TIFF's Cafe provides musical showcase


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TORONTO -- U.S. music supervisors at the Toronto International Film Festival descended on the third annual Canadian Music Cafe on Tuesday as they looked for emerging Canadian acts for film and TV scores.

Los Angeles-based Gary Calamar ("Six Feet Under") said he's scouting for Canadian artists for two Showtime series -- "Weeds" and "Dexter" -- as well as Alan Ball's new HBO series, "True Blood."

"It's more a coffee than a beer vibe," he said of the daytime showcase of promising talent at the Rivoli, which included performances by Great Lake Swimmers, United Steel Workers of Montreal, Lily Frost, Justin Rutledge and Die Mannequin.

Calamar used Canadian artist Kreesha Turner's "Bounce With Me" on HBO's "Entourage and hopes to snag additional local talent this week.

"I'm always hungry for new music and new things to play on my (KCRW) radio show and TV shows," he said.

Past deals in Toronto at the Canadian Music Cafe include music supervisor Matt Kierscht's licensing of Vancouver-based singer-songwriter Rose Ranger's "Soul Sisters" for Christopher Rowley's "Bonneville." And last year, U.S. music supervisor John Bissell ("Lord of War") heard Toronto-based jazz songstress Molly Johnson perform at the Canadian Music Cafe' before signing her up to provide a song for John Dahl's "You Kill Me."