Doc Walker and Eagle & Hawk Bring Home Awards

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Two prominent Manitoba bands are on their way home with some more awards to ad to their respective collections. Country quintet Doc Walker was named Group of the Year at the 2004 Canadian Country Music Awards in Calgary on September 13. Meanwhile, down in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Aboriginal rock act Eagle & Hawk had its Mother Earth release named Best Rock Album at the Indian Summer Music Festival on September 11.

The Juno-winning Eagle & Hawk has garnered a lot of attention for Mother Earth, which is also up for Outstanding Aboriginal Recording at this year’s Western Canadian Music Awards in Calgary. The Indian Summer Music Festival is a three-day event – considered the largest Aboriginal festival in North America – which hosts both the Indian Summer Festival Image Awards and the Indian Summer Festival Music Awards. This year’s festival featured main stage concerts with performances from Eagle & Hawk, Robert Mirabal and more. The annual festival is attended by over 70,000 and the awards galas are always packed.

No stranger to packed halls and awards themselves, the boys of Doc Walker were up for five Canadian Country Music Awards, including Single of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Group of the Year, and a Fan's Choice Award. The band was named Group of the Year, beating popular acts The Corb Lund Band , Emerson Drive, The Good Brothers, Poverty Plainsmen, and The Wilkinsons. Doc Walker are also associated with three industry awards: Drummer of the Year (Doc Walker drummer Mark Branconnier), Album Graphics of the Year (Craig Medwyduk of Guppy Graphic Design for Doc Walker’s Everyone Aboard, and Manager of the Year (Doc Walker manager Ron Kitchener, RGK Entertainment Group).

Doc Walker will return to Calgary in late September, along with Eagle & Hawk and a host of other Manitoba nominees, for the Western Canadian Music Awards. The band is nominated for Outstanding Country Recording and Entertainer of the Year. Both Doc Walker and Eagle & Hawk have had a number of high profile victories over the last year, including 2003 Juno nominations.

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