Strong Showing from Local Country Music Scene with Four of Five Nominations for Best Country Album
The Indigenous Music Awards are back after a one-year hiatus and artists from Manitoba have netted several nominations. The winners will be revealed at a gala event at the Club Regent Event Centre in Winnipeg on May 19, 2017. Presented annually by Manito Ahbee Festival, Indigenous Music Awards (formerly Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards) is the world's premier awards show recognizing the accomplishments of Indigenous recording artists and music industry professionals from around the globe.
The Manitoba country scene shines in the list of this year’s nominations with four of five nominees for Best Country Album, including nods for Jade Turner, JC Campbell, Kimberley Dawn, and Renée Lamoureux. Turner and Campbell are also both vying for Best Music Video.
Other nominees this year include: local rock outfits The Bloodshots and The Deeds both with nods in the Best Rock Album category; Western Canadian Music Award winning husband and wife duo Nadia & Jason Burnstick for Best Folk Album; Classically-trained singer Rhonda Head for Best Inuit, Indigenous Language, or Francophone Album; up-and-coming act Lisa Muswagon for Best New Artist; Murray Pulver and Hangar Studios’ Tom Dutiaume for Best Producer/Engineer for their work with JC Campbell and Kimberley Dawn, respectively; and CBC Radio One’s Unreserved: Radio Indigenous with Rosanna Deerchild for Best Radio Station Program Promotion Indigenous Music.
Also up for awards, Swan Lake-raised and Peterborough-based singer/songwriter Tara Williamson landed a nod for Best Pop Album and Manitoba-born, Ontario-raised artist NADJIWAN is up for Best Radio Single.
Kimberley Dawn, who is also the Morning Show Host at Now Country 104.7, and fellow country singer/songwriter Jerry Sereda will take up hosting duties for this year’s celebration.
The IMAs take place during the Manito Ahbee Festival, which runs May 17-21, 2017 in Winnipeg and includes a music conference, international pow wow, trade show and marketplace, youth education day, and more.
Several of this year’s Manitoba-based nominees have participated in Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program, as well as professional and market development programs during their careers, accessing assistance to showcase in new markets and in making critical business contacts. Manitoba Music's programs and services are made possible by the generous support of the Province of Manitoba, FACTOR through the financial support of the Government of Canada and Canada's private radio broadcasters, Manitoba Film & Music,The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group, The SOCAN Foundation, and members of the music industry of Manitoba.
For a complete list of 2017 IMA nominees, please visit indigenousmusicawards.com
INDIGENOUS MUSIC AWARD NOMINEES FROM MANITOBA
BEST COUNTRY ALBUM
Jade Turner – North Country
JC Campbell – Four Letter Lie
Kimberley Dawn – Til The Cowboys Come Home
Renée Lamoureux – Dare To Be You
BEST FOLK ALBUM
Nadia & Jason Burnstick – Dream Big Little One
BEST INUIT, INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE, OR FRANCOPHONE ALBUM
Rhonda Head – Kisakihitan
BEST ROCK ALBUM
The Bloodshots – The Bloodshots
The Deeds – Late O’Clock
BEST NEW ARTIST
Lisa Muswagon – Buffalo and Rabbits
BEST MUSIC VIDEO
Jade Turner – “Worth”
JC Campbell – “Four Letter Lie”
Murray Pulver, Murray Pulver – JC Campbell/Four Letter Lie
Tom Dutiaume, Hangar Studio – Kimberley Dawn/Til The Cowboys Come Home
BEST RADIO STATION PROGRAM – PROMOTING INDIGENOUS MUSIC
Unreserved: Radio Indigenous, CBC Radio One
BEST RADIO SINGLE
NADJIWAN – All Those Years
BEST POP ALBUM
Tara Williamson – Songs to Keep Us Warm