He first hit internationally in 1973 with “Painted Ladies”. Over the years he has acquired a Juno award, The SOCAN National Achievement Award, four SOCAN classic awards for Painted Ladies, Right Before Your Eyes, Hold On and Pilot, a UNICEF Danny Kaye Humanitarian award, Juno and Gemini nominations, 11 solo albums and nearly as many top twenty records.
Ian’s lyrics have been utilized in English textbooks while his songs have found international success with many artists such as Santana, America, Manfred Man, Chicago, Bette Midler and Ann Murray. Ian founded the internationally acclaimed group The Boomers (1990-2000) that produced four acclaimed albums and two European concert tours. Orchestral film music has always been a love of Ian’s and to that end he has 21 movies as a film composer to his credit.
Ian has also added author to the mix with two novels, Bequest (Manor House 2006) and The Lost Chord (Manor House 2008). When he isn’t performing his own shows, he also records and crosses the country regularly in concert with Lunch At Allen’s comprised of good friends Murray McLauchlan, Marc Jordan, and Cindy Church. There are four Lunch at Allens albums to date and a new one slated for release in the new year 2017.
Ian’s most recent solo album A Life in Song(2016) with a full 68 piece symphony orchestra has received wonderful reviews in both Canada and the USA. A new novel, autobiography and album are in the works … all adding proof to Ian’s brother Dave’s notion that creativity is as much an affliction as a talent. Songwriting according to Ian just happens over a period of time from the input of life. It’s how his brain cleans house.