Lora Bidner is a compelling, three-time SOCAN foundation award winning, Canadian screen composer, singer-songwriter, and multi instrumentalist. Her original song "3,000 Volts" from her 2015 album To the North won the 2018 Colleen Peterson Songwriting award and was nominated for a North American wide, 2016 Independent Music Award in the category of "Story Song". Having completed a Masters of Music Technology at the University of Toronto in 2017, Lora followed up her studies with a composer residency at the Canadian Film Center in the prestigious Slaight Family Music Lab in 2018. 

   Having scored for over 60 short films, documentaries, advertisements, and plays, Bidner's scores have featured in several award winning films and have screened at festivals like TIFF Next Wave, Hot Docs, WIFT Showcase, Fantasia Film Festival, NFFTY and many more.

 

   Her critically acclaimed 2015 album To The North touches on themes of human pathos, self-discovery and folklore. Her sound is likened to the atmospheric, adult contemporary music of Imogen Heap, Lana Del Rey and Tori Amos. Metro News describes her music as: 

"tunes {that} aren’t just music – they’re provocative stories that explore whimsical folklore, self discovery and human awareness. Bidner will help you look inside your own soul, which can be terrifying and beautiful all in the same note. Bidner will quickly convince you to take the red pill and explore your own Wonderland."

  Exclaim! saying of her album 2015 album To the North: 

"a talented vocalist, instrumentalist and arranger, does a tremendous job at balancing each facet of her musical psyche." 

  Bidner Hosted two sold-out album release parties in Ottawa and Toronto; To the North received radio play on CBC radio 1 and attention from media outlets such as Exclaim!, Huffington Post, Ottawa Showbox, Apt 613 and more.

    Lora’s two decades of performance experience and raw talent keeps her shows captivating as she plays proficiently on piano, guitar, ukulele, and hang drum; her stunning voice can be likened to Tori Amos or Regina Spektor. Her live performances often include guest artists: Drummer Mike Giamberardino (of Harea band and Tribe Royal) and world-touring virtuoso cellist Raphael Weinroth-Browne (of Leprous, Musk Ox and The Visit). 

  Notable performances include performing at the 2017 & 2015 Ottawa Bluesfest, 2014 Ottawa Folk Festival main stage, the NAC 4th stage for "Musik Ottawa" and performing at the legendary Blacksheep Inn sharing the stage with Juno award winning/nominated artists like SoCalled, Craig Cardiff, Justin Nozuka, Lynn Miles, Jim Bryson, Jill Barber, Danny Michel, Hannah Georgas, Dar Williams and more.

Lora is currently focusing her time on working on several film scores.
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