Nominees announced for 2010 Aboriginal Choice awards

Winnepeg, Manitoba (APCMA) September 2010

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

The 5th annual Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (APCMAs) are handed out in Winnipeg over two nights. The First Night Awards take place on Thursday November 4th. The Awards gala happens Friday November 5th at MTS Centre, and is broadcast live on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN).


Online voting to select nominees took place from July 14th to August 18th. More than 31,000 votes were cast by music fans and music industry stakeholders to select nominees in the 22 categories, with results tabulated by Meyers Norris Penny. Submissions for voting consideration were received from 134 artists representing Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nunavut, NWT, and the US.  


The final round of voting to select the winners for 2010 begins August 25th at 11:00am CST and ends October 6th at 11:50pm CST. Results will once again be tabulated by Meyers Norris Penny, and the winners announced November 4th and 5th. Award winners are chosen by music fans who register online. Registration for the APCMAs is free, with an easy sign-up process available on the website;


The Manito Ahbee Festival celebrates and showcases Aboriginal music, art and culture. The 5th annual festival takes place in Winnipeg from November 3 to 7, 2010. 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:


Aboriginal Female Entertainer of the Year: Andrea Menard, Inez, Shy-Anne.

Aboriginal Male Entertainer of the Year: Billy Joe Green, Joey Stylez, Shane Yellowbird.

Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year: Diyet, Don Amero, Inez, Joey Stylez, Lucie Idlout.

Best Aboriginal Music Radio Station/Program; Ab-Originals, Across Turtle Island. National Aboriginal Music Countdown (NCI fm)

Best Album Cover Design; Blackfoot Confederacy | Hail to the Chiefs, Bonnie Couchie | Feather for an Elephant, Chippewa Travellers | All My Relations:, Kina naag dawen daagnak, Don Amero | Deepening, Jason Burnstick | Where The Blood Mixes

Best Blues CD; Curt Young | Edge of Shadow, Digging Roots | We Are, The Pappy Johns Blues Band | Havin’ A Good Time Now.

Best Country CD: Darrelyne Bickel | M.I.A, Desiree Dorion | Soul Back Jack, Jerry Sereda | Campground Cowboy, Kimberley Dawn | Built That Way, Shane Yellowbird | It’s About Time.

Best Duo or Group: Black Rain, Digging Roots, Eagle & Hawk, Eric & Winston Wuttunee, The Johnnys, Winnipeg’s Most.

Best Fiddle CD: Alex Lamoureux | Groove, Jacinthe Trudeau | Jacinthe Trudeau, JJ Lavallee | A Fiddle Bit of This & A Fiddle Bit of That, Ryan Keplin | Fiddling Lefty Twist, The Gaudry Boys | The Acadian Jig.

Best Folk / Acoustic CD: Asani | Listen, Gabriel Ayala | Portraits, Jason Burnstick | Home To Abbey, Kristi Lane Sinclair | I Love You, Leela Gilday | Calling All Warriors.

Best Gospel CD: Brian Stoner | Ponca Hymns, Darrell “Boots” McCallum | Rejoicing In Cree II, Darrell “Boots” McCallum | The Old Country Church
Philip Flett | Prophets of Old, Yvonne St. Germaine | My Jesus I Love Thee.

Best Hand Drum CD: Big River Cree | Songs From The Healing Lodge, Fawn & Dallas | ‘Til The End, Nakoa Heavyrunner | No Borders, Quinton Tootoosis | Round Dance Love, Red Bull | Fans Favorite Round Dance.

Best Music Video: Andrea Menard | Evergreen, Buffy Sainte Marie | No No Keshegesh, Digging Roots | Spring To Come, George Leach | You Got It, Janet Panic | Out on a Limb, Kinnie Starr | It’s All You.

Best New Artist: Bitterly Divine, Bonnie Couchie, Joey Stylez, Missy Knott, Winnipeg’s Most.

Best Peyote CD: Cecile Moosomin | A Time For Healing, Lance Crowe & Edmond Poochay | First Nations Ceremonial Church Peyote Songs Volume 1, Louie Gonnie | Rhythms Within a Turquoise Dream, Sacred Harmonies | Dakota/Lakota Traditional Church Songs, Wanita Bird | For Our Children Volume 2.

Best Pop CD: Don Amero | Deepening, Jana Mashonee | New Moon Born, Joey Stylez | The Black Star, Missy Knott | For No Reason At All..., Shy-Anne | Pseudo.

Best Pow Wow CD - Contemporary: Bad Nation | About Time, Cree Confederation | Pakosiyimitan, Eyabay | A Tribute to Hayna Fatz, Red Bull | Live in Minnesota, The Boyz | Boys Will Always Be Boyz.

Best Producer/Engineer: Billy Joe Green, Eagle & Hawk, Kristi Lane Sinclair, Lucie Idlout, Shy-Anne, Wab Kinew.

Best Rap / Hip Hop CD: Filthy Animals | Sounds of Nature, Reddnation | Grown Folk Muzik, Skelpa Squad | The Thief & Counzil, Winnipeg’s Most | Winnipeg’s Most, Young Kidd | 10x10.

Best Rock CD: Black Rain | Under The Gun, Colette Trudeau | Colette Trudeau, Eagle & Hawk | The Great Unknown, Lucie Idlout | Swagger, Wayne Lavallee | Trail of Tears.

Single of the Year: Joey Stylez | Kool Runnin, Shane Yellowbird | Barefeet On The Blacktop, Shy-Anne | Pseudo, Winnipeg’s Most | All That I Know, Young Kidd | Hometown.