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.
The spring thaw (what there is of it) is always a signal that the Junos are coming. Manitoba musicians will be making their presence felt in the Wheat Province as Canada's music awards take over Regina. Three Manitoba acts are up for coveted Juno Awards this year, including Don Amero, Burnt – Project 1, and James Ehnes. Amero, along with JP Hoe and The Treble, will hit JunoFest stages in Regina and Moose Jaw, April 19 and 20.
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 exclusive VIP reception, which will play host to tribal leaders, talent buyers, media, representatives from Native American casinos, and business leaders from across the U.S. Three acclaimed singer/songwriters from Manitoba will showcase at the event, including Don Amero, Desiree Dorion, and Tracy Bone.
Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program will release a new promotional music sampler in August 2013. This multi-genre collection will represent new Manitoba releases by export-ready artists of Aboriginal ancestry, and will be targeted to music industry professionals and media in all areas of popular music. The compilation will be distributed digitally and as a CD to industry professionals and journalists including at music industry conferences and in support of Manitoba Aboriginal Artist export trade missions. Submission deadline is 4pm, Wednesday, May 29, 2013. Click "read more" for complete details.
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.
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.
Three of Canada’s top Aboriginal recording artists are headed to New York City to showcase for industry at global performing arts marketplace and conference, APAP|NYC 2013. The showcase, dubbed Native America North, features roots, folk, and pop interpretations of Anishinabe, Mohawk, Inuit, and Métis culture at the National Museum of the American Indian on January 12. The project is made possible by a partnership between Manitoba Music through its Aboriginal Music Program and the Canada Council for the Arts.
Two Manitoba acts landed honours at the Indian Summer Music Awards (ISMA) in Milkwaukee, Wisconsin over the weekend. Indian City and Don Amero each picked up awards for songs off their latest releases at a gala event on September 8, 2012.
Manitoba Music's Aboriginal Music Program will be taking over the Pyramid Cabaret on March 24 for a showcase of emerging Aboriginal artists, dubbed the Native America North Showcase. The event -- which features sets by country singer/songwriter Jerry Sereda and Desiree Dorion, new country duo D’Aoust Brothers, singer/songwriters and rapper Lorenzo, and teenage pop singer Savannah Rae Boyko -- offers the performers an opportunity to connect with the industry tastemakers and continue to build on their success. CBC Music, the event's media sponsor, will be on hand to host the event.
The five acts will perform for the influential panelists in town for the Aboriginal Music Live presenters panel on March 22 at Manitoba Music. Visiting speakers include Patti Shaughnessy of Ode'min Giizis Festival, Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Association’s Adele Boychuk, Sky Bridges of APTN’s Aboriginal Day Live, and Shawn Termin of the National Museum of the American Indian in New York.
Nineteen Aboriginal musicians from across Canada will converge on Falcon Trails Resort for this year's installment of the Aboriginal Music Program (AMP) Camp, which runs March 4-9, 2012. 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. 2012 will mark the sixth year for AMP Camp. Past participants, including JUNO Award nominee Tracy Bone, Canadian Folk Music Award winner Don Amero, 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.
Manitoba Music is gearing up to take over legendary Toronto music venue The Rivoli on November 17 for an event showcasing Aboriginal artists. The event, produced through Manitoba Music's Aboriginal Music Program, includes two Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards (CAMA) nominees, Vince Fontaine and Ali Fontaine, as well as buzz-worthy up-and-comers Lorenzo and Cassidy Mann. The CAMAs will be handed out on November 18 at Toronto's Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
Darren Lavallee is the Aboriginal Music Program's (AMP) Mentor in Residence for the month of October. Starting on Monday, October 3, he will be available for one-on-one career consultations, phone and email questions, fiddle lessons, and songwriting feedback at the Manitoba Music Resource Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba.