Record Showing for Manitoba at Aboriginal Music Awards

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Manitoba artists have netted 21 nominations in 23 categories for the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards (CAMA) making 2005 Manitoba’s strongest showing at the seventh annual awards ceremony. The CAMAs are held in conjunction with the Canadian Aboriginal Festival, which runs November 25-27, 2005 in Toronto. The awards will be handed out at the John Basset Theatre in downtown Toronto on November 25.

Winnipeg-based band Burnt Project 1 leads the pack with five nominations for its latest release Hometown, including Album of the Year, Best Rock Album Best, Producer/Engineer, Best Group or Duo, and Best Album Cover Design. Troy Westwood-fronted Little Hawk is up for three awards, including Album of the Year for 1492-1975. Singer/songwriter J.C. Campbell is a double nominee for his album Life Up Till Now.

Other local nominees include Juno-winning rock act Eagle & Hawk, Edward Gamblin, Kimberley Dawn, South ThunderBird, Ryan D’Aoust, Grey Buffalo, Hank Horton, and television producer Lisa Meeches.

“It’s always nice to see the distribution of nominations from across the country,” says Errol Ranville, Aboriginal Music Program Director for the Manitoba Audio Recording Industry Association (MARIA). “We would like to congratulate all the nominees from Manitoba. This year’s CAMA nominations show yet again that Manitoba is a great source for Aboriginal music. This will help build the energy around next year’s Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, which will be hosted in Winnipeg in 2006.”

Manitoba artists got 17 nods at the 2004 CAMAs, bringing home nine trophies. The Aboriginal Music Program brought a delegation of 36 showcasing artists and industry professionals to the sixth annual celebrations, including several CAMA nominees.

MARIA’s Aboriginal Music Program is designed to help Aboriginal people develop sustainable careers in Manitoba’s music industry. Five of this year’s CAMA nominees were featured on the Aboriginal Music Program’s 2005 Manitoba Aboriginal Artists Vol. 2 compilation CD, one of the program’s signature projects. The Aboriginal Music Program provides guidance on submission procedures for national events like CAMA, as well as ongoing professional development, career counseling, and showcasing opportunities for Manitoba Aboriginal artists.

For a complete list of nominees, please visit Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards

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