Van­cou­ver artist Gi­nalina nom­i­nated for 2019 Juno Award

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Van­cou­ver: Gina Lam, known for her stage name and char­ac­ter Gi­nalina, is a West Coast singer-song­writer and has been nom­i­nated for a 2019 Juno award in the cat­e­gory of Chil­dren’s Al­bum of the Year for her al­bum “It Takes a Vil­lage”. Her first Juno nom­i­na­tion was in 2016 for “For­est Friends’ Na­ture Club”, which fea­tures ed­u­ca­tional mu­sic that airs reg­u­larly on Kids’ Knowl­edge Net­work tele­vi­sion. Gi­nalina is pop­u­lar for her multi-lin­gual songs in­spired by na­ture, healthy fam­i­lies and strong com­mu­ni­ties. This year, the 48th An­nual Juno awards will take place in Lon­don, ON, on March 16 and 17. The Juno Awards are pre­sented an­nu­ally to Cana­dian mu­si­cal artists, bands and pro­fes­sion­als to ac­knowl­edge their artis­tic and tech­ni­cal achieve­ments in all as­pects of mu­sic.

Gi­nalina cre­ates and per­forms orig­i­nal songs in English, French, and Man­darin. Her re­spect for young au­di­ences and her folky-roots mu­si­cal ar­range­ments ap­peal to di­verse au­di­ences, cul­tures, and ages. In her ca­reer, Gi­nalina has re­ceived con­sis­tent recog­ni­tion from rep­utable na­tional and in­ter­na­tional in­dus­try bod­ies, in­clud­ing: West­ern Cana­dian Mu­sic Awards (2017 Win­ner, Chil­dren’s Artist of the Year), Cana­dian Folk Mu­sic Awards (2017 & 2015 Nom­i­nee, Chil­dren’s Al­bum of the Year), Cana­dian Chil­dren’s Book Cen­tre (2017 & 2015, Rec­om­mended CD), Par­ents’ Choice Awards (2013, 2015 & 2017 Hon­ours), and the Cana­dian Juno Awards (2016 Nom­i­nee, Chil­dren’s Al­bum of the Year).

Gi­nalina do­nates a per­cent­age of her nom­i­nated al­bum, “It Takes a Vil­lage”, to a lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tion called Jour­ney Home Com­mu­nity, which pro­vides prac­ti­cal and re­la­tional sup­port to refugee claimants ar­riv­ing into Canada. Gi­nalina was moved by sto­ries of strug­gle and courage from new­com­ers to Canada, and wrote the song, “Wel­come to the Neigh­bour­hood”, as a warm re­cep­tion espe­cially for them. Gi­nalina’s al­bum, “Home is Fam­ily”, is themed on healthy fam­i­lies, and she do­nated a por­tion of sales to pro­vide homes and tran­si­tion as­sis­tance through More Than A Roof Or­ga­ni­za­tion. Her al­bum, “For­est Friends Na­ture Club”, was in­spired by real ad­ven­tures with her fam­ily in West Van­cou­ver’s Pa­cific Spirit Park, and raised aware­ness and money to plant trees through A Rocha Canada, an en­vi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship or­ga­ni­za­tion.

“I have been writ­ing mu­sic all my life about ex­pe­ri­ences, ad­ven­tures, and peo­ple who have im­pacted me. I have also al­ways worked closely with chil­dren, and feel a joy­ful re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­cour­age and in­spire them with pos­i­tive thoughts and fresh ideas. I am hon­oured and ex­cited to be rec­og­nized this year for ‘It Takes a Vil­lage’,” said Gi­nalina. “To be hon­est, my own four chil­dren in­spired my al­bums … and our fam­ily’s projects at the time in­spired the themes. I al­ways in­vite them to have a spe­cial role in the record­ing stu­dio, and am very happy and hon­oured that oth­ers can en­joy our work! As a pro­fes­sional artist, my goals are to re­main cu­ri­ous and cre­ative, col­lab­o­rate with my com­mu­nity, and cre­ate ex­cel­lent, hon­est, and fun mu­sic that bring out ev­ery­body’s best.”

Gi­nalina has per­formed na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally for mu­sic fes­ti­vals, chil­dren’s the­atres, and en­vi­ron­men­tal events such as World River Day, art cel­e­bra­tions, schools, li­braries, fundrais­ers, and more.

For con­cert list­ings and ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion, visit­nali­na­mu­ About Gi­nalina

Toronto-born, Van­cou­ver-based, Tai­wanese-cana­dian singer-song­writer, Gi­nalina, wrote her first fam­ily al­bum in 2012, on a shoe­string budget, to cap­ture the de­lights of child­hood. Qui­etly re­leased in liv­ing rooms and base­ments, she had no clue back then, that this would lead to na­tional mu­sic awards, in­clud­ing two Juno-nom­i­na­tions, one West­ern Cana­dian Mu­sic Award’s Artist of the Year ti­tle, three Par­ent Choice Awards, CBC play­time, head­lin­ing per­for­mances, in­ter­na­tional chil­dren’s fes­ti­vals, and a TV se­ries, Gi­nalina’s Mu­sic Club, which airs on Kids’ Knowl­edge Net­work TV, and which will air soon on a ma­jor US Net­work!

She has four themed al­bums filled with songs in English, French, and some Man­darin. Heart­felt and catchy, fast and fun, sweet and sen­ti­men­tal, Gi­nalina’s pure vo­cals, infectious en­ergy, and rol­lick­ing folk ar­range­ments get all ages ex­cited, danc­ing, and singing along to mu­sic that brings out the best in ev­ery­body.

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