string of Lucky News:
May/12 - Tannis is now part of a wonderful new collective vocal ensemble called 'Essentia'
- 'The Road To Baleya', the documentary film
and friends' trip to Mali, West Africa, is now available
on DVD and can be purchased by contacting Tannis. See
recent Globe & Mail review.
Aug 5/09 - 'Road To Baleya' the
documentary film about Tannis
and friends' trip to Mali, West Africa, gets
a review in the Globe & Mail:
"Cliché as it sounds, the language
of music really does transcend boundaries and cultures.
This documentary details the enduring friendship
between Malian musician Mansa Sissoko and a quartet
of Canadian musicians who travel to Mansa's home
village of Baleya for recording sessions, which are
orchestrated by Canuck Lewis Melville. Post-recording,
the group of friends journeys to some remote villages
in Mali's hill country, where malaria has taken a
deadly toll in recent years. A remarkable, touching
(See March 11/08 below for more about
June 28/09 -
Youssouf and Abdoulaye Kone have arrived
in Canada and will be staying until September, playing
and shows with The
June 17/09 - The
song "Edmonton" from Lucky
Blue was chosen as CBC Radio3's Track
of the Day
June 13/09 - 'Harry Helps Sue' fundraiser for Sue
Richards is a huge success! See
Tannis, Harry Manx and Brenda McMorrow et
trip to Africa:
" Road To Baleya", the documentary film about Tannis and friends'
trip to Mali, West Africa, premiered at the Montreal
World Film Festival in August/08 and was shown
at the Peterborough
Film Festival (Jan/09). The shorter TV version also airs occasionally
on Bravo! (Keep
watching here for
rebroadcast date!) (Read more about
trip to Africa)
Dec 4/08 - More
sweet news: Tannis has been honoured with her second
Award', this time the 'Golden Quill' award for
Songwriting. The first Porcupine Award was given
23/08 - Tannis has won the 2008 Canadian
Folk Music Awards Contemporary Vocalist of the
Year. (Ceremony held in St. John's, Newfoundland)
11/08 - "Road
To Baleya", the documentary film about Tannis
and friends' trip to Mali, West Africa, was aired at 9:00
pm on Bravo! Channel (More
This one-hour documentary by award-winning filmmaker Bay Weyman follows a group
of Canadian musicians who journey to Mali, West Africa, to record local musicians.
Equipped with a portable sound recording facility to make quality recordings
available to the African musicians, they embark on a remarkable journey that
takes them from the dusty streets of Bamako, the capital, to the remote villages
of the rugged south-west hill country. In the process, the documentary examines
issues of basic education, private sector development, communication and music
as a catalyst for human rights, democracy and good governance.
Canadian and Malian musicians come together in an extraordinary journey
of musical collaboration in West Africa. Emphasizing music as a cross-cultural
communication form, Road to Baleya travels into the rich traditions of one
of the world’s poorest countries. Road to Baleya, produced in association
with Bravo!, premieres Tuesday, March 11 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. Trekking
from the crowded streets of Bamako to the remote village of Baleya, the musicians
accompany African Kora player Mansa Sissoko as he returns to his village for
the first time since childhood. His return triggers three days of music, dance,
and celebration steeped in local ritual.
Award-winning Canadian filmmaker Bay Weyman is best-known for Spirits of Havana,
a profile of jazz flutist Jane Bunnett. Weyman has 20 years experience in writing,
producing, and directing documentary films with his production company Close
Up Films. Weyman has explored his parallel interests in social issues and popular
culture through a wide variety of productions, ranging from social and history
docs, to music, arts, and performance films.
4-8/08 - Tannis tours
with The Pomelos for
an International Women's Day Songstress Celebration. Here is
a Youtube video of part of the concert.
March 2/08 - Toronto
album release concert (double
bill with Malian griot Mansa Sissoko) at Hugh's
Room was fabulous! Part of the
movie 'Road to Baleya' was previewed. Here is
a great review of the concert.
January 19/08 - Guelph album release
concerts at the Guelph Christian Church were a blast! Apologies
to those who couldn't get tickets because both shows were more than sold
out. Pictures are still coming in, but here is
a sampling from the amazing Kate Vanderhorst and here is
a video of the pages of an incredible hard cover book she put together.
For a view of the 'Lucky' entrance to the concert, see the January
21st post on Blog
Guelph (almost half way down the page)!
December/07 - Lucky
Blue's first cut "Ernest, Charlie & Allan" wins 2008 Independent
Music Award for best song!
- Lucky Blue is nominated for 2008 Independent
Music Award album finalist and Lucky Blue's first cut "Ernest,
Charlie & Allan" is nominated for 2008 Independent
Music Award Song finalist! (Winners will be promoted throughout
Lucky Blue's producer Lewis Melville nominated for "Producer of the
Folk Music Awards!
Bluegrass compilation North To Ontario 2007 wins a Gem
of Canada Porcupine Award! (Tannis contributed
one of the 18 tunes on this CD)
~~~Missed a lot of good news here~~~
received the 2004 Suzanne
Sprowl Community Service Award
July/04 - Malian friend Mansa
Sissoko and band Kabarata release 'N'tomi'. 'N'tomi'.
Mansa plays concerts in Canada.
May-June/04 - Tannis and musical friends Lewis Melville,
Dave Clark and
Dale Morningstar, and film maker Bay Weyman travelled to Mali for a
wonderful musical adventure.
May 15/03 - Tannis was the recipient of Guelph's YMCA/YWCA 2003 Women
of Distinction Award for Arts and Culture.
7/03 - Tannis will be showcasing
at the 15th Annual Folk
Alliance Conference in Nashville,
TN (February 6-9, 2003)
December 22/02 -Tannis will be featured
on CBC Radio One's Fresh
Air (from 8:30 - 9:00 am). The show
was taped on Dec 6 (see below).
December 21/02 - Tannis will perform live on CHML AM 900 on the "Daisy
Moore on Gardening" show (10:00-10:00 am)
December 12/02 - 'Oak Lake' wins a 2002
(Link to the Oak Lake page to read the citation).
December 6/02 - Tannis was the musical guest on CBC Radio's Fresh
Air at the Open House in the Glen Gould Studio in the CBC building
on Front Street in Toronto. The show was taped for broadcast on December
8th (from 7:30-8:00am and 8:30-9:00am on CBC Radio One) and December 22.
- Tannis' song "Play All Your Aces" is now
being used as the theme song for "Daisy Moore on Gardening",
a 2-hour gardening show on Saturday mornings 9-11 on
CHML AM 900 in Hamilton and CFPL AM 980 in London.
Tannis was chosen as a finalist in Vermont's Solarfest
2002 Songwriters Competition for "There's
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