Autorickshaw nominated for two Canadian Folk Music Awards

Toronto-based world music ensemble Autorickshaw has been nominated for two 2007 Canadian Folk Music Awards in the categories “Best World Group” and “Pushing The Boundaries” for their album So the Journey Goes.

The “Pushing The Boundaries” category ‘recognizes a solo artist or group that takes creative risks by creating music with folk roots that is innovative, original and imaginative’.

‘Bird On A Wire’ from the new album was the featured ‘Global Hit’ on PRI’s The World in September, and the album appeared at #14 on the European World Music Charts in April.Produced by artistic directors Suba Sankaran and Ed Hanley, So the Journey Goes features an eclectic collection of guest musicians, including master drummer Trichy Sankaran, Norah Jones guitarist Kevin Breit and jazz drummer Mark McLean (Dewey Redman, Diana Krall, Quincy Jones and Oscar Peterson).

Songs on the album include the 70s Bollywood classic Aaj Ki Raat, with a horn arrangement from the UK’s Bollywood Brass Band, an Carnatic-tinged version of Leonard Cohen’s Bird On A Wire, Trichy Sankaran’s new Carnatic fusion composition Nalina Kanthi and original compositions including So The Journey Goes, Surya and the 64-track electronica-influenced Heavy Traffic.

Autorickshaw has had a busy year, performing dates across Canada, as well as touring across India in January, and performing at the prestigious Stockholm Jazz Festival in Sweden.

On March 3rd, 2008, Autorickshaw will perform at Yoshi’s in San Francisco, followed by workshops and a concert at the University of Nevada in Reno.

Best World Group
Mighty Popo – Muhazi (Ottawa)
Kobo Town – Independence (Toronto)
Labess – Tout Va Bien (Montréal)
Autorickshaw So the Journey Goes (Toronto)
Les Gitans de Sarajevo – Opa! (Montréal)

Pushing the Boundaries
Creaking Tree String Quartet – The Sound Track (Toronto)
Harry Manx & Kevin Breit – In Good We Trust (Saltspring Island, BC)
Joey Wright – Jalopy (McDonald’s Corners ON)
The Fugitives – In Streetlight Communion (Vancouver)
Autorickshaw So the Journey Goes (Toronto)