Strong Showing for Manitoba at the 2006 CAMA

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Eight Manitoba artists have netted 10 nominations the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards (CAMA) making 2006 another strong year for homegrown talent. The CAMAs, now in their eighth year, are held in conjunction with the Canadian Aboriginal Festival, which runs November 24-26, 2006 in Toronto. The awards will be handed out at the John Basset Theatre in downtown Toronto on November 24.

Juno-winning rock act Eagle & Hawk leads the nominations with four nods, including Best Group or Duo, Best Rock Album, and Best Album of the Year, and Best Producer/Engineer for Life Is..., which is also up for a 2006 Western Canadian Music Award.

Singer/songwriter Gerry McIvor is up for Best Blues Album for his latest effort, Old Friend. Edward Gamblin gets a nod for Cree Road, up for Best Country Album. Highway 373 is nominated with Eagle & Hawk in the Best Rock Album category for its release, No Limits. Hip-hop outfit Rezofficial is up for Best Rap or Hip-Hop Album for its Rezofficial Music Presents: Lakes Aqui-The Preview. Fiddlers Harv Settee Jr. and Cliff Maytwayashing are both nominated in the Best Fiddle Album category for their albums Nanny’s Dream and Skiffle Fiddle, respectively.

Three Manitoba-based recording labels have acts up for trophies, including Sunshine Records, Arbor Records, and War Pony Records.

"This year's list of nominees showcases the talent and diversity of the Aboriginal music scene in Manitoba," says Sam Baardman, Executive Director of the Manitoba Audio Recording Industry Association (MARIA). "It's wonderful to see fantastic artists from this province getting the national recognition they deserve, from established acts like Eagle & Hawk to newcomers like 14-year-old fiddler Harv Settee Jr. This year's nominations also include several nominees from three Manitoba-based recording labels, which illustrates the strength of our industry."

“Manitoba’s Aboriginal recording artists are making a name for themselves in Canada and around the world,” says Carole Vivier, CEO of MANITOBA FILM & SOUND. “We’re very pleased to support Aboriginal music initiatives to ensure the continued growth and success of these artists. Congratulations to all nominees.”

Of the 19 categories, several will be presented in a private pre-telecast affair known as The Overture Awards. The remainder of the awards will be presented and aired as a special telecast on CHUM television stations.

For a complete list of nominees, please visit



Best Group or Duo
Eagle & Hawk – Life Is...

Best Rock Album
Eagle & Hawk – Life Is...
Highway 373 – No Limits

Best Album of the Year
Eagle & Hawk – Life Is...

Best Blues Album
Gerry McIvor – Old Friend

Best Country Album
Edward Gamblin – Cree Road

Best Rap or Hip-Hop Album
Rezofficial - Rezofficial Music Presents: Lakes Aqui-The Preview

Best Fiddle Album
Cliff Maytwayashing – Skiffle Fiddle
Harv Settee Jr. – Nanny’s Dream

Best Producer/Engineer
Chris Burke-Gaffney and Vince Fontaine – Life Is... by Eagle & Hawk

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