Lesley Barber Named Composer Chair and Marc Jordan Renews as Songwriter Chair of the 2017 Slaight Family Music Lab

Lesley Barber Named Composer Chair and Marc Jordan Renews as Songwriter Chair of
The 2017 Slaight Family Music Lab

CFC to showcase 2016 Slaight Residents and welcome four new music creators

Toronto, June 21, 2017 – The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) is proud to announce that acclaimed composer Lesley Barber will become the new Composer Chair of The Slaight Family Music Lab, joining the internationally celebrated Songwriter Chair, Marc Jordan. Barber succeeds former Composer Chair, Mychael Danna, to begin her tenure when four new talented music creators arrive for the next Slaight Music Residency on July 17 – the sixth year of this prestigious program.

“We are proud to welcome the gifted and accomplished Lesley Barber,” said Slawko Klymkiw, CEO, CFC. “She has been a generous and insightful mentor to our residents and we are most fortunate to have her accept this position. We also warmly thank our outgoing Composer Chair, Mychael Danna, for his extraordinary contribution to helping establish this program as a notable opportunity for Canadian musical talent.”

“Having Lesley Barber and Marc Jordan on board as our Chairs is extremely important,” added Gary Slaight, CFC Board Member, President and Chief Executive Officer, Slaight Communications Inc., and patron of The Slaight Family Music Lab. “They embody the artistic and professional excellence we want our talent to achieve. The Music Lab, our residents and our alumni are extremely lucky to have these internationally renowned musical forces involved.”

A 2016 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences initiate, Lesley Barber has written scores for award-winning features such as Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea, Patricia Rozema’s When Night Is Falling and Lonergan’s Oscar-winning You Can Count On Me. Her innovative work on two recent documentaries, Tiffany Hsiung’s The Apology and Attiya Khan’s A Better Man, has drawn international praise. An active member of the Alliance for Women Film Composers, Barber was also the first female composer featured in The Hollywood Reporter’s Oscar roundtable on film composers last November. Read more about her here.

“I’m thrilled, honoured and delighted to join the CFC as Composer Chair of the Slaight Family Music Lab,” said Lesley Barber. “The CFC is a crucial and integral part of Canada’s cultural landscape, and it’s exciting to be a part of this important community and see the development of Canada’s next generation of filmmakers and music creators.”

Barber joins Marc Jordan, the Toronto-based singer-songwriter and Juno award-winning producer, who has renewed his role as Songwriter Chair of The Slaight Family Music Lab. Known for penning Rod Stewart's worldwide hit, "Rhythm of My Heart,” whose cumulative global sales exceed 15 million units, Jordan also is an esteemed singer, musician, and producer, with 13 albums to his name and collaborators such as Bruce Hornsby, Molly Johnson, Gary Katz, Alison Krauss, Graham Nash, Ron Sexsmith and many more.

Barber will attend the Slaight Music Residency showcase on June 26, a special VIP industry event designed to celebrate the talent and onscreen accomplishments of our five outgoing Slaight Music Residents: Aimee BessadaSpencer CreaghanRebecca EverettNeil Haverty and Chris Reineck. These exciting music creators will officially become members of the remarkably dynamic, prolific and award-winning CFC alumni community such as Todor KobakovErica Procunier, Ben FoxMichael Peter Olsen and Adaline. At the showcase, CFC will also announce the 2017 Slaight Music Residents, who begin their residency on July 17.

Since 2012, the Slaight Music Residency has inspired and launched 28 exceptional Canadian musical talents into our onscreen industry. Alumni of the Slaight Music Residency have achieved critical recognition and achievement awards, scoring more than 40 features, 18 TV series/docs and movies of the week.

Thanks to the generosity and continued support from Gary Slaight and The Slaight Family Foundation, 2017 also marks the renewal of the Slaight Music Residency for the next five years. Additional supporters of the Lab are the Government of Ontario, the Screen Composers Guild of Canada and the Songwriters Association of Canada.

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The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) is a charitable organization whose mission is to invest in and inspire the next generation of world-class Canadian content creators and entrepreneurs in the screen-based entertainment industry. A significant economic and cultural driver in Canada and beyond, CFC delivers a range of multi-disciplinary programs and initiatives in film, television, music, screen acting, and digital media, which provides industry collaborations, strategic partnerships, and business and marketplace opportunities for talent and participants. For more information, visit cfccreates.com.


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