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Colleen Peterson award winner Alise Marlane

The Ontario Arts Council has just announced the winner of the 2011 Colleen Peterson Award. Alise Marlane is a jazz & folk singer-songwriter born in Montreal, now based in the Outaouais. She performs solo as well as with her trio, CFMA nominees Frida’s Brow.

The award winning song is “L’aurore boréale,” about which the Colleen Peterson jury said: “L’aurore boréale’s original melody and beautiful poetry make it an exceptional song, which creates a captivating musical landscape.” The song is available on Alise Marlane’s 2009 album, Room For Less. Her newest album is scheduled for release this fall.

Nominations for the $1000 award come from the Ontario Council of Folk FestivalsSongs from the Heart competition. Past winners include Lynne Hanson (2010); Kyrie Kristmanson (2009); Chris MacLean (2008) and Brooke Miller (2007).

Congratulations Alise Marlane!

Click play to listen to the award-winning “L’aurore boréale”:

L’aurore boréale

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