The ISMA are held during the Indian Summer Music Festival in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This annual event is marketed as the largest Native American festival in North America and draws close to 70,000 of visitors to the Summerfest Grounds on the western shore of Lake Michigan each year.
Aboriginal recording artists from Manitoba netted 13 nominations at the ISMA last year. The nominees were: Burnt - Project 1, Eagle & Hawk, Billy Joe Green, Spirit of the Nations, Cal Richard, Rayne DeLaronde, Edward Gamblin, Kimberley Dawn, Little Hawk, Longhouse, Red Shadow Singers, and Sierra Noble. Eagle & Hawk and Spirit of the Nations won in the Alternative Rock and Contemporary Instrumental categories, respectively.
The Aboriginal Music Program was able to access funding from Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism to showcase last year’s Manitoba nominees in Milwaukee. The showcase included the Billy Joe Green Band, teenage fiddling sensation Sierra Noble, singer/songwriter Rayne Delaronde, Burnt-Project 1’s lead singer Dave Boulanger, and two members of Eagle & Hawk. Musicians Donn Ranville, Kevin Jospeh, and Jay Ross backed up showcasing solo artists. The rest of the delegation from Manitoba included Little Hawk, the Red Shadow Singers pow wow drum group, Eagle & Hawk, Aaron Peters, and two representatives from Sunshine Records.
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