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Oil Sands Karaoke

An Official Selection of the 2013 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Oil Sands Karaoke is an entertaining musical romp sure to entice audiences to sing along in unison.

Charles Wilkinson’s documentary profiles five Fort McMurray, Alberta, residents as they prepare to unleash their inner divas at Bailey’s, the local pub, in a karaoke content that serves to offset the pressures and social isolation of work in the town’s booming oil industry.

Home to one of the most controversial industries in the world—the Athabasca tar sands—Fort McMurray has seen a record population boom. Thousands of men and women from as far away as Prince Edward Island and Labrador—and from as nearby as local First Nations communities—have flocked to the city to work in the oil patch, all attracted by the promise of steady jobs with high salaries. The work is hard and the hours are long. The weather is harsh and the social life sparse, and workers must cope with the knowledge that many people worldwide— possibly even their own friends and family—object, sometimes strenuously, to what they do for a living. How do they cope? With karaoke of course!



Director: Charles Wilkinson
Year: 2013
Runtime: 83 minutes
Country: Canada
Language: English
Distributor: IndieCan Entertainment

Ratings: ON NR / BC NR / AB NR / SK NR / MB NR / QC NR / Maritmes NR


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