Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Zone A Independent Project

Laurel & Hardy, 1930

Parental guidance advised


STRANGE LOVE/STRANGE LIVES: Silent Films with Live Piano Accompaniment

Aliza Ma - Toronto, Canada
Shane Smith - Toronto, Canada
Fern Lindzon - Toronto, Canada
William O’Meara - Toronto, Canada
Laura Silberberg - Toronto, Canada
Andrei Streliaev - Riga, Latvia

Film installation with live musical performances

A compelling night of silent films with live piano accompaniment. The evening begins on a lighter note as we unveil a series of rarely-seen silent comedies from the dawn of cinema featuring performers like Laurel and Hardy, Mabel Normand and the Keystone Kops, and built around the theme of “Strange Love.”

As the night continues we transition into the darker, more mysterious side of early film alchemy examining our cinematic forebears' fascination with fantasy and fear, featuring works by early cinema pioneer George Méliès and horror legends Lon Chaney and Bela Lugosi.

Each of the films is accompanied by one of four highly talented Toronto musicians, who will perform an improvised live score on piano. 

Curated by the TIFF programming team Aliza Ma and Shane Smith with artists Fern Lindzon, William O’Meara, Laura Silberberg and Andrei Streliaev.


TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West, 416-599-8433

This project is indoors.