The NCI JAM Does It Again!

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“The NCI Jam has been running for 21 years and shows no signs of slowing down,” explains David McLeod, CEO/General Manager of NCI FM, Manitoba’s Aboriginal radio network. “We are always thrilled that we can bring grass roots talent to a world class stage and bridge what would have thought to be impossible 20 years ago. As the Aboriginal community grows our talent show will also grow. There is no doubt that in a few years we will have to move into a larger venue like the MTS Centre.”

As in previous years, the NCI Jam featured performances by 25 amateur contestants from all parts of the province along with a number of great guest appearances, award presentations, inductions to the Manitoba Aboriginal Music Hall of Fame and acknowledgements of accomplishments by community members.

The show was held at the Centennial Concert Hall in Winnipeg to an in-house audience of 2,300 fans and countless listeners on the NCI network, which broadcasted the entire show throughout Manitoba.

The winners of the NCI Jam were:

First Place
Hayley McDonald (Nelson House, Manitoba)

Second Place
Lucy Beardy (Lake St. Martin, Manitoba)

Third Place
Brett Montour (Winnipeg by way of Six Nations, Ontario)

Fourth Place – The Sidney Castel Memorial Award
Jade Turner (Grand Rapids, Manitoba)

The NCI “Single of the Year” winner was also announced at the Jam. The songs in the running included Gerry McIvor’s “Anishinabe Ikwe,” “Rez Girls” by Black Rain and Gabby Taylor’s “Cool Me Down.” The winner was decided by NCI listeners who were able to vote for their pick over the phone and online at

The NCI “Single of the Year” winner was:
Gabby Taylor’s “Cool Me Down”

Tom Jackson was also inducted to the Manitoba Aboriginal Music Hall of Fame at the Centennial Concert Hall and NCI honoured the contributions of Ray St. Germain and “Wild” Bill Flammond with an snapshot of their careers and the presentation of eagle feathers and star blankets for the two legends.

Before the end of the night and encore performances by each of the night’s top winners, the Gaudry Boys tore up the stage earning a standing ovation from the crowd.

The NCI Jam is held each Fall and draws an average of 90 submissions each year. For more information about NCI or the NCI Jam, visit

Also be sure to check out pictures from the NCI Jam in our photo gallery.

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