Scott Jones filled in as conductor of the Annapolis Valley Honour Choir (AVHC) during the 2016-17 season.
On April 4, the international award-winning documentary film about him, entitled ‘Love, Scott’, will premiere at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville.
A well-known Nova Scotia musician, Jones was paralyzed in what he believes was an attack triggered by homophobia that took place in New Glasgow in 2013.
There will be two screenings - at 6:30 p.m. and again at 9 p.m. - of the film about him. Proceeds from the event will go to the choir’s upcoming travel plans.
After each screening, there will be a Q&A session with the audience and Jones live over Skype from Toronto, where he is currently pursuing doctoral studies in choral music and social justice.
Jones has strong ties to the choral community of Nova Scotia. In 2015, Jones’ choir VOX and the AVHC partnered in a day of workshops and concert that raised $8,000 for his organization Don’t Be Afraid, and the Valley Youth Project.
While walking on the street one night, Jones, a gay musician, was attacked and paralyzed from the waist down. The film documents the brave and fragile journey of healing and the transformation of his life. From the first raw moments in the hospital to a disquieting trip back to the place he was attacked, Jones is constantly faced with the choice of losing himself in waves of grief or embracing love over fear. Filmed over three years by a close friend, ‘Love, Scott’ is an intimate and visually evocative window into queer experience, set against a stunning score by Sigur Rós.
The film has toured the international film circuit and has won numerous awards, including Best Feature Documentary at North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (2018) and Official Selection at Hot Docs, BFI Flare and the Atlantic International Film Festival (2018).
The upcoming event will be the first screening ever outside of the film festival circuit, Fraser noted.
It is a fundraiser for the AVHC Senior Choir as it embarks on a cultural and performance tour to Portugal and Spain this July. Fraser says her singers will be sharing their voices and messages of youth empowerment, acceptance and peace at festivals and in exchanges with other youth choirs. Limited seating is available. Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and can be purchased online at www.avhc.ca or at any Ticketpro location in the Valley. Tickets are $20 at the door.