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Manitoba Artists Pick Up Six Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards

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Best New Artist winner Leonard Sumner

Manitoba artists have picked up six Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (APCMA) this year. Winnipeg Boyz, Indian City, Leonard Sumner, Jason Lepine, and Nelson Little all earned hardware at a nationally-televised gala at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg on September 12 and the invite-only Ohshkii Awards Night at the Winnipeg Art Gallery the night before. 

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Rhonda Head, Indian City, Tracy Bone Pick Up U.S. Music Awards

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From left: Rhonda Head, Indian City, Tracy Bone

Three Manitoba artists have landed music awards recently, including honours at Wisconsin's Indian Summer Music Awards and California's West Coast American Indian Awards. Rock outfit Indian City, classical singer Rhonda Head, and country chanteuse Tracy Bone have all picked up hardware. 

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Manitoba Artists Land 14 Nods for the 2014 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards

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Indian City

Manitoba artists have netted 14 nominations for the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (APCMA) this year. The nominees were announced at a press conference on June 19 at Portage Place. The winners will be revealed at the ninth annual gala awards show at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg on September 12, 2014 and the invite-only Ohshkii Awards Night at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on September 11. Nominees include Indian City, Leonard Sumner, Desiree Dorion, and Winnipeg Boyz. 

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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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Ali Fontaine Brings Home a Native American Music Award

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Up-and-coming country songstress Ali Fontaine picked up a Native American Music Award (NAMA) over the weekend. Fontaine, who was also up for Songwriter of the Year and Best Female Artist, won for Best Country Recording for her self-titled album. A double winner at the APCMAs in 2011, she has six nominations already for her first recording.  

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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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Six Native American Music Award Nominations for Manitoba Acts

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Three Aboriginal recording acts from Manitoba have landed six nominations for this year's Native American Music Awards (NAMA). After being postponed due to Superstorm Sandy, the 14th annual awards gala is scheduled for May 10 at the Seneca Niagara Events Centre in Niagara Falls, New York.

Legendary country rock outfit C-Weed, which includes Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards Lifetime Achievement winner Errol Ranville, is up for Best Country Recording for its release, Forever. The band recently landed a nod for Best Group or Duo at the APCMAs.

Indian City has added two more to its already-impressive list of accolades. The rock supergroup, which features Eagle & Hawk's Vince Fontaine and singer/songwriter Don Amero among others, has picked up more than a dozen nominations and four awards, including wins at the Western Canadian Music Awards, Indian Summer Music Awards, and APCMAs.

Up-and-coming country songstress Ali Fontaine picked up three nods for her self-titled debut recording, including Best Country Recording, Songwriter of the Year, and Best Female Artist. Fontaine, a double winner at the APCMAs in 2011, has six nominations already for her first recording.  

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Festivals, Awards Celebrate Aboriginal Culture

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Aboriginal artists from across the continent are descending on Winnipeg for the first week of November. The Manito Ahbee Festival, Aboriginal Music Week (AMW), and Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards (APCMA) boast an impressive lineup of concerts, workshops, and activities October 31 through November 4. 

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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 Heads to the JUNOs in Ottawa

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There will be lots of Manitoba talent on stage as Canada's music industry converges on the nation's capital for this year's JUNO festivities. The annual celebration, taking place in Ottawa, encompasses several events, including a music festival, hockey game, autograph signings, songwriters circle, and the awards themselves.

JUNOFest runs March 30-April 1 in various Ottawa venues, showcasing top Canadian talent and several of this year's award nominees. Aboriginal rock band Bruthers of Different Muthers (BODM) and noisecore outfit KEN Mode, both nominated for JUNOs this year, will hit Café Dekcuf on March 30 and 31, respectively. Balanced Records' Kasm and Seed Organization will be at The Mercury Lounge on March 31 with fellow label act Flying Down Thunder and Rise Ashen, who are nominated this year.

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Vince Fontaine Wins Canadian Folk Music Award in Toronto

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Vince Fontaine added to his already impressive list of accolades on December 4, taking home a Canadian Folk Music Award. The Eagle & Hawk front man was named Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year for his solo debut, Songs for Turtle Island, at the gala event at Toronto’s Isabel Bader Theatre. The CFMAs recognize Canada’s outstanding writers, producers and performers of folk music, and the artists who are expanding the genre in innovative and exciting ways.

Fontaine’s instrumental recording won honours at the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards and Native American Music Awards earlier this year. Songs for Turtle Island has garnered six nominations so far, including nods from the Western Canadian Music Awards and Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. Fellow nominee Steve Bell was on hand at the gala to accept on Fontaine’s behalf.

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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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Manito Ahbee, APCMAs, and Aboriginal Music Week Celebrate Aboriginal Music and Culture in Winnipeg, November 1-6

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Aboriginal artists from across the continent are descending on Winnipeg for the first week of November. The Manito Ahbee Festival, Aboriginal Music Week (AMW), and Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards (APCMA) boast an impressive lineup of concerts, workshops, and activities November 1-6. The third annual AMW kicks off on November 1 with a Métis celebration, "Take the Fort", featuring fiddle legends John Arcand and local Darren Lavallee, The Métis Club Traditional Dancers, and square dancing fan favourites Slick & Lil' J. The show also features a re-enactment of the Red River Resistance by the Puppet Folk on video. Click here to watch a preview. The AMW events continue at the Pyramid, West End Cultural Centre, and Norwood, including performanced by locals Bruthers of Different Muthers, Winnipeg's Most, Kyla Cederwall, Ali Fontaine, Young Kidd, Tracy Bone, JC Campbell, Cassidy Mann, and The Mosquitoz.

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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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