Fourtieen-time Gemini Award nominee, five-time Gemini Award and Canadian Screen Award winner, John Welsman has been a cornerstone of Canada's film scoring community for almost 3 decades. Career highlights to date include the hit dramatic series “Road to Avonlea”; documentary series “The Nature of Things” with David Suzuki; and James Cameron and Simcha Jacobovici’s “The Exodus Decoded” and “The Lost Tomb of Jesus”. He’s also well known for his work with director Ingrid Veninger, most recently for the feature film “Modra”, and for his work in children’s television on such animated series as “Franklin and Friends”, “My Friend Rabbit", “Rainbow Road”, and “The Mighty Jungle”. He has 9 theatrical features, 14 movies for television, 14 television series & over 50 documentaries to his name.
Welsman began his career performing as a singer-songwriter, recording with artists Laura Smith, Available Space, Jane Siberry, and Cherie Camp. Later he would arrange for internationally renowned recording artists: The Canadian Tenors with Sarah McLaughlan (The Perfect Gift), Loreena McKennitt (An Ancient Muse, and The Mask And Mirror), Stephanie Hardy (Brand New Skin) Allanah Myles (I Believe). He co-wrote with Cherie Camp and recorded the self-titled WEA album ‘Cherie Camp’, produced by Gene Martynec). Welsman and Camp won the 2009 Genie Award for ‘Achievement in Music – Original Song’ for ‘Oh Love’, “Nurse.Fighter.Boy”.
Welsman has also worked in advertising, composing music for the Ontario Tourism campaign from 1996-2002. He was commissioned to compose and arrange music for the short film ‘Ontario Our Majesty’, a gift to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in honour of her 2002 Jubilee visit to Ontario.
Last year John was honoured with a CSA award for his score to Ric Esther Bienstock's "Tales From the Organ Trade" and his latest documentary, "Tempest Storm" premiers at Hot Docs in April 2016.
John resides in and works from his hometown of Toronto.