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Aboriginal Musicians from Across Canada Converge on Manitoba for AMP Camp Residency Project

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Cassidy Mann (Photo: Joseph Visser Photography)

Eighteen Aboriginal musicians from across Canada will converge on Falcon Trails Resort for the Aboriginal Music Performers (AMP) Camp, which runs February 9-14, 2014. Hosted by Manitoba Music and the Canada Council for the Arts, the week-long residency gives emerging and mid-career Aboriginal recording artists an opportunity to develop their business skills and artistic abilities.

This will be the seventh edition of AMP Camp, which now runs every two years. Past participants -- including 2014 JUNO Award nominee Inez Jasper (who will participate again this year) and past JUNO nominees Don Amero, and Tracy Bone, and CBC’s The 8th Fire composer Cris Derksen -- have gone on to release acclaimed albums, receive multiple music awards and nominations, and make music their full-time job.

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Manitoba Artists Earn Canadian Folk Music Award Nods

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Indian City performing for Aboriginal Music Live at The Cube, Sep 20

Manitoba artists have a few chances to hear their names called when the hardware is handed out at the Canadian Folk Music Awards next month. Four homegrown acts -- Don Amero, Vince Fontaine, Ruth Moody, and Madame Diva -- landed nominations this year. The envelopes will be opened at the University of Calgary's University Theatre on November 10 at a gala hosted by CBC's Shelagh Rogers and musician Benoit Bourque.  

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Manitobans Win Five Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards

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Ali Fontaine accepts her APCMA (Photo: Manitoba Film & Music)

Manitoba talent picked up five Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (APCMA) this year. Hardware went to Don Amero, Ali Fontaine, Ray St. Germain, Jade Turner, and NCI FM's National Aboriginal Music Countdown. The winners were revealed at a nationally-televised gala at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg on August 18 and the invite-only Ohshkii Awards Night at the Winnipeg Art Gallery the night before. 

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Don Amero and Desiree Dorion Land ISMA Nods

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Two Manitoba singer/songwriters have landed nominations for this year's Indian Summer Music Awards (ISMA). Don Amero and Desiree Dorion each earned nods for songs off their latest albums, dominating the country category. 

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Manitoba Nets 24 Nods for 2013 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards

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Manitoba talent has netted 24 nominations for the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (APCMA) this year. The nominees were announced at a press conference on June 27 at Air Canada Park. The winners will be revealed at the eighth annual gala awards show at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg on August 18, 2013 and the invite-only Ohshkii Awards Night at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on August 17. 

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Manitoba Aboriginal Artists Land Two Nods for 2013 JUNO Awards

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Aboriginal recording artists from Manitoba continue to rack up the accolades, landing two nominations for the 2013 JUNO Awards. The nominees for the 42nd annual awards were announced by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) in Toronto early on February 19, streamed live on CTV’s website. This year's nominees include Don Amero and Burnt Project 1.

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Manitoba Aboriginal artists at the 2013 Reservation Economic Summit

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Manitoba Music is partnering with the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) to produce a Manitoba Aboriginal artists showcase at the Reservation Economic Summit in Las Vegas on March 13, 2013. The showcase will be a part of the conference's VIP Reception (invite only), which will play host to tribal leaders, representatives from Native American casinos, and business leaders from across the USA.

Don Amero, Desiree Dorion, and Tracy Bone will be participating in the showcase. Manitoba Music will also have a trade show booth at the conference and each of the artists will have the opportunity to market their services to delegates on March 12, 13, and 14.

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Don Amero hits the road with his own Christmas concert

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Don Amero is currently on the road with his "Amero Little Christmas" Prairie tour with Red Moon Road. The tour started on December 7, 2012 and includes stops in Brandon, Boissivane, Virden, Dauphin, Neepawa, Winnipeg, Kenora, and Saint Pierre.

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Indian City and Daniel ROA earn hardware at the 2012 WMCA

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Indian City and Daniel ROA earned hardware at the Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMA) this year. The announcement was made at an awards gala in the Casino Regina on Sunday, September 30, 2012.

Indian City continued its banner year, winning Aboriginal Recording of the Year for its debut release, Supernation. The album has already landed a dozen nominations, including six Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (which will be handed out November 1-2 in Winnipeg), and won two Indian Summer Music Awards earlier this month. The band also performed during the gala.

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Aboriginal artists at BreakOut West

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Jerry Sereda, Indian City, Daniel ROA, Don Amero, Federal Lights, Renée Lamoureax (Keith and Renée) and Marie-Josée Dandeneau (Oh My Darling) will be showcasing at the BreakOut West festival in Regina this month. The showcases will provide each act with a chance to connect with music festival bookers, agents, manager, labels, publicists, and other industry professionals attending the conference and Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMA).

The BreakOut West festival runs Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29 at McNally’s Tavern, Pure Ultra Lounge, The Exchange, The Club, The Gaslight Saloon, Artesian on 13th, Slow Food Pub, Creative City Centre, Crave, O'Hanlan's Pub, and The Artful Dodger in downtown Regina.

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Manitoba Artists Land 27 Nods for the 2012 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards

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Manitoba artists netted 27 nominations for the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (APCMA) this year. Manitoba has strong representation in the country and songwriter categories, with three nominees in each hailing from the keystone province. Eight other categories have two nominations for artists from Manitoba, while an additional five categories play host to one Manitoba entry. The winners will be revealed at two award shows in downtown Winnipeg on November 1 and 2, 2012.

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Manitoba Artists Land Nine Indian Summer Music Award Nominations

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Four Manitoba acts have landed nine nominations for the 2012 Indian Summer Music Awards (ISMA). Indian City, Ali Fontaine, Don Amero, and David St. Germain each picked up nods for songs off their latest releases. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 8, 2012.

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Manitoba Acts Bring Home 13 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards

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Manitoba artists won 13 awards at the 2011 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards in Winnipeg, including four at the nationally-televised gala at the MTS Centre on November 4. Local acts also picked up eight awards at an industry event on November 3. 

Winnipeg’s Most was the big winner at the sixth annual APCMAs, sweeping all of their categories and doubling their 2010 APCMA results with a total of six awards. The rap outfit won for Best Group or Duo, Best Rap/Hip Hop CD, Best Producer/Engineer, Best Album Cover Design, and Best Music Video, and Single of the Year.

Newcomer Ali Fontaine was a double winner at her first APCMA, picking up Best New Artist and Best Country CD for her self-titled debut. She was also honoured with the award for Most Outstanding Manitoban at the Manito Ahbee kickoff event on November 2.

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First Round of Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards Yields Eight Wins for Manitoba Acts

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Manitoba artists picked up eight awards at the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards’ first night, aka the Ohshkii Awards Night. Hardware was handed out on November 3 in the Grand Ballroom at For Garry Place, hosted by Lisa Meeches and Ray St. Germain. Winnipeg’s Most dominated the night, taking four awards including Best Group or Duo, Best Producer/Engineer, Best Album Cover Design, and Best Music Video for “All That I Know.” Eagle & Hawk front man Vince Fontaine continued his winning streak for his solo effort, Songs for Turtle Island, which won for Best Instrumental CD. Other winners from the first night of awards included Little Hawk for Best Folk/Acoustic CD, Bruthers of Different Muthers for Best Rock CD, and Mark Morrisseau for Best Fiddle CD.

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Don Amero brings home a WCMA

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Singer/songwriter Don Amero landed the award for Aboriginal Recording of the Year for his work on The Long Way Home. The album is also up for a Canadian Folk Music Award, four Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, and won a Native American Music Award for Best Folk Recording earlier this month.

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Manitoba Artists Land Three Native American Music Awards in New York

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Three Aboriginal recording acts from Manitoba landed awards at this year’s Native American Music Awards (NAMA). The NAMAs were handed out in Niagara Falls, New York on October 7, 2011.

Singer/songwriter Don Amero picked up hardware for Best Folk Recording for his latest, The Long Way Home. He also had a nod for Debut Artist of the Year. The album has already garnered several nominations this year, including four Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards and a Western Canadian Music Award.

Musician/composer/producer, Vince Fontaine, who is perhaps best known for his award-winning rock outfit Eagle & Hawk, won for Best Instrumental Recording for his album Songs for Turtle Island. He was also nominated for Best Producer for his work on the album.

Opera singer Rhonda Head won for Best World Music Recording for her debut, Kayas. Head also earned a nomination at the Indian Summer Music Award earlier this year.

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Four Manitoba Artists Land Native American Music Award Nods

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Four Aboriginal recording acts from Manitoba landed seven nominations at this year’s Native American Music Awards (NAMA). The NAMAs will be handed out in Niagara Falls, New York on October 7, 2011.

Country songstress Desiree Dorion picked up two nods for her debut recording, Soul Back Jack, including Best Country Recording and Best Female Artist. Dorion picked up a North American Indigenous Image Award for Outstanding Country Album earlier this year, as well as a nod from the Indian Summer Music Awards.

Singer/songwriter Don Amero also landed two nominations for his latest, The Long Way Home, including Best Folk Recording and Debut Artist of the Year. The album has already garnered several nominations this year, including four Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards and a Western Canadian Music Awards.

Musician/composer/producer, Vince Fontaine, who is perhaps best known for his award-winning rock outfit Eagle & Hawk, received two nominations for his recording Songs for Turtle Island, including Best Instrumental Recording and Best Producer.

Opera singer Rhonda Head is up for Best World Music Recording for her debut, Kayas. Head is also up for an Indian Summer Music Award in the Spiritual category.

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Manitoba Artists Land 24 Nods for 2011 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards

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Manitoba artists and local productions have netted 24 nominations for the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards this year. The winners will be announced at one of two award shows in downtown Winnipeg on November 3 and 4, 2011. 

Fans cast votes on the APCMA website to determine who wins in each category, but industry stakeholders were involved in the selection of nominees in the non-genre or “industry” categories during the first round of online voting this year. 

Winnipeg’s Most leads the pack with six nominations, while Don Amero is close behind with four nods. Newcomer Ali Fontaine has three chances to win this year, and Winnipeg rockers Bruthers of Different Muthers landed two nominations. Twelve other Manitoba acts and one local radio program have single nominations for their work. 

The Best Music Video category is stacked with Manitoba songs this year. Billy Joe Green’s Honey Girl, Don Amero’s Right Where I Wanna Be, J.C. Campbell’s The Floor, and All That I Know by Winnipeg’s Most are all in the running, making four of the five nominations from the keystone province.

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