The Oot n’ Oots did a happy little dance when their 2022 Juno nomination was announced.
The Kelowna children’s group was nominated for Children’s Album of the Year.
Guitarist Ezra Cipes said it took three years to build the album “Ponderosa Bunchgrass and the Golden Rule” released in October 2021.
“Ponderosa Bunchgrass is where we live, it’s the Okanagan Valley…but it’s also the name of a character on the album, a little girl named Ponderosa Bunchgrass,” explained Cipes. “The Golden Rule, we all know what the Golden Rule is. So that’s the name of the album. This character and these values.
The Oot n’ Oots are Cipes, his brothers Matthew, Ari and Gabe, and his daughter Ruthie. Cipes noted that this album included many special guests.
“It was a real star cast. We had Corrine Derrickson and her grandson from Westbank First Nation on the album on the last track, and they even contributed some of the writing on that last track. A African percussionist who lives in Vancouver named Yoro Noukoussi played there. We had members of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra. We had members of the Vancouver Carnival Marching Band playing saxophone and trumpets. It was really a work of collaboration. “
The 12-track album is available on the band’s website.
Cipes noted that they will have a live performance in Kelowna this summer, but details have yet to be announced.
This is the band’s first Juno nomination.
The 2022 Juno Awards will take place on May 15.
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