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Toronto filmmakers make doc about Brawl on Bay St.

Posted by Derek Flack / July 16, 2014

Brawl on Bay StreetThe Brawl on Bay Street is an bi-annual boxing match featuring high-powered financial executives that's now entering its 14th year. Designed as a sort of Freudian displacement for all the testosterone and combativeness that defines life on Bay St., the concept is pretty straightforward: executives with little to no boxing experience are given a few months to train before engaging in a slugfest in front of all their colleagues at Arcadian Court. While a novel concept, unless you know one of the fighters, it's tough to get too excited about a couple of traders bashing each other's brains out.

That changes with the release of a new mini-doc about the event. If you've ever watched HBO's 24/7 series (which is mostly focused on boxing, but also features hockey teams participating in the Winter Classic), you know that the lead up to a boxing match is remarkably compelling. Directed by Jon Pottins and Justin Brennon Smith, this short film introduces us to two would-be boxers who couldn't be more different, and as they open up on screen, life on Bay St. becomes a little less stereotypical and cliched. Have a watch.

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rs / July 16, 2014 at 11:58 am
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it was alright, bad sound effects on the punches tho lol
Dave / July 16, 2014 at 12:15 pm
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Fucking dope!
Replikant / July 16, 2014 at 12:33 pm
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big shout out to justin for making such an entertaining short film, about something I never knew existed. boy is it ever fun watching bay street suits beat the crap out of each other.d
Joseph / July 16, 2014 at 12:52 pm
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It looks to be a semi-annual boxing match, not a bi-annual?
Congrats replying to a comment from Replikant / July 16, 2014 at 01:11 pm
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Big shout out to BizMedia for managing the project and assigning it to Justin.
LaptopExpert / July 16, 2014 at 01:28 pm
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Short and interesting film. I like that.
Andrew replying to a comment from Congrats / July 16, 2014 at 03:15 pm
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Justin is the entire BizMedia team lol
Dave replying to a comment from Andrew / July 16, 2014 at 09:19 pm
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Ohh that's not how he represented the business when he pitched a proposal to our company. Even when working with us he made it sound like there was an office and staff...
JP replying to a comment from Dave / July 17, 2014 at 03:34 pm
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Hey Dave,
I'm the co-director and producer, I don't work at Biz. It was a collaboration between a few parties.

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