Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards

Witness timeless aboriginal traditions fused with passionate and celebrated musical performances when The 10th Annual Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards premieres Friday, June 19 on Citytv.

“This was an excellent opportunity to showcase some of Canada’s most talented performers in a unique platform” commented Alain Strati, VP of Specialty & Development, Rogers Media Television.

This engaging one-hour special takes viewers behind-the-scenes at one of the premiere music awards and festivals in Canada celebrating the best in Aboriginal music.  From the old ways to the new wave, The Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards features timeless percussion drums and a traditional Pow Wow showcasing over 1000 dancers, contemporary performances, acoustic folk, cool country and rock ‘n’ roll.  Hear from the artists and honourees themselves as they open up about tradition, culture and musical inspirations.

Country music sensation Crystal Shawanda led the field taking home five awards at the 10th annual star-studded gala held at Rogers Centre in Toronto last November.  The evening’s big winner, Shawanda won every award she was nominated for, including Best Female Artist, Best Single, Best Video, Best Country Album, and Album of the Year.

Accolades were handed out in 29 CAMA categories recognizing outstanding Aboriginal musicians and industry members. Four artists were double winners, including Eagle and Hawk, who snagged Best Rock Album and Best Group or Duo,  Tanya Tagaq (Best Female Traditional and Best Album Design), Mitch Daigneault (Best Male Artist and Best songwriter), and Alyssa Delbaere-Sawchuk, who captured the Best Fiddle and Best Instrumental Album awards. The evening also featured performances by top Aboriginal musicians, including award winners 7th Generation, Christa Couture, Northern Cree, Stevie Salas, and the legendary Buffy Sainte-Marie, who was also recognized with the Lifetime Contribution to Aboriginal Music honour.

Broadcast information is as follows:

Citytv Toronto Friday, June 19 at 8PM ET
Citytv Winnipeg Friday, June 19 at 7PM CT
Citytv Calgary Friday, June 19 at 8PM MT
Citytv Edmonton Friday, June 19 at 8PM MT
Citytv Vancouver Friday, June 19 at 8PM PT

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