CJ McGillivray has composed and performed music for numerous film and theatre productions in association with Classic Chic Productions, Place des Arts, Carousel Theatre for Young People, CRAFT Productions, Summer Visions Film Institute and Capilano University. She loves expressive songwriting and performance and continually expands her repertoire of original folk music for voice and piano, ukulele or guitar.
In recent years, CJ McGillivray has found success and passion in creating energetic, whimsical music for young audiences. She was honoured to receive a Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards nomination for Outstanding Artistic Creation, Musical Composition for her work on On My Walk, presented by Carousel Theatre for Young People in June 2016.
In her songwriting, CJ McGillivray enjoys experimenting with acoustic folk and pop. Her musical experience encompasses writing for and performing on piano, ukulele, guitar, keytar, oboe, flute, harmonica, melodica and hand percussion. Her contemporary musical influences include BØRNS, the Lumineers, Soley, Of Monsters and Men, Florence and the Machine and Cold War Kids. Her instrumental scores are influenced by composers such as Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Mendelssohn and Debussy.
Ophelia, folk song written and performed by CJ McGillivray:
They Witness Her, instrumental piano music written and performed by CJ McGillivray:
Prologue from Romeo and Juliet, written and performed by CJ McGillivray with words by William Shakespeare:
O Romeo, Romeo from Romeo and Juliet, written and performed by CJ McGillivray with words by William Shakespeare:
Creatures of Earth from Good Day and Good Night, written by CJ McGillivray:
Firefly Chase from Good Day and Good Night, written by CJ McGillivray:
Dreamscape, instrumental piano music written and performed by CJ McGillivray:
I found CJ to be an irreplaceable member of our team for many reasons. It was clearly evident to me and all others that she eagerly put her heart and soul into every aspect of her role, inspiring and encouraging those around her to care even more about our own work. Her enthusiasm and drive were contagious.
– Jordan Davis, producer for Ben
CJ created the most wonderful compositions based around emotions, compositions that you could truly sense and feel the story being portrayed through the notes played. She is a phenomenal musician and composer, the music truly runs through her.
– Evan Kascak, creator and collaborator on an experimental mask performance featuring the original piano underscore, They Witness Her