Rounding out the finalists were Chantal Kuegel or Oak Bank in second place, Angel Murray of Hollow Water in third and Keeseekoowenin’s Jeremy Bone in fourth.
The prize payout was:
1st Place - $2,500.00 plus 100 plays on NCI (trophy)
2nd Place - $1,500.00 plus 75 plays on NCI (trophy)
3rd Place - $750.00 plus 25 plays on NCI (trophy)
4th Place - $100.00 Sydney Castel Honourable Mention Award
A total of 25 amateur singers competed at the Centennial Concert Hall for an in-house audience of 2300 people. Each of the contestants were accompanied by an all-star band lead by Clint Dutiaume.
Aboriginal music legend Shannon Two Feathers was inducted into the Manitoba Aboriginal Music Hall of Fame before the competition and the finalists for the NCI FM Single of the Year performed before Little Hawk’s “The Bottle Drinks From You” was named the winner.
NCI also hosted an after party at the Pyramid Cabaret in Winnipeg after the show. The party was headlined by Juno winning rock act Burnt-Project 1. Percy Tuesday, Billy Joe Green, Leanne Goose, Jack Rabbit and Angus Jourdain also took the stage at the Pyramid.
Be sure to check out photos from the NCI Jam at aboriginalmusic.ca.
For more information about the NCI Jam, visit ncifm.com.