Ian Tamblyn



Ian Tamblyn has been a full time musician since 1972. He has released 36 albums and cds of his work as well as acting as producer for dozens of other artists. He recently produced a CD for the great Sneezy Waters. Over the years Ian has written too many songs and has given up on counting them. He has also written thirteen plays and over one hundred theatre soundtracks. His most recent play is called Nun of It.

Mr. Tamblyn has received a number of awards and nominations. In 2012, Ian was made a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society for his guiding work in the Canadian Arctic. He has been awarded the Estelle Klein and Helen Verger Awards for his contributions to Canadian folk music; he has a honourary doctorate from Lakehead University, a Distinguished Alumni Award from Trent University and was voted English Songwriter of the Year in 2010 by the Canadian Folk Music Awards, amongst other awards and

Ian has recently completed work on a CD of songs that were written by students on the Students on Ice project in the summer of 2013. It is called Connected. AS well Ian will complete work on his CD, The Labrador, the last of his "Four Coast Project" CDs. The Labrador will be released in the spring of 2014. In the spring of 2014 he will produce a CD for Thunder Bay artist, Kim Erickson.

In the next year Ian will be back in Arctic and Antarctic with the expedition company Adventure Canada and Students on ice. Next summer he will be writer in residence at Torngat National Park on the north Labrador coast.

Recently he has been appointed "writer in residence " at Carleton University's Faculty of Music for the academic year 2014-15.

Ian Tamblyn



Juno Award for the self-titled album Ian Tamblyn


Japanese Folk Award - For the album When Will I See You Again


Juno Nomination - For the album Magnetic North


Jackie Washington Award - Northern Lights/Festival Boreal


Tapa Dora Award Nomination - For the play Whale


Honorary Doctorate - Lakehead University


Victor Tolgesy Award - Ottawa Council for the Arts


Jessie Award Nomination - Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards, Vancouver


Helen Verger Award - Ottawa Folk Festival


Estelle Klein Award - Ontario Council of Folk Festivals


Award for Outstanding Achievement - Association of West Quebecers


Best Album Nomination - Canadian Folk Music Awards


Distinguished Alumni Award - Trent University


English Songwriter of the Year - Canadian Folk Music Awards


Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society


OCFF- Songs from the Heart - Best Political Song


Writer in Residence Faculty of Music, Carleton University