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New Triumph documentary, ‘Rock & Roll Machine,’ premiering Friday at Toronto Film Festival

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Courtesy of Banger Films/Revolver Films

A new documentary about the Canadian power trio Triumph, titled Triumph: Rock & Roll Machine, will get its world premiere at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival this Friday, September 10.

The movie profiles the Toronto-based rockers’ rise to popularity during the 1970s and early ’80s, the fallout from frontman Rik Emmett‘s unexpected split with the group in the late 1980s, and the band’s 2019 reunion.

Formed in 1975 by singer/guitarist Emmett, drummer/singer Gil Moore and bassist/keyboardist Mike Levine, Triumph scored a run of five consecutive top-40 studio albums on the Billboard 200 during the 1980s, including 1981’s platinum-selling Allied Forces. Among the band’s best-known songs are “Lay It on the Line,” “Magic Power” and “Hold On,” the latter of which peaked at #38 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1979.

Besides interviews with all three band members, the documentary also includes commentary from ex-Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach, comic actor and metal aficionado Brian Posehn and Canadian comedy team The Trailer Park Boys.

Triumph: Rock & Roll Machine was co-directed by Sam Dunn and Marc Ricciardelli of the Banger Films production company.

“Sam and Marc did an outstanding job documenting what it has been like to have been aboard the Triumph train for the past near-50 years,” says Levine. “For fans old, new, and those to come in the future, this is all they’ll need to know about the band.”

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