Eight local acts head to Halifax

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The Junos might not be in Winnipeg this year but there are still plenty of Manitobans participating in the festivities. Eight local acts will be heading to Halifax for the 2006 JUNO Awards and its two-day music festival, JunoFest, which runs March 31-April 1. This year, Manitoba has netted eight Juno nods and three spots at JunoFest, which features over 100 artists – half of them from the Atlantic region.

2006 JUNO Award nominated act The Duhks will perform at JunoFest this year. The internationally-acclaimed Celtic fusion quintet is up for Roots and Traditional Album of the Year (Group) for its self-titled release on Sugar Hill Records. Also performing at JunoFest is 2006 JUNO Award nominated blues rock trio The Perpetrators, up for Best Blues Album for The Gas & The Clutch. Aboriginal Recording of the Year nominee Billy Joe Green will perform as part of the Aboriginal Honouring Ceremony. Acclaimed rock trio Inward Eye, who recently inked a record deal with American label J Records, is the sole Manitoba act performing at JunoFest not nominated for a Juno this year.

Other 2006 nominees will head to Halifax to attend the Juno Gala & Dinner Awards on April 1, including Robert Turner, Amanda Falk, Burnt Project 1, and Eagle & Hawk. Composer Turner, a past Juno-nominee who recently celebrated his 85th birthday, is up for Classical Composition of the Year. Fresh from a win for Female Vocalist of the Year at the Canadian Gospel Music Association’s Covenant Awards, newcomer Falk’s self-titled debut has been nominated for Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year. Burnt and Eagle & Hawk, along with Billy Joe Green, are part of Manitoba’s impressive contingent of Aboriginal artists in 2006 with three out of five of the nominations for Aboriginal Recording of the Year.

Also nominated but not confirmed to attend the awards is world-renowned Brandon violinist James Ehnes, who is up for Best Classical Album (Solo or Chamber Ensemble), an award which he brought home in 2003 and 2001.

The 35th Annual Juno Awards will take place on April 2nd in Halifax, Nova Scotia and will be broadcast nationwide live on CTV. For a complete list of nominees for the 2006 JUNO Awards, please visit Juno Awards.

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