2023 Music
Eli Bennett – LEO AWARDS Music Director
Eli Bennett

Juno Award nominated saxophonist and LEO AWARD winning film composer Eli Bennett is one of Canada’s most awarded and recognized emerging musicians. Returning for his fifth year as LEO AWARDS Music Director, Bennett has performed twice at the GRAMMY Awards in Los Angeles and has shared the stage with Oscar Peterson, the Neville Brothers and opened for jazz legend Herbie Hancock. He is a two-time recipient of the CBC Galaxy Rising Star Award from the National Jazz Awards and the Ottawa International Jazz Festival and was awarded the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for music as well as the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond and Platinum Jubilee Medals.

The composer on over thirty film productions including feature and short films, documentaries and web series, Bennett received two SOCAN Foundation Awards and won a 2018 LEO AWARD for Best Musical Score.

Joining Eli tonight is Trilojay - known tonight as The LEO AWARDS Band.

The LEO AWARDS Band: Eli Bennett (saxophone), Jay Leonard (guitar), Jay Esplana (keys),
Jason Nickel (bass), Jonny Holisko (drums), Daryl Bennett (drums - special guest)

Featured Guests:
Marie Hui
Marie Hui - Featured Vocalist

Vancouver-based singer and songwriter, Marie Hui is a sought-after performer for various bands and a singer for studio work. Her 19+ years of professional musical experience includes performing in venues across Canada, USA, and Asia, writing and recording for a variety of production companies, and singing National Anthems for high profile companies and professional sports teams within the Pacific Northwest.

Marlie Collins
Marlie Collins - Featured Vocalist

Marlie Collins is a professional singer, songwriter, actor and voice actor from Vancouver. She has been featured in several films and TV shows, and has had leading roles on stage with touring acts, cover bands and her own music projects. Her music has been praised for its powerful, emotive lyrics and vocal performance, while her acting career features characters that are strong, vibrant and dynamic. Marlie is a multi-talented performer that brings passion and energy to the stage.