National Aboriginal Achievement Awards and more!

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The National Aboriginal Achievement Awards (NAAA) were established to encourage and celebrate excellence in the Aboriginal community. The Awards recognize the outstanding career achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people, in diverse occupations. This year, the awards are being held March 6 in Winnipeg. Although the awards aren't about strictly music, Manitoba certainly has plenty of success in that department to brag about.

This week on the show, Wab has a couple special guests. Eagle and Hawk will be playing at the NAAA; so we thought Vince Fontaine and Jay Bodner of the group could come in ahead of time for an intimate studio session. There's also going to be exclusive concert material from this past Manito Ahbee showcase, including sets from Leanne Goose and Donny Parenteau.

And later in the show...

New music from Winnipegger-turned-German horse master, Old Seed (aka Craig Bjerring). For about a year, Craig spent a year on a horse ranch in Germany. Just to regroup - no music, just horses. But the troubadour is back at the music making. This month, he's played Rome, Frankfurt, Paris, and now, the great metropolis of Winnipeg. Craig sent us some of the new material he's been working on, so tune in for what his new EP "Simple Tales of Morality" sounds like. [hint: awesome]

Like most of the music communities in Winnipeg, the electronic music world here is small - but strong. One of the big reasons for that is the local label Balanced Records. They're home to artists like Juno-nominee DJ Brace, as well as Leaf System. They're a trio consisting of Winnipeg producers Kasm, The Seed Organization, and Ottawa's Rise Ashen. The group's got a new track on Balanced Records' annual compilation Northern Faction 4 - and it features vocals by Malual Luat a Sudanese artist who now lives in Winnipeg.

That and more on this week's (204)!

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