Lennie Gallant – Artist of the Week
Runs Oct. 26-30th.
Gallant has recorded ten albums (eight in English and two in French), which have won him a host of awards and nominations from both the Juno and East Coast Music Awards.
His album, When We Get There was nominated for a 2007 Juno Award and went into space aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour in July 2009. Canadian astronaut Julie Payette chose the album for the astronaut crew on their 16-day mission.
He performed six shows at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games, including a performance at BC Place during the medal ceremonies. He represented the East Coast of Canada at “Canada Day in London” in Trafalgar Square on 1 July 2011 in the largest Canada Day celebration outside Canada’s borders.
Gallant has toured North America and in Europe with his band in acoustic settings and with symphony orchestras. Sharing the stage with Lucinda Williams, Roger Hodgson (Supertramp), Patti Griffin, and Ron Sexsmith, he has represented Canada at songwriter events in Nashville, London, and Texas. Over 30 artists have recorded his songs internationally, including Jimmy Buffett.
He was inducted into the Order of Canada where it was said, “Gallant has garnered much respect for his hard hitting songs chronicling the lives of people dealing with tremendous adversity and serious issues.
Awards –16 East Coast Music Awards, 3 Juno Nominations, 1 Canadian Folk Music Award, 2 Étoiles Awards and 1 Éloizes Award
In addition to writing all the songs on his nine albums, he co-wrote the theme song for the first World Conference / Congres Mondial Acadien (“Acadie de nos couer”), and for Pier 21, Canada’s immigration gateway. He was also asked to write a song for Halifax’s 250th anniversary (“History is Happening Now”), which was then performed with a choir of 2000 voices on one of the two bridges spanning the harbour.
He was recently honored with the Canadian Folk Music Award for Artist of the Year for his latest recording “Live Acoustic at The Carleton”.
Gallant is also celebrating the launch of a new book titled “Peter’s Dream” (titled in homage to one of Lennie Gallant’s most popular songs), is a collaboration with his sister and accomplished visual artist, Karen Gallant. Growing up in Rustico, Prince Edward Island, the siblings were influenced by their surroundings in similar and profound ways, yet chose to channel their creativity through different media. “Peter’s Dream” presents their respective visions through exciting pairings of lyric and images that will pull you into new worlds rich in drama, pathos, and celebration – as well as a healthy dose of East Coast lore.