Manito Ahbee to Host Inaugural Music Awards

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With planning well underway for Manito Ahbee: A Festival For All Nations, the Manitoba Aboriginal Music Host Committee announced that an inaugural music awards event will take place at the festival.

Manito Ahbee runs November 2 to November 5 in Winnipeg at the MTS Centre, and consists of five main components – International Competition Pow Wow, Education Day, Music Festival, Indigenous Marketplace & Tradeshow, and the new awards program.

“The Manito Ahbee Festival, including the new awards program, will be of a scope that hasn’t been seen in Winnipeg before,” according to the Festival’s Executive Producer Errol Ranville. “We will be taking public awareness and appreciation of Aboriginal music and culture to a whole new level.”

Manito Ahbee is adding the new awards event after the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards (CAMA) organization in Ontario was unable to bring the CAMAs to Winnipeg in 2006. “With November fast approaching, we are excited to move forward with plans for Manito Ahbee including the new awards program. CAMA has advised us that they need more time to wrestle with the challenges of moving their awards show outside of Toronto, and we respect their decision not to come to Winnipeg,” says Manitoba Aboriginal Music Host Committee Chair Lisa Meeches.

Visitors from across North America and around the world will be coming to Winnipeg to attend Manito Ahbee and be part of the inaugural event.

Details about the new awards program will be announced on April 18th.

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