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Laurel MacDonald
• Biography •

Laurel MacDonald is a singer, composer and video artist based in Toronto, Canada. She has released five critically-acclaimed CDs and has performed extensively, most recently in She Sings as She Flies and Patchwork (both with Mary Jane Lamond), in her solo project Videovoce, in the dance productions SDX (Kaeja d’Dance) and Moving Parts (Fujiwara Dance Inventions), and as a member of the Georgian ensemble Darbazi.

Along with her creative partner Phil Strong, Laurel has composed the music for many film productions, most recently for the dance films Kitchen Dances (Kaeja d’Dance) and Love Learn Listen (Fujiwara Dance Inventions), and for the film documentary You Are Here, directed by Moze Mossanen for Bell Media/HBO.

As a video artist, she has designed the stage visuals for She Sings as She Flies and for her Patchwork and Videovoce stage productions. Her experimental dance and music videos have screened at art and film festivals in six countries; her film one two many few was recently chosen for the Regards Hybrides collection of Canadian screendance works, premiering online in March 2023.

Laurel received a SOCAN Award in 2021 for her work (as co-composer, with Phil Strong) on the film documentary You Are Here. She was nominated for a Dora Award (Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts, 2018) for SDX, and has received a Scotiabank People’s Choice Award (Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, 2010), an Essential Echoes Album of the Year (Public Radio International, 2005), and a Gemini Award (Canadian Screen Awards, 2003).

She is currently recording the music for a new album entitled I Eat the Stars and is embarking on the next development phase for the Moving Parts dance production, premiering in Toronto in August 2023.
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