Where Stage Meets Screen: The 2017 Slaight Music Residency Showcase

By Margaret DeRosia ● June 28, 2017 10:30

The 2016/2017 Slaight Music Residents (L-R): Chris Reineck, Aimee Bessada, Spencer Creaghan, Rebecca Everett, Neil Haverty.

The 2017 Showcase acknowledges the end of the 2016/2017 Slaight Music Residency and serves as an official industry launch for the outstanding songwriters and composers who took part in the program: Aimee Bessada, Spencer Creaghan, Rebecca Everett, Neil Haverty and Chris Reineck.

Kathryn Emslie, Chief Programs Officer, CFC, kicked off Monday’s evening’s Showcase by sharing some of the successes of the Slaight Family Music Lab, which has, thus far, launched 28 exceptional Canadian musical talents into our onscreen industry, including Todor Kobakov, Erica Procunier, Ben Fox, Michael Peter Olsen and Adaline.

“They make us so proud,” Emslie said of the program’s alumni. “They are winning awards, their working is traveling around the world, they are seen as valued collaborators and professionals, and they are creating meaningful, exciting and commercial work."

She continued, “We simply cannot imagine the CFC without the Slaight Family Music Residency. It truly has become an unbelievably exciting and integral part of everything we do."

CFC CEO Slawko Klymkiw would go on to specifically thank CFC Board Member Gary Slaight and the Slaight Family Foundation for their support. As he noted, this Showcase also marks the renewal of the Slaight Music Residency for the next five years.

“In our business, a number of Canadians who have done remarkably well, both here and abroad, give back,” Klymkiw explained. “Without their generosity, the Centre would not be as strong as it is, and certainly the programs wouldn’t be as good. Tonight is another testament to that."

L-R: Slaight Family Music Lab Composer Chair Lesley Barber, Slaight Family Music Lab Songwriter Chair Marc Jordan, Aimee Bessada, Spencer Creaghan, Rebecca Everett, Neil Haverty, Chris Reineck, CFC Board Member Gary Slaight, CFC Executive in Charge of Music and Acting Programs Larissa Giroux.

On that note, Klymkiw thanked the Residency’s Songwriter Chair, Marc Jordan, and newly announced Composer Chair, Lesley Barber. Both Jordan and Barber would join Gary Slaight on the stage to honour the composers and songwriters of the 2016/2017 Slaight Music Residency. After a few quick photos, the audience was welcomed to watch a carefully curated two-minute demo for each music resident, which reflects the body of work they created while in the Residency, and a three to four minute story/cinematic piece inspired by an original score or song created by each resident.

Have a look — and a listen! — to the pieces below:

After the screening came an electrifying live performance from these creators. The group paid tribute to CFC Founder and Chair Emeritus Norman Jewison with a medley of songs featured in his films, including Bob Dylan’s “Hurricane” (1999’s The Hurricane), Louis Armstrong’s “Only You” (1994’s Only You), Ray Charles’ “In the Heat of the Night” (1967’s In the Heat of the Night) and Noel Harrison’s “The Windmills of Your Mind” (1968’s The Thomas Crown Affair). Select scenes from each film were projected on the screen behind them, further emphasizing the value of music to film and vice versa.

The audience offered our residents-turned-alumni a rapturous round of applause and a standing ovation. We look forward to more dynamic songs and soundscapes in screen-based entertainment, both here in Canada and internationally, as these artists embark on their next projects.

The 2016/2017 Slaight Music Residents performing a medley of songs from CFC Founder and Chair Emeritus Norman Jewison's films.

Enjoy a selection of photos from last night's Showcase here!

Photos by Sam Santos / George Pimentel Photography.

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Margaret DeRosia

Communications Specialist/Digital Writer & Editor