The CAMAs, now in their ninth year, are held in conjunction with the Canadian Aboriginal Festival, which ran November 30 - December 2, 2007 in Toronto. The awards were handed out at the Rogers Centre on November 30. Fiddler Darren Lavallee, whose album Backroads Fiddlin’ was released by Manitoba label Sunshine Records, picked up Best Fiddle Album; a category dominated by three Manitoba acts. Singer/songwriter Little Hawk, a.k.a. the Blue Bombers’ Troy Westwood, won Best Folk Album for his latest on Manitoba label Arbor Records, Home and Native Land. Another Arbor release, No Lies, won country singer/songwriter Tracy Bone the Best Female Artist award. Bluesman Slidin’ Clyde Roulette and his band won Best Blues Album for Let’s Take a Ride. Hip-hop outfit Da Skelpa Squad nabbed the Best Rap/Hip-Hop Album for A New Beginning. CIMN Network and Chronic Creative won for Best Album Design for Ryan D’Aoust’s York Boats & Legends.
The CAMAs bring to a close another strong year of awards and nominations for Manitoba artists and industry professionals. In 2007, Manitoba landed 129 nominations and 27 wins, including trophies from the Western Canadian Music Awards, Covenant Awards, and the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards.
For more info on the CAMAs, please visit www.canab.com/mainpages/events/musicawards.html.