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Manitoba Musicians Pick Up Five APCMAs

Manitoba Musicians Pick Up Five APCMAs

By Brian Schultz

Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music AwardsManitoba artists picked up five Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (APCMA) on Sunday night.

The main event of the Manito Ahbee Festival was held at MTS Centre, and doled out hardware to Don Amero, Ali Fontaine, Ray St. Germain, Jade Turner, and NCI FM’s National Aboriginal Music Countdown.

Singer/songwriter Don Amero won in the best folk/acoustic CD category for his latest album, Heart On My Sleeve.

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Amero Named ‘Entertainer of the Year’ at APCMAs

Amero Named ‘Entertainer of the Year’ at APCMAs

Don Amero (HANDOUT)

After a seven-year drought and 17 nominations, Winnipeg’s Don Amero finally won at the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards on Friday night.

Amero walked away with the male entertainer of the year award at the 7th annual awards show at MTS Centre.

“It feels great to finally get one, I’ve had a spot waiting for it on my shelf for a long time now,” Amero said shortly after.

The independent musician with a growing following of fans was nominated for three awards this year.

“The APCMAs do a lot to promote Aboriginal music and it’s nice to come together for this celebration. We owe a lot to all the organizers, and everyone who supports the music scene.”

Amero most recently released his fourth album, Heart On My Sleeve, during an online concert in conjunction with APTN.

— Staff

Nominees Unveiled for 7th Annual APCMAs

Nominees Unveiled for 7th Annual APCMAs

Nominations for the 2012 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards were released Monday, casting the spotlight on dozens of talented aboriginal musical artists and performers.

Manitoba artists accounted for 27 of the nominations.

The 7th annual awards will be given out in 23 categories over two nights in November. The televised APCMA gala will air Friday, November 2 at MTS Centre, with the full broadcast on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. The RBC Ohshkii Awards Night takes place Thursday, November 1.

Votes are cast online by music fans and industry stakeholders. Voting will run until September 3, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. CT at AboriginalPeoplesChoice.com.

— Staff

Nominations Open for 7th Annual APCMAs

Nominations Open for 7th Annual APCMAs

Nominations are open for the 7th annual Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (APCMAs), celebrating the best in aboriginal artists in Canada, the U.S. and around the world.

The awards will take place November 1 and 2 in Winnipeg.

If an aboriginal artist has released a single or album between June 30, 2010 and June 30, 2012, they are eligible to submit to the 2012 APCMAs. The deadline for artist submissions is June 29, 2012 at 5 p.m. CT. Submission forms are available at AboriginalPeoplesChoice.com.

Awards will be handed out in 16 genre categories, and 12 specialty categories.

Best in Aboriginal Music Crowned at 2011 APCMAs

Best in Aboriginal Music Crowned at 2011 APCMAs

Hosts Lorne Cardinal and Kyle Nobess ham it up at the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Awards on Friday, November 4, 2011 at MTS Centre. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — It was a star-studded night at MTS Centre Friday as the best in Aboriginal music was honoured during the 6th annual Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards.

The awards show was part of the Manito Ahbee Festival, a four-day event to highlight Aboriginal music, art and culture.

Nominees began the night by walking the red carpet and getting their turn in the spotlight before the live show, which was aired on APTN to a national audience. About 4,000 fans attended the awards in person.

Lorne Cardinal and Kyle Nobess were hosts for the evening. Highlights included Errol Ranville being honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award, while winners in nine other categories were crowned.

One of the big winners of the evening was up-and-comer singer/songwriter Ali Fontaine. The 17-year-old from Sagkeeng First Nation picked up wins for Best Country CD and Best New Artist, while at the same time riding a wave of success from her chart-topping hit “Runaway.”

“It’s a little hard to believe right now. I was excited just to be nominated and to get to walk the red carpet,” Fontaine said. “And now I have won two of my three nominations — it’s a dream!”

And the winners are…

Best Country CD
Ali Fontaine — Sagkeeng, Manitoba (self-titled)

Best Rap / Hip Hop CD
Winnipeg’s Most — Winnipeg, Manitoba (GoodFellaz)

Best Pow Wow CD — Contemporary
Black Bear — Manawan, Quebec (Out of Hibernation)

Best Pow Wow CD — Traditional
Blackstone — Duffield, Alberta (Live in Alexis)

Best New Artist
Ali Fontaine — Sagkeeng, Manitoba

Single of the Year
Winnipeg’s Most — Winnipeg, Manitoba (Don’t Stop)

Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year
Derek Miller — Six Nations, Ontario (Stoned for Days)

Aboriginal Male Entertainer of the Year
Derek Miller — Six Nations, Ontario

Aboriginal Female Entertainer of the Year
Leela Gilday — Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

First-round winners…

Best Duo or Group
Winnipeg’s Most — Winnipeg, Manitoba

Best Producer / Engineer
Winnipeg’s Most — Winnipeg, Manitoba

Best Music Video
Winnipeg’s Most — Winnipeg, Manitoba (All That I Know)

Best Aboriginal Music Radio Station / Program
Think NDN — Vancouver, British Columbia

Best Album Cover Design
Winnipeg’s Most — Winnipeg, Manitoba (GoodFellaz)

Best Folk / Acoustic CD
Little Hawk — Winnipeg, Manitoba (Vigilance)

Best Flute CD
Jacob Pratt — Regina, Saskatchewan (Eagle Call)

Best Fiddle CD
Mark Morrisseau — St. Francois Xavier, Manitoba (Favourites)

Best Peyote CD
Kelly Daniels — Saskatton, Saskatchewan (Blessing From A Hummingbird)

Best Instrumental CD
Vince Fontaine — Winnipeg, Manitoba (Songs for Turtle Island)

Best Hand Drum CD
Big River Cree — Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (Stand By Me)

Best Rock CD
Bruthers of Different Muthers — Winnipeg, Manitoba (Speakers of Tomorrow)

Festivities will continue today and Sunday at MTS Centre with the International Competition Pow Wow, and Indigenous Marketplace and Trade Show.

View the photo gallery below.

Volunteers Sought for Manito Ahbee Festival

Volunteers Sought for Manito Ahbee Festival

Organizers of the Manito Ahbee Festival are seeking a number of volunteers to lend their time with various positions.

The 6th annual festival, which celebrates Aboriginal music, art and culture, runs November 2 to 6. The Aboriginal Peoples Choice Awards are a big draw and will be handed out on November 4 at MTS Centre.

Anyone wanting to sign up to volunteer can do so at ManitoAhbee.com.

Voting Open for Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards

Voting Open for Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards

Online voting is now open for the 6th annual Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (APCMAs).

The awards show is set to take place in Winnipeg on November 3 and 4 as part of the Manito Ahbee Festival.

The public can vote for the many Aboriginal artists from across Canada and North America who have sent in their submissions. Voting is open until August 18 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Registration to vote on the APCMA website is free.

Once registered, voters can secure their votes in the following categories: Best Country CD, Best Fiddle CD, Best Flute CD, Best Folk/Acoustic CD, Best Hand Drum CD, Best Instrumental CD, Best Peyote CD, Best Pow Wow CD (Contemporary), Best Pow Wow CD (Traditional), Best Rap/Hip Hop CD, Best Rock CD and Single of the Year.

Nominees will be announced August 25.

Artists Submissions Called for 2011 APCMAs

Artists Submissions Called for 2011 APCMAs

By Brian Schultz

Artists submissions have been called for the 6th annual Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (APCMAs).

The APCMAs are part of the Manito Ahbee Festival, and will be held in Winnipeg on November 3 and 4, 2011. Submissions are wanted by Aboriginal artists from across Canada and North America, and Indigenous artists from around the world.

Fans and industry stakeholders vote online for their favourites before the winners are crowned.

If an Aboriginal artist has released a single or album between June 30, 2009 and June 30, 2011, they are eligible to submit to the 2011 APCMA’s. Deadline for artist submissions is June 30, 2011 at 5 p.m. CT. Submission forms are available at AboriginalPeoplesChoice.com.

Aboriginal Music Awards Showcase Wide Range of Talent

Aboriginal Music Awards Showcase Wide Range of Talent

Local rap group Winnipeg's Most performs at the 5th annual Aboriginal Peoples Choice Awards on Friday, November 5, 2010 at MTS Centre. The group picked up an award for Best New Artist. On Thursday, they won Best Group and Best Rap/Hip Hop CD awards. (MAURICE BRUNEAU / CHRISD.CA)

Aboriginal music talent shined Friday night at MTS Centre as the 5th annual Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards were given out as part of the annual Manito Ahbee festival.

The five-day festival began on Wednesday with a number of Manitoba acts picking up awards prior to Friday’s big show.

The highlight of the festival came last night, when the televised event hosted by actor Lorne Cardinal went live on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN).

Four-thousand fans were treated to performances by Jason Burnstick, Inez, Darrelyne Bickel, Winnipeg’s Most, Colette Trudeau, Asani, Samantha Crain, Sebastian Bull & Heaven Waskewich, Shane Yellowbird, Kinnie Starr, Tagaq, Lucie Idlout, Ray St. Germain, Seventh Son Fiddlers, and The Gaudry Boys.

Local band Winnipeg’s Most picked up the award for Best New Artist, while other hometown acts walked away empty handed, but not without being nominated, which is a honour in itself.

Winnipeg’s Don Amero was nominated for Best Pop CD titled “Deepening,” while a slew of Manitoba acts were all nominated in the Best Country CD category, including Darrelyne Bickel for “M.I.A.,” Desiree Dorion for “Soul Back Jack,” Jerry Sereda for “Campground Cowboy,” and Kimberley Dawn for “Built That Way.”

Don Amero was also nominated in the Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year category and Winnipeg’s Billy Joe Green in the Aboriginal Male Entertainer of the Year category.

Other winners from Friday night included:

  • Best Hand Drum CD: Big River Cree | Songs From The Healing Lodge (Big River First Nation, Saskatchewan)
  • Best Pop CD: Joey Stylez | The Black Star (Moosomin First Nations, Saskatchewan)
  • Best Pow Wow CD (Traditional) : Thunder Mountain Singers | One Voice One Nation (James Bay, Ontario)
  • Best Pow Wow CD (Contemporary): The Boyz | Boys Will Always Be Boyz (Ho-Chunk Nation, Wisconsin)
  • Best Folk/Acoustic CD: Leela Gilday | Calling All Warriors (Yellowknife, North West Territory)
  • Best Country CD: Shane Yellowbird | It’s About Time (Hobbema, Alberta)
  • Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year: Joey Stylez | The Black Star (Moosomin First Nations, Saskatchewan)
  • Aboriginal Male Entertainer of the Year: Shane Yellowbird (Hobbema, Alberta)
  • Aboriginal Female Entertainer of the Year: Shy-Anne (Thunder Bay, Ontario)

Sixty countries were represented in both voting rounds, which were narrowed down to 107 submissions from 73 artists in the final round.

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Thursday’s award winners:

  • Best Producer/Engineer: Shy-Anne (Thunder Bay, Ontario)
  • Best Music Video: Buffy Saint Marie | No No Keshegesh (Qu-Appelle Valley, Saskatchewan)
  • Best Album Cover Design: Jason Burnstick | Where The Blood Mixes (Paul First Nation, Alberta)
  • Best Aboriginal Music Countdown: National Aboriginal Music Countdown – NCI FM (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
  • Best Blues CD: Digging Roots | We Are (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Best Fiddle CD: Jacinthe Trudeau | Jacinthe Trudeau (Sudbury, Ontario)
  • Best Fiddle CD: JJ Lavallee | A Fiddle Bit of This & A Fiddle Bit of That (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
  • Best Gospel CD: Yvonne St. Germaine | My Jesus I Love Thee (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)
  • Best Peyote CD: Sacred Harmonies | Dakota/Lakota Traditional Church Songs (Yankton Dakota Reservation, North Dakota)
  • Best Rock CD: Eagle & Hawk | The Great Unknown (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
  • Single of the Year: Shane Yellowbird | Barefeet On The Blacktop (Hobbema, Alberta)

To see what else is happening this weekend as part of Manito Ahbee, visit ManitobaAhbee.com.

Lorne Cardinal Returning to Host Aboriginal Music Awards

Lorne Cardinal Returning to Host Aboriginal Music Awards

By Tyler Sutherland

The Manito Ahbee Festival is right around the corner and will include a familiar face as host this year.

Canadian actor and former “Corner Gas” star Lorne Cardinal will have hosting duties once again of the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, taking place Friday, November 5 at MTS Centre.

A multimedia marketing campaign will launch this week and features a contest for fans to vote online for their favourite “Lorne character.” Cardinal will either be dressed as a rocker, hip hop artist or country star when he appears on stage to host the show, which will be broadcast on APTN.

The five-day festival from November 3-7 will celebrate and showcase Aboriginal music, art and culture. Seventeen Manitoba artists and industry professionals are nominated for awards.