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The Ottawa Citizen recently described Ian Tamblyn as “a Canadian legend … [whose] songs are counted right up there with those of Gordon Lightfoot and Bruce Cockburn.”[1] The renowned Canadian music critic John Kelman concurs: “Canadian singer/songwriter Ian Tamblyn has a lot to celebrate.  He’s become, in his sheer scope of subject matter, the songwriting voice of Canada.”[2]

Carleton Music’s “singer-songwriter” performance-studies stream is unique in Canada, and one of the program’s most dynamic areas of growth and innovation. We are pleased to announce the appointment of Ian Tamblyn as FASS Artist-in-Residence during the 2014-15 academic year.[3]

Latest News: Ian Tamblyn, wins Folk Music Ontario award!
Folk Music Ontario announced the grand prize and sub-category winners of the 20th annual Folk Music Ontario ‘Songs From the Heart’ songwriting competition, at The Folk Music Ontario Conference which took place at the Westin Bristol Place in Toronto, October 16-19, 2014.
The 2014 grand prize winner of the Stingray Music ‘Rising Stars Award – English’ is Ian Tamblyn, for his song “Away”
Folk Music Ontario presents three major awards annually:
•    the Estelle Klein Award
•    the Songs From the Heart: Stingray Music Rising Stars Award
•    the Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award.
For further information about Folk Music Ontario, www.folkmusicontario.ca/

Ian Tamblyn’s list of awards and honours is long. It includes Juno awards and nominations, and an Honorary Doctorate from Trent University. Among other things, Mr. Tamblyn has:

  • created more than 35 albums and CDs of music featuring his songs and instrumental compositions.
  • written over 1500 songs, many of which have been covered by other artists across Canada
  • composed over 120 theatrical soundtracks for theatre productions across Canada and the United States
  • written soundtracks for more than forty films, mostly documentaries as well as the soundtrack for a major television cartoon series that is syndicated in many countries around the world
  • shown a longstanding commitment to teaching; he has dedicated himself to working with young singer-songwriters with his innumerable workshops and courses over the years
  • served as a polar guide in both polar regions, and acted as guide, lecturer and musician in residence on polar expeditions for more than twenty years
  • toured extensively, both nationally and internationally
  • directed and participated in innumerable music and songwriting sessions (1984-2013)
  • written and spoken extensively about the songwriting art (numerous published articles and interviews are available upon request)

[1] Kevin McGowan, Ottawa Citizen (“Capital Revue”), January 19, 2013. (test_

[2] John Kelman, All About Jazz, December 30, 2009.

[3] According to Res Artis, the website of the Worldwide Network of Artist Residencies, Artist-in-Residence programs exist: “… to invite artists, academicians, curators, and all manner of creative people for a time and space away from their usual environment and obligations. They provide a time of reflection, research, presentation and/or production … Residencies can be a part of museums, universities, galleries, studio spaces, theatres, artist-run spaces, municipalities, governmental offices, and even festivals. They can be seasonal, ongoing, or tied to a particular one-time event. Hundreds of such opportunities and organizations exist throughout the world … There is no single model, and the expectations and requirements vary greatly. The relationship between the resident and the host is often an important aspect of a residency program … Residency programs utilize a wide range of financial models. In some situations, residents must finance their own stay, finding funding and support from their own countries and networks. There are also residency programs that provide part or all of the required finances to invited guests. The application processes also vary widely; not all programs organize an open call for applications. Some opportunities are by invitation only, or are offered through special partnerships with other institutions, funding bodies, or organizations.”