Laura Barrett is a Toronto-based musician with a diverse history of solo work and collaborations across the mediums of music, film and theatre. Most recently, she scored and co-wrote original music for Sarah Goodman's feature Porch Stories (2015) and the 2011 short film Paahtomahsikimii (Peter Lynch, director). Barrett was the musical director for live theatre productions The Rat King (Maggie MacDonald, director; Harbourfront Centre and NYC Fringe Festival) and Wayward (Becky Johnson, director). Her performance career highlights include a North American tour supporting The Magnetic Fields, the Klondike Institute of Arts and Culture's songwriting residency (Dawson City, YK), and showcases at South by Southwest (Austin, TX) and Canadian Blast (London, UK). She has shared the stage with acclaimed artists Owen Pallett, Patrick Watson and Basia Bulat, and her music has earned praise from the CBC, the National Post and Exclaim!, who calls Barrett "one of the most interesting musicians to call Toronto home."
The music Showcases are produced cinematic works based on an original score or song created by our 2014 Slaight Music Residents. Filmed in a single day, these Showcase pieces celebrate the distinct talent of our songwriters and composers and illustrate how music brings life to the moving image.