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John Rowley

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JOHN ROWLEY is a leading Canadian composer and music supervisor. He is known for his work on the award-winning series “Pretty Hard Cases” “Mary Kills People” (Corus/Lifetime/Hulu), “Letterkenny” (Crave/Hulu), “Corner Gas: The Movie” (CTV/Amazon Prime), “Rookie Blue” (Corus/ABC), and the feature film “Defendor”, starring Woody Harrelson.

Fun fact: “Final Assault”, a piece John composed for “Defendor”, was used to introduce the Toronto Blue Jays’ starting lineup at home games at the Rogers Centre throughout the 2013 season.

John studied law at Osgoode Hall Law School, going on to article with the Toronto law firm Fraser Milner Casgrain (now Dentons) and being called to the Ontario Bar in 2001. John received a BA (Hons) (English) from University of King’s College/Dalhousie University and received a diploma in Recording Arts Management from The Harris Institute For The Arts. In 2002 John interned at Six Shooter Records, helping to establish their synchronization licensing department. John then founded J. Rowley Music in 2004. John has also worked on the other side of the licensing desk, spending a year as Manager of Sync Licensing at Peermusic Canada, representing Peermusic’s extensive music publishing catalogue (including the songs of Canadian icons including The Tragically Hip, Sarah McLachlan, Kathleen Edwards, and Hawksley Workman) for licensing in film, television, advertising and videogames.

John is a founding member of the Guild of Music Supervisors of Canada and Vice President of the Screen Composers Guild of Canada. He has taught courses at Sheridan College on the business of music for emerging audiovisual composers. He is also a regular contributor to the Canadian Films Centre’s Slaight Family Music Lab, providing Lab participants with insight into composer agreements, music rights, union issues and royalty remuneration.


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