Bros. Landreth, Tanya Tagaq among Manitobans up for 2015 Junos

The 2015 Juno nominees are out – and Manitobans have grabbed nine nominations.

Tanya Tagaq, Bros. Landreth, Del Barber all get 2015 Juno nominations

Winnipeg's The Bros. Landreth have been nominated for a Juno for roots and traditional album of the year. (Joey Visser)

The 2015 Juno nominees are out – and Manitobans have grabbed 12 nominations.

James Ehnes and Brandon’s Tanya Tagaq topped the list with two nods each.

Tagaq’s Animism is up in both the alternative album of the year category and aboriginal album of the year.
Tanya Tagaq has two Juno nominations this year -- both for her album Animism. (Ivan Otis)

Inglis, Man.'s Del Barber got a nomination for his album Prairieography. It’s the second nomination for Barber, who got a nod in 2011 as well.

Barber was in Toronto for the announcement on Tuesday and said he was nervous about how Prairieography would do on a national scale.

“The characters and voices I understand best in the world are Manitoban and from the Canadian prairies,” said Barber. “This record distinctly about the Prairies has taken me to Australia, and the UK and Europe and of course the United States and it’s funny that a record that is about more specific places has taken me further and further away.”

Barber was texting The Bros. Landreth Tuesday morning when the nominations were announced.

“I got a flurry of text messages. We knew the nominations were being announced today and … it was just a fabulous way to wake up,” said David Landreth. "We love Del so much."

Landreth got the news in a New York City hotel room. The band is there for the U.S. release of their first album Let it Lie.
Del Barber's Prairieography is up for roots and traditional album of the year. It's the second nomination for Barber, who lives in Inglis, Man. (Mark Maryanovinch)

“The room that Joey and I were staying in was very excited. We were first-bumping and high fiving and ‘I-love-you-man-ing,’” said David. “It’s fantastic. It’s very, very affirming.

David got the news at the same time his fiancee, Manitoban Roberta Hansen, found out about her nomination for recording package of the year for Steve Bell's Pilgrimage

Roberta and David will be headed to the Junos gala on March 15 along with the rest of the band, and they plan to see Barber there.

“It’s fun. You get to see all your friends and musicians you don’t see all year because everyone’s touring and you never really see until these big festivals,” said Barber.

The full list of Manitoba nominees include:

  • Alternative album of the year: Tanya Tagaq for Animism
  • Aboriginal album of the year: Tanya Tagaq for Animism and The (Post) Mistress for Tomson Highway 
  • Roots and traditional album of the year (group): The Bros. Landreth for Let it Lie
  • Roots and traditional album of the year (solo): Del Barber for Prairieography
  • Children’s album of the year: Fred Penner for Where in the World and LuLu et le Matou for Le Chat Botte
  • Classical album of the year (solo or chamber): James Ehnes for Chamber Works for Violin Vol. 3 and Karl Stobbe for Ysaÿe Sonatas for Solo Violin
  • Classical album of the year (large ensemble or solo with large ensemble): James Ehnes for Khachaturian/Shostakovich
  • Classical composition of the year: Gordon Fitzell for Magister Ludi
  • Recording package of the year: Roberta Hansen and Mike Latschislaw for Steve Bell's Pilgrimage ​ 

Lenny Breau, who had strong ties to Winnipeg, got a posthumous nomination for the recent release of LA Bootleg 1984.

The Junos will be in Hamilton, Ont., on March 15. Hedley, MAGIC! And Arkells are all expected to perform at the gala.


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