Manitoba Artists Land 14 CAMA Nominations

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Ten Manitoba artists have netted 14 nominations at the 2007 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards (CAMA) making 2007 another strong year for homegrown talent. The CAMAs, now in their ninth year, are held in conjunction with the Canadian Aboriginal Festival, which runs November 30 - December 2, 2007 in Toronto. The awards will be handed out at the Rogers Centre on November 30.

Folk act Little Hawk – a.k.a. Troy Westwood -- leads with three nominations. His latest Arbor Records release, Home and Native Land, has been nominated for Best Folk Album, Best Producer/Engineer (Westwood and Chris Burke-Gaffney), and Best Album Cover Design (Westwood, Darren Johnston and Adriana Capozzi).

Manitoba acts control the Best Fiddle Album category, snagging all three nominations. Darren Lavallee’s Backroad Fiddlin’ and Ramsey Rae’s Fiddlin’ Buckaroo top the list with double nominee Ryan D'Aoust and his new release, York Boats & Legends, which is also up for Best Album Cover Design (CIMN Network and Chronic Creative).

Country act Buddy Gouchie is up for two awards, including Best Male Artist and Best Country Album, for Things That Matter. Tracy Bone is up for Best Female Artist for her debut release, No Lies. The Slidin’ Clyde Roulette Band’s Let’s Take a Ride has been nominated for Best Blues Album while Da Skelpa Squad’s A New Beginning is up for Best Rap or Hip-Hop Album. Pow wow groups High Noon and Chi-Key-Wis Sons are up for Best Pow Wow Album Contemporary and Best Pow Wow Album Traditional, respectively, for their albums Generations and Giibimokaan.

Two Manitoba-based recording labels, Sunshine Records and Arbor Records, have acts up for trophies.

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Best Female Artist
Tracy Bone - No Lies

Best Male Artist
Buddy Gouchie - Things that Matter

Best Producer/Engineer
Little Hawk, Producers & Engineers Troy Westwood & Chris Burke-Gaffney - Home and Native Land

Best Fiddle Album
Ryan D'Aoust - York Boats & Legends
Darren Lavalee - Backroad Fiddlin’
Ramsey Rae - Fiddlin' Buckaroo

Best Folk Album
Little Hawk - Home and Native Land

Best Album Cover Design
Ryan D'Aoust – York Boats & Legends, CIMN Network & Chronic Creative
Little Hawk - Home and Native Land, Troy Westwood, Darren Johnston & Adriana Capozzi

Best Blues Album
Slidin' Clyde Roulette Band - Lets Take a Ride

Best Pow Wow Album Contemporary
High Noon – Generations

Best Rap or Hip-Hop Album
Da Skelpa Squad - A New Beginning

Best Country Album
Buddy Gouchie - Things That Matter

Best Pow Wow Album Traditional
Chi-Key-Wis Sons – Giibimokaan

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