Famous Burlingtonians

Mychael Danna - Composer

Mychael Danna is an Academy Award-winning film composer recognized for his evocative blending of non-western traditions with orchestral and electronic music. Danna was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, but his family moved to Burlington when he was an 3 weeks old. He is the brother of fellow composer Jeff Danna. He composed the transculturally inspired 2013 Oscar and Golden Globe-winning score for Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, as well as many award-winning scores for his longtime collaborator, Atom Egoyan. Other noted credits include Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated films such as Moneyball, Capote, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Monsoon Wedding, Shattered Glass, Little Miss Sunshine, (500) Days of Summer, Surf’s Up, Water, Antwone Fisher, Being Julia and Girl, Interrupted.  In 2015,  Jeff and Mychael  worked on the score for “The Good Dinosaur” and received an Annie nomination for Outstanding Achievement, Music in an Animated Feature Production.  They wrote the original score for the animated film “Storks” which was released in 2016.  In 2017 Jeff and Mychael wrote the original score for the animated film The Breadwinner which was nominated for an Annie Award and won a Canadian Screen Award for film Score of the year.  Jeff and Mycheal wrote the music for the series Alias Grace which was also nominated for a Canadian Screen Award.

I’m proud to say that Burlington is where I grew up, where I took my first music lessons, sang in choirs, played in bands and lived until University, (first at McMaster and then the University of Toronto). Burlington was, and is, a wonderful city for musicians and artists to learn, experiment and develop, and I will always be grateful that I was able to grow up in such a stimulating and supportive environment!