Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story

Director: Posy Dixon
2019 | UK | 63m
GENRE: Biography/History | Black/African American | Music/Music Videos | Trans Men/Transmasculine | Transgender
SECTION: Documentary Features | Famous Faces
Expected Guests: Features Q&A with subject Glenn Copeland.


It was 1986 in an isolated, rural town in Ontario, when Glenn Copeland used his Atari to record a new sound that paired folk-electronic music with his classically trained voice. He sold two dozen self-released cassette tapes of Keyboard Fantasies, and that was that. Except that it wasn’t. Three decades later, a rare-record collector in Japan discovered the album and set into motion Glenn’s resurgence into the music scene through intergenerational collaboration and sold-out live performances around the world.

Glenn’s story spans decades, from his childhood singing spirituals with his mother to the early 1960s, when he was the only Black classical music student at the McGill Music Academy. He lived as a lesbian for many decades, and now at the age of 74, Glenn is out as transgender with his bandmates and fans celebrating him for who he is: a queer elder and musical inspiration. Winner of the Audience Award at this year’s Hot Docs, Glenn and his Keyboard Fantasies are sure to win your heart.


This film contains archival imagery of medical procedures that some viewers may find disturbing.

Buying Note: This digital screening is available to view between 12:01am Thursday, September 17 and 11:59pm Sunday, September 27. We suggest watching it at 6:30pm Friday, September 25 followed by the Q&A.

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