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BIOGRAPHY

Recognized by his peers as one of Canada’s best performing songwriters, Lennie Gallant has released twelve albums (10 in English and 2 in French) of original songs which have won him a host of awards and nominations from the JUNOs, Les Prix Eloizes, and The East Coast Music Awards, including 2017 ECMA Entertainer of the Year. His double CD of the 22 songs from his multimedia hit production, Searching For Abegweit, which ran for 140 shows, also won him an ECMA. He was named Canadian Folk Artist of The Year for 2016 and his song Peter’s Dream was voted one of the Top Ten East Coast Songs of All Time.

A recipient of the Order of Canada, Lennie is an international touring artist, who has performed all over the continent, in Europe, for the troops in Afghanistan, and at the XXI Winter Olympics. He has toured with Symphony Nova Scotia, Symphony New Brunswick, and with Symphony PEI. His songs have been covered by numerous artists including Jimmy Buffett, The Rankins, and Measha Brueggergosman and have appeared in feature films and TV shows. One of his albums, When We Get There, even went up to the international space station with Canadian Astronaut Julie Payette (now the Governor General of Canada) for the crew to enjoy and orbited the planet 248 times. How about that for high rotation!

Fresh on the heels of his 2017 ECMA wins Gallant buried himself in the studio with producer Daniel Ledwell (Jenn Grant, David Miles) to record his new album, Time Travel. In addition to performances from his own stellar band, Jeremy Gallant, Patricia Richard and Sean Kemp, the album features guest appearances by Rose Cousins, Jenn Grant, The Fretless, and The Atlantic String Machine, among others. The new songs have been garnering significant airplay and stellar reviews. The album was recently named one of the Top Ten Folk Albums of the Year alongside Richard Thompson, John Prine and Joan Baez by a panel of Canadian music industry professionals. 

Lennie Gallant has been involved in numerous charity events, and he recently received the PEI Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year Award for his work and support of many worthwhile causes.

PRESS HIGHLIGHTS

Lennie Gallant is one of my favorite Canadian Songwriters.” … “I have always wanted to bring his music to the forefront.Jimmy Buffett

When We Get There is a superior piece of work in which one good song follows another from beginning to end.” The Guardian

The kind of craftsmanship and imagination that applies to only a handful of Canada’s top singer/songwriters such as Bruce Cockburn, Gordon Lightfoot and Sarah MacLachlan.” Ron Foley Macdonald

Compelling melodies and acoustic arrangements that focus the listener’s attention on some of the finest narrative lyrics this prolific songsmith has written…a poet whose pleasant tenor belies the rocker we’ve heard in many earlier recordings. “This set of radio friendly, folk influenced pop songs brings Chris Isaak to mind.Toronto Star

An opportunity to see Gallant play live should not be missed.Times Globe

A powerhouse of a show.” The Halifax Herald

The wait for a new English studio album by Lennie Gallant ends sweetly…Gallant’s songwriting may be stronger than ever!The Coast

He delivers the goods. No surprise here – the man is very good at what he does.” Penguin Eggs Magazine

This CD by all accounts, has to be Lennie’s best album to date , and Atlantic Seabreeze gives this album 5+ Stars out of 5 and predicts this album will give Lennie many nominations and ECMA Awards.” Atlantic Seabreeze

A class act all around.Impact Magazine

There’s no one around to tone down the rollicking energy he delivers on stage.” Ottawa Citizen

Gallant’s music is destined to reach a wider audience.” MacLean’s Magazine

Gallant had the whistling crowd demanding more.” The Whitehorse Star

Music rooted in compassion and hope.The Hill Times

“Gallant truly is a master tunesmith. His lyrics and the melody lines that flow through them are beautifully interwoven and go straight for the heart almost every time.”  The Guardian 

Lennie gave one of the standout performances of the Arts Centre’s festival.”  National Arts Centre, Ottawa

“I have just one word to describe that album (Time Travel), Wow!”    Angela Walker, CBC radio

Gallant is an accomplished musician and storyteller whose leathery charm and rich voice reminds me of mature raconteur blues men I grew up listening to…you best watch and listen to him carefully!  Colm Magner,   The Guardian

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AWARDS

Searching for Abegweit
ECMA Folk Recording of the Year
ECMA Entertainer of the Year

 

Live Acoustic At The Carleton
Canadian Folk Music Award

 

ECMA 25th Anniversary Music Award 

 

Le coeur hanté  – 

ECMA Francophone Recording of the Year (take off bold)
PEI Acadian Order of Merit awarded two years after releasing this first French album

 

If We Had A Fire
ECMA Roots Recording of the Year

 

Le vent bohème
ECMA Francophone Recording of the Year
ECMA Male Artist of the Year
Prix Éloizes – Acadian Artist of the Year in Music
Prix Étoiles – Artist & Album of the Year Inducted into the Order of Canada following the release of this album

 

When We Get There
Juno Nominated – Roots\Traditional Album of the Year
Selected by astronaut Julie Payette for the space shuttle music library

 

Lennie Gallant Live
ECMA Album of the Year
ECMA Male Artist of the Year
ECMA Roots Recording of the Year

 

Lifeline 
ECMA Male Artist of the Year

 

The Open Window 
ECMA Album of the Year
ECMA Male Artist of the Year
ECMA Song of the Year (Which Way Does The River Run)

ECMA Video of the Year (Which Way Does The River Run)

SOCAN Songwriter of the Year (Peter’s Dream)

 

Believing in Better
ECMA Male Artist of the Year
ECMA Video of the Year (Man of Steel)
Juno Nominated – Country Male Vocalist of the Year
Juno Nominated – Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year

 

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