Nominees Announced For 2011 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards

Aug 25, 2011 | Corporate Member News

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The Manito Ahbee Festival is pleased to announce the nominees for their annual awards. The full list of nominees is located at the end of this media release. 

The 6th annual Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (APCMAs) will be handed out in Winnipeg over two nights. The RBC Ohshkii Awards Night takes place Thursday November 3. The televised awards gala happens Friday November 4 at MTS Centre, and will be broadcast on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN). 


Online voting to select nominees took place from July 15 to August 18. More than 21,000 votes were cast by music fans and music industry stakeholders to select nominees in 12 voting categories. Nominees in nine additional categories were selected by jury. Submissions for voting consideration were received from 140 artists representing Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nunavut, NWT, and the US.  


Voting to select the winners for 2011 begins August 25 at 11:00am CST and ends October 6th at 11:59pm CST. Award winners are chosen by music fans and music industry stakeholders who register online. Registration is free, with an easy sign-up process available on the APCMA website. 


Lisa Meeches, Chair of the Manito Ahbee Board of Governors, welcomed Presenting Sponsor Manitoba Lotteries at today’s media conference, and accepted a cheque in the amount of $150,000 representing their contribution for 2011. 

“The Manito Ahbee Festival and Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards have grown into a high profile event that has been supported by Manitoba Lotteries since year one. In 2011, we celebrate year number six and respectfully and sincerely appreciate the continued support of our Presenting Sponsor,” said Lisa. 

“We look forward to another excellent event that welcomes people of all nations to experience Aboriginal culture and music. Congratulations to all of the Nominees announced today and we look forward to seeing you all this November.” 

Manitoba Lotteries President and CEO Winston Hodgins attended the media conference, and expressed his support of the festival and awards. 

“Manitoba Lotteries is very proud to return for a sixth year as Presenting Sponsor of the Manito Ahbee Festival. We are pleased to be partnered with an event which showcases, preserves and celebrates Aboriginal culture and brings it closer to Manitobans,” said Winston. “The enormous growth and success of Manito Ahbee in only a few short years, has made this a world class, signature event in our province. Congratulations to all involved!”   


The schedule for the 2011 Manito Ahbee Festival includes the following: 

Education Days

Monday October 31 to Friday November 4

Winnipeg Convention Centre 

RBC Ohshkii Awards Night

Thursday November 3

Invitation-only event 

Red Carpet

Friday November 4

MTS Centre

Free event 

Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards

Friday November 4

MTS Centre

Tickets $37.45 available at Ticketmaster 

International Competition Pow Wow

Saturday November 5 & Sunday November 6

Saturday’s events include the crowning of Miss Manito Ahbee

MTS Centre 

Tickets $15.75 each day, available at Ticketmaster 

Indigenous Marketplace & Trade Show

Friday November 4 to Sunday November 6

MTS Centre

Admission included with purchase of APCMA ticket (Friday night) and Pow Wow ticket (Saturday or Sunday) 


Manitoba Lotteries has been actively engaged in partnering with the Aboriginal community for many years. In 2002, they were an Eagle Sponsor of the North American Indigenous Games in Winnipeg. Manitoba Lotteries was recognized for their commitment to sustainable Aboriginal employment and business development in 2003, when they reached the Bronze Level in the Progressive Aboriginal Relations Program. After being recognized at the Silver Level in 2006, Manitoba Lotteries earned the distinction in 2008, of being the first Crown Corporation in Canada to achieve the Gold Level in the program, a level they continue to maintain. As an employment equity employer, Manitoba Lotteries has been recognized for the second consecutive year in 2011, as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and is committed to the value of diversity in the workplace. Approximately 11% of Manitoba Lotteries’ employees are Aboriginal. 


The Manito Ahbee Festival celebrates and showcases Aboriginal music, art and

culture, with the 6th annual festival taking place in Winnipeg from November 2 to 6. Manito Ahbee – which means ‘where the Creator sits’ – honours a sacred site in Manitoba’s Whiteshell Provincial Park where Aboriginal people have gathered for hundreds of years to share teachings and wisdom. There are several petroforms at this site including one shaped like a turtle that represents Turtle Island, another name for North America. Manito Ahbee was recognized in 2007 with Travel Manitoba’s Tourism Award in the category of Aboriginal Tourism. The Board of Governors, staff and organizers of Manito Ahbee express deep gratitude for all participants, supporters and communities who have come together to make the festival what it is today.  


RoseAnna Schick, RAS Creative
Manager of Publicity & Media Relations
2011 Manito Ahbee Festival & Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards
[email protected] / 204-783-7600 


Aboriginal Female Entertainer of the Year

Elisapie Isaac | Montreal, Quebec

JB The First Lady | Vancouver, British Columbia

Kristi Lane Sinclair | Vancouver, British Columbia

Leela Gilday | Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Yvonne St. Germaine | Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 

Aboriginal Male Entertainer of the Year

Dallas Arcand | Calgary, Alberta

Derek Miller | Six Nations, Ontario

Don Amero | Winnipeg, Manitoba

Donny Parenteau | Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

Indigenous | Sioux Falls, South Dakota 

Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year

CerAmony | JAmes Bay, Quebec, The Last Great Man by Rakesso Mukash & Matthew A. Iserhoff

Derek Miller | Six Nations, Ontario, Stoned for Days

Don Amero | Winnipeg, Manitoba, Right Where I Wanna Be by Don Amero & Jay Tooke

Samantha Crain | Shawnee, Oklahoma, Santa Fe

Samian | Rouyn- Noranda, Quebec, Tshinanu by Samian & Florent Vollant / Claude McKenzie 

Best Aboriginal Music Radio Station/Program

Native Trailblazers Radio | Virginia Beach, Virginia

Think NDN | Vancouver, British Columbia

Westbrook Western Hour | Winnipeg, Manitoba 

Best Album Cover Design

Discreet Da Chosen One | Vancouver, British Columbia, Storytellin

Eastern Eagle | Indian Brook First Nations, Nova Scotia, Rezonation

Ghostkeeper | High LeveL, Alberta, Ghostkeeper

Weaselhead | Ottawa, Ontario, A Residential School Story

Winnipeg’s Most | Winnipeg, Manitoba, GoodFellaz 

Best Country CD

Ali Fontaine | Sagkeeng, Manitoba, Ali Fontaine

Don Amero | Winnipeg, Manitoba, The Long Way Home

Donny Parenteau | Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, To Whom It May Concern

Genevieve Fisher | London, Ontario, Without Borders

Leanne Goose | Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Got You Covered 

Best Duo or Group

Asani | Edmonton, Alberta

Bruthers of Different Muthers | Winnipeg, Manitoba

CerAmony | James Bay, Quebec

Ghostkeeper | High Level, Alberta

Winnipeg’s Most | Winnipeg, Manitoba 

Best Fiddle CD

Brad Moggie | St. Ambroise, Manitoba, All Fired Up

Corn & Boots | Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Northern Cree Fiddle

Eric Ashdown | Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Enroute to Batoche Fiddle

Mark Morrisseau | St. Francois Xavier, Manitoba, Favourites

Metis Fiddler Quartet | Toronto, Ontario, A Tribute to Walter Flett 


David R Maracle | Tyendinaga, Ontario, The 7th Sun

Jacob Pratt | Regina, Saskatchewan, Eagle Call

Jason Chamakese | Leoville, Saskatchewan, Native American Flute Songs, Volume 2

Joy Harjo | Albuquerque, New Mexico, Red Dreams, A Trail Beyond Tears 

Best Folk / Acoustic CD

Conrad Bigknife | Kronau, Saskatchewan, Full Circle

Gabriel Ayala | Tucson, Arizona, Passion, Fire & Grace

Little Hawk | Winnipeg, Manitoba, Vigilance

Samantha Crain | Shawnee, Oklahoma, You (Understood)

Terri-Lynn | Surrey, British Columbia, New Journeys 

Best Hand Drum CD

Big River Cree | Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Stand By Me

Love Medicine | Mission, British Columbia, Sweetgrass Boy

Nakoa Heavyrunner | Hays, Montana; Love, Laughter, Joy & Gratitude

Thundering Spirit | Enoch, Alberta, Hand Drum Harmony

Young Confederation | Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Love Medicine 

Best Instrumental CD

Cris Derksen | Vancouver, British Columbia, The Cusp

Gabriel Ayala | Tucson, Arizona, Remembrance

Jason Burnstick | Paul First Nation, Alberta, Where The Blood Mixes

JJ Lavallee | Winnipeg, Manitoba, A Fiddle Bit of This & A Fiddle Bit of That

Vince Fontaine | Winnipeg, Manitoba, Songs for Turtle Island 

Best Music Video

Billy Joe Green | Winnipeg, Manitoba, Honey Girl

Don Amero | Winnipeg, Manitoba, Right Where I Wanna Be

J.C. Campbell | Winnipeg, Manitoba, The Floor

Shane Yellowbird | Hobbema, Alberta, Barefeet On The Blacktop

Winnipeg’s Most | Winnipeg, Manitoba, All That I Know 

Best New Artist

Ali Fontaine | Sagkeeng, Manitoba

CerAmony | James Bay, Quebec

Cris Derksen | Vancouver, British Columbia

Diyet | Burwash Landing, Yukon

Ghostkeeper | High Level, Alberta 

Best Peyote CD

Brian Stoner | Cando, Saskatchewan, Ponca Hymns

Kelly Daniels | Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Blessing From A Hummingbird

Lans Saupitty | Comanche Tribe, Oklahoma, Singing from the Heart 

Best Pow Wow CD – Contemporary

A Tribe Called Mi’Kmaq | Mi’Kmaq First Nation, Nova Scotia, We Honour The Water

Bad Nation | Fort Thompson, South Dakota, V

Black Bear | Manawan, Quebec, Out of Hibernation

Brown Eagle Singers | Ontario, Rockin the Pow Wow Trailz

Elk Soldier | Marty, South Dakota, A Warrior Society 

Best Pow Wow CD – Traditional

Blackfoot Confederacy | Falls Church, Virginia, Hail to the Chiefs

Blackstone | Duffield, Alberta, Live in Alexis

Sage Hills | Kamloops, British Columbia, Sage Hills

Smoke Trail | Ivry Sur Le Lac, Quebec, A Long Red Road

Zotigh Singers | Albuquerque, New Mexico, It’s A Good Day To Dance 

Best Producer/Engineer

Asani | Edmonton, Alberta

CerAmony | James Bay, Quebec

Cris Derksen | Vancouver, British Columbia

Derek Miller | Six Nations, Ontario

Ghostkeeper | High Level, Alberta

Winnipeg’s Most | Winnipeg, Manitoba 

Best Rap / Hip Hop CD

JB The First Lady | Vancouver, British Columbia, Get Ready Get Steady

KASP | Penticton, British Columbia, Muskwa

Samian | Rouyn- Noranda, Quebec, Face À La Musique

Shawn Bernard | Edmonton, Alberta, Collabonation

Winnipeg’s Most | Winnipeg, Manitoba, GoodFellaz 

Best Rock CD

Bruthers of Different Muthers | Winnipeg, Manitoba, Speakers of Tomorrow

Segweh | Winnipeg, Manitoba, Segweh

The Johnnys | Gore Bay, Ontario, Louder Faster More Fun

Weaselhead | Ottawa, Ontario, A Residential School Story

Will Belcourt | Edmonton, ALBERTA, Epoch 

Single of the Year

Ali Fontaine | Sagkeeng, Manitoba, Say to Me

Derek Miller | Six Nations, Ontario, Stoned for Days

Samian | Rouyn- Noranda, Quebec, Tshinanu by Samian & Florent Vollant / Claude McKenzie

Terri-Lynn | Surrey, British Columbia, Call To The Ancestors

Winnipeg’s Most | Winnipeg, Manitoba, Don’t Stop

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