Sons of Granville

a soundtrack for life

A small team with a big sound and an endless well of creativity. 

Canada's 150th Anniversary: A Musical Premiere

Celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary, SOG’s creative director and composer, Thomas Beckman was commissioned by the Post Modern Camerata to write a new concert piece. This upcoming Saturday and Sunday, the PMC will premiere Thomas’ new work ‘Pandora’s Clock’ alongside three other new Canadian works by composers Rita Ueda, John Cole and Jeffrey Ryan, at the Orpheum Annex starting from 7:00pm. Alexandra Hill, an integral singer and co-director of PMC fashioned a series of behind-the-scenes episodes on each composer in anticipation of the concert series that seeks to promote and share some of Canada’s own. Watch the video to the get scoop on SOG’s latest classical piece >

On Sunday, the 28th, Sons of Granville will also join the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network for the premiere of their second documentary ‘Promising Practices in Timiskaming First Nation,’ as part of a series of dramatic and educational films to help promote awareness around health issues that affect the country’s interior First Nation’s community. In the trailer, SOG's latest soundtrack can be heard. The premiere starts at 12:30pm at the Rio theatre, kicked off by a brief performance by Thomas, followed by the Medicine Stones. For more info, go here >

'Ten Years': A New Documentary

Our last project of 2016 was to produce a short score for 'Ten Years' by Robyn Thomas. The film follows the difficult path from fear and shame to healing and forgiveness by a victim of rape. We are proud to support Robyn's sincere film of a brave testimony and we look forward to sharing the film once it's completed its festival circuit by the end of this year. 

To listen, go to tracks 'Inviolate' and 'Convalescence' on our 'Music' page. 

BIG FOOT COUNTRY

Last week, Sector 5 released the official trailer for their new action-horror flick. 'Big Foot Country' now sets it's sights on several prestigious festivals across the globe. 

This is the third feature-length film in 5 months that we have scored for filmmaker Jason Mills. The other films, "Mermaid Island" and "Alien Psychosis", are both slated for release in 2017.

'Promising Practices'

At the beginning of the year we sat down with director of CAAN, Merv Thomas and 'Promising Practices' co-director Jason Lawrence to discuss the film’s musical treatment which included a new song by Jason, entitled 'No Shame.’ Production for 'No Shame' drew upon a diverse group of musicians to tell its story: a plea to debunk the stigmatization of HIV/AIDS and to unify communities living in the Sturgeon Lake and Ahtahkakoop First Nations territories. For strings we hired VSO cellist Ariel Barnes and Sons’ own violist, Thomas Beckman. This achieved both a warm and authentic acoustical edge. On drums, Jarrett Plett provided back beat and Chris Couto filled in with taps on djembe. Passionate vocals were provided by Jason Lawrence. 

Luke Kim on cello provided important string parts for the 'Promising Practices' score. 

Luke Kim on cello provided important string parts for the 'Promising Practices' score. 


By mid July we had finished the song and were underway with the score itself. At every stage we remained cognizant of the film’s highly dynamic and emotional theme. The idea was to supply a thoughtful narrative beneath the various interviews and testimonies that comprised the film, a musical narrative that would lament with characters enveloped in the recovery of their lives, but that would also offer hope and encouragement for the future. In this manner, the music drew heavily upon the message of the film, something Merv described in his recent interview with the Saskatoon Phoenix Star as ‘positive and uplifting.’ 


In the end, an improvisational and spontaneous approach gave rise to an emotionally driven yet diversely sounding score, that proved extremely efficient and economical for everyone. To learn more about the film itself, go here> http://thestarphoenix.com/health/family-child/we-wanted-to-show-some-hope-hiv-doc-highlights-positive-stories-in-first-nations-communities