Afie Jurvanen isn’t from the Bahamas. He’s a Finnish-Canadian from Barrie-- a working class town in rural Ontario-- but his chosen epithet is fitting.
Since 2009 he’s been making music under the name Bahamas--writing songs about sunsets, love affairs, and making out with crooked smiles. Through simple arrangements, he charts an escape route from the snow belt to the coral reefs.
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.
His second album Barchords was released on February 7, 2012 to critical praise. 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".
His latest album Bahamas is Afie was released on August 9th, 2014. At the 2015 Juno Awards, 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". He won the awards in both categories.