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
Mariame, Bloom

Best Rap/Hip Hop Album
Joey Stylez, #GREYMAGIC

Lifetime Achievement Award
Northern Cree

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

Best Producer/Engineer
Derek Miller, Thru The Red Door – Logan Staats/Goodbye Goldia

Best International Indigenous Release
The Imbayakunas, Imbaya Full Flavour


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