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Composer Janal Bechthold is Awarded the 2016 Christopher Dedrick Award for Live Musicians in Media Soundtracks

Toronto, May 17, 2016 - The Screen Composers Guild of Canada and the Ontario Arts Foundation are delighted to announce Janal Bechthold  is the 2016 recipient of the Christopher Dedrick Award for Live Musicians in Media Soundtracks.   

Janal Bechthold is a composer for film, TV, games, and interactive media, having worked on numerous scores including twelve television documentaries (SRC-Radio Canada, TV5 international, Canal Vie), and the interactive graphic novels "The Shadowed Road"​ and "80 Degrees North".  Janal is a multi-instrumentalist with a diverse musical background, including a degree in Music Therapy from Wilfrid Laurier University.

“I would like to thank the Ontario Arts Foundation, the Screen Composers Guild of Canada and the Chris Dedrick Music Fund for honouring me with the Award for Live Musicians in Media Soundtracks,” says Janal Bechthold.  “When Chris Dedrick was President, I was a new member of the SCGC. His music and dedication to furthering the craft of composing music for screen media was inspirational!”

"Musicians have the ability to bring an emotional complexity to their performances, which electronically derived simulations can only loosely replicate.  I am looking forward to using this award to elevate the music I create and to demonstrate to creative partners the benefit and beauty of including live musicians on scores."

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 professional member in good standing, and is adjudicated by a Selection Committee comprised of SCGC peers. The Award is administered by the SCGC on behalf of the Ontario Arts Foundation.

For information, please contact:

Tonya Dedrick, Administrative Services Manager
Screen Composers Guild of Canada
Tel: (416) 410-5076

Alan Walker, Executive Director
Ontario Arts Foundation
Tel: (416) 969-7413


The Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2014-2015, the OAF paid over $2.8 million in endowment income and $275,000 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. 

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.

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