Manitoba Acts Win Three Junos

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Manitoba acts are bringing home three glass trophies from Halifax. The Duhks, Burnt and Amanda Falk were each triumphant in their respective categories at the non-televised 2006 Juno Gala Dinner and Awards on April 1, making 2006 the best year for Manitoba in more than six years.

Celtic roots darlings The Duhks kept Manitoba's folk reputation going this year by picking up Roots and Traditional Album of the Year (Group), which was won by Winnipeg's own Wailin' Jennys last year.

Christian singer/songwriter Amanda Falk, a relative newcomer, won Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year for her self-titled debut.

Burnt's album Hometown was named Aboriginal Recording of the Year over fellow Manitoba competitors bluesman Billy Joe Green and past Juno winning rock act Eagle & Hawk.

Manitoba netted eight nods at this years' Juno Awards and sent three acts to perform at JunoFest, a two-night music festival featuring over 100 bands.

Other 2006 nominees included composer Robert Turner, acclaimed violinist James Ehnes and blue rock trio The Perpetrators. The televised portion of the 35th Annual Juno Awards will take place on April 2nd in Halifax, Nova Scotia and will be broadcast nationwide live on CTV.

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