Maxim Cormier is one of Canada’s most decorated musicians, known to audiences both as a “genre-defying guitar virtuoso” and an award-winning composer. With training in classical, jazz, and world music, Cormier strives to reimagine what guitar mastery can sound like. Praise has come from critics including the CBC’s Bob Mersereau, who hailed Cormier’s unconventional flat-pick, steel-string interpretation of Bach as “not just a worthy experiment… [but] a revelation.”

Cormier recently celebrated the release of his latest EP, The Subjective Nothing, which included the first release of original music since 2014. In all, his six albums (four solo, two duo) have earned numerous accolades, among them a seven-year streak of taking home Francophone/Acadian Artist of the Year honors from Music Nova Scotia since 2013, as well as winning the Independent Music Awards’ Instrumental EP of the Year for Maxim Cormier plays J.S. Bach (2018) and Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year from Music Nova Scotia for Maxim Cormier: Cape Breton Guitar (2018).
Cape Breton Guitar is one of two albums recorded with guitarist Gervais Cormier, Maxim’s father and a prominent collaborator in both live performance and within the studio. The more recent album, 2020’s Live @ Fortress of Louisbourg, earned concise praise from The East Magazine’s review: “This is what music is all about.”

The Nova Scotian guitarist has also established a formidable reputation as a producer for his own work and that of other musicians. After production credits that included the CBC music special Celtic Edge, Christine Melanson’s album Constellations (co-producer), and several of his own albums, Cormier founded MCP Music as his own record label in 2018, and continues to use it as a vehicle to collaborate with myriad artists.

In 2015, the Canada Council of the Arts awarded funding to Cormier to deepen his improvisational studies by studying with Jerry Granelli and Scott MacMillan. He attained his music education from Dalhousie University, where he received a Bachelor of Music as well as a Diploma in Advanced Applied Study. As an educator, he has taught students at Feis Rois in the highlands of Scotland, Fiddly Ness in Saskatchewan, the Gaelic College in Nova Scotia, and facilitated workshops for Celtic Colours International Festival’s “Roots to the Room” program. Many also know Cormier as the founder of Festival Quinzou, an annual music celebration of National Acadian Day in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Independent Music Awards
2018 Instrumental EP of the Year: Maxim Cormier Plays J.S. Bach (Winner)
2015 Song – World Traditional: Cape Breton Medley (Nominee)

East Coast Music Awards
2014 Traditional Instrumental Recording of the Year: Maxim Cormier 2 (Nominee)

Music Nova Scotia Awards
2018 Trad/Roots Recording of the Year: Cape Breton Guitar (Winner)
2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013 Francophone/Acadian Artist of the Year (Winner)
2018 and 2017 Educator of the Year (Nominee)
2017 Classical Recording of the Year: Maxim Cormier Plays J.S Bach (Nominee)
2016 Musician of the Year (Nominee)
2014 Jazz Recording of the Year: Maxim Cormier 2 (Nominee)
2013 Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year: Maxim Cormier Debut (Nominee)

International Acoustic Music Awards
2014 Instrumental of the Year: Le Grand Boulanger de L’est (Winner)
2015 Instrumental of the Year (Nominee)

Celtic Colour’s Volunteer Drive’ers Association
2012 Big Sampie Award (Winner)

Canadian Folk Music Awards
2014 Solo Instrumental Artist of the Year: Maxim Cormier 2 (Nominee)
2013 Solo Instrumental Artist of the Year: Maxim Cormier Debut (Nominee)

USA Song Competition
​2014 Instrumental: Danielle (Nominee)