J.R. McCONVEY

Hugh Gibson’s The Stairs: the greatest Toronto doc?

October 11, 2016

Praise continues to roll in for Hugh Gibson’s documentary, The Stairs.

In a recent stairs-posterreview, CBC called it “a truly empathetic and emotionally-resonating picture of a community long ignored by Torontonians.” The film, which I was lucky enough to watch come together over a couple years, deserves all of its accolades. It’s changed how I look at Regent Park, the city that created it, and the people that call it home. Marty Thompson, Greg Bell and Roxanne Smith will always be part of my Toronto, now. The film has made my city bigger, in a human sense.

The Stairs is already being called one of the great Toronto films — in time, it may be considered the best.

What’s more, Hugh’s using its success to hold discussions about harm reduction, which is at the core of the film. The October 12 screening at Bell Lightbox will be followed by a panel discussion with subject Roxanne Smith, Raffi Balian of the South Riverdale CHC, and city councilors Joe Cressy and Gord Perks. It’s well worth your time.

More info on the film at www.thestairsdoc.com.