The CBC Indigenous Music Awards presented by Casinos of Winnipeg May 18, held as part of the Manito Ahbee Festival, were announced on a stage adorned with red dresses.
Hosted by Beatrice Deer and CBC Music's Jarrett Martineau, some of the world's best Indigenous talent packed the Club Regent Event Centre
Canadian Aboriginal Music Award-winning singer-songwriter Beatrice Deer hails from Nunavik. Half-Inuk and half-Mohawk, Deer left her small hometown of Quaqtaq, Quebec (population: 376) in 2007 to get serious about making music—and it worked. Deer has now released five albums, each deepening her trademark blend of traditional Inuit throat singing with contemporary indie rock. My All to You, her fifth record, marks a significant milestone in the history of Inuindie music (a genre Deer pioneered), as this is the first time she composed all the songs’ instrumentation as well as the lyrics. Her themes range from classical Inuit folk tales and legends to the importance of finding understanding and the search for meaning within personal growth.
Jarrett Martineau has worked extensively at the intersections of music art, media, technology, and social movements for more than a decade. Jarrett is the co-founder and Creative Producer of Revolutions Per Minute, a global new music platform, record label, and artist collective for contemporary Indigenous music; and the host of CBC Music’s Reclaimed, a radio show that explores the sounds of the Indigenous Next Wave. Prior to hosting Reclaimed, Jarrett produced the documentary series RISE for VICELAND; hosted the CBC's Emmy-nominated cross-platform television series ZeD, for which he received a Leo Award nomination; and served as host and producer of Brave New Waves, an acclaimed late-night music series on CBC Radio.
Award winners received an IMA Award Drum.
The winners are:
BEST BLUES ALBUM
Robert "Freightrain" Parker - Freightrain Live
BEST HAND DRUM ALBUM
presented by MeDian Credit Union
Young Spirit - Mewasinsational - Cree Round Dance Songs
BEST FOLK ALBUM
Buffy Sainte-Marie - Medicine Songs
BEST INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM
Jan Michael Looking Wolf - Flute Medicine
BEST INUIT, INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE, OR FRANCOPHONE ALBUM
Shauit - Apu peikussiak
BEST NEW ARTIST
presented by SiriusXM
Ansley Simpson - Breakwall
BEST POW WOW - CONTEMPORARY ALBUM
presented by Sodexo
Black Bear Singers - Notcimik
BEST RADIO SINGLE
presented by Indigenous Music Countdown
Carsen Gray - "Wanna See You", featuring DJ Shub
BEST RAP/HIP HOP ALBUM
Supaman – Illuminatives
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
presented by APTN
Supaman - Supaman
BEST RADIO STATION PROGRAM - PROMOTING INDIGENOUS MUSIC
presented by Fox Lake Cree Nation
Indigenous Music Countdown - Native Communications Inc.
BEST GOSPEL ALBUM
Callie Bennett - Awake Arise Shine
BEST ROCK ALBUM
presented by CBC Manitoba
Relic Kings - Armoury
BEST COUNTRY ALBUM
presented by Casinos of Winnipeg
Desiree Dorion - Tough Street
BEST ELECTRONIC MUSIC ALBUM *NEW*
Once a Tree - Phoenix
BEST INTERNATIONAL INDIGENOUS ARTIST
The Imbayakunas - New Ground
BEST MUSIC VIDEO
presented by Exclaim!
Buffy Sainte-Marie - "The War Racket"
BEST POP ALBUM
presented by Assiniboine Credit Union
Indian City - Here & Now
BEST POW WOW - TRADITIONAL ALBUM
presented by Dreamcatcher Promotions
Northern Cree - mîyo kekisepa, Make A Stand
Miss Manito Ahbee, Chante Speidel and her father Donnie Speidel from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe joined the Whitefish Bay Singers in a performance of a Jingle Dress Song to being the show.
Indian City, Ansley Simpson, Dakhká Khwáan Dancers and DJ DASH, Tom Wilson, Kristi Lane Sinclair, Chase Manhattan and Theland Kicknosway, Shauit, and Pat Vegas' son, PJ Vasquez-Vegas performed in between the presentation of awards.
In a red dress, Kristi Lane Sinclair performed a special version of her song "Woman" in honour of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2SLGBTQ backed by members of Best Pop Album presented by Assiniboine Credit Union winners, Indian City.
Pat Vegas took home this year's Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in Redbone – inspiring Indigenous artists to breakthrough into mainstream genres. Redbone was inducted into the Native American Music Association Hall of Fame in 2008 and were recognized by the Smithsonian in New York City in 2013 as the first Native American rock band to have a #1 single in the United States and internationally.
Redbone’s single, “Come and Get Your Love,” was featured in the Marvel Studios film, Guardians of the Galaxy. The film’s soundtrack, which included the single, reached #1 on the Billboard 200.
His son, PJ Vasquez-Vegas accepted the award and performed "Come and Get Your Love" on his father's behalf to close out this year's show.