Published Oct 27, 2009Just in time for Halloween, Toronto's Jim Guthrie has unveiled a previously unreleased song about the perils of sitting down on bears. The playfully catchy "If Chairs Were Bears" is due to appear on the official soundtrack for the new film, When We Were Boys. The soundtrack won't be out until February 2010, but the song is already available as a stream/MP3 download right here.
A documentary set at Toronto's Royal St. Georges College, an elite prep school for young men, When We Were Boys was directed by Toronto-based filmmaker Sarah Goodman, and will open on November 6 at the Royal Cinema (608 College St.) in her hometown. The film was received well after its world premiere at the 2009 Hot Docs Festival, and has garnered more attention thanks to its score, which was composed by Guthrie.
As for the songwriter himself, things still remain relatively quiet for the homebody musician. Guthrie did re-emerge earlier this year to tour North America behind Moody Motorcycle, his and Nick Thorburn's debut record as folk-pop duo Human Highway.
But while he's begun working on a new solo record, there's still no word on when Guthrie might release a follow-up to 2003's Juno-nominated Now, More than Ever. There are, however, rumblings that he may play his first solo show in many years before the end of 2009, so keep an eye out for that. Until then, check out "If Bears Were Chairs" and his work in When We Were Boys.