Former Kincardine resident Andy Milne nominated for Juno award


by Tammy Schneider

Kincardine will be well represented at the Juno awards on March 17 by pianist and composer, and former resident, Andy Milne.
The Juno’s annually acknowledge pre-eminent Canadian and international musicians in their specific discipline.  Milne had recently released his latest album, The Season of Being,  in the fall of 2018 and was announcing his upcoming Canadian and U.S. tour, when he received the news that he and his group, Dapp Theory, had been nominated in the category of Best Group Jazz Album.
Milne grew up in Kincardine, the ninth of 10 children. He was adopted as a baby, a child of colour raised in a white family that he remembers as having a passion for music and an abundance of love. He speaks very fondly of the strength and selflessness of his mother and father, who was Dr. Milne and practiced medicine in Kincardine and the rural area.
While he lives in New York, Milne also spends considerable time in Michigan in his role as assistant professor in the department of Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation at the University of Michigan.
His body of work includes collaborations with Cassandra Wilson and Greg Osby, as well as Ravi Coltrane and Bruce Cockburn, among many others. He is a former student of Oscar Peterson and besides releasing albums under his own name, he has produced scores for seven documentary films by William Shatner.
Milne still has links to the local community, with siblings and their families living in the local area, and his mother Doris Milne, who lives at RVilla in Ripley. Mrs. Alma Pick of Kincardine was Milne’s first piano teacher.
While he has never been back to Kincardine to perform, he does have colleagues that have and thinks it is wonderful that these opportunities for internationally celebrated artists exist.
"I suppose the thing I associate mostly from my childhood in Kincardine would be the lake and the sunsets, close family friends (church and community) and the pipe band marching down (the) main  treet, said Milne. "Despite my family history, it's not something I gravitated towards, but I’ve been curious about how I could incorporate the bag pipes into some of my compositional endeavours."
"I think in general, having lived in big cities, (Toronto, Montreal, New York and sometimes Los Angeles) since leaving Kincardine as a teenager, I’ve always appreciated the charm and ease of smaller towns like Kincardine," said Milne. "For much of the past decade and a half, I have had a home/music space just down the road from a small town in Pennsylvania that is actually smaller than the Kincardine of my childhood in the 1970s."
The Junos are scheduled to be broadcast on Sunday, March 17 at 8 p.m. on the CBC network.