their insights into cities they knew. For the episode on Toronto, McGreevy chose Gould as the film's guide, and produced Glenn Gould's Toronto in 1979. In 1983 (one year after Gould's death), McGreevy edited Glenn Gould by Himself and His Friends, a commemorative book of essays. In 2007 McGreevy created a theatrical piece called An Evening With Glenn Gould for Toronto's Luminato arts festival.

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