Unofficial Fans Page Dedicated to Paul ‘Poli’ Hoffert
Hello and welcome to my completely unofficial fans page that is entirely dedictated to 70-something musician of obscure Canadian rock band Lighthouse, who goes by the name of Paul Hoffert, the original Hoff but know to more obsessed fans as Poli.
If you don’t know who this man is, then let’s help to fill in the blacks.
Here is a quick round up of who Paul Hoffert is and what he has achieved in his long career.
A catchy headline to introduce Paul Hoffert
Paul Hoffert (Poli), born in Brooklyn, New York, studied classical piano at a young age, but was interested in the pop music of Fat Domino, Little Richard and the then popular doo-wop vocal ensemble. Her first group was Boptones, who released two singles, “I Want to Love You” and “Betty Jean” when Paul was only 13 years old. All group members have nicknames: Nickibop, Johnibop, Stevibop and their polybags with nicknames.
When he was 14, he moved to Toronto with his family. He knew about his brother Marty’s love of jazz. Throughout the year, his musical inspiration came from Jackson’s “Milt” Bags “, the atmosphere of the modern jazz quartet, and he appeared regularly in cafes and on television. The popularity of Paul’s Jazz Quartet Hoffert led to a record deal for his first album,” Paul Hofferts Jazz Route “, which was published at the age of 16.
Hoffert studied composition, arrangement and orchestration with Gordon Delamont for six years and at the age of 22 wrote several songs for the big screen. He wrote Broadway music for “Get Thee The Canterbury”. He regularly plays with the jazz stars, Ed Bickert, Guido Basso, Moe Koffman and Rob McConnell. He worked and played classical composite music in the 20th century, including Harry Freedman, Gunther Schuller, Harry Somers, R. M Shafer and L Applebaum. He is a drummer at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for recordings of contemporary classical music.
In 1969, when he was 26, he founded the rock group Guy with Skip Prokop. He became part of the band called Lighthouse and played keyboard, atmosphere and conga.
Poly stopped visiting the lighthouse in 1973 and continued production. He created Rock n Roll Records and produced artists such as Bill King, Bob McBride, Robbie Rox, Snakeyes, Flying Circus and Flower Traveler Band, as well as executive producer Lighthouse. During this period he was the founder of the Canadian Association of Independent Plate Producers, CIRPA.
Around 1975, he became arranger, music director, and pianist for Craig Russell, a renowned artist in cinema “Outrageous,” for which Hoffert wrote film music that was awarded the Genie Award. Poly has appeared in various shows around the world at the Craig Russell Jazz Orchestra, including Carnegie Hall in New York, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, Berlin Theater Festival, Sydney Opera House and Massey Building in Toronto.
Hoffert returned to the lighthouse in 1982 to meet Ontario Place and has been the band’s musician ever since.
Hoffert has produced and performed original music for more than thirty films, one hundred television shows and orchestral music, including his contemporary violin concert, which won the Juno Prize. He received the San Francisco Film Festival Award, Clio, Genie Award (Best Soundtrack) and Gemini and four SOCAN Film and Television Composition Awards.
He played an orchestra for lighthouse collaboration with symphonies and composed Skip Prokop into music on a North American lighthouse concert tour with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company and on Noah’s tour in South America with the Teatro de Dança de Desrosier. . He has recorded and played in orchestras in Canada, the United States, Britain, Germany and the Czech Republic, including Sony recordings with Placido Domingo. In 2009 he directed the child laborer “Brundibar” at Koerner Hall in Toronto.
From 1975 to 1977, Hoffert became the music director for the Blue Mountain Music School which is part of the George Brown College. Then was appointed Professor of Fine Arts at York University in 1984 and Research Professor at Sheridan University in 1999. Hoffert is founder and president of the Canadian Film and Television Academy and executive producer of the Gemini Awards. 1985 and 1986. From 1994 to 1997 he was president of the Ontario Arts Council, currently president of the Canadian Film and Television Association and president of the Bell Broadcast and New Media Foundation.
In 2005, he was appointed professor at Harvard Law School (copyright) and in 2007, he headed the McGill Interdisciplinary Research Center in Music, Media and Technology. He also teaches at the University of Beijing and the University of Quebec at Chicoutim.
Hoffert was a member of many other boards, including the Canadian Performing Rights Society (1984-1990); SOCAN Foundation (1993-2009); Encyclopedia of Music in Canada (1998-2003); Canadian Virtual Museum (2000-2005); Ontario Cultural Attraction Fund (1999-); Glenn Gould Foundation (2000-) and the United Nations World Assembly on the Information Society.
Hoffert spent most of the 2006-2008 period in China and worked with Harvard University and the Chinese government to make money by exchanging music files in the country. Meanwhile, he visited China as a world music record player for Dadawa (Zhu Zheqing).
He is the author of five books, including Hoffert’s Guide to Synchronizing Music with the Media and Writing Music for Video Games, Networks and Mobile Devices. In 2005, the Canadian Poly Order received contributions to music and the media.