No More Pennies

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No More Pennies
Dave Gunning No More Pennies.jpg
Studio album by Dave Gunning
Released September 18, 2012
Recorded Wee House of Music Co.
Genre Folk
Length 44:07
Label Wee House of Music Co.
Producer Jamie Robinson
Dave Gunning chronology
Christmas Too
(2011)Christmas Too2011
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No More Pennies is the ninth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Dave Gunning. The album was released in 2012 by Wee House of Music.

The lyrics from the song These Hands" were used as the foundation of a book produced by Time Well Spent Publishing. The book includes illustrations by Meaghan Smith. Sheet music and lyrics are also included. A portion of proceeds are contributed to the IWK Health Centre Foundation.[1]

Issues with Royal Canadian Mint over artwork[edit]

The Canadian penny is heavily featured within the album's artwork. The back cover includes a penny setting into the horizon and the inner image of the package showcases an old-fashioned steam locomotive with pennies for wheels.

After an initial pressing of 2000 copies of No More Pennies, the Royal Canadian Mint notified Gunning that he must pay $1,200 for usage rights of the penny image. Gunning responded by initiating a penny drive to help pay the fee. The story received coverage from significant print and online news outlets, including The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Sun and The Huffington Post.[2][3][4] Eventually the Royal Canadian Mint waived the royalty. Gunning's penny drive raised $6,287.66 which was donated to the IWK Health Centre in Halifax.[5] Gunning will not have to pay fees for use of the penny image for any subsequent pressings of the album.[6]

Great Canadian Song Quest[edit]

Gunning submitted the song "A Game Goin' On" to the 2013 edition of Great Canadian Song Quest: CBC's Hockey Night in Canada Song Quest. The song advanced to the top 10 of the competition.[7] On January 1, 2014, during the NHL Winter Classic, it was announced that "A Game Goin' On" was the winner of Song Quest.[8] Joel Plaskett will produce a new version of the song. Gunning is set to perform "A Game Goin' On" in Saskatchewan on Hockey Day in Canada.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "All Along The Way" 3:24
2. "Coal From The Train" 4:18
3. "We Can't Win" 3:30
4. "A Game Goin' On (feat. David Francey)" 3:18
5. "These Hands" 4:08
6. "The Family Name" 4:12
7. "Too Soon To Turn Back" 3:45
8. "Little White Seeds (feat. Karine Polwart)" 4:15
9. "When The Cold Weather Comes" 3:22
10. "The Weight of My Guitar" 4:21
11. "That's When We Fell" 3:36
12. "Living In Alberta" 3:24


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Awards and nominations[edit]

Great Canadian Song Quest:

  • 2014 CBC Hockey Night In Canada Song Quest - Winner (A Game Goin' On)

East Coast Music Awards:

  • 2014 Solo Recording of the Year – Winner (No More Pennies)
  • 2014 Songwriter of the Year – Winner (These Hands from No More Pennies)
  • 2014 Entertainer of the Year Nomination
  • 2014 Video of the Year, These Hands Nomination (Director: Scott Simpson)
  • 2013 Song of the Year – Winner (These Hands from No More Pennies)

Music Nova Scotia Awards:

  • 2013 Folk Recording of the Year – Winner (No More Pennies)

International Songwriting Credits:

  • 2014 Great American Song Contest – Winner (These Hands)
  • 2013 International Songwriting Competition - Semi Finalist (These Hands)