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January 2023
I am pleased to offer Rebel Angel online, worldwide through Vimeo on Demand here. Find out why viewers in 20 countries are streaming this award-winning movie. here is the trailer. In December the film received an award from the prestigious Mannheim Film Festival in Germany, and we have just been invited to showcase the film for educators at the 2023 Spotlight on Academics Festival.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT REBEL ANGEL:

Unbelievable. I laughed, I wept. I was overwhelmed. A glorious celebration and a beautiful film in every way.

—Karen Mulhallen, Poet, Editor of Descant magazine, Professor Emeritus Ryerson University

So much love there with zero sentimentality! I can’t remember watching a movie like that before. Threads of love running all through it: your love for Ross, his love for art and poetry, the love in the eyes of all his friends and colleagues remembering him, the love between Ross and Marion, and your love for film making.

—John Hoedl, Jungian Analyst, president and of the International Society for Psychology as the Discipline of Interiority

Far-reaching and filled with things I didn’t know about Woodman’s life and relationships and experiences, and about London and its art scene. It is a wonderful study of a cultural moment in Canada’s maturing cultural life. I screened the whole thing a second time and found the ideas more universal — i.e. less specific to Woodman. It seemed to say things about you (or me) or anyone who has fallen under the intense spell of the Romantic vision.

—Johanne Clare, author and Professor, George Brown College

I am utterly stunned by the brilliance and beauty and depth of Rebel Angel. Truly a masterpiece.

—David Haenke, Poet and Forest Manager, Ozark Regional Land Trust

A masterful labour of love.

—Deanne Bogdan, Professor Emerita, Department of Social Justice Education
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto

You’ve conveyed a complexity in Woodman that I found both convincing and intriguing. You’ve also evoked very effectively the spirit of a time, positioning his life historically in the context of London Ontario, and what Jung called the spirit of the depths as it informed that time, the angel manifesting in that particular time as a necessary rebel. This is so moving.

—Craig Stephenson, Jungian Analyst, author, Lisbon Portugal

 

Poster design: Larry Rossignol, painting Sun/Gate by Sky Glabush

 

 

From the Archives: Short Documentary about the Butterfly Peace Garden in Sri Lanka

Here is the Vimeo link

When I worked as a program director with Médecins Sans Frontières — Canada , I made this short doc about the work of my friend Paul Hogan in Sri Lanka.

 

Why Ecotone? Creative tension, and the wild. An ecotone is a transition area between two adjacent ecological communities. The area of overlapping landscapes where the “foreign” species encounter each other and blend together is an ecotone, the tension created when competing species meet, perhaps to establish new interdependence (in Greek tonos means “tension”).

 

Upcoming Music Performances

New name for our band:

Chris Lowry and the Cool Blue North

I perform regularly with my band, Cool Blue North (formerly the Ecotones). With our sense of irony pitched in your key, we are Sitting on Top of the World. To be notified of our next gig, please email chris@ecotone.ca

Here’s a link to our version of Steve Goodman’s blues song inspired by Melville’s epic novel, Moby Dick.

Music video, Moby Book

For more music videos, please scroll down.

Watch for our new album coming in 2023!

 

Writings

Photo memoir Book

AFGHANISTAN: BEFORE THE RAIN OF FIRE

This photo book is a memoir of travels in the mountains of Afghanistan in 1977, looking at the beauty and dignity of this extraordinary country “before the rain of fire”. It was at the end of a long period of peace, just a few months before a coup d’etat that triggered the ongoing armed conflict.

 

View the Afghanistan portfolio here.

If you would like to buy a copy of the book in English or French (e-book OR hard cover) please contact Chris.

“I was blown away by the book. Searing and powerful memories… Brilliant story, wonderful photos!”
David Edwards, former Canadian diplomat

“Chris Lowry’s photos and narrative do not pretend to offer an explanation and analysis of all this war and repression, but they challenge the viewer and reader to re-assess “Afghanistan” and its people and landscapes, as if seeing and considering them clearly for the first time.”
Grahame Russell, international human rights lawyer, Founder/Director of the NGO, Rights Action

 

Here is a short essay about some remarkable art: Matthew Schofield: At Play with Memory and Imagination.

Here is a review of the very fine work of Toronto-based painter Andrew Rucklidge, Northern Alchemy: Through Rocks Toward Essence.

 

MIND MULCH, CRANIUM COMPOST

Here’s a piece I published in the Journal of Wild Culture online, The War On… Scarcity — a PDF version for you, compliments of Ecotone.

Lowry – War on Scarcity

One of my articles on wildculture.com was used by the defense lawyer in a class action court case against Monsanto in Mexico this year. The story helped to demonstrate international interest in the issue. This was an important win in an ongoing struggle. Read it here:

Bioloco in Oaxaca

I was the Senior Editor of the original Journal of Wild Culture, designed and published on paper for a few years in the mid-1980s, in the days of wax rollers and paste-up artwork (so much more fun!). Wild Culture now thrives online.

Ecology and imagination, irreverence and mischief. wildculture.com.

 

 

MUSIC: Chris Lowry and the Cool Blue North

We are an intimate cabaret-style group of Toronto-based artists who bring fresh interpretations to the work of great songwriters including Randy Newman, Lucinda Williams, Jimmy Webb, Leonard Cohen, Lhasa de Sela, John Prine, Van Morrison, Tom Waits, Jesse Winchester and more.

Mural in Oaxaca, Mexico by Instagram @yescka_art — photo: James Cullingham

If you would like to be added to our mailing list, *for performance notifications only* send your request to chris@ecotone.ca

Music video San Diego Serenade, Tom Waits
Tom Melville on keyboards, Daniel Kölsch on sax and clarinet, and Will Melville on guitar, mandolin and vocal harmony. Videography by Jana Gracia.

Here is our arrangement of Jesse Winchester’s ‘You Remember Me’ at Duggan’s Underground.

Shows focused on songwriters to date:

Bob Dylan — 3 different repertoires, Bill Gilliam on piano
Leonard Cohen — Bill Gilliam piano, Julie DiSensi and Diane Niec, backup vocals
Randy Newman — Tom Melville on piano
Tom Waits, Jesse Winchester, John Prine and Steve Goodman  — The Ecotones

 

YOU CAN GET THE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD FROM BANDCAMP

I have uploaded my 1999 album, The Road Back Home produced with David Woodhead, now available to download from Bandcamp.

IF YOU WANT THE CD please email chris@ecotone.ca (pay $20 plus shipping by etransfer, shipping cost depends on your location)

Home page photostream, photos by Chris Lowry

Contact: Email chris@ecotone.ca.