He has penned tunes for many other artists as well as for theatre, film and television. He was named Contemporary Singer of the Year by the 2013 Canadian Folk Music Awards, Best Male Artist of the Year by the 2012 International Acoustic Music Awards and was the 2008 and 2010 Music Nova Scotia Musician Of The Year. Bob Mersereau of CBC Radio, Fredericton described him as “a natural performer who entertains as much with his wit and stories as with his songs.”
Starting his music career as an in-demand musician playing sax in Toronto, Sherwood soon began looking for an outlet for his poetic side. His unique musicianship combined with his tales of heart-break, victory and adventure quickly gained recognition as a solid performer, lyricist and player. This lead to a nomination for the 2011 ECMA award for Male Solo Artist Recording of the Year.
Guitar, saxophone, huge songwriting and a voice that won him a 2013 Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Singer, Ian Sherwood Brings The Light to every stage he stands on. A born story teller and a constant creator, his music dances the line between folk and pop. His live performances thrive on intimacy. Whether it’s a theatre show or large festival stage, his persona is irresistible and completely destroys fourth walls.
When not touring the UK, US or all across Canada Sherwood produces for other artists as well as for theatre, film and television. He most recently won a 2017 Robert Merritt for Outstanding Original Score for the play “Tompkinsville”.
“impressive guitar work amid catchy hook lines galore, surely the main thought in the room was, It’s only a matter of time before he’s a household name.” -Todd MacLean, Charlottetown Guardian
“You know that Silk Soy Milk? The chocolate kind? That’s what his voice sounds like.”-Shaun Majumder, Comedian