Earlier this year, Canada’s thriving Indigenous music scene made some serious noise at the 2018 Juno Awards. Last weekend, it cranked things to 11.
On Friday, May 18, the top talent from across Turtle Island gathered in Winnipeg for the return of the Indigenous Music Awards. Hosted by Jarrett Martineau and Beatrice Deer, the event kicked off with a red carpet celebration and treated the sold-out crowd to unforgettable performances by Indian City, Kristi Lane Sinclair, Ansley Simpson, Chase Manhattan (ft. 14-year-old hoop dance sensation Theland Kicknosway) and more.
But the night truly belonged to the show’s award winners.
With categories including pow wow, hip hop and everything in between, a total of 19 First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists/groups were recognized for their outstanding musical achievements over the past year. Pat Vegas, best known as a member of Redbone, also took home the Lifetime Achievement Award, while B.C.’s Jasmine Netsena won the inaugural TD Indigenous Songwriter of the year award (along with $10,000).
Below is a complete list of the night’s winners.
Best New Artist: Ansley Simpson, Breakwall
Best Rap/Hip-Hop Album: Supaman, Illuminatives
Best Folk Album: Buffy Sainte-Marie, Medicine Songs
Best Pop Album: Indian City, Here & Now
Best Rock Album: Relic Kings, Armoury
Best Country Album: Desiree Dorion, Tough Street
Best Electronic Music Album: Once a Tree, Phoenix
Best Blues Album: Robert "Freightrain" Parker, Freightrain Live
Best Hand Drum Album: Young Spirit, Mewasinsational: Cree Round Dance Songs
Best Instrumental Album: Jan Michael Looking Wolf, Flute Medicine
Best Inuit, Indigenous Language or Francophone Album: Shauit, Apu peikussiak
Best Pow Wow - Contemporary Album: Black Bear Singers, Notcimik
Best Pow Wow - Traditional Album: Northern Cree, Mîyo kekisepa/Make A Stand
Best Gospel Album: Callie Bennett, Awake Arise Shine
Best Producer/Engineer: Supaman
Best Radio Station Program - Promoting Indigenous Music: Indigenous Music Countdown (Native Communications Inc.)
Best International Indigenous Artist: The Imbayakunas, New Ground
Best Music Video: Buffy Sainte-Marie, The War Racket
Best Radio Single: Carsen Gray, Wanna See You ft. DJ Shub
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