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Manito Ahbee Festival Unveils 2016 Concert Lineup

Manito Ahbee Festival Unveils 2016 Concert Lineup

William Prince
William Prince will peform at the 2016 Manito Ahbee Festival as part of the Celebrate Indigenous Music Concert on
May 20 at Club Regent Event Centre. (HANDOUT)
Susan Aglukark
Susan Aglukark will also perform at this year’s Manito Ahbee Festival. (HANDOUT)

The Manito Ahbee Festival has reinvented itself this year with a series of a new events to keep visitors coming back.

The Indigenous Music and Arts Program will be launching next month to educate and help indigenous artists excel in today’s music industry. The event includes a two-day music conference, the Celebrate Indigenous Music Concert, and the Art Expo and Art Challenge.

The 2016 Celebrate Indigenous Music Concert will feature performances from Susan Aglukark, William Prince, Dee Erin Band, Rescued by Dragonflyz, Twin Flames and others.

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Select Manitoba Events Land ‘Star Celebrations’ Designation

Select Manitoba Events Land ‘Star Celebrations’ Designation

Star Celebrations
Manitoba festivals, events and gatherings can apply for Star Celebrations status through a new provincial program. (CHRISD.CA)

Think of it as being allowed beyond the velvet rope as far as “star” status is concerned.

A select handful of Manitoba festivals and events have joined an exclusive club to earn the province’s Star Celebrations designation.

Tourism Minister Ron Lemieux unveiled the program on Wednesday, announcing the first organizations to receive the title are the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market, Festival du Voyageur, the Manito Ahbee Festival and the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba.

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HMV to Feature Local Aboriginal Music

HMV to Feature Local Aboriginal Music

C-Weed Band (CWEEDBAND.COM)

Aboriginal music artists in Manitoba will have their work on display at the HMV music store inside Portage Place Shopping Centre.

HMV and the C-Weed Band announced Wednesday the opening of the Aboriginal Music Rack. The rack will feature all genres of music, from country, gospel, rock, roots, pop, rap, and hip-hop, to Pow Wow music, Métis fiddle, traditional instrumentals, and others.

“We know not all music lovers are computer savvy or connected to online shopping, and there are many who still want hardcopy CDs of their favorite artists,” said Errol Ranville, president of music distribution company Cweedband.com Ltd.

The initiative was also welcomed by the Manito Ahbee Festival, which begins in Winnipeg today and runs through November 4.

— Staff

2011 Miss Manito Ahbee Travelling Princess Crowned

2011 Miss Manito Ahbee Travelling Princess Crowned

The 2011 Miss Manito Ahbee Travelling Princess was crowned on Saturday, November 5, 2011. Torry Marie Eagle Speaker received the crown this year, which was given out in honour of Cherisse Houle -- the 17-year-old whose body was found in a stream near Winnipeg in 2009. Speaker, who is 17 herself, is from Cardston, Alberta. The Manito Ahbee Festival wrapped up on Sunday at MTS Centre. The highlight was the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Awards on Friday. In the above photo, outgoing Princess Sage Speidel (left) crowns the new princess. (SCOTT BENESIINAABANDAN / HANDOUT)
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.

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Aboriginal Talent Celebrated at Manito Ahbee Festival

Aboriginal Talent Celebrated at Manito Ahbee Festival

Singer Ali Fontaine performs during a news conference to launch the Manito Ahbee Festival in downtown Winnipeg on Wednesday, November 2, 2011. (SCOTT BENESIINAABANDAN / HANDOUT)

The 6th annual Manito Ahbee Festival kicked off Wednesday, setting the stage for four days of celebrating Aboriginal music, art and culture.

During a news conference, the award for Most Outstanding Manitoban was given out to Ali Fontaine, a young recording artist from Sagkeeng First Nation.

The self-taught singer/songwriter is an emerging artist who has been writing songs and performing since she was eight.

Tonight, 12 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards will be handed out during the RBC Ohshkii Awards Night.

Of course, the big night at Manito Ahbee is the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, which will be held Friday at MTS Centre. The awards will be broadcast live on APTN beginning at 7 p.m.

Performers include Don Amero, C-Weed, Derek Miller, Ghost Keeper, and others. A special presentation will be made to Errol Ranville, who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The festival will wrap up Sunday with the International Competition Pow Wow, and Indigenous Marketplace and Trade Show — both held at MTS Centre.

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.

Sierra Noble Opens 4th Annual Manito Ahbee Festival

Sierra Noble Opens 4th Annual Manito Ahbee Festival

Sierra Noble

The Manito Ahbee Festival kicked off Wednesday in Winnipeg with a ceremony at the Legislative Building featuring musical artist Sierra Noble. The five-day event celebrates aboriginal music, art and culture.

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Activities throughout the week include nightly Aboriginal Music Week concerts, an indigenous marketplace, Métis Soiree, an international competition powwow and the nationally televised Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards.

A full calendar of events is available at www.manitoahbee.com

ChrisD.ca photos/Marc Evans