Bahamas (musician)

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Birth name Afie Jurvanen
Born (1981-04-28) April 28, 1981 (age 35)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Folk
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2000s-present
Labels Brushfire Records
Associated acts Feist, Howie Beck, Jason Collett, The Weather Station, Zeus

Afie Jurvanen (born April 28, 1981), known by his stage name Bahamas, is a Canadian musician born in Toronto, and raised in Barrie, Ontario.[1]

Jurvanen is self-taught on guitar and has worked with such musicians as The Lumineers, Feist, Howie Beck, Jason Collett, Jack Johnson, The Weather Station, and Zeus.[2] Bahamas' songs are represented by Downtown Music Publishing. Jurvanen recorded his debut album, Pink Strat, in a cabin in rural Ontario in 2008. It was released under the name Bahamas in 2009 and subsequently nominated for a 2010 Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year – Solo.[3]

Bahamas' second album, Barchords, was released on February 7, 2012.[4] At the 2013 Juno Awards, it was nominated for the Adult Alternative Album of the Year and Jurvanen was nominated for Songwriter of the Year for the tracks "Be My Witness", "Caught Me Thinking", and "Lost in the Light".[3]

His third album, Bahamas Is Afie, was released on August 19, 2014.[5] It was awarded first place on Q's Top 20 Albums of 2014.[6] At the Juno Awards of 2015, Bahamas Is Afie was nominated for Adult Alternative Album of the Year, and Jurvanen was nominated for Songwriter of the Year for "All the Time", "Bitter Memories" and "Stronger Than That".[7] He won the awards in both categories.

On tour, Jurvanen is accompanied by drummer Jason Tait and backing vocalist Felicity Williams.[8] In addition to touring as a headlining act, Bahamas has also performed as an opening act for Jack Johnson, Robert Plant, Wilco, The Lumineers and City and Colour.[9]




Year Song Chart peak Album

2012 "Caught Me Thinking" 26 Barchords
2014 "All the Time" Bahamas Is Afie
2014 "Stronger Than That" Bahamas Is Afie
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.


  1. ^ Eisner, Ken (March 25, 2010). "Afie Jurvanen reinvents himself as Bahamas". The Georgia Straight. Retrieved 2010-04-02.
  2. ^ Semansky, Matt (February 25, 2010). "Bahamas's island life". The Coast. Retrieved 2010-04-02.
  3. ^ a b "Artist Summary: Bahamas". Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. 2013. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Exclaim!'s 20 Most Anticipated Canadian Albums of 2012". Exclaim!. Retrieved September 19, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Hear Bahamas Rip Soulful Harmonies on Falsetto-Filled 'All the Time'". Spin. May 29, 2014. Retrieved September 19, 2014. 
  6. ^ "#1 Bahamas - Q's Top 20 Albums of 2014". Q. January 1, 2015. Retrieved March 8, 2015. 
  7. ^ "2015 Juno Award Nominees: The complete list". CTV, January 27, 2015.
  8. ^ Ben Rayner, "Bahamas' latest album is all about Afie Jurvanen". Toronto Star, August 17, 2014.
  9. ^ "Bahamas wants listeners to lean in to hear 'Bahamas Is Afie' album". Los Angeles Times, August 21, 2014.
  10. ^ Canadian Rock/Alt. "Canadian Active Rock & Alt Rock Chart Archive: Alternative Rock - February 28, 2012". Retrieved September 19, 2014. 

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