Toronto film fest kicks off with hockey musical

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The opening film at the 35th Toronto International Film Festival, September 9-19, will be the world premiere of Score: A Hockey Musical, starring Olivia Newton-John and Nelly Furtado.

Canadian writer/director Michael McGowan ( One Week) delivers a Glee-like teen sports film. This coming-of-age story follows a 17-year-old who is scouted and signed to a junior league team, expectedly becoming an instant star of the ice rink.

The director also wrote song lyrics with music by the Barenaked Ladies, Newton-John, and singer-songwriter Marc Jordan who plays the hockey star's father. The ensemble cast also includes Stephen McHattie ( 2012) and newcomer Noah Reid as the hockey player.

The Canadian pop culture crowd-pleaser features 19 original songs integrated in the film's dialogue.

Ticket packages went on sale July 12.