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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 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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Call for an Indigenous Category at Australia’s Music Awards

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A panel of Indigenous artists Down Under have called for an award category to recognize their music in the Australian Recording Industry Association Awards (ARIA Awards). These awards are similar to Canada’s Junos or the Grammys in the US and the call came out of a panel discussion entitled “Cultural Creative Collaborations” at the inaugural Song Summit Sydney on April 4.

Indigenous hip-hop artist Brotha Black is quoted in an article published by The West Australian as stating that the category would help Aboriginal artists gain much needed mainstream attention for their music.

I think there’s proof for this line of thinking. In Canada, the “Aboriginal Recording of the Year” Juno wins for Leela Gilday and Derek Miller have helped move them onto bigger stages and Gilday recently opened for Feist while Miller just wrapped up recording sessions with the Double Trouble Band and the legendary Willie Nelson. Of course, their talent plays a major role in their success, but I also think the profile of the award has definitely helped open these doors.

So we’ve been having this debate in Canada for a while now and the Aboriginal music community has seen some success. There’s...

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