Summer Magic: PINBALL SUMMER Co-composer Jay Boivin

French-Canadian musicians Jay Boivin and Germain Gauthier have made one of the most iconic Canadian pop soundtracks of the tax shelter era available once again. More than 30 years ago, the pair’s score for the Canadian teen comedy PINBALL SUMMER offered up a nostalgic panorama of sunny ’70s pop that channeled the surf-kissed California coastline by way of chilly Montreal. Comparing the music of PINBALL SUMMER with that of other Canadian teen pics of the era, such as HOG WILD, POWDER HEADS or even the mighty PORKY’S, reveals just how unique–and undeniably catchy–Jay and Germain’s contribution to Canadian genre film remains.

Released on the St. Laurent-based label Celsius Records in 1980, the soundtrack LP has become quite rare, often fetching high prices from collectors. But the soundtrack’s composer/performer team have now remastered their classic album and have made it easily available as either a limited edition autographed CD directly from the artists, or as a download from iTunes, CDBaby or your online retailer of choice.

With this new version of the soundtrack available for a new generation of cult film fans discovering the film on dusty VHS cast-offs, co-composer Jay Boivin agreed to discuss some of his thoughts on putting together this landmark Canadian pop soundtrack.

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Harry Warden Turns 30 — FanExpo Recap

Did you make it to FanExpo in Toronto last weekend? If not, you missed a fun look back at one of the best Canadian slasher films of the 1980s, George Mihalka’s murderin’ miner tale MY BLOODY VALENTINE.

To celebrate the film’s release 30 years ago, Rue Morgue magazine organized this anniversary panel with eight cast and crewmembers chatting about bringing this classic slice of killer Canadiana to life. Of course, I’ve interviewed director George Mihalka and line producer Bob Presner in the past about their collaboration on this film (and on PINBALL SUMMER), but this was a nice opportunity to get some additional perspective from some of the cast and prolific Canadian B-film score composer Paul Zaza.

Here’s a few pics of the event courtesy of Rue Morgue and Canuxploitation contributor James Burrell.

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