Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards
Announces Winners of 27 Awards
Honouring Excellence in Aboriginal Music
Toronto, November 25, 2005... The 7th annual Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards gala this evening was a star-studded celebrity event where 27 awards were presented to honour the work and achievements of outstanding Aboriginal musicians and industry members in Canada.
The big winner of the evening was Tagaq’s CD “Sinaa” with three awards. Two awards each went to Winnipeg’s Little Hawk, Ryan D’Aoust, also from Manitoba, and Cape Breton’s Forever.
Manitoba artists shone in the spotlight, with a total of eight awards going to six Manitoba artists, including Little Hawk, Ryan D’Aoust, Burnt, Kimberly Dawn, Lisa Meeches & Kyle Irving, and Hank Horton. Following Manitoba, four awards went home with Alberta artists, four awards were presented to winners from Canada’s north (NWT and Nunavut), Saskatchewan artists earned three awards, and three awards were presented to winners from Ontario.
Tagaq‘s CD “Sinaa” received three awards: Best Female Artist for Tanya ‘Tagaq’ Gillis, Best Producer/Engineer for producer Juan Hernandez and engineer Jose "Triki" Trincado, and Best Album Design for Oscar Poza & Montse. Members of this outstanding team are from Nunavut.
Best Album of the Year and Best Folk Album honours went to Little Hawk for his CD “1492-1975.” Little Hawk, a.k.a. Troy Westwood, is from Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Cape Breton, Nova Scotia’s Forever also took home two awards: Best Rock Album and Best Music Video for the recording “Something to Dream Of” and the video of the same name.
Ryan D’aoust, a 16-year-old left-handed fiddler from Norway House, Manitoba received the Best Fiddle Album Award for his CD “Southside of the Strings,” and the Galaxie Rising Stars Award, granted by Galaxie, CBC’s Continuous Music Network, to a promising newcomer in Aboriginal Music.
The Best Female Traditional/Cultural Roots Album award went to Asani for “Rattle & Drum.” Asani is a contemporary a cappella Aboriginal women’s trio hailing from Alberta.
Diga a Tlicho (Dogrib) musician from Fort Rae, NWT, was named Best Male Artist. His CD is called “Earth is Crying”.
The honours for Best Group or Duo went to Burnt, the eleven-member ensemble based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Burnt’s CD “Hometown” blends blues, jazz, rock, funk and<