Pop icon Rick Springfield will be in Toronto this weekend for the international premiere of An Affair of the Heart, a documentary film that tracks his enviable, long-standing relationship with his devoted fans.
The film is an official selection of Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, part of the popular Next program that showcases the arts and pop culture.
The premiere screening takes place Sunday at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema at 8:45 p.m. Additional screenings are scheduled for Monday and Thursday at other venues. Springfield will attend the Sunday and Monday presentations to participate in Q&A sessions following the screenings.
Anyone who follows Springfield knows that during his 30-plus years as a dedicated musician with pop singer appeal many of his fans have become close friends who love to share his life on the road. At 62, the energetic Springfield still plays over 80 concerts a year. Tour visits are like family reunions for those who belong to the dedicated inner circle.
An Affair of the Heart pays homage to Springfield’s stamina as a performer, longevity as a pop culture figure, as well as his heartfelt appreciation of his fans. He demonstrates his gratitude to Toronto fans with his attendance at two screenings during the Hot Docs festival.
Springfield’s last public visit to Toronto was in October 2010 to promote his best-selling memoir Late, Late at Night. He was mobbed by hundreds of middle-aged women anxious to get his autograph. Judging from the content of the movie, the female frenzy over Springfield hasn’t mellowed much over the years.
For an opportunity to see An Affair of the Heart and Springfield in person visit Hot Docs box office to purchase tickets before they go rush.
See you at the movies.