Ian Tamblyn



Ian Tamblyn has been a musician since 1972. He has released 38 albums and cds of his work as well as acting as producer for dozens of other artists. Over the years Ian has written too many songs and has given up on counting them. He has also written fourteen plays and over one hundred theatre soundtracks.

His most recent play is called Bridge to the Past, which enjoyed a successful tour of the Gatineau Hills during the summer of 2015. As well, Ian had his acting debut in Jan Irwin's production of Up to Low, based on an adaptation of Brian Doyle's book.

Ian has received a number of awards and nominations. In 2012, Ian was made a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society for his guiding and creative 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 nominations in the music and theatre world.

Ian songs have been covered by numerous artists and there is a tribute album of his work entitled Coastline of our Dreams featuring artists like Lynn Miles, Susan Crowe, Hart Rouge and Valdy.

In the spring of 2014 Ian finished work on his CD, The Labrador, completing the last of his "Four Coast Project".

Over the past year ian has been writer in residence at Carleton University, teaching songwriting and composition to fourth year music students . He has recently released CD­38, celebrating the Group of Seven,entitled Walking in the Footsteps,a project commissioned by the Art Gallery of Sudbury. In the fall of 2014 Ian was awarded the Galaxie Grand prize, at the Ontario Folk conference for his song , "Away" from the recent The Labrador CD. In 2013 he won the Ontario Folk Award for best political song, "Take the Mountain Down."

In the fall of 2015 Ian will be playing several venues , teaching at Carleton after a summer guiding on Lake Superior and working with Adventure Canada through the North West Passage.

Ian Tamblyn

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society College of Fellows



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


Sting Ray Rising Star Award Grand Prize - Folk Music Ontario, "Songs from The Heart" - English Song of the Year