Closing Night: TOPLINE

Canada2022120 minEnglishCanadian PremiereDrama, Music

Romeo Candido’s latest musical foray Topline takes us into the world of topliners: the people who write the lyrics, melodies, and hooks for the industry’s biggest stars. Tala is a reclusive singer-songwriter whose alter ego is named Illisha. When Tala is discovered by and joins a hitmaking team of topliners, she must secretly follow her passion while dealing with her family’s grief over their mother’s passing. And in the process, Tala just might find her voice. Topline features many of Candido’s hallmarks: dramatic, funny, and touching, with an amazing soundtrack. This web series has something for everyone. Featuring emerging talent from across the Greater Toronto Area, the Topline cast will perform its songs live, for a one-of-a-kind experience. 

Directors Bio

Romeo Candido is a CSA winner and proud Filipino Canadian story teller with experience in film, television, theatre, documentary and advertising.  Recent credits include writing / directing a film for the NBA called SHORTY, directing on S29 of THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES, directing two episodes of the upcoming CIRCUIT BREAKERS for Apple TV and writing an episode of the hit comedy SON OF A CRITCH.  He is currently the co-showrunner of S8 of popular dance series The Next Step for CBBC and YTV.  His ten part musical series TOPLINE, which he serves as creator, writer, director and composer premiered to rave reviews on CBC Gem March 31 2022.  His original musical PRISON DANCER will  have its world premiere as a stage musical at the Citadel Theatre in spring of 2023.

20 Nov, 2022 7:00 pm

to 9:00 pm

Isabel Bader Theatre
93 Charles St W

This screening is a part of the Canadian Spotlight: Romeo Candido programme.






Available captions will be updated closer to the festival dates.

Closing Night Party

Join us to celebrate the closing night of the 26th annual Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival with TOPLINE and our Canadian Spotlight Artist. $10 at the door or FREE for badge-holders & ticket-holders of the Festival Closing Night Gala Event.

9:30PM-12:30AM at CSI Annex

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