Lorraine Segato's fear of homelessness drives new project

She's been the front person for one of Canada's more successful pop bands, but Lorraine Segato has always had a personal fear of becoming homeless. That fear, and concern for those who are unhoused, has led to a new documentary called Lowdown Tracks that follows 5 homeless Toronto musicians.

Parachute Club singer working with homeless musicians in new documentary

Lorraine Segato in studio (Alexis McDonald)

Lorraine Segato was the voice behind one of Canada's defining bands of the 80s, Parachute Club.

Now, she's the voice for an entirely different group of people: the homeless.

Lorraine is one of the creators of Lowdown Tracks, a documentary following 5 homeless Toronto musicians.

The film premieres April 25th at the Hot Docs film fest, but we get a walk through it with Lorraine.

She also talks about her own lifelong fear of being on the street.

Lorraine says it began when she first moved to Toronto from Hamilton to make a go of it as a musician. She never ended up on the street, but says it was close.

She spent many nights on the floors and couches of friends.

And, even once Parachute Club became popular, the constant rootlessness of touring contributed to the absence of a sense of "home."

Here's one way she copes: part of her home 'altar' that she takes with her when she's on the road. It brings her a sense of stability and home wherever she goes.