CFC Welcomes the 2013 Slaight Music Residents

Toronto, October 7, 2013 – Building off the strengths of the very successful first year of The Slaight Family Music Lab, CFC and The Slaight Family Foundation are delighted to welcome the seven music creators selected to participate in the second year of The Slaight Music Residency.

”We are very proud of the work and accomplishments from this first year and can't wait to see what Year 2 will bring,” says Gary Slaight, President & Chief Executive Officer Slaight Communications Inc. and patron of The Slaight Family Music Lab.

The first year Music Residents are gaining momentum as awareness of their talent grows through the work they generated and relationships they forged through this program. Recent successes include Todor Kobakov, hired to co-score Bruce McDonald's latest feature The Husband, and will be composing for the highly anticipated television series “Bitten”, produced for SPACE and recently acquired by SyFy in the U.S.

With tremendous interest and support from the community, including industry partners such as the Screen Composers Guild of Canada and Songwriters Association of Canada, the CFC's 2013 Slaight Music Residency received a notable increase in applications for Year Two.

“We were excited to see such a high number of strong applicants this year” says Kathryn Emslie, Chief Programs Officer “It made for a very competitive selection process, such that CFC was strongly encouraged to take more participants this year because the level of talent warranted it.”

Composers selected for this year are:

  • Erica Procunier: a composer for film and television, whose recent credits include the feature film And Now a Word from Our Sponsor (directed by Zack Bernbaum, and starring Bruce Greenwood and Parker Posey), and three seasons of the animated series “By The Rapids”.
  • Rob Teehan: a Juno Award nominee for "Classical Composition of the Year" in 2010, who has leant his talents to many bands, including The Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Heavyweights Brass Band, and The Boxcar Boys, as well as scoring several award winning short films.
  • Joseph Murray & Lodewijk Vos (Menalon): a duo that together have scored, produced, remixed, installed and performed on a variety of projects, including works for Google, MTV, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Adidas, Roots, The Bay, and the short film Portrait as a Random Act of Violence, which screened at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

Songwriters selected for this year are:

  • Adaline: a singer/songwriter whose work has appeared in such film and TV as “Grey's Anatomy”, “90210”, “Rookie Blue”, “Royal Pains”, “Flashpoint”, “Continuum”, The Samaritan, and recently collaborated with Brendan Canning on the score for The Canyons. Adaline recently released her third album “Modern Romantics”.
  • Robyn Dell'Unto: an artist whose music has been featured in film and TV including “Degrassi: The Next Generation”, “Being Erica”, Unrivaled, and An Insignificant Harvey. She has been a featured vocalist on soundtracks including Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars and “Seed”. Robyn's sophomore album “Little Lines” will be released in October.
  • Matthew O'Halloran: co-founder of the indie rock group The Corner, which has been praised in an array of media, from Toronto's NOW Magazine, to Spain's RNE Radio 3. Prior to this, his career has been split between studio albums, collaborations, writing and performing with various musical groups.

The program will also see the return of Composer Chair Mychael Danna, who in 2013 received numerous accolades for his work including an Academy Award® (for Life of Pi) and an Emmy (for “World Without End”). Guests of the music lab have included three time Academy Award® winning composer Howard Shore (The Lord of the Rings trilogy), Bruce McDonald (The Husband, Hard Core Logo), acclaimed singer/songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk, composerChristophe Beck (Pitch Perfect, The Hangover), composer Mark Mothersbaugh (The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou), composer Sean Callery (“24”, “Homeland”), and three time Academy Award® winning songwriting/composer duo Alan & Marilyn Bergman (The Way We Were, The Thomas Crown Affair).

The program encourages the integration of music creators (songwriters and composers) into the onscreen process while offering unparalleled business opportunities to increase Canadian music onscreen.