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Manitoba artists earned 12 Juno Award nominations, which were announced Tuesday morning.
Brandon-based Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq earned two nominations for her Polaris Award-winning album Animism. She’s up for Alternative Album of the Year and Aboriginal Album of the Year.
Record producer Jesse Zubot, who produced Animism, is also nominated for Producer of the Year
Another musician with Brandon connections, violinist James Ehnes, also earned a pair of Juno nods. His album Bartok: Chamber Works for Violin Vol. 3 was nominated for Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber Ensemble and his record Khachaturian/Shostakovich, recorded with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, was nominated in Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble or Soloist with Large Ensemble Accompaniment.
Ehnes has Manitoba competition in the solo category as Karl Stobbe, concertmaster for the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and associate concertmaster for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, also earned a Juno nomination for his album, Ysaye: Sonatas for Solo Violin.
Two Manitobans are also up for Children’s Album of the Year. Fred Penner and LuLu et le Matou are two of the five vying for the honour.
Two Winnipeg roots acts earned Juno nominations. Del Barber is up for Roots and Traditional Album of the Year: Solo for Prairieography and Bros. Landreth were nominated in the group category for Let it Lie.
Portage la Prairie composer Gordon Fitzell, who is a music professor at the University of Manitoba, was nominated for Classical Composition of the Year for the disc Magister Ludi.
Winnipeggers Roberta Hanson and Mike Latschislaw received a Juno nomination for Recording Package of the Year for their work on Steve Bell’s box set Pilgrimage.
Finally, legendary Winnipeg jazz guitarist Lenny Breau, who died in 1984, was nominated for Jazz Album of the Year: Solo for the recording LA Bootleg 1984, which was released in September 2014.
The Junos are handed out each year by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. The winners will be announced during Juno Week 2015, March 9-15 in Hamilton, Ont.