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.
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.
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.
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.
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.