At 80, the legendary Canadian musician/poet laureate is a craggy, wizened incarnation of his former self -- today, a still-charismatic, honest, funny, and self-effacing artist. Emerging from Toronto’s Yorkville (the coffeehouse scene that also birthed Neil Young and Joni Mitchell), Lightfoot gained fame with a string of beguiling ballads. “Early Morning Rain” was covered by everyone from Peter, Paul and Mary to Bob Dylan and Elvis. “If You Could Read My Mind” went Gold in 1971, and “Carefree Highway,” “Beautiful,” and “Sundown” followed, cementing his reputation. “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” his haunting, 6-minute song about the Lake Superior shipwreck, was an unlikely chart-topping hit. With more than a few regrets (3 marriages, 6 children), Lightfoot is still a captivating storyteller, with or without guitar in hand, a man who has bridged the genres of country, folk, and pop to become a fuller, more expansive human being. (Excerpted from Film Forum).