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.
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.