Sweet Toronto

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Sweet Toronto
Directed by D.A. Pennebaker
Produced by Matt Friedman
Peter Hansen
Mark Woodcock
Starring John Lennon
Eric Clapton
Klaus Voorman
Alan White
Yoko Ono
Little Richard
Jerry Lee Lewis
Bo Diddley
Chuck Berry
Cinematography D.A. Pennebaker
Roger Murphy
Richard Leacock
Distributed by BMG
Release date
Running time
70 min.
Language English

Sweet Toronto (sometimes referred as Sweet Toronto Peace Festival) is a documentary by D.A. Pennebaker of the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival,[1] a one-day festival held September 13, 1969 at Varsity Stadium on the campus of the University of Toronto and attended by some 20,000 persons. The event was produced by John Brower and Ken Walker. John Lennon played as part of the Plastic Ono Band, whose members also included Yoko Ono, Klaus Voorman, Alan White, and Eric Clapton. (Their set was released as the album Live Peace in Toronto 1969.) The video also features a selection of other acts: Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, and Bo Diddley. The actual concert lasted twelve hours, but Pennebaker's documentary focuses mainly on the final hours of the concert. At the time of the performance Yoko Ono's popularity was sufficiently low that the audience booed and left the Plastic Ono Band performance. There was a similar response from film reviewers at the time. The performances "and this film have grown in interest and watchability since that time, particularly given the rarity of such thorough documentation of these key performers' work in concert."[2]

The film is available on DVD from Shout! Factory, under the name John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band: Live in Toronto.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Bo Diddley"
  2. "Hound Dog"
  3. "Johnny B. Goode"
  4. "Lucille"
  5. "Blue Suede Shoes"
  6. "Money (That's What I Want)"
  7. "Dizzy, Miss Lizzy"
  8. "Yer Blues"
  9. "Cold Turkey"
  10. "Give Peace a Chance"
  11. "Don't Worry Kyoko (Mummy's Only Looking for a Hand in the Snow)"
  12. "John, John (Let's Hope for Peace)"

The complete sets by Berry, Little Richard and Lewis were subsequently released as their own films.


  1. ^ Sweet Toronto on IMDb
  2. ^ Fountain, Clarke. "Sweet Toronto > Overview". AllMovie. Retrieved July 7, 2009.