James Ehnes is currently on the Juno shortlist for his recording of Bartok violin and viola concertos with the BBC Philharmonic, but he's no stranger to The Junos. The Brandon-born violinist's mantle is heaving with six of them to date. He's even won prestigious Grammy and Gramophone awards. To date, he's made over 25 recordings.
Ehnes is praised the world over for his glorious tone, his exquisite musicality and his incredible virtuosity. Plus he's a super nice guy. Musicians just love working with him.
For SCENE's ongoing series on Juno nominated Manitobans, James graciously answered a few questions about his experiences on the road.
Who gets the front seat and how do you decide?
I do a lot of driving (from the front, that is. I'm not a "backseat driver". I just fall asleep back there). So that decides itself most of the time.
To ask or not to ask for directions?
C'mon, I'm a guy. With an iphone. Of COURSE I don't ask directions.
What's your favourite road food?
Depends where I am. Canada would probably be Tim Hortons.
Who's in charge of giving the order at the drive through window?
I am known as "boss man" when it comes to ordering.
What's your luggage limit?
Just had a baby daughter, so it just went up. WAY up.
Top three songs/bands that get played in the van?
In Canada, whatever Julie Nezrallah is playing on Tempo. Unless Queen is on the oldies channel.
What's one thing you can't live without on the road?
What's the best tour van outfit?
Black tie and tails, of course.