Manitoba musicians have landed 12 nominations for the 44th annual Juno Awards. The nominees were announced Tuesday ahead of this year’s music industry festivities in Hamilton, Ontario.
Manitobans making the shortlist are Brandon-based Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq with two nominations for alternative album of the year and aboriginal album of the year for Animism.
Del Barber is represented for roots traditional album of the year in the group category for his acclaimed release, Prairiegraphy. Barber was a double winner at the Western Canadian Music Awards in October for his work on the album, including the roots solo and songwriter of the year categories.
Country blues musicians The Bros. Landreth has earned a nomination for roots traditional album of the year in the group category for their independent-released debut, Let It Lie.
Children’s entertainment Fred Penner is up for a nomination in the children’s album of the year category for his latest recording, Where in the World.
Fellow children’s act LuLu et le Matou celebrates its first Juno nod for children’s album of the year for Le chat botté, which also earned Western Canadian Music Award nod last year.
Winnipeggers Roberta Hansen and photographer Mike Latchislaw are nominated for Steve Bell’s 25th anniversary album, Pilgrimage, in the category for art director/designer/illustrator.
University of Manitoba professor Gordon Fitzell is up for classical composition of the year, while Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Manitoba Chamber Orchestra violinist Karl Stobbe is up for classical album of the year: solo or chamber ensemble, and Brandon-born violin virtuoso James Ehnes, is also nominated for classical album of the year: solo or chamber ensemble and classical album of the year: large ensemble or soloist(s) with large ensemble accompaniment.
Juno week runs March 9-15, 2015. Winners will be announced at the Juno gala dinner and awards on March 14 and the 2015 JUNO Awards broadcast on CTV on March 15.