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Kellylee Evans Wins 2011 JUNO Award

April 1, 2011

Kellylee Evans has won Canada’s 2011 Juno Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year. The album, entitled Nina (Plus Loin Music), is a tribute to jazz great Nina Simone. Other nominees for the 2011 award included Emilie-Claire Barlow, Nikki Yanofsky, Laila Biali and the late Jeff Healey. This was the Ottawa-based singer-songwriter’s second Juno Award nomination and first win.

“It was an honour to be nominated alongside such talented artists,” said Evans. “And I am extremely grateful to have won the award with an album that pays tribute to Nina Simone.”

Evans recorded Nina in France in November, 2009. French label Plus Loin Music had invited Evans to spend two days in their studio. Shortly after its release, Nina reached the top of the iTunes Jazz charts. The album received critical acclaim and soon Evans was earning accolades for her charismatic performances as she toured the album. In February 2011, Evans was nominated for 2011 Juno Vocal Jazz Album of the Year. She is at work planning her follow-up release slated for 2012.

Evans, who in 2010 also released an alt-soul album of originals titled The Good Girl, was a 2007Juno and Gemini nominee and was awarded second place in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Vocals Competition in 2004 by judges Quincy Jones and Dee Dee Bridgewater. Evans has toured North America and France opening for such luminaries as Tony Bennett, George Benson, Maceo Parker, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Chris Botti and Derek Trucks.

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2011 JUNO Nominees for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year with Video

February 1, 2011

Adrean Farrugia – Ricochet

Chet Doxas – Big Sky

Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra – Treelines

Kelly Jefferson Quartet – Next Exit

Kelly Jefferson Quartet (with Marc Rogers, David Braid, Mark McLean)

Unfortunately we were unable to find any video for Kelly Jefferson Quartet however you can listen to Examples of their work at http://www.myspace.com/kellyjmusic

Matt Herskowitz -Jerusalem Trilogy

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2011 JUNO Nominees in the Jazz, Blues and World Music Categories

February 1, 2011

The list of 2011 JUNO nominees has been announced. Included in the nominees are several 2010 Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival performers. Kellylee Evans has been nominated for her album ‘Nina’ as has Owen Howard for ‘Drum Lore’. Creaking Tree String Quartet is also nominated in the Roots and Traditional Album of the year.

Below are the nominees in the categories of Jazz, Blues and World Music.

VOCAL JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY CRYSTAL SENSATIONS)

  • Emilie-Claire Barlow – The Beat Goes On
  • Jeff Healey – Last Call
  • Kellylee Evans – Nina (Winner)
  • Laila Biali – Tracing Light
  • Nikki Yanofsky – Nikki

Click here to watch video of the nominees for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year

CONTEMPORARY JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY WORLD VISION ARTIST ASSOCIATES)

  • Adrean Farrugia – Ricochet
  • Chet Doxas – Big Sky
  • Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra – Treelines (Winner)
  • Kelly Jefferson Quartet – Next Exit
  • Matt Herskowitz -Jerusalem Trilogy

Click here to watch videos of the nominees for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year

TRADITIONAL JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR

  • Earl MacDonald – Re: Visions, Works for Jazz Orchestra
  • Félix Stüssi 5 & Ray Anderson – Hieronymus
  • John MacLeod’s Rex Hotel Orchestra – Our First Set (Winner)
  • Kirk MacDonald Quartet – Songbook Vol.2
  • Owen Howard – Drum Lore

Click here to watch video of the nominees for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year

BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR

  • FATHEAD – Where’s The Blues Taking Me
  • Harry Manx – Bread And Buddha
  • Jim Byrnes – Everywhere West (Winner)
  • The Johnny Max Band – It’s A Long Road
  • The Sojourners – The Sojourners

Click here to watch video of this years Blues album of the year nominees

WORLD MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS)

  • Élage Diouf – Aksil (Winner)
  • Jesse Cook – The Rumba Foundation
  • Mighty Popo – Gakondo
  • Pacifika – Supermagique
  • Roberto López Project – Soy Panamericano

Click here to watch video of this years World Music Nominees

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Canadian Folk Music Awards Announce Nominees for 2010 including NL’s The Once, Amelia Curran

October 8, 2010

The Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMAs) is pleased to announce the nominees for its 2010 awards gala. Artists from Atlantic Canada to British Columbia are contenders for the SIXTH ANNUAL CFMAs, which will be held at the Pantages Playhouse Theatre in Winnipeg on Saturday, November 20th to celebrate excellence in the Canadian folk music scene today. Tickets for the event are $36.75 will be available on Friday, October 8 at 10:00 am at the Winnipeg Folk Festival Music Store, 211 Bannatyne Ave.(at Albert Street), (204) 231-1377 or through www.ticketmaster.ca. For more information please visit www.folkawards.ca or www.prixfolk.ca .

Created in 2005 to bring greater exposure to the treasure trove of Canadian folk music, the CFMAs, now in its sixth year, honours outstanding achievements in 19 categories.

Nominated this year in a leading four categories is Toronto’s own Klezmer/East European folk band Beyond The Pale, who have earned recognition in the Instrumental Group, World Group and Ensemble of the Year awards as well as the Pushing the Boundaries Award for innovation. Following closely are a handful of artists with three nominations each: captivating Newfoundland-born songstress Amelia Curran; also from The Rock are fresh new buzz band The Once; Nova Scotia’s eclectic musical storyteller Lennie Gallant; high-energy Québecois traditionalists Le Vent Du Nord; literary Toronto songsmith Justin Rutledge (whose album producer Hawksley Workman is also nominated for The Early Widows); and Vancouver deep-gospel vocal trio, The Sojourners.

Along with Newfoundlanders The Once, are the fresh new sounds from Jack Marks, Jadea Kelly, Jay Aymar and Peter Katz, all nominated for the New/Emerging Artist of the Year Award. It should also be mentioned that legendary fiddler/composer/producer and philosopher Oliver Schroer (who sadly passed away in 2008), is being honoured posthumously with a nomination in the Pushing the Boundaries category and in turn with his group Stewed Tomatoes, who are in the running for Instrumental Group of the Year.

The gala awards ceremonies should prove to be an evening of stellar entertainment, hosted by CBC Radio on-air personality Shelagh Rogers and Juno Award-winning veteran entertainer Benoit Bourque. Performing at the gala is a wide-ranging set of some of Canada’s top folk acts, including Bourque himself; longtime folkie and multi-instrumentalist David Essig; blues and African guitar-slinger Madagascar Slim; multiple 2010 CFMA nominees, The Once; hot Halifax fingerpicker Don Ross; Blackie & The Rodeo Kings mainstay Stephen Fearing; dynamic vocalist and superb songwriter Annabelle Chvostek; driving acoustic bluegrass band Shearwater and seasoned activist/folksinger Heather Bishop.

Please stay tuned for more information about the workshops, nominee showcase performances and special events that will run from Friday, November 19 – Sunday, November 21 as part of the CFMAs extravaganza.

MORE ABOUT CFMAs

The mission of the Canadian Folk Music Awards is to celebrate and promote Canadian Folk Music in all its forms. Until their creation in 2005, there existed no awards to celebrate the breadth and depth of folk music in Canada. Awards such as the Junos, East Coast Music Awards or the Western Canada Music Awards include a few categories that apply to folk and roots music, but without as broad a view of the genre. The judging process is similar to that of the two-stage elimination model used by the Junos via a randomly selected jury drawn from the folk music community.

2010 CANADIAN FOLK MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEES


TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR /

ALBUM DE L’ANNÉE – TRADITIONNEL

David Francey and Mike Ford – Seaway

Le Vent Du Nord – La part du feu

The Foggy Hogtown Boys – Scotch and Sofa

The Once – The Once

The Sojourners – The Sojourners

CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR /

ALBUM DE L’ANNÉE – CONTEMPORAIN

Amelia Curran – Hunter, Hunter

Dala – Girls from the North Country

Lennie Gallant – If We Had A Fire

Old Man Luedecke – My Hands Are On Fire And Other Love Songs

John Wort Hannam – Queen’s Hotel

CHILDREN’S ALBUM OF THE YEAR /

ALBUM DE L’ANNÉE – JEUNESSE

Andrew Queen – Too Tall

Kathy Reid Naiman –Sing the Cold Winter Away

The Kerplunks – Number 3

Madame Diva – Madame Diva

Peter Lenton – Proud Like a Mountain

TRADITIONAL SINGER OF THE YEAR /

MEILLEUR CHANTEUR – TRADITIONNEL

Emma Beaton and Nic Gareiss  – Emma Beaton and Nic Gareiss

Rebecca Barclay – Cinnabar

Rik Barron –  Never So Far

Woody Holler and his Orchestra – Western Skies

Yves Lambert –  Bal à l’Huile

CONTEMPORARY SINGER OF THE YEAR /

ALBUM DE L’ANNÉE – CHANTEUR CONTEMPORAIN

James Keelaghan – House of Cards

Justin Rutledge – The Early Widows

Lynn Miles – Black Flowers Volume 1 & 2

Nathan Rogers – The Gauntlet

Rose Cousins – The Send Off

INSTRUMENTAL SOLO ARTIST OF THE YEAR /

ALBUM DE L’ANNÉE – INSTRUMENTISTE – SOLO

Brad Keller – House On Fire

Colin Grant –  Fun For The Whole Family

Sahra Featherstone – Born of a Summer’s Day

Samantha Robichaud – Collected

Wendell Ferguson – Ménage a Moi

INSTRUMENTAL GROUP OF THE YEAR /

ALBUM DE L’ANNÉE – INSTRUMENTISTES – GROUPE

Beyond the Pale – Postcards

Duo Duval  Boulanger – Pièces sur Pièces

Daniel Koulack and Karrnnel- Fiddle & Banjo

Oliver Schroer & Stewed Tomatoes – Freedom Row

Sokoun Trio – Zanneh

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR /

GROUPE VOCAL DE L’ANNÉE

Dala – Girls From The North County

The Marigolds – That’s The State I’m In

The Once – The Once

The Sojourners – The Sojourners

The Wailin’ Jennys – Live At The Mauch Chunk Opera House

ENSEMBLE OF THE YEAR /

GROUPE DE L’ANNÉE

Beyond the Pale – Postcards

Le Vent Du Nord – La Part Du Feu

Les Tireux d’Roches – Cé qu’essé ?

Nicolas Pellerin et les Grands Hurleurs – Nicolas Pellerin et les Grands Hurleurs

The Sojourners –  The Sojourners

SOLO ARTIST OF THE YEAR /

ARTISTE DE L’ANNÉE – SOLO

Amelia Curran – Hunter, Hunter

David Myles – Turn Time Off

Justin Rutledge – The Early Widows

Matt Anderson – Live From The Phoenix Theatre

Old Man Luedecke –  My Hands Are On Fire And Other Love Songs

ENGLISH SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR /

AUTEUR-COMPOSITEUR DE L’ANNÉE – ANGLOPHONE

Amelia Curran – Hunter, Hunter

Chris MacLean – Feet Be Still

Ian Tamblyn – Gyre

Justin Rutledge – The Early Widows

Lennie Gallant – If We Had a Fire

FRENCH SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR /

AUTEUR-COMPOSITEUR DE L’ANNÉE – FRANCOPHONE

David Jalbert – Le Journal

Francis D’Octobre – Ma bête fragile

Frederick Gary Comeau – Effeuiller les vertiges

Geneviève Toupin – Geneviève Toupin

Lennie Gallant – Le coeur hante

ABORIGINAL SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR /

AUTEUR-COMPOSITEUR DE L’ANNÉE – AUTOCHTONE

Asani – Listen

Brenda MacIntrye – Medicine Song

Eagle and Hawk – The Great Unknown

Tom Racine – Three Mile Junction

Wayne Lavallee – Trail of Tears

WORLD ARTIST OF THE YEAR – SOLO /

ARTISTE DE L’ANNÉE – MUSIQUE DU MONDE – SOLO

Briga – Diaspora

Dominic Mancuso – Comfortably Mine

Élage Diouf – Aksil

Jeff Bien – Songs of Forgiveness and Prayer

Jocelyn Pettit – Jocelyn Pettit

WORLD ARTIST OF THE YEAR – GROUP /

ARTISTE DE L’ANNÉE – MUSIQUE DU MONDE – GROUPE

Beyond the Pale –  Postcards

Le Vent Du Nord – La Part Du Feu

Roberto Lopez Project – Soy Panamericano

Sokoun Trio – Zanneh

Apadooraï – Kinda Roots

NEW/EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR /

ARTISTE DE L’ANNÉE – RELÈVE

Jack Marks – Two of Everything

Jadea Kelly – Eastbound Platform

Jay Aymar – Halfway Home

Peter Katz – First of the Last to Know

The Once – The Once

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR /

RÉALISATEUR DE L’ANNÉE

David Gillis  – To Make it Make Sense (Ariana Gillis)

Hawksley Workman – The Early Widows (Justin Rutledge)

Jory Nash – New Blue Day (Jory Nash)

Steve Dawson – Things About Comin’ My Way (Various Artists)

Thom Swift and Charles Austin – Blue Sky Day (Thom Swift)

PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES /

PRIX INNOVATION MUSICALE

Beyond the Pale – Postcards

Daniel Koulack and Karrnnel – Fiddle & Banjo

Mauvais Sort – Droit Devant

Miss Emily Brown – In Technicolor

Oliver Schroer & Stewed Tomatoes – Freedom Row

YOUNG PERFORMER OF THE YEAR /

JEUNE ARTISTE DE L’ANNÉE

Alexandre Boivin-Caron – La Tradition

Jocelyn Pettit – Jocelyn Pettit

Kierah – A Fiddle Affair

Lucas Chaisson – No Loitering

Rachel Davis – Rachel Davis

The 2010 CFMAs gratefully acknowledge the support of SOCAN, The Woods Music and Dance Camp, Edmonton Folk Music Festival, Ottawa Folklore Centre (OFC ), Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (OCFF), Penguin Eggs, Fogarty’s Cove, Canada Council, FACTOR (Collective Initiatives), Calgary Folk Music Festival, Calgary Folk Club, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Hugh’s Room, Manitoba Music, Manitoba Film and Music, Manitoba Homecoming 2010, SOCAN Foundation, Big Rock, Public Service Alliance Canada (PSAC), Radio-Canada Winnipeg

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JUNO Category of Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year, 2010.

March 5, 2010

The five nominees for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year are Charles Spearin for ‘The Happiness Project‘, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society for ‘Infernal Machines’, Hilario Duran for ‘Motion’, John Roney for ‘Silverbirch’ and Kirk MacDonald for ‘Songbook Vol. 1’  . Below is a brief bio of each artist and an example of their nominated album.

Charles Spearin – The Happiness Project

A member of the band Broken Social Scene, Spearin is no stranger to the JUNO Awards, previously winning two awards. This album, which is based around the spoken word recordings of his neighbors in Toronto talking about happiness. ‘The Happiness Project’s” success has come as a refreshing surprise

Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society – Infernal Machines

‘Infernal Machines’ is the debut album by Darcy James Argue.  The album utilizes Argue’s 18 piece big band using traditional styles in new and innovative ways. A native of Vancouver, Argue earned his masters degree in Boston and now lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Hilario Duran – Motion

A performer at last years Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival with Luis Mario Ochoa, Hilario Duran has produced another JUNO nominated album in ‘Motion’. Cuban born Duran, now based in Toronto is a two time JUNO winner (2002 and 2006) for his albums ‘Havana Remembered’ and ‘Perspectiva Encuentro en la Habana’. He has also received a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Instrumental Solo.

John Roney – Silverbirch

A Grand Prix du Jazz nominee at the 2003 Montreal Jazz Festival and has become an integral part of the Montreal jazz scene. John has built a reputation as a talented pianist, representing Canada at the Martial Solal International Piano Competition in Paris, France. A native of Toronto, Roney has toured the world showcasing his considerable talent.

Kirk MacDonald Quartet – Songbook Vol. 1

Kirk MacDonald has numerous JUNO nominations and a JUNO award (Best Mainstream Album in 1999) as a solo artist plus several other nominations as part of other groups. The Nova Scotia native is one of Canada’s leading saxophonists and has worked with some of the finest jazz musicians around today.

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