Peter Allen (composer)

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Peter Allen at the piano 2010

Peter Allen (born 18 February 1952) is a Canadian composer, organist, and keyboard player. An associate of the Canadian Music Centre and a member of the Canadian League of Composers, his compositions encompass a broad repertoire from film scores and commercial jingles to sacred music and avant-garde electroacoustic music. He has composed numerous works for CBC Radio and CBC Television.

Education and career

Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Allen was a pupil of Boyd McDonald and Robert Turner[1] at the University of Manitoba where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in 1975. Between 1976-1977 he pursued graduate studies at McGill University where his teachers included Bengt Hambraeus, Alcides Lanza, and Bruce Mather. During the 1970s he was a founding member of the contemporary concert series IZ Music,[2] along with three other Manitoba composers; Bruce Carlson, William Pura and James Hiscott. Their concerts were regularly recorded by the CBC and broadcast on Two New Hours, CBC Radio Toronto. Allen also worked as a pianist with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and was active as a keyboardist with a number of local club and rock bands. In 1980 he became organist at St. Mary's Cathedral, Winnipeg and in 1984 was appointed music director for Pope John Paul II's papal mass outdoors at Bird's Hill Park in Winnipeg, for which he was also commissioned to compose a new mass setting. From 1985-1986 he worked for Century 21 Studios as their in-house composer and music producer.[3]

Allen moved to Los Angeles, California in 1986 to pursue studies in film scoring at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Southern California. In 1988 he moved to Vancouver British Columbia to open his own recording and sound production studio, Peter Allen Associates Inc.[4] He has composed music for more than 100 films for American, Canadian and British film companies, including Twentieth Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Warner Brothers, Disney, Universal, CineTel Films, The National Film Board of Canada, the CBC, LifeTime, Hallmark as well as numerous independent film producers, and has written music for various television shows and series, including a theme song for the Winnipeg Jets in 1979, the broadcast theme for the Toronto Blue Jays, the Montreal Expos, the Winning Spirit theme for the Vancouver Canucks,[5] and also the international broadcast theme for the 1994 Commonwealth Games. In October 2012, "Tear The Curtain", directed by Kim Collier, was slated to play on the Canadian Stage, the largest theatre stage in Canada. "Tear The Curtain" is a simultaneous mix of live theatre and film, and features a score by Peter Allen,[6] both in the film segments and the live segments of the production. In 2003 he won a Leo Award for his score for the film Flower & Garnet.[7]



Year Title Notes
1991 Tales from the Crypt TV Series (1 episode)
1993 Cyborg 2: Glass Shadow Video
1994 Metro Cafe TV Series
1995 Heaven's Tears
Dangerous Prey
For a Few Lousy Dollars
1996 Downdraft TV Movie
1997 Kleo the Misfit Unicorn TV Series (26 episodes)
Crackerjack 2
Dead Fire TV Movie
Sleeping Dogs
1998 Hell Mountain
Dark Confessions
Sparky Versus Rocco Short Film
Act of War
The Other Side of the Picture Documentary
1999 Escape from Mars TV Movie
A Twist of Faith
Slightly Bent TV TV Series
Sasquatch Odyssey: The Hunt for Bigfoot TV Movie Documentary
Escape Velocity
The Silencer
Lethal Target


Year Title Notes
2000 Bear with Me
Fatal Conflict
Crackerjack 3
The Operative
Last Stand
2001 Ripper
2002 Flower & Garnet
Starfire Mutiny Video
atHome TV Series
The Barber
2003 Casanova at Fifty Short Film
2004 11:11
On Course TV Series
Deep Evil TV Movie
Happyland TV Movie
Ripper 2: Letter from Within
Spongebob Squarepants: A Day in the Life of a Sponge Video Game
Eve's Christmas TV Movie
A Very Cool Christmas TV Movie
2005 Steklo TV Mini-Series (3 episodes)
Sara Under Siege Short Film
The Score
Home for the Holidays TV Movie
His and Her Christmas TV Movie
2006 Lesser Evil TV Movie
Shock to the System
The Obsession TV Movie
Family in Hiding TV Movie
Deadly Skies TV Movie
Breaking Ranks Documentary
Four Extraordinary Women TV Movie
21st Annual Gemini Awards TV Special
All She Wants for Christmas TV Movie
2007 A Valentine Carol TV Movie
Tit for Tat Short Film
Witness to Murder TV Movie
Destination: Infestation TV Movie
A Dennis the Menace Christmas Video
Blonde and Blonder
2008 The Afterlife with Suzane Northrop TV Series Documentary (10 episodes)
Let's Talk Sex TV Series (10 episodes)
Incident at a Truckstop Diner Short Film (music composition)
Making Mr. Right TV Movie
Love Sick: Secrets of a Sex Addict TV Movie (international version)
On the Other Hand, Death
The Art of War II: Betrayal Video
Ice Blues
Mixed Nutz TV Series
Christmas Town Video
2009 Storm Seekers TV Movie
The Devil's Ground
Driven to Kill Video
Black Rain TV Movie
Encounter with Danger TV Movie
Vancouver Vagabond Documentary (original score music)
Health Nutz TV Movie
Something Evil Comes TV Movie
Attention, the Doors Are Closing Short Film


Year Title Notes
2010 Dancing Ninja
The Stranger Video
A Family Thanksgiving TV Movie
Two Men in a Boat: Chasing Spring Documentary
The Diner Suit Short Film
2011 The Adventures of Artie the Ant TV Series (12 episodes)
Jesus Christ Short Film
Rise of the Damned
Past Obsessions TV Movie
Dead Simple Short Film
Liz Short Film (original score music)
2012 What's Up Warthogs! TV Series (19 episodes)
Broken Trust TV Movie
American Mary
Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade TV Movie
Now and Forever Short Film (music written and performed)
2013 Health Nutz TV Series (7 episodes)
Out of Business Short Film
The Trainer TV Movie
Profile for Murder TV Movie
Forever 16 TV Movie
Cup Runneth Over Short Film
2014 The Clockwork Girl
Irreplaceable Documentary
My Mother's Future Husband TV Movie
The Color of Rain TV Movie
Recipe for Love TV Movie
Wedding Planner Mystery TV Movie
2015 I Do, I Do, I Do TV Movie
The Wrong Girl TV Movie
A Perfect Wedding
Ties That Bind TV Series (9 episodes)
Angels in the Snow TV Movie
Debbie Macomber's Dashing Through the Snow TV Movie
2016 Stop the Wedding TV Movie
Chesapeake Shores TV Series (1 episode)
Mostly Ghostly 3: One Night in Doom House Video
Terres d'Exploration TV Mini-series Documentary
2017 Bigger Fatter Liar Video
Selfie from Hell Post-Production
Nations at War TV Series Documentary (Post-Production)
Afterglow Announced


Year Project Category Result
2000 A Twist of Faith Best Musical Score in a Motion Picture (Leo Award) Nominated
2002 The Barber Feature Length Drama: Best Musical Score (Leo Award) Nominated
2003 Casanova at Fifty Short Drama: Best Musical Score (Leo Award) Nominated
Flower & Garnet Feature Length Drama: Best Musical Score (Leo Award) Won
2005 11:11 Feature Length Drama: Best Musical Score (Leo Award) Nominated
2006 The Score Best Music Score in a Feature Length Drama (Leo Award) Nominated
The Score Best Original Music Score for a Program or Mini-Series (Gemini Award) Nominated
2008 A Dennis the Menace Christmas Best Musical Score in a Feature Length Drama (Leo Award) Nominated
Scourge Best Music Score in a Feature Length Drama (Leo Award) Nominated
2009 The Art of War II: Betrayal Best Musical Score in a Feature Length Drama (Leo Award) Nominated


  1. ^ Robert Turner website
  2. ^ Peter Allen at the Canadian Music Centre website
  3. ^ Peter Allen at[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Peter Allen in Reel West Magazine 2013 (pages 12 & 13)
  5. ^ IMDB Bio
  6. ^ Tear The Curtain review, Georgia Straight
  7. ^ Leo Award Winners 2003

External links

  • Peter Allen on IMDb
  • Peter Allen Associates Inc. Online
  • Peter Allen clips on TV Guide
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