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.
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.
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
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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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)
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.
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.
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.