Welcome to our 89th Toronto Ravel Study!

TORONTO RAVEL STUDY will be on hiatus for July and August, 2022. We hope to be back in person in the Fall. Stay tuned for updates!



This Month’s Guest

Since 1996,  John Welsman has been a Director of the Screen Composers Guild of Canada, and assumed the role of President in 2015. Together with the Composer Rights Initiative (CRI) team at the SCGC  John has advocated for the rights of music creators during the review of the Broadcasting Act and will continue that work during the upcoming review of the Copyright Act. The team has made government and its various agencies aware of the issues composers face in the digital age, and has been asked to propose solutions as part of the goverment’s review process. John will review the progress made and will answer questions on the status of copyright law and creator rights in Canada.

John Welsman has won 8 Gemini and CSA awards for his scores for film and television, with credits including over twenty MOW’s, five features, six series, fifty documentary one-hours and mini-series, and six seasons of the award winning dramatic series Road To Avonlea.

Highlights include children’s series My Pet Monster, Franklin and Friends and My Friend Rabbit, Movies of the Week Robin of Locksley, Stolen Miracle and Borrowed Hearts, and documentary series David Suzuki’s The Sacred Balance and The Nature of Things, along with feature films Nurse.Fighter.Boy and Modra. Recently, he scored the acclaimed, award-winning documentaries West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson, Where the Universe Sings: The Spiritual Journey of Lawren Harris, and Ric Esther Bienstock’s Tales From the Organ Trade.





NEW ADVENTURES IN LISTENING – Film clips from “On The Waterfront” and “Ryan” are posted on the “Study Materials” page for download. With the sound removed, they can be scored as an exercise, and brough in to “Adventures in Listening” for feedback and analysis. Adventures in Listening is a unique opportunity to get unbiased and honest feedback on your ‘in-progress’ or experimental work from a community of your professional peers. Because it is anonymous, it is a risk-free environment.  Whether you are an emerging composer or an experienced one, and whether your work is for concert or screen, I encourage you to take advantage of this invaluable resource.

Many of you are actively performing musicians or are composers with TV shows or films containing your original scores. If you would like me to mention upcoming concerts or showtimes, please see me during the first hour, and I will make the announcement during “Adventures in Listening”. This way we can get the word out while preserving the relaxed and casual atmosphere that we have created at Toronto Ravel.
We need your helpWe know that Toronto Ravel is viable, but we need to ensure that it is sustainable. There are 2 ways you can help;  First, by spreading the word to your friends, Facebook friends, colleagues, etc., and by passing around the links to our videos – the links are below. Also – you can volunteer a bit of your time and be part of the Ravel team.  We need people who can assist with publicity and promotion to work with Janal Bechtholt in spreading the word.  Please email if you can lend a hand. 
Producer Larry Weinstein talks about Ravel
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