Neil Haverty

Neil Haverty

Program Completed at the CFC

Slaight Music Residency

Completion Year


Current Information



Neil Haverty is an A/V composer based in Toronto, Ontario. He has contributed music to a host of feature films (Small Town Murder Songs, Sleeping Giant, Burns Point) and shorts and has had work screened at the Cannes Film Festival, TIFF, Karlovy Vary and more. Neil is an alumnus of the Canadian Film Centre’s Composer-in-Residence program and a founding member of Bruce Peninsula.

Neil Haverty is primarily known for his work as co-founder of Toronto alt-folk nontet Bruce Peninsula. Bruce Peninsula has released several critically-acclaimed LPs, including the Polaris Prize-nominated A Mountain is a Mouth), and they have headlined shows at South by Southwest, Halifax Pop Explosion and the Dawson City Music Festival. Haverty’s transition into film began in 2012, when Bruce Peninsula contributed to the soundtrack for Ed Gass-Donnelly’s film, Small Town Murder Songs. Since then, Haverty has composed music for numerous short and feature films, most recently for Tim Blackburn’s Australian suspense film, Burns Point, and Andrew Cividino’s Canadian coming-of-age hit, Sleeping Giant, the latter of which was screened at the Cannes Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. 2017 will see the release of the third full-length LP from Bruce Peninsula, as well as the self-titled debut of Understudy, Haverty’s new solo electronic project.

The music Showcases are produced cinematic works based on an original score or song created by our 2016 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.