Liliia Smichenko, Arts and Entertainment Reporter

Humber alumni and Toronto composer Jim McGrath calls his buddy of 20 years Ari Posner a mensch.

And that’s a good thing. McGrath said Posner, a nominee for three 2020 Canadian Screen Awards to be handed out March 29, has “honour and kindness and integrity, and also he’s got a great sense of humour.

“He is a really good guy, you know he’s a family man,” McGrath said.

The two worked together on several projects such as Tulipani: Love, Honor and a Bicycle, for which they also received Villammare Film Festival Award in 2019 for Best Soundtrack.

Posner — who is part of Humber’s faculty in the Music Composition graduate certificate program — moved to Toronto from Winnipeg to study at York University, where he realized his true passion was music.

After graduation, he worked as an accompanist at the dance department at York, as well as Cawthra Park Secondary School in Mississauga and Randolph Academy for Performing Arts in Toronto.

“It seemed like a pretty good job just for just getting out of school,” Posner said.

His first work as a composer was on low budget feature films Hand and Scalpers, both made in his hometown Winnipeg.

In 2005, Posner received his first Gemini Award for Best Original Music Score for an Animated Program or Series for his work in the movie King, which was memorable for him.

“That was a more of a real, proper budget, and it was a lot of episodes and there was a fair bit of work and we won an award for the best score in an animated series and that was pretty exciting,” Posner said.

After that, he was nominated for an Emmy Award for the movie Get Ed with his colleague Amin Bhatia.

“Even though we didn’t win the award, we were nominated and we got to go to L.A., to the Emmy Awards, and sort of spend some time meeting people,” Posner said.

Posner was later nominated numerous times for his work in movies and TV, such as X Company, 24 Hour Rental and Flashpoint.

This year Posner was nominated not once but three-times by the Canadian Screen Awards for Let’s Go, Luna!, Carter and Anne with an E.

This is the second time he is nominated for his work in Anne with an E.

“We haven’t won yet, but who knows, maybe this will be our year,” Posner said.