Music documentary with GPS makes for a very cool iPhone app

City Sonic – shot on location in Toronto – is a location-based documentary film series about “places where music happens.” The unique selection of short films is about extraordinary artists and the places where their musical lives were transformed.

What makes City Sonic unique is that it is more than a documentary. 

It’s also an iPhone App.  The App merges short films with GPS to create a “street-level cinema experience of Toronto’s music scene and music history.”

The series of short films features artists such as – but not limited to – Geddy Lee (Rush) at Massey Hall, Brendan Canning (Broken Social Scene) at the Drake Hotel, Serena Ryder at the Dakota Tavern, The Great Lake Swimmers at Spadina Subway Station and Damian Abraham (Fucked Up) at Rotate This.

Robert Lang is an Executive Producer:

We set out to create an entertainment experience for fans of music and film that is geared to the very particular environment of mobile phones.  With the City Sonic iPhone app, I think we’ve done that by merging high quality documentary films with ideas behind locative cinema, where place is really a key element in engaging your audience.

Janice Dawe is another Executive Producer for City Sonic:

City Sonic was conceived as a multiplatform documentary series for mobile, web, and TV.  And while we’ve already had success at film festivals, on television and the web, we’re most excited about this mobile release. We’re looking forward to  taking the platform and technology we’ve produced here into other areas of location-based  content production and mobile film distribution.

City Sonic is available as a free iPhone app on the iTunes App Store, and on most other smartphones, at The series is also available online at

Which Toronto musical artist and which location are you stoked to find out more about?  If you download the app we would love to hear your thoughts.  Please feel free to comment below.