U.S. music supervisors scout for soundtracks

Toronto festival sidebar showcases 15 local acts

TORONTO -- Away from the red carpet in Toronto, local bands are tuning up their instruments to impress U.S. music supervisors and film directors at the Canadian Music Cafe.

The fifth installment of the musical showcase from Sept. 15 to 17 will see U.S. music supervisors and film execs scout emerging Canadian acts for movie and TV scores.

"So many international film directors and producers and editors are here in Toronto. And we bring in the 12 U.S. music supervisors to give them a taste of Canadian music," Michael Perlmutter, organizer of the Canadian Music Cafe' said Friday.

The Toronto festival sidebar will see 15 acts take the stage for soundtrack gigs.

The daytime showcase means its coffee rather than beer on tap. But it also gives film and music execs a chance to see artists produce music live, outside the recording studio.

"There's a much more emotional and visceral connection with music when you see it live. That's why they (music supervisors) are excited to come here," Perlmutter added.

Out of last year's festival music showcase, Los Angeles-based music supervisor Howard Paar placed a track by local band Thunderheist on "The L Word." He's returning this year scouting for music for "Monster," "The L Word" and "Sympathy for Delicious."

And Tony Von Pervieux, creative director of music at ABC Studios, last year heard local artist Jill Barber and recommended her to Chrysalis Music Publishing, who inked a deal with her.

Barber also got her song "Chances" on "Degrassi: The Next Generation," and three songs licensed to "The L Word."

Pervieux is back in Toronto this week to scout for "Lost," "Scrubs," "Happy Town," which is shooting in Toronto, and "Cougar Town."

Other U.S. music execs in Toronto include Tony Scudellari, vp of TV music at Sony Pictures Television, Alicen Schneider, vp of music creative services at NBC Universal Television, and Rudy Chung, a music supervisor at Hit The Ground Running.

The Canadian Music Cafe, staged at the Hard Rock Cafe' off of the Yonge and Dundas Square, is produced by the Canadian Independent Record Production Association and the Canadian Music Publishers Association.