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Composer Dillon Baldassero Awarded the Christopher Dedrick Award for Live Musicians in Media Soundtracks

Toronto, July 14, 2020 – The Screen Composers Guild of Canada (SCGC) and the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) are delighted to announce that Dillon Baldassero is the most recent recipient of the Christopher Dedrick Award for Live Musicians in Media Soundtracks. Funds from this award will be used towards the use of live musicians in Baldassero’s compositions for the upcoming feature film Girl, starring Bella Thorne and Mickey Rourke, set to be released later this year.

About Dillon Baldassero

Dillon Baldassero is a composer, producer and sound artist based in Toronto, Canada. At sixteen, he composed the score for the short film, Bergeron, which went on to screen at the Montreal World Film Festival. Since then, he has continued to explore the relationship between visual narratives and sound, having now composed for over sixty projects, including several feature films that have premiered around the world, such as the Toronto International Film Festival (Mary Goes Round, Black Cop), and SXSW Film Festival (Rules for Werewolves starring Finn Wolfhard).

Dillon’s style can be described as a re-interpreting of classical instrumentation with modern experimental performance techniques, processing and electronic synthesis. While trained in orchestral composition, he is most interested in expanding beyond musical structures by infusing the thematic, operatic roots of classic Hollywood scoring into unconventional instrumentation and electronic soundscapes. He aims to first and foremost create an emotional and thematic work that communicates and enhances a film’s narrative in bold ways. Finding the heart of a story and using music to express what lies deeper than the surface is where Dillon’s strength and passion truly lies.

Baldassero is an alumnus of the Canadian Film Centre’s Slaight Music Residency (chaired by Mychael Danna) and has studied orchestration through the Berklee College of Music. Additionally, he completed the NYU/ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop in New York City where he mentored under the likes of Sean Callery, Mark Snow and Ira Newborn. He is a member of the SCGC, AFM, SOCAN and ACTRA, and is represented by OAZ Management.

“I am incredibly grateful for the Chris Dedrick Award. It allowed me the possibility to support live musicians at a time when the industry is in such a challenging place,” says Baldassero.

About the Award

The Christopher Dedrick Award was established in memory of Christopher Dedrick, an award-winning screen composer and past-president of the SCGC, to encourage and support the hiring and use of live musicians in the production of media music soundtracks. This annual cash prize of $1,200 is awarded to a SCGC member in good standing and is adjudicated by a Selection Committee comprised of SCGC peers. The selection process is administered by the SCGC on behalf of the Ontario Arts Foundation.

Previous award winners include:  Steph Copeland (2018), Matthew Van Driel (2017) and Janal Bechthold (2016).  See the full list of recipients here.


For more information, please contact:
Tonya Dedrick, Managing Director, Screen Composers Guild of Canada
416-410-5076  |  tdedrick@screencomposers.ca 

Alan Walker, Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation

416-969-7413 | awalker@oafdn.ca


Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2019-2020, the OAF paid out over $4.25 million in endowment income and $270,000 in awards and scholarships.

The Screen Composers Guild of Canada (SCGC) is a a trade association certified under the Canadian Federal Status of the Artist Act, and represents all professional Anglophone composers and music producers for film, television , video games, mobile and all other screen media. The SCGC promotes the status and rights of screen composers through professional development, sharing information, advocacy on issues such as creator’s rights and the value of screen music. The SCGC is a member of the Music Creators Canadian and North American Alliances.

More About Christopher Dedrick
Chris Dedrick was a music producer, arranger, and a classical and soundtrack composer. He worked with directors Guy Maddin and Don McKellar, winning a Genie Award for Maddin's The Saddest Music in the World. In 1997 Dedrick won a Gemini Award for his work on the television series Road to Avonlea. Chris was nominated a total of 16 times for Gemini awards, winning a total of four, the others for Million Dollar Babies, Shipwreck on the Skeleton Coast and The Great Canadian Polar Bear Adventure. Read full biography here >>

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