Manitoba Nets 24 Nods for 2013 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards

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Manitoba talent has netted 24 nominations for the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (APCMA) this year. The nominees were announced at a press conference on June 27 at Air Canada Park. The winners will be revealed at the eighth annual gala awards show at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg on August 18, 2013 and the invite-only Ohshkii Awards Night at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on August 17. 

Singer/songwriter Don Amero landed five nominations, including Best Folk/Acoustic CD for Heart On My Sleeve, as well as Single of the Year, Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year, Best Music Video, and Aboriginal Male Entertainer of the Year. Amero, who won the APCMA for Male Entertainer of the Year in 2012, landed his first JUNO Award nod this year for Heart On My Sleeve, adding to an impressive list of awards, including Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, Canadian Folk Music Awards, and Western Canadian Music Awards, and more.

Also up for five awards is teenage country chanteuse, Ali Fontaine, who is up for Best Country CD and Best Producer/Engineer for Diamond in the Rough, plus Single of the Year, Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year, and Aboriginal Female Entertainer of the Year. Fontaine picked up two APCMAs for her self-titled debut in 2011 and won a Native American Music Award for Best Country Recording in last month.

The list of double nominees includes country newcomer Jade Turner, bluesman Billy Joe Green, Francophone artist marijosée, and singer/songwriter Renée Lamoureux

Other homegrown talent up for awards this year include: Bruthers of Different Muthers (BODM), Desiree Dorion, Tracy Bone, Sierra Noble, and NCI FM’s National Aboriginal Music Countdown, hosted by Winnipeg radio personality, Miss Melissa. Former Manitoba-based rapper Drezus is also up for a pair of awards.

Music legend Ray St. Germain, known to many as "Winnipeg's Elvis, will be honoured this year with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the ACPMA gala. 

The APCMAs take place during the annual Manito Ahbee Festival, which moves from November to its new summer dates, August 16-21, 2013 in Winnipeg. The awards gala will be broadcast on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. 

For a complete list of 2013 APCMA nominees or to register to vote, please visit aboriginalpeopleschoice.com.

2013 ABORIGINAL PEOPLES CHOICE MUSIC AWARDS - MANITOBA NOMINEES

BEST BLUES CD
Billy Joe Green – Swingin’ Tomahawk

BEST COUNTRY CD
Ali Fontaine – Diamond in the Rough
Desiree Dorion – Small Town Stories
Jade Turner – Thanks To You

BEST FOLKS/ACOUSTIC CD
Don Amero – Heart On My Sleeve

BEST MUSIC VIDEO
BODM – “Speakers of Tomorrow”
Don Amero – “Young Forever”
Sierra Noble – “I Can See

BEST NEW ARTIST
Jade Turner
marijosée
Renée Lamoureux

BEST POP CD
Renée Lamoureux – I Fall For You

BEST PRODUCER/ENGINEER
Ali Fontaine – Diamond in the Rough
Tracy Bone – Woman of Red

BEST ABORIGINAL MUSIC RADIO STATION/PROGRAM
National Aboriginal Music Countdown (NCI FM)

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Ali Fontaine – “Fight For You”
Don Amero – “Young Forever”

ABORIGINALSONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
Ali Fontaine – “Ignorance”
Don Amero – “Young Forever

ABORIGINAL FEMALE ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Ali Fontaine
marijosée

ABORIGINAL MALE ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Billy Joe Green
Don Amero

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Ray St. Germain

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