A stunning documentary which is a “visually thrilling ode to the beauty and importance of the imperiled songbird, and what it means to all of us on both a global and human level if we lose them.”

Take a sneak peak preview of The Messenger at right.

Wildlife Preservation Canada’s Conservation Committee Chair Dr. Bridget Stutchury is featured in the documentary The Messenger. This visually stunning film explores the causes of the mass depletion of songbirds, the way the problems songbirds face pose daunting implications for the planet, and the compassionate people who are working to turn the tide.

Find a screening in your area.


Theatrical Premiere –  Friday February 26

February 26 – March 3, 2016   Carlton Cinema
Toronto, ON  CANADA
Showtime – 1:30pm and 6:45 daily.
Opening night premiere sponsored by First Weekend Club
Q & A with filmmaker Su Rynard following the film. 

February 28 – March 5, 2016   The Loft
Cobourg, ON  CANADA
Showtime – Sunday February 28 – 1pm, 4pm, and 7:30pm
Q & A hosted by Ken Prue, with filmmaker Su Rynard on Sunday February 28 at 1pm and 4pm. 

March 4-10   The Globe Cinema
Calgary, AB  CANADA
Showtimes – TBC
Q & A – TBC

March 4-6    RPL – Regina Public Library Theatre
Regina, SK, CANADA
Showtimes TBC
Q & A – TBC

March 4-7    Princess Cinema
Waterloo, ON, CANADA
Showtimes – Friday March 4 –  7 pm   
Saturday  March 5 –  2:55 pm
Sunday March 6-  5 pm
Monday March 7 –  9 pm  
Friday March 4 Screening followed by Q & A  with Producer Joanne Jackson, Jody Allair from Bird Studies Canada and Garth Casbourn, a biology graduate student from York University who has researched the disappearing Wood Thrush.            

Sunday March 6  – one screening  only – The Roxy
Uxbridge, ON, CANADA
Showtime – 4 pm
Screening followed by Q & A  with Producer Joanne Jackson and film participant Michael Mesure

Wed. March 16 – one night only,  The Broadway Theatre
Saskatoon, SK, CANADA
Showtime –  7 pm
Screening followed by Q & A hosted by Alex Rogalski, Hot Docs and CIFF film festival programmer and Executive Director of Paved Arts, with film participant, Dr. Christy Morrissey from the University of  Saskatchewan, and Dr. Kiel Drake from Bird Studies Canada

March 18 – 20  Vic Theatre
Victoria, BC,  CANADA
Showtimes –  TBC
Q & A –  Participants TBC

March 18 – 21  ByTowne Cinema
Ottawa, ON,  CANADA
Showtimes –  TBA
TBA – Q & A with the director Su Rynard, special guests

March 19-20  The Metro/Garneau Theatre
Edmonton, AB
Saturday March 19,   7:00  pm  Q & A with film participant, Erin Bayne, biologist, University of Alberta
Sunday March 20, 4:15 pm Q & A with film participant, Erin Bayne, biologist, University of Alberta

April 11-14  Cinema du Parc
Montreal, QC
Showtimes –  TBC
Q & A –  Participants TBC

The Messenger will also be showing at

  • ReFrame Film Festival in Peterborough ON,  January 29
  • Wakefield International Film Festival, in Wakefield, PQ, February 20-21
  • The Kingston Canadian Film Festival in Kingston, ON  February 27 and 28
  • Salt Spring Island Film Festival,  March 4-6
  • Haida Gwaii Film Festival March 11-13

For film festival times and  links for details please go to our Festival Screenings list.

If you would like to bring  THE MESSENGER to your home city or town and you don’t see it listed above, or on our festival screenings list,  please click here to BOOK A SCREENING IN CANADA.

Community screenings will start in Spring 2016.

Marketing and promotion assistance provided by Telefilm Canada.

What We Are Doing Now

Population trends for swallows show rapid declines in the last 40 years.

What We are Doing Now

Conservation breeding and releases are helping prevent this endangered songbird from disappearing from Canada.