CBC Music Indigenous Music Awards presented by Casinos of Winnipeg Announce List of Nominees For 2018 Award Show

Today, Manito Ahbee Festival's music awards show announces the next list of nominees and returns on May 18 with a new partner, CBC Music. The hundreds of submissions from all over North America have been narrowed down to a list of nominees that represent some of the best music being created by First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples on Turtle Island and beyond.

The winner from each of the 19 categories and the Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented at the CBC Music Indigenous Music Awards presented by Casinos of Winnipeg at the Club Regent Event Centre on May 18.

Pat Vegas will take home this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in Redbone. Vegas and Redbone have paved the way for Indigenous artists to explore culture through all genres of music and to share it with the world.

Redbone was inducted into the Native American Music Association Hall of Fame in 2008 and were recognized by the Smithsonian in New York City in 2013 as the first Native American rock band to have a #1 single in the United States and internationally.

Redbone’s single, “Come and Get Your Love,” was featured in the Marvel Studios film, Guardians of the Galaxy. The film’s soundtrack, which included the single, reached #1 on the Billboard 200.

"With the new partnership with CBC Music, the CBC Music Indigenous Music Awards takes another step toward bringing more Indigenous artists to the forefront of main stream music and toward introducing more people to the incredible music being made by today’s First Nations, Métis, and Inuit artists," says Lisa Meeches, Executive Director of Manito Ahbee Festival.

"These awards serve as a vital platform to showcase Indigenous talent and CBC Music is committed to sharing that talent across Canada," says Mark Steinmetz, Senior Director, CBC Music. "By partnering with the Indigenous Music Awards, we are deepening our commitment to support Indigenous voices and artists. We hope to reflect this country in both music and stories by allowing more Canadians to discover these musicians.”

Tickets for the 2018 CBC Music Indigenous Music Awards presented by Casinos of Winnipeg are now available for $20.00 (includes fees & taxes) at Ticketmaster.ca.

The nominees are:

BEST BLUES ALBUM
Billy Joe Green - Born To Lose
Malcolm Campbell - Interstate Blues
Robert "Freightrain" Parker - Freightrain Live
The Trade-Offs - Qaumariaq
Tracy Lee Nelson - Blues Loving Man

BEST HAND DRUM ALBUM
Cree Agent - Another Summer
Darryl Buck - Hope
Randy Wood - Family
Young Spirit - Mewasinsational - Cree Round Dance Songs

BEST FOLK ALBUM
Ansley Simpson - Breakwall
Buffy Sainte-Marie - Medicine Songs
Keith Secola - Circle
Troy Kokol - Lonely Ghost
Twin Flames - Signal Fire

BEST INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM
Chamakese & Gladue - The Flute Player & The Singer
Jan Michael Looking Wolf - Flute Medicine
Melody McKiver - Reckoning
Red Sky Performance - Miigis
Steven Rushingwind - Rushingwind

BEST INUIT, INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE, OR FRANCOPHONE ALBUM
Dena Zagi - Gucho Hin
Iuntin - Tanite mak au
Northern Haze - Sinnaktuq
Sakay Ottawa - Ni win witen
Shauit - Apu peikussiak

BEST NEW ARTIST
presented by SiriusXM

Ansley Simpson - Breakwall
Liv Wade - Resilience
Raye Zaragoza - Fight For You
SouFy - The Ogitchidaa Project
Yellowsky - Mixed Medicine

BEST POW WOW - CONTEMPORARY ALBUM
Black Bear Singers - Notcimik
Blackstone - Dance for Our Ancestors
Young Spirit - sâkītohk - 'Love Each Other'

BEST PRODUCER/ENGINEER
Broken Walls - Kristin Delorenzi, Waking the Sound
Indian City - Vince Fontaine, Rising Sun Productions
Keith Secola - Keith Secola, Akina Records
Leah Belle - Jace Martin, Darren Ross Agency
Supaman - Supaman

BEST RADIO STATION PROGRAM - PROMOTING INDIGENOUS MUSIC
CBC Radio: Unreserved
Deya Miller - Indigenous Hour, Jukasa Radio
Indigenous in Music with Larry K
Indigenous Music Countdown - Native Communications Inc.
Reclaimed on CBC Music

BEST GOSPEL ALBUM
Callie Bennett - Awake Arise Shine
Carl Crane - God Can
Elvis Ballantyne - Victory Road

BEST ROCK ALBUM
Broken Walls - The Path
Jay Gilday - Faster Than Light
Kristi Lane Sinclair - The Ability to Judge Distance
NADJIWAN - Superposition
Relic Kings - Armoury

BEST COUNTRY ALBUM
presented by Casinos of Winnipeg

Desiree Dorion - Tough Street
Carolina East - Carolina East
Kelly Derrickson - I Am
Richard Farrow - God Willing
Tom Dutiaume - Out of the Shadows

BEST ELECTRONIC MUSIC ALBUM *NEW*
Dakhká Khwáan Dancers and DJ Dash - Deconstruct/Reconstruct
hp shivcraft - no love, just death
Once a Tree - Phoenix
TCHUTCHU - Battles

BEST INTERNATIONAL INDIGENOUS ARTIST
DJUENA TIKUNA - TCHAUTCHIÜÃNE
Gean Ramos - Inversões
Mission Songs Project - The Songs Back Home
Membda - Hin to'o ngu nuga
The Imbayakunas - New Ground

BEST MUSIC VIDEO
presented by Exclaim!

Buffy Sainte-Marie - "The War Racket"
Cody Coyote - "Northern Lights" feat. Vision Quest
Indian City - "Through the Flood"
Jeremy Dutcher - "Honor Song"
Supaman - "Godly Warriors"

BEST POP ALBUM
presented by Assiniboine Credit Union

Celeigh Cardinal - Everything and Nothing At All
Fara Palmer - SongBird
Indian City - Here & Now
Kelly Fraser - Sedna
Quantum Tangle - Selter as we go…

BEST POW WOW - TRADITIONAL ALBUM
Little Creek Singers - For Our Future Generations
Moosetown Singers - Pe Pasiko/When We Sing - Live
Northern Cree - mîyo kekisepa, Make A Stand
Sweetgrass Singers - Indian Summer
Wildhorse Singers - Saddle up Hup Hup Hup!

BEST RADIO SINGLE
presented by Indigenous Music Countdown

Carsen Gray - "Wanna See You" feat. DJ Shub
Mariame - "Electric"
Midnight Shine - "In the Midst"
Mob Bounce - "Vision Quest"
Riit - "Imiqtaq"

BEST RAP/HIP HOP ALBUM
Chase Manhattan - On Top Of the Totem
Lil Mike & FunnyBone - Beat of the Drum
Snotty Nose Rez Kids - The Average Savage
StenJoddi - The 7th Generation Prophecy
Supaman - Illuminatives

View 2018 nominee profiles

 

About CBC Music Indigenous Music Awards Presented by Casinos of Winnipeg:
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.
 

About Manito Ahbee Festival:
Manito Ahbee Festival celebrates Indigenous arts, culture, and music in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The 13th annual festival is May 16-20, 2018 and features the Indigenous Music Awards, Indigenous Music Conference, International Pow Wow, Indigenous Marketplace and Trade Show, Getting Jiggy With It, Art Expo, Art Challenge, and Youth Education Day. 


About CBC Music:
CBC Music connects Canadians with the very best in music. Available through the CBC Music app, online, on radio and in television specials throughout the year, CBC Music privileges Canadian artists and songs. Offering over 100 free music streams, CBC Music draws from all genres and classifications with knowledgeable hosts and programmers. Home to the JUNO Awards and your favourite music from across the country, discover the next great act with CBC Music. For more, visit cbcmusic.ca.

Lor Brand