Program Director, Music Composition
Pianist/composer Nancy Walker has been recognized with honours Canada-wide, including the National Jazz Awards Keyboardist Of The Year Award, the Montréal International Jazz Festival’s prestigious Grand Prix de Jazz, a JUNO nomination for Instrumental Album Of The Year, and an induction into the Mississauga Music Walk Of Fame.
Allison Au is an award-winning Canadian saxophonist, composer and arranger. Au’s debut album, The Sky Was Pale Blue, then Grey earned a Juno nomination in 2013, and her sophomore album Forest Grove seized the Juno for "Best Jazz Album of The Year: Group" in 2016.
Classically trained pianist/keyboardist/composer Evelyne Datl has enjoyed an outstanding career in the Canadian music industry. Riding the wave of musical and artistic abundance that marked Toronto in the 80s, Evelyne has performed with many notable Canadian artists.
Aaron Davis is an eclectic composer, arranger, and keyboardist who is perhaps best known as a founding member of the Holly Cole Trio, with whom he still works, and the world beat band Manteca
Rob DeBoer is a producer, multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger with over 30 years of experience in the music business.
Dave Douglas is a prolific trumpeter, composer, educator and entrepreneur from New York City known for the stylistic breadth of his work and for keeping a diverse set of ensembles and projects active simultaneously.
Andrew Kesler is a Multi-Instrumentalist, Composer, Arranger, Engineer, & Producer based in Los Angeles, California.
Toronto-based, multi-award winning composer Mark Korven has had his feet firmly planted in both the dramatic and documentary film and television worlds for over 20 years. He has 8 Genie Nominations, 14 Gemini Nominations, a Genie Award, a Gemini Award and recently won a Canadian Screen Award for his score to Omar Khadr: Guantanamo’s Child.
Originally from Scotland, David Leask is a born song chaser. A natural storyteller and compelling performer with six critically acclaimed albums, David has won multiple international songwriting awards in different genres and the Mississauga Performing Artist of the Year.
Ari Posner is a fixture in Canadian film and television, having scored series such as Netflix/CBC’s Anne, X Company, Blood and Fury: America's Civil War, and the critically acclaimed Flashpoint, as well as feature films Borealis, All the Wrong Reasons, and romantic comedy My Awkward Sexual Adventure. The music composer’s repertoire spans from long-format work to ads to animated series, and everything in between.