Eli Bennett Nominated for 2018 Juno Award with Five Alarm Funk!

February 6, 2018 (Toronto, ON) – The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced the Nominees for the 2018 Juno Awards this morning and Eli Bennett has been nominated with Five Alarm Funk for “Instrumental Album of the Year”, for their album “Sweat”. The Juno Awards will take place in Vancouver on March 24/25, 2018.

Eli Bennett Nominated for GMA Canada Covenant Award for “Best Jazz / Blues Song”

November 3, 2017 (Edmonton, AB) – The Nominees for the 39th Annual Covenant Awards were announced this morning on 105.9 ShineFM. Among the 38 categories, Eli Bennett was nominated for “Jazz/Blues Song of the Year” for his song “Breakthrough”, the title track from Bennett’s 2016 release.

The Covenant Awards will take place in Edmonton, Alberta on January 27, 2018 at the Shaw Conference Centre.

39th Annual Covenant Awards Nominees List:

“Breakthrough” is available for stream or purchase below:


Eli Bennett Wins JAZZ ARTIST OF THE YEAR at the 2016 Fraser Valley Music Awards!

July 16, 2016 (Abbotsford, BC) – The winners for the first ever Fraser Valley Music Awards were announced this evening at the Abbotsford Arts Centre presented by CIVL-FM Radio. Among the 12 categories and 57 nominees, Eli Bennett was awarded “Jazz Artist of the Year”!

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Eli Bennett to Join Five Alarm Funk for Canadian Tour!

April 26, 2016 (Vancouver, BC) – It was announced today via Five Alarm Funk’s Facebook page, that saxophonist Eli Bennett will be joining the iconic Canadian band for their Canadian national tour this summer 2016. The tour will feature 28 shows in 38 days between Vancouver & New Brunswick.  For a full tour listing, stay tuned to

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Eli Bennett Wins Two SOCAN Awards for Best Film Score

August 10, 2015 (Toronto, Ontario) – The SOCAN Foundation today announced eight recipients of the fifth annual SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Audio-visual Composers.

This year’s competition attracted 46 entries, awarding $21,000 to eight prizewinners. “This is a unique competition, the only one of its kind in Canada,” says Rick MacMillan, Manager, SOCAN Foundation. “It offers us an excellent opportunity to spotlight the many talented composers working in Canada’s vibrant film and television industries.

Eli Bennett was awarded the following SOCAN Awards:

– Second prize in the Non-fiction category for “Believe: The True Story of Real Bearded Santas”

– Shared second prize in the Fiction category for “Jobless”

For the official press release, please visit the SOCAN Foundation website: HERE


Breakthrough Tour 2015 Continues with Two Remaining Shows at TD Sunfest!

July 3, 2015 (Vancouver, BC) – After a successful week of concerts as part of Eli Bennett’s 2015 cross-canada Breakthrough Tour 2015 that saw sold-out shows at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Jazz YYC (Calgary Jazz Festival), Medicine Hat Jazz Festival, Toronto International Jazz Festival, Ottawa International Jazz Festival, and Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, two shows remain before the tour comes to a close.  Catch Eli Bennett at TD Sunfest in London, Ontario July 11 @ Victoria Park OLG Jazz Stage 2:30pm & July 11 @ Victoria Park OLG Jazz Stage 3:45pm for two FREE shows!!


Thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts for their support of Breakthrough Tour 2015.

Additional thanks to D’Addario Canada, D’Addario Woodwinds, Selmer Paris, AMT Microphones and & Jeff Turner Entertainment for their support of this tour.

2015 Canadian Tour



Breakthrough 2015 Canadian Tour:

Thirty-five-time award-winning jazz saxophonist and 4-time Leo-Nominated film composer Eli Bennett embarks on a 2015 Canadian Jazz Festival tour with his band in support of his critically acclaimed debut album Breakthrough.

Since its release Breakthrough has received international attention, ranking #3 on the Canadian National Jazz Charts in December 2014, and #14 on the US CMJ National Jazz Charts, while being featured on the homepage of iTunes Canada Jazz for two months as one of the top Canadian jazz albums. It was also named the “#4 Best Jazz Debut Album” of 2014 by the Ottawa Citizen and received rave reviews from All About Jazz and WholeNote magazine in addition to receiving major radio play in North America and Europe. In 2015, Breakthrough won the Julian Jazz Award from BC’s CJSF 90.1FM for Best Canadian Jazz Album by an Emerging Artist as well as a 2015 Western Canadian Music Award Nomination for Jazz Album of the Year.

With ten shows in seven cities, the Canadian tour will see Eli Bennett’s Quartet featured at jazz festivals across Canada beginning in Vancouver, with stops in Calgary, Medicine Hat, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and ending in London, Ontario.

2015 Canadian Tour Dates:
Sat. June 20 – Vancouver International Jazz Festival – Robson Stage – 5pm

Sun. June 21 – Vancouver International Jazz Festival – Italian Cultural Centre – 7pm

Mon. June 22 – Jazz YYC (Calgary) – Ironwood Stage – 8pm

Tue. June 23 – Medicine Hat Jazz Festival – Esplanade Studio Theatre – 2:30pm

Wed. June 24 – Medicine Hat Jazz Festival – Esplanade Studio Theatre – 10:30pm

Thu. June 25 – Toronto International Jazz Festival – The Rex Hotel – 8pm

Fri. June 26 – Ottawa International Jazz Festival – Confederation Park – 6:30pm

Sat. June 27 – Montreal International Jazz Festival – Scene TD Stage – 6pm

Sat. July 11 – TD Sunfest (London, ON) – Victoria Park

Sun. July 12 – TD Sunfest (London, ON) – Victoria Park




Thank you to the Canada Council for the Arts for making this tour possible.

Thank you to D’addario Canada, D’Addario Woodwinds, Selmer Paris and Applied Microphone Technology for their support.

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‘Breakthrough’ Nominated for Western Canadian Music Award!

May 5, 2015 (CANADA) – Eli Bennett’s debut album “BREAKTHROUGH” has been nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award for ‘Jazz Recording of the Year’!


The 2015 WCMA Nominees for ‘Jazz Recording of the Year‘ Are:

A/B Trio – Out West (AB)
Eli Bennett – Breakthrough (BC)
Jill Barber – Fool’s Gold (BC)
Paul Keeling  – Ancient Lights (BC)
The Writers’ Guild – Based on a True Story (AB)
Tyler Hornby – Launch (AB)

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‘Breakthrough’ Receives Critical Acclaim from Jazz Da Gama

Jazz Website “Jazz Da Gama” has just released a review of Eli Bennett’s debut album ‘Breakthrough’!

“Mr. Bennett “speaks” in an accessible tonal style, with a knack for simple beauty backed by colourful, flexible, open and populist musical arsenal punctuated with occasional outbursts of musical fireworks that reside somewhere between Sonny Rollins and Chris Potter.”

For the full review, please see the link below:

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Eli Bennett featured in SOCAN Magazine

Canadian music magazine “Words and Music” (SOCAN) has featured Eli Bennett in the current Winter 2015 edition.