Cousins thrilled with Juno nomination

Nancy MacPhee
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TORONTO — It was exciting news that Rose Cousins got to hear in person.

Rose Cousins received a Juno nomination Tuesday for her third album, "We Have Made a Spark."

Tuesday morning, Cousins was in attendance as the 2013 Juno Award nominations were announced in Toronto.

Among the long list of nominated artists was the Prince County native, whose third album, “We Have Made a Spark”, got the nod in the Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Solo category.

It is the singer/songwriter’s first Juno nomination.

Ironically, Cousins, who is currently in Toronto to attend the Folk Alliance Conference, decided to attend the announcement.

“It was really cool. The room was kind of packed full of people,” said Cousins in an interview from Toronto.  “I felt like I had the support of the room. It was really fun. I was sitting there with my publicist and we gave each other a high five.”

“We Have Made a Spark” follows Cousins’ two multi-award-winning albums, “The Send Off” (2009) and “If You Were For Me” (2006).

“I made the record in Boston, which is a place I’ve been travelling to for eight or nine years. I’ve kind of become a part of a beautiful community there. I spend a great deal of time there and I just really wanted to do a record with that gang,” said Cousins. “It turned out really well. People seem to be receiving it in that way.”

It’s received both critical and fan acclaim and was released across North America, the UK, Ireland and Japan. Since its release in February 2012, Cousins has spent most of her time living out of a suitcase, touring the UK and Ireland and touring North America twice.

“The album, it has some pretty sad songs on there. I get a lot of comments on how those resonate with people,” said Cousins of what she calls her most vulnerable and raw effort to date. “Sometimes when you are really going through something, it’s the sad songs that help you get through it. I definitely had lots of people speaking to me about that.”

She’s won several awards, including the 2012 Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Singer of the Year and several East Coast Music Awards, Music P.E.I. awards and Nova Scotia Music Awards.

“We Have Made a Spark” also garnered Cousins two other 2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards nominations and six 2012 Nova Scotia Music Awards nods.

Cousins is also up for four East Coast Music Awards — Solo Recording of the Year and Folk Recording of the Year, Song of the Year for “The Darkness” and Songwriter of the Year with “Go First” — which are being handed out in Cousins’ adopted home of Halifax in March.

The Cousin’s Shore native will co-host the awards gala with New Brunswick-born singer/songwriter and Halifax resident David Myles.

She admitted that the news of her latest nomination travelled fast.

“I have been inundated with tweets and congrats. It’s been really good because… we’ve got a lot of East Coast people among the nominees this year,” added Cousins. “It’s fun to be from a very small place and kind of have ourselves recognized on a bigger national stage.”

And the reaction from her parents, Winston and Linda, was one of pride.

“It’s been an overwhelming year for my name in the news and lots of great things happening. I am very lucky to have very supportive parents,” added Cousins. “It’s pretty cool to come from a really small place and come from such a supportive community and be in the big city of Toronto amongst all the stars.”

When asked if she will attend the big night in Regina, Sask., on April 21, Cousins wasn’t “100 per cent sure,” but did say, “We’ve kind of left it open in the schedule so I could.”

For more about Cousins and her music, visit

Organizations: Folk Alliance

Geographic location: Toronto, Kensington, North America UK Ireland Boston Nova Scotia Japan New Brunswick East Coast Regina Sask.

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