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Kurt Swinghammer

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While Kurt Swinghammer might not have as prominent a profile within the Canadian arts picture as, express, Barenaked Ladies, he has non-etheless produced an impact being a musician, specialist, and visual artist. Obtaining his begin in Niagara Falls, Ontario, preliminary Swinghammer shows in 1978 had been definitely even more art-school than pop-schooled, incorporating media apparatus such as for example projectors and television sets, coupled with both live and pre-recorded musical amounts. After performing within the Niagara region for quite some time, with occasional excursions into Toronto, Swinghammer finally produced the transfer to Toronto correct in 1984. Furthermore to documenting off-center solo functions, Swinghammer performed with several bands on the following years, including General Electric powered, the Yard, and Vital Sines. He also documented other performers at his house studio during this time period — including an unidentified bicycle courier by the name of Ron Sexsmith. Frustratingly, despite having all this music under his belt, in musical circles he might have been most widely known because the one who hand-painted the matches how the Shuffle Demons used during shows. Though he’d previously self-released several cassettes, it had been the 1991 discharge from the PoMo a GoGo Compact disc that finally brought Swinghammer to some cross-Canada audience, because of a distribution cope with Fringe Item. Though he continuing to indulge his even more creative side during this time period, he also installed once again with superstar-in-the-making Ron Sexsmith, executing in Sexsmith’s music group the Uncool, and executing together beneath the improbable moniker Sexhammer. The start of the ’90s also discovered Swinghammer starting to compose more regularly for films and television applications. When Swinghammer finally returned into solo executing mode, his selection of written content was perfectly consistent with his creative sensibilities; Vostok 6 was an idea album focused on cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, the very first woman in space. Though the record didn’t specifically sell with the truckload, it produced a lover of Ani DiFranco, who not merely gave the recording wider release on her behalf own label, but additionally invited Swinghammer to execute in her live music group and on her behalf To one’s teeth album. His single release Dark Eyed Sue adopted in 2001. Between single projects, Swinghammer continues to be busy along with his structure work with the display and his visitor looks on albums by additional Canadian performers (Dan Bryk, Great Big Ocean, and Sarah Slean, to mention just a couple).

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Full Name Kurt Swinghammer
Profession Singer-songwriter, Film Score Composer, Visual Artist
Education OCAD University
Nationality Canadian
Music Songs Vostok 6, Turpentine Wind, Falling Star, Canoe Lake, The Signature of Marilyn Churley, Doodle Head, Civic Kiss, Out of Thin Air, Bartlett Street, White Russians, Bathurst Flat, Short and Sweet Goodbye, Love Song Too Late, Lunar Lines, Memories Employ, Fine Art of Selling Out, Pale Green Glow, The Most Beautiful Girl at the Fair, Kensington Market, Rose of Montrose, Northern Shield, MC Squared, Of a Dream, Dangling Pine, Lilly of the 401, Yellow Ochre Yonge, Retro Rocket, Illustrating Man, Owen Sound, Wind in the Sail, Empty Sky, 2.4 Million
Albums Augusta, Black Eyed Sue, Remote, PoMo A GoGo, Turpentine Wind, Vostok 6
Nominations Juno Award for Recording Package of the Year
Movies Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed, The Chair, Leaving Barstow, The Art of Woo, The Devil You Know: Inside the Mind of Todd McFarlane, The Cockroach That Ate Cincinnati, Getting Gilliam, Acquainted With the Night, The Complete Works, The Falls, Noise


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Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Nation Soars: Drawn to Victory 2016 TV Movie documentary
The Complete Works 2015 Documentary short
The Great Canadian Tax Dodge 2015 Documentary
The Cholesterol Question 2014 Documentary
Incident at Elysian Fields 2013 Short
Ice, Sweat and Tears 2013 Documentary
The Nature of Things 2012 TV Series documentary 1 episode
Lights Out! 2012/II Documentary
Fanboy Confessional 2011 TV Series documentary
Man on Earth 2009 TV Series documentary 4 episodes
Waterlife 2009 Documentary
Driven by Vision 2009 TV Series original music by
Capturing a Short Life 2008 Documentary
Leaving Barstow 2008
Trapped 2007 TV Series documentary
The Chair 2007/II
Stacked Like Me 2006 TV Movie documentary
Getting Gilliam 2005 Documentary
Say Uncle 2005
Penis Dementia: The Search for the Perfect Penis 2005 TV Movie documentary
The Multiple Selves of Hannah Maynard 2005 Short
Noise 2005/I Short
Flatly Stacked 2004 TV Movie documentary
Youkali Hotel 2004 TV Movie
Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed 2004
The Art of Woo 2001
The Devil You Know: Inside the Mind of Todd McFarlane 2001 Documentary short
Wrinkle 2001
The Cockroach That Ate Cincinnati 1996
In the Reign of Twilight 1995 Documentary
Donuts, People and Their Dreams 1993 Documentary
The Falls 1991 Documentary
Friends, Lovers, & Lunatics 1989

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Youkali Hotel 2004 TV Movie

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Cholesterol Question 2014 Documentary composer: theme music

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Kim's Convenience 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2005 Chainsaw Award Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Score Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed (2004)


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