Multiple time Juno Award nominated composer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Mario Vaira has had his music featured in big theatres and small living rooms in over 40 countries worldwide. Whether composing dark orchestral scores, uplifting themes, or vibrant happy tunes, Mario strives to bring honestly and truth to his compositions. His works have been featured in many award winning productions including "Boar Attack" (Best Animated Short, Worldwide Short Film Festival), the OLN/NatGeo series "Word Travels" (Best Documentary Series nomination, Gemini Awards), and "Kodiak" (Portable Choice Award, Portable Film Festival). In the gaming world, Mario has scored pieces for Sega (Aliens: Colonial Marines), THQ (Darksiders II, Company of Heroes 2, Metro: Last Light), Square/Enix, Finger Food Studios, Action Pants/UbiSoft and Relic Entertainment, among others.
Another focus for Mario's career has been music for youth and children; larger projects include Songwriting and Production for LeapFrog, and his ongoing work as sole producer and co-writer for the acclaimed musical duo Bobs & LoLo. He's been credited with two Juno nominations, ( 2010 & 2012 - Best Children's Album), Western Canadian Music Awards and Parent's Choice Gold Medals, among other awards. Having shared the stage with Charlotte Diamond, Fred Penner, The Kerplunks and Norman Foote, Mario also produced Will Stroet's "My Backyard" (Best Children's Album nomination, Western Canadian Music Awards), and "Walk & Roll".
As a songwriter, Mario has written with and for such artists as Bobs & LoLo, Will Stroet, Kyprios, Vince Vaccaro, Carly Rae Jepsen, Mackenzie Porter, Randy Ponzio, DNA6, Quest Poetics, and Carmen & Camille. Mario is also an active member of the Curriculum Advisory Committees for the Electronic Music Production Program & Singer/Songwriter Performance Program, both at Langara College in Vancouver, BC.
Currently, you can hear his full score for the Hallmark series, “Cedar Cove”, starring Andie Macdowel, as well as his score for on HGTV’s “Urban Suburban” and theme music for “Buy-o-logy”, for the Oprah Winfrey Network. Debuting in January of 2014 will be the W Network Series "The Audience".
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