Eli Bennett Wins 2018 Leo Award for “Best Musical Score in a Feature Length Documentary”!

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VANCOUVER, BC (May 27. 2018) — At The Leo Awards 20th Anniversary Celebration One Awards, held May 26, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency in Vancouver, Juno-nominated musician, film composer, and Vancouver-native, Eli Bennett won the Leo Award for “Best Musical Score in a Feature Length Documentary” for his musical score on Believe: The True Story of Real Bearded Santas, beating his father, award-winning Canadian composer and previous Leo-Award winner Daryl Bennett in the same category.

This was the first time in Leo Awards history that a father and son have squared off against each other in the same category, vying for the coveted award that celebrates the best of BC’s Film and Television industry.

Furthermore, 20 years ago at the inaugural Leo Awards, Daryl Bennett won the first ever Leo Award for “Best Musical Score in a Feature Length Drama” – Eli was nine years old at the time. 20 years later at the Leo Awards 20th Anniversary Celebration, Daryl’s son Eli accepted the Leo Award for “Best Musical Score”.

The Leo Awards Celebration Two and Gala Awards (the second and third night of three nights) will be held June 2 & 3, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Additionally, Eli Bennett is returning for his second year as Leo Awards Music Director, and will be leading Eli Bennett & The Leo Awards Band on both nights.


For more information please get in touch with Eli Bennett at the below contact information.


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Social Media: @elibennettmusic

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.

For more information, visit:


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’s debut album “BREAKTHROUGH” Released!!

September 2, 2015 (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

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


Featured in ‘The Province’

June 17, 2015 (Vancouver, BC) – Eli Bennett has been featured in the Province Newspaper promoting his 2015 Breakthrough Tour across Canada!

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Vancouver Tour dates:

Featured in Vancouver’s ‘The Georgia Straight’

June 10, 2015 (Vancouver, BC) – Eli Bennett has been featured in Vancouver’s ‘The Georgia Straight’ newspaper promoting his 2015 Breakthrough Tour across Canada.  The newspaper is available at newsstands across the Lower Mainland and can also be viewed online below.

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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)

For a complete list of WCMA 2015 Nominees, please visit:

‘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:

To purchase or download the album:

Eli Bennett featured in SOCAN Magazine

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