Canada may have an unhealthy record with the Stanley Cup over the past few decades, but hockey dreams are at least coming true for the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.

During a special press conference at the Hockey Hall of Fame last week, TIFF CEO and director Piers Handling and co-director Cameron Bailey announced that Michael McGowan‘s Score: A Hockey Musical will make its world premier as the opening night gala film for this year’s 35th annual festival.

The film stars newcomer Noah Reid as the very sheltered Farley, a teenager with an uncommon ability on the ice who finds himself propelled to overnight stardom when he’s discovered at the local rink. For his hippy-dippy parents, it’s almost a nightmare though, and Farley has to learn the rules of the ice if he really wants to stay in the limelight.

Score: A Hockey Musical co-stars Allie MacDonald as Farley’s best friend, and potential love interest, while Olivia Newton-John and singer/songwriter Marc Jordan play Farley’s unique parents. The film also stars Stephen McHattie, John Pyper-Ferguson, Brandon Firla, and features cameos by the likes of Nelly Furtado, George Stroumboulopoulos, Hawksley Workman, John McDermott, Evan Solomon, Steve Kouleas, Walter Gretzky, and Theo Fleury.

The film includes a total of 19 original songs by McGowan, performed by the Barenaked Ladies, Amy Sky and Marc Jordan, Olivia Newton-John, and Hawksley Workman, who also contributed to five of the tracks.

For McGowan, who both wrote and directed the musical comedy, this marks his third film to premier at TIFF; he previously debuted One Week at TIFF in 2008, and Saint Ralph in 2004.

This year’s festival also comes with a small gift for film fans since the event has been extended by one day, running a total of eleven days from September 9th to 19th.

For more information, stay tuned to The GATE, and head over to tiff.net/thefestival for tickets, or call 1-877-968-FILM.

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