Lora Bidner

Lora Bidner

Program Completed at the CFC

Slaight Music Residency

Completion Year


Current Information


Lora Bidner is a Toronto-based singer-songwriter and film composer. She won 1st Prize, Best Original Score in the 2016 SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers and Young Audio Visual Composers, for her original score written for the animated short, Missing. Bidner’s original song, "3,000 Volts," was also nominated for Best Story Song in the 15th Annual Independent Music Awards, held in November 2016.

Bidner is signed to New York-based publisher, Memory Lane Music Group. Her critically acclaimed nine-track 2015 album, To The North,touches on themes of human pathos, self-discovery and folklore. Hosting two sold-out album release parties in Ottawa and Toronto, To the North received radio play on CBC Radio One and attention from media outlets such as Exclaim!, Huffington Post, Ottawa Showbox and Apt 613. As a performing artist, Bidner has shared the stage with Juno-awarded/nominated artists, including SoCalled, Craig Cardiff, Justin Nozuka, Lynn Miles, Jim Bryson, Jill Barber, Danny Michel, Hannah Georgas and Dar Williams. Lora completed her Bachelor of Music at Carleton University and a Masters in Music Technology and Digital Media at the University of Toronto.


The music Showcases are produced cinematic works based on an original score or song created by our 2017 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.