In Focus: Indigenous Music Awards 2017
They came, they saw, they celebrated.
On Friday night, the who’s who of Canada’s Indigenous music scene gathered in Winnipeg for the return of the Indigenous Music Awards. And after a one-year hiatus, the awards show didn’t miss a beat.
Hosted by country artists Kimberley Dawn and Jerry Sereda, the event kicked off with an exclusive red carpet entrance and treated the audience of 1,400 to performances by Crystal Shawanda, Northern Cree, Fred Penner, Mariame, Felipe Gomez, Christa Couture, and Chante Assiniboine and the Spirit Horse Singers. All told, 15 awards were handed out, including a much-deserved lifetime achievement honour for traditional powwow group Northern Cree.
Here are some photos from the big event and a complete list of the night’s winners.
Best Blues Album
Cary Morin, Cradle to the Grave
Best Country Album
Jade Turner, North Country
Best Folk Album
Logan Staats, Goodbye Goldia
Best Indigenous Language, or Francophone Album (presented by APTN)
Rhonda Head, Kisakihitan
Best Instrumental Album
DJ Shub, PowWowStep
Best Pop Album
Best Rap/Hip Hop Album
Joey Stylez, #GREYMAGIC
Lifetime Achievement Award
Best Rock Album
Kristi Lane Sinclair, Dark Matter
Best New Artist
Carsen Gray, CARSEN GRAY
Best Radio Single
Black & Grey, Pretty Little Nightmare
Best Music Video
District Avenue, Revival
Derek Miller, Thru The Red Door – Logan Staats/Goodbye Goldia
Best International Indigenous Release
The Imbayakunas, Imbaya Full Flavour