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2017 Leo Awards Music

Musical Director – Eli Bennett

Eli Bennett & EB Funk

Celebration Awards Ceremony, Saturday June 3
Gala Awards Ceremony, Sunday June 4

Leo Award nominated film composer and award-winning jazz saxophonist Eli Bennett is quickly emerging as a top new talent. As the composer of over thirty film productions including feature and short films, documentaries and web series, he was recently awarded two SOCAN Foundation Awards.

Eli has performed twice at the GRAMMY Awards in Los Angeles and has shared the stage with the likes of Oscar Peterson, the Neville Brothers and currently tours internationally with the Juno nominated, Vancouver based party-funk band, Five Alarm Funk. His debut album Breakthrough was nominated for Jazz Album of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards.

Joining Eli Bennett & EB Funk is Scott Verbeek (guitars), Jay Esplana (keys), Jay Smith (bass) and Tayo Branston (drums), and special guests Juno nominated vocalist Warren Dean Flandez, international violin sensation Rosemary Siemens, Pacific Academy Dancers, back-up vocalists Katherine Flandez and Karolyn Volbek and Leo award-winning composer and vocalist Red Heartbreaker.

Featured Performer – Red Heartbreaker

Celebration Awards Ceremony, Saturday June 3
Gala Awards Ceremony, Sunday June 4

Red Heartbreaker has a split musical personality. A classically-trained mezzo- soprano and flautist, she has undertaken R&B tributes, freestyle hip-hop, mixed- media theatrical stageshows, chamber choirs, folk, pop, and a healthy serving of garage rock n roll. She has scored somewhere around 50 films, but isn't really counting.

Her style was forged in the hellish fires of a ‘Chicago's Greatest Hits’ LP, intense study of Les Miserables, K-Tel oldies compilation commercials, and nearly every maudlin folk act of the 60's. Nothing is off the table.

She is musically betrothed to Danny Elfman, harbours an idealogical crush on her first year Media Theory professor Ted, and is married to a gorgeous, furry filmmaker named Darren.

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