#tbt The McGarrigles Sing a Tune for International Women’s Month


By Pat Mullen

With International Women’s Month taking place this March, it seems appropriate to revisit some essential portraits of Canadian women by Canadian women. One such film is Caroline Leaf’s fun and easygoing NFB doc about folk singer sisters Kate and Anna McGarrigle. The singers, who leant their vocals to the NFB animated film The Log Driver’s Waltz and released a handful of albums across two decades and received the Order of Canada in recognition for their contribution to Canadian culture, embody a relaxed and care-free spirit of which many of us only dream when it comes to making a living off doing one’s passions.

The film is directed by Caroline Leaf and it offers a notable documentary credit within the filmmaker’s portfolio that primarily features animation. Leaf remains one of the NFB’s top animators with a body of work that includes the Oscar-nominated The Street and the acclaimed Two Sisters, which racked up a number of wins including the Grand Prix at the Ottawa International Animation Festival.

Watch Kate and Anna McGarrigle below:

Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Caroline Leaf, provided by the National Film Board of Canada