Original Music from CBC/Netflix’s “Anne with an E” Available this Month

Published on: 2019/12/12 - in Entertainment

Original Music from the CBC and Netflix series Anne with an “E” -including “Ahead by a Century” performed by Kingston’s The Tragically Hip and score from the composing duo of Amin Bhatia and Ari Posner – will be released digitally on December 27th, 2019 exclusively from Varèse Sarabande Records.

A CD version of the soundtrack will release on January 24th, 2020, and is now available for pre-order on VareseSarabande.com and other retailers.

Set in the late 1890s on Prince Edward Island, the series is a reimagining of the classic L. M. Montgomery book, Anne of Green Gables. It’s a coming-of-age story about a young orphan who is seeking love, acceptance and her place in the world and stars actress Amybeth McNulty in the title role. It can be viewed online for free in Canada on CBC Gem.

The soundtrack comes just as the series finishes airing its third season on CBC in Canada and prior to that season returning to Netflix internationally in January 2020.

It was recently announced that Anne with an “E” will not return for a fourth season, sparking calls for its return to trend repeatedly on social media – most often with the hashtags #RenewAnneWithanE and #SaveAnneWithAnE.

The Hip’s “Ahead by a Century” – the first single from band’s fifth studio album, Trouble at the Henhouse – has played over the show’s opening credits since premiering on CBC on March 19th, 2017.

“A period piece though it may be, the stories in Anne with an “E” are universal and timeless. Every detail, including the costumes and sets, the writing, the acting and even the live instruments in our score are incredibly accurate to the time. Yet a contemporary light shines on the issues that these characters would have faced back then, issues that are old as time and still as true and meaningful today,” said composers Bhatia and Posner. “In that sense, much like the Tragically Hip’s main title song “Ahead by a Century”, we have always felt that the whole concept behind the show was exactly that.”

Miranda de Pencier – Executive Producer of Anne with an “E” and President of Northwood Entertainment – echoed their sentiments regarding the Kingston band, saying “I’m also grateful to The Tragically Hip for lending their important and seminal song, “Ahead By A Century” to our credit sequence and to this stunning soundtrack”.

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With nearly 50 scores to his credit, Emmy nominated composer Amin Bhatia has written music for film, TV and album projects for over 30 years. Versatile in both orchestral and electronic music, Amin’s television projects in addition to the CBC/Netflix/Northwood series Anne with an “E”, include internationally acclaimed series Flashpoint and X Company, the docudrama series Blood and Fury: America’s Civil War, as well as guest compositions on The Handmaid’s Tale. Feature films include Storm, Iron Eagle II, Rescue Heroes: The Movie, John Woo’s Once a Thief and many IMAX large format documentaries for award winning filmmaker David Lickley.

Amin’s prizes in the Roland International Synthesizer competitions won him international fame in his youth, leading to projects with David Foster and Steve Porcaro. His solo albums “The Interstellar Suite” and “Virtuality” have garnered rave reviews for Amin’s signature neo-classical style and huge dynamic range.

Among other awards and nominations, Amin Bhatia and longtime friend and collaborator Ari Posner share a Canadian Screen Award for their work on Flashpoint, and an Emmy nomination for the Disney series Get Ed.


He is a fixture in Canadian film and television, in addition to scoring Netflix/CBC/Northwood’s Anne with an “E”, Posner’s series scoring credits include X Company, Blood and Fury: America’s Civil War, and the critically acclaimed TV series Flashpoint, as well as the feature films All the Wrong Reasons, Borealis, and the romantic comedy My Awkward Sexual Adventure. The music composer’s repertoire spans from long-format work to ads to animated series, and everything in between.

Originally from Winnipeg, Ari is a proud alumnus of York University’s Fine Arts Program where he studied composition and improvisation. Through his traditional music background and experience collaborating with live musicians and orchestras, Posner has developed a rich compositional skill set. His studio is currently located at Pirate Radio and Television in downtown Toronto.


1. Ahead by a Century Performed by The Tragically Hip
2. Good Morning Anne
3. Picking Up A Girl
4. The White Way of Delight
5. Tree Perspective

6. A Big Day Ahead
7. The Power of A Child
8. Matthew And Anne
9. Meet Miss Stacey
10. A Nature Symphony

11. Passage of Time
12. Forgiveness
13. Never Going Back
14. My Daughter Anne
15. You Can Ride to Back

16. Forbidden to Fraternize
17. Marilla Waits
18. Unrequited Love
19. The Growing Storm
20. It’s All Broken

21. Fire in The Town
22. Dr. Gilbert Blythe
23. Kindred Spirits
24. My Friend Cole
25. Mission of Magnitude

26. Dearest Diana
27. Simplest of Gifts
28. We’re Rich Aren’t We
29. No Regrets
30. Make Your Own Decision
31. Goodnight Anne


Founded in 1978, Varèse Sarabande is the most prolific producer of film music in the world, releasing the highest quality soundtracks from the world’s greatest composers. From current box office hits and top television series to the classics of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Varèse Sarabande’s catalog includes albums from practically every composer in every era, covering all of film history; from Bernard Herrmann, Alex North and Jerry Goldsmith to Alexandre Desplat, Michael Giacchino and Brian Tyler. Varèse Sarabande is a part of Concord.


Founded in 2005 by Miranda de Pencier, Northwood Entertainment is a film and television production company with a mission to create a thriving home for creators with singular voices that reach global audiences. With decades of experience in domestic and international markets, de Pencier offers a fresh approach with a focus on producing socially conscious projects that push boundaries and break barriers. de Pencier has produced award-winning and critically acclaimed content including Netflix/CBC’s ANNE WITH AN “E”, BEGINNERS, THANKS FOR SHARING and THE GRIZZLIES (directed by de Pencier). Northwood has several projects in development with broadcasters and streaming outlets in Canada and the U.S.

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