The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) has announced The Slaight Family Foundation’s renewal of funding for The Slaight Family Music Lab. CFC CEO Slawko Klymkiw shared the news at the CFC Annual Gala & Auction Fundraiser last week.
“We could not be more thrilled to accept this commitment of support, which enables the initiative – one of our most successful – to continue to flourish and grow,” said Klymkiw. “Our partnership with The Slaight Family Foundation illustrates our shared, sustained investment in promoting Canadian music for film, television and the wider screen-based entertainment industries."
Since 2012, the Lab has shone a spotlight on exceptional Canadian musical talent in the onscreen marketplace through its delivery of The Slaight Music Residency, The Slaight Canadian Music Fund and The Slaight Music Resource.
“The results of the last five years are impressive, with music alumni working consistently and on some really great projects in film and television,” said Gary Slaight, President and Chief Executive Officer, Slaight Communications Inc. and patron of The Slaight Family Music Lab. “We believe the next five years will be just as exciting and help to create some serious traction in this industry for Canadian music talent."
The Slaight Music Residency is a part-time nine-month creative and business initiative, designed to integrate Canadian music creators (songwriters and composers) into the onscreen process. Open only to CFC music alumni, The Slaight Canadian Music Fund promotes their creation of original Canadian music in onscreen works while expanding their professional opportunities. The CFC’s ongoing commitment to celebrating and showcasing Canadian talent is made possible through The Slaight Music Resource.
Since leaving the CFC, Slaight alumni have scored over 40 features, 18 TV series/docs and movies of the week, and are gaining critical recognition earning numerous nominations for achievement awards. Alumnus Todor Kobakov is nominated for a 2016 Canadian Screen Award for his work on Born To Be Blue; he also scored the new CTV hit series, Cardinal, and is currently composing his third television series, Madiba. Alumna Erica Procunier is currently working on the feature film, Don’t Talk To Irene, and was recently commissioned by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and TIFF to compose the orchestral score for the animated film, DAM! The Story Of Kit The Beaver. Alumni Ben Fox and Michael Peter Olsen have joined forces since meeting at the CFC, creating music for an animated series in the U.S. and for the upcoming CBC miniseries, Four In The Morning. Olsen has also been nominated for a 2016 Grammy for his work on Drake’s Views album.
Acclaimed mentors and guests of the Lab have included film composer Lesley Barber (Manchester by the Sea, Mansfield Park); film and television composer Christophe Beck (Frozen, Buffy the Vampire Slayer); singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk; producer Quincy Jones (In Cold Blood, In the Heat of the Night); Academy Award-winning composer Howard Shore (Spotlight, Lord of the Rings); and songwriter/eight-time Academy Award nominee Diane Warren (Silver Linings Playbook, Moulin Rouge!).
Academy Award-winning composer Mychael Danna and Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter Marc Jordan co-chair the Lab, and Jim Cuddy was the inaugural singer-songwriter chair for the first year of the program. The next Slaight Music Residency will begin on July 17, 2017 and run to March 31, 2018; applications are now open here.
In addition to The Slaight Family Foundation, other supporters of the Lab are the Government of Ontario, Screen Composers Guild of Canada and Songwriters Association of Canada. For more information on the Lab, its current residents and its alumni, please visit cfccreates.com/programs/24-the-slaight-family-music-lab.