J.P. Cormier

Saturday, March 30, 2019

“His roots and folk songs range from fun to furious, sad and sincere. Above all, there’s a string of honesty connecting them all, songs Cormier had to make, and you can almost feel the need he had to get them them out. “

Bob Mersereau, CBC

J.P. showed the crowd from the get-go that he is one of the finest guitar players Canada has ever produced, as well as one of Canada’s finest vocalists.  Quite simply, this was one of the best shows I have had the pleasure of seeing this year.

Americana Review

At the age of 5, JP began teaching himself to play the guitar. At 9, he won his first guitar competition against 30 other players 4 times his age. By his mid teens, he was playing a variety of stringed instruments, including the fiddle, mandolin and banjo. He recorded his first album of bluegrass instrumentals at 16, which led to 10 years of living and performing in the US. His time there included many memorable nights at the Grand Ole Opry with artists such as Waylon Jennings, Marty Stuart, Earl Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Charlie Louvin and Vince Gill.

Since returning to Canada, J.P. has released over a dozen award-winning albums. His impressive body of work has earned him a loyal fan base and multiple award nominations and wins. He continues to dazzle and delight audiences while performing 250 shows a year.

He has won or been nominated for the following awards:

  • Maritime Fiddling Festival- Best Reel – 1989
  • East Coast Music Award (ECMA) Instrumental Album of the Year – 1991
  • Maritime Fiddling Festival – Best Reel – 1995
  • East Coast Music Award(ECMA) Roots/Traditional Artist of the Year – 1998
  • Nominated for a Juno Award in the Roots/Trad recording of the year category for “Another Morning” 1998
  • East Coast Music Award (ECMA) Instrumental Album of the Year – 2000
  • East Coast Music Award (ECMA) Instrumental Artist of the Year – 2003
  • Music Industry Association Nova Scotia (MIANS) Folk/Roots Artist of the Year – 2005
  • Music Industry Association Nova Scotia (MIANS) Musician of the Year – 2005
  • Canadian Folk Music Awards – Instrumental Album Of The Year – 2005
  • East Coast Music Award (ECMA) Folk Recording of the Year – 2006 (The Long River)[6]

In addition, he has won several East Coast Music Awards and the Music Industry Association of Nova Scotia (MIANS) Award in various years.


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