When stars are asked to add a new line to John Lennon’s “Imagine”
Stunt questions on the red carpet are hard to pull off, which is why we thought it was totally cute when interviewer Colanthony Humphrey asked stars what lyrics they would add to John Lennon’s “Imagine.” “Um, imagine all the…Starbucks,” joked Corner Gas’s Tara Spencer-Nairn. “Imagine all the shoes…I’m a shallow, shallow person.” Humphrey and his cameraman were from the John Lennon Bus, a mobile recording studio that was parked outside the CTV building until Wednesday, training young people, some from the Jane and Finch area, to become talented, bona-fide, all-access members of the entertainment industry. Their mentor, Sol Guy from MTV Canada’s 4Real, gave us a tour of the bus—a total dream hangout, with its fancy, state-of-the-art equipment and youths sprawled about playing guitar, writing songs, making music videos, slacking off, etc.
“Just saw you on TV. What, are we famous now?” grinned Humphrey as he read out loud a text message he received.
This TIFF story makes us feel kind of warm and fuzzy inside, although slightly wicked for welcoming new blood into the monster that feeds us all.—Melita Kuburas