Eli Bennett Returning as Music Director for 2018 Leo Awards!

May 3, 2018 (Vancouver, BC) – Eli Bennett is returning for his second year as Leo Awards Music Director for the 20th Annual Leo Awards celebrating the best in BC film and TV.

The Leo Awards will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on June 2 and 3, 2018.

has been named the Music Director for The 2017 Leo Awards.  The Leo Awards celebrate the Best of BC Film and Television and will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on June 2 & 3, 2018.

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Celebration Awards Ceremony, Saturday June 2
Gala Awards Ceremony, Sunday June 3

Eli Bennett Nominated for 2018 Leo Award!

April 30, 2018 (Vancouver, BC) – The Nominees for the 20th Annual Leo Awards were announced this morning and Eli Bennett was nominated for “Best Musical Score in a Feature Documentary” for his score on “Believe: The True Story of Real Bearded Santas”!

For the complete list of Leo Awards nominations, please visit:

“Believe: The True Story of Real Bearded Santas” is available on Amazon:

Press Inquires:

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 to Tour U.S. & Canada this Summer with Five Alarm Funk

May 20, 2017 (Vancouver, BC) – Eli Bennett will be touring the U.S. & Canada this summer with Canada’s ‘party funk champions’ – Juno-Award nominated “Five Alarm Funk”.  The tour kicks off May 27th at The Commodore in Vancouver (Presented by Live Nation) and includes the following stops:

June 9: Chattanooga, TN – Riverbend Festival)
June 11: Latonville, CA – Enchanted Forest)
June 15: San Francisco, CA – Boom Boom Room)
June 16: Chico, CA – Lost on Main
June 17: Boise, ID – Reef
June 23: Gagetown, NB – Folly Fest
June 29: Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern
June 30: Spokane, WA – Red Room Lounge
July 2: Whitefish, MT – Caseys
July 5: Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern
July 6: Rochester, NY – Three Heads Brewing
July 8-9: London, ON – TD Sunfest Canada
July 10: Lombard, IL – Brauerhouse
July 16: Banff, AB – Wild Bill’s
July 21: Squamish, BC – Arc’teryx Climbing Academy
July 22: Crawford Bay, BC – Starbelly Jam
July 30: Agassiz, BC – Electric Love Festival
August 5: Princeton, BC – Element Festival
August 12: Fernie, BC – Wapiti Festival
August 18: Antelope, OR – Oregon Eclipse
August 19: Rock Creek, BC – Ponderosa Festival
August 20: Salmon Arm, BC – Roots and Blues Festival

Additional shows to be added shortly!

For full tour details click HERE

Eli Bennett Named Music Director for BC’s Film Awards ‘The 2017 Leo Awards’!

May 8, 2017 (Vancouver, BC) – Eli Bennett has been named the Music Director for The 2017 Leo Awards.  The Leo Awards celebrate the Best of BC Film and Television and will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on June 3 & 4, 2017.

For more information, visit:

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.

Eli Bennett to Tour U.S. West Coast in 7-show tour with BaZOOka Picnic!

April 18, 2017 (Vancouver, BC) – Eli Bennett will be featured with Vancouver jazz-funk group “BaZOOka Picnic” on a 7-show U.S. West Coast tour from April 27-May 5th!  BaZOOka Picnic will be performing at the following venues:

April 27 – CONWAY, WA – Conway Muse
April 28 – PORT ANGELES, WA – Metta Room
April 29 – OLYMPIA, WA – Rhythm & Rye
May 2 – SEATTLE, WA – Nectar Lounge
May 3 – BEND, OR – Volcanic Theatre
May 4 – EUGENE, OR – The Jazz Station
May 5 – COTTAGE GROVE, OR – Axe & Fiddle

Click the venue names above or <a href=”“>Here</a> for show information.

This tour has been made possible with the assistance of the BC Arts Council and the Province of British Columbia.



Eli Bennett – Finalist for the International Songwriting Competition & Canadian Songwriting Competition

April 10, 2017 (Vancouver, Canada) – The International Songwriting Competition has announced the 2016 competition finalists and Eli Bennett has been made a finalist for “Best Jazz Song” for Upside Swagger.  The final results will be announced in late-April/early May.

The Canadian Songwriting Competition also recently announced their 2016 semi-finalists, and Eli Bennett is a semi-finalist for three songs:

Best Jazz Composition“:
– The Other Side by Eli Bennett
– Upside Swagger by Eli Bennett
– Step on It by Eli Bennett

All compositions are from Eli’s latest album, “Breakthrough” on iTunes or Apple Music:


Eli Bennett Wins a Silver-Medal at the Global Music Awards!

September 27, 2016 (San Diego, CA) – The Global Music Awards announced the latest round of award-winners today and Eli Bennett was awarded the Silver-Medal in the “Jazz Album” category for Outstanding Achievement for his debut-album “Breakthrough”.

For more information, please visit the GLOBAL MUSIC AWARDS.

To purchase or listen to “Breakthrough” on iTunes or Apple Music:

Eli Bennett’s debut album “BREAKTHROUGH” Released!!

September 2, 2016 (Vancouver, BC) – Eli Bennett’s debut album Breakthrough is now released and available for purchase or digital download!


Physical Album:
Signed copies of Breakthrough may be ordered directly through this website by completing this FORM.

About Breakthrough:
“With Breakthrough, I wanted to take the listener on an experience through exhilarating groove-based tunes combined with sophisticated but accessible jazz-influenced compositions. Every composition preceding the closing title-track was inspired and crafted towards the album’s main theme: the embodiment of the journey from inspiration into that defining moment: Breakthrough.” – Eli Bennett