The Log Driver’s Waltz

Canada's History - - TRADING POST -

Eas­ily one of the most re­quested films in the Na­tional Film Board’s col­lec­tion, the 1979 an­i­mated short by John

Wel­don is based on “The Log Driver’s

Waltz,” a song writ­ten by folksinger

Wade Hemsworth.

Sung by Kate and Anna McGar­rigle, it tells the tale of a young woman who chooses to marry a log driver over wealth­ier suit­ors be­cause his fancy foot­work in driv­ing logs has made him an ex­cel­lent dance part­ner. Along with other short films in the Canada Vi­gnettes se­ries, “The Log Driver’s Waltz” has been played ex­ten­sively on Cana­dian tele­vi­sion.

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