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.
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