• Opening Gala

Friday, March 2rd, 2018

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The Empire Theatre

Our Opening Gala on Friday evening is a highly anticipated event at the historic Empire Theatre. It will again feature an outstanding film followed by a fabulous live musical performance.

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Green Carpet


Be sure to join DocFest’s resident celebrity interviewer, Dug Stevenson, on the Green Carpet as he interviews local filmmakers, dignitaries and other VIPs as they file in to the Opening Gala. Recorded live by TV Cogeco Belleville, the Green Carpet gives filmmakers a chance to discuss their work,  local politicians a chance to connect with the community and the Festival an opportunity to reach an expanded new audience.


The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble

  • Neville Morgan
  • 2015
  • 96 min


New York Times critic Ken Jaworowski wrote that while the documentary, “… is lovely to watch, it’s even more beautiful to hear.” Yo-Yo Ma assembled the Silk Road Ensemble, a collective of some 50 musicians and artists from across the globe in 2000, with the goal of inspiring and creating cross-cultural connectivity.


Denielle Bassels
and the MacDaddys


Following the film and a brief intermission The Empire Theatre will reverberate to the beat of Toronto’s Denielle Bassels and the MacDaddys. Their blend of sultry swing with electronic nuances merges old romanticized favourites with the cutting edge artistry of modern day music. Rising star Bassels’ stellar vocals have been compared to Amy Winehouse and Norah Jones. Her new album is scheduled for release in February. The MacDaddys quintet includes clarinet/sax, upright bass, guitars, drums and vocals.