Basia Bulat | Dana Beeler | Danny Michel | Field Assembly| Fiver | Fraser McCallum
Gavin Simms| Jadea Kelly | Jenn Grant | Jim Bryson | Kathleen Edwards| Katie Baggs | Mike Dixon | Mike Trask
Olenka Krakus | Ostrea Lake | Peter Katz | Quiet Parade| Ryan Hillier| Sageev Oore | Scarlett Jane | Steve Maloney
Steve Poltz | Stewart Legere | Suzie Vinnick | Tanya Tagaq | Taryn Kawaja | Thom Swift | Timber Timbre
See full list of MusicNL nominees here.
CBC’s Bob Mersereau wrote a review of the album a few weeks ago, here’s an excerpt :
“Simms creates a warm bed for his tunes, with lots of rich acoustic sounds from violin and viola, stand-up bass, banjo, and some big group vocals. Simms himself has a mellow, emotive voice, and it fits perfectly with the violin, which weaves its way through most of the songs.
The song arrangements really stand out, with powerful instrumental breaks, grand harmonies, and an intensity even with the intimate and somewhat quiet nature of the songs. There isn’t an electric instrument on the album, and it’s proof you don’t need them if the material and mix is right. The vibe is early 70’s, a peak period of course for folk-rock, but he’s no copycat, I can’t think of any names for an obvious comparison, but if you’re a fan of Cat Stevens, Harvest, Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, the McGarrigles, that era, this fits nicely.”
You can check it out the full review here.