Ali Fontaine at 6th annual Aboriginal Peoples Choice Awards (Tyson Anderson)
The 6th annual Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards were handed out at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg Friday evening November 4.
Errol Ranville was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award. The audience of just over 4000 enjoyed performances by Derek Miller, Ghost Keeper, Elisapie Isaac, Kelly Daniels, Don Amero, Samian with Florent Vollant, Pacific Curls, and C-Weed Band with Ali Fontaine.
It was 17 year old Ali Fontaine who rose to the top in both the Best Country CD category and Best New Artist category.
Winnipeg's Most also did our province proud again, winning for Best Rap/Hip Hop CD with GoodFellaz as well as Best Single of the Year with Don't Stop.
Awards were handed out in nine categories:
BEST COUNTRY CD
Ali Fontaine (Sagkeeng, Manitoba) - Ali Fontaine
BEST RAP / HIP HOP CD
Winnipeg's Most - GoodFellaz
BEST POW WOW CD - CONTEMPORARY
Black Bear (Manawan, Quebec) - Out of Hibernation
BEST POW WOW CD - TRADITIONAL
Blackstone (Duffield, Alberta) - Live in Alexis
BEST NEW ARTIST
Ali Fontaine (Sagkeeng, Manitoba)
SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Winnipeg's Most - Don't Stop
ABORIGINAL SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
Derek Miller (Six Nations, Ontario) - Stoned for Days
ABORIGINAL MALE ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Derek Miller (Six Nations, Ontario)
ABORIGINAL FEMALE ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Leela Gilday (Yellowknife, Northwest Territories)
See photos from Thursday's APCMA show: