Darren Lavallee picked up an award for Best Fiddle CD -- a category dominated by four Manitoba nominees – for his latest album on Manitoba-based label Sunshine Records, Backroads Fiddlin. Singer/songwriter Little Hawk and his latest release, Home and Native Land, on another Manitoba label, Arbor Records, won for Best Aboriginal Music by a Non-Aboriginal.
The stunning, nationally-televised gala event took place at the MTS Centre on November 2, opened by a traditional grand-entry ceremony with hundreds of dancers in traditional dress and a large group of drummers. Approximately 4,000 people took in performances by Cross Lake metal act Prodiggy and Winnipeg-based singer/songwriter Don Amero.
The first awards show of its kind, the APCMA’s provides an opportunity to showcase Aboriginal music to the rest of the world and to expose Aboriginal recording artists to a national fan base, music industry, and media. It is the only awards show where the fans determine the winners through online voting. The APCMAs were part of the second annual Manito Ahbee festival, which was attended by 20,000 people and included a two-night music festival, trade show, education day, and a spectacular two-day Pow Wow.