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The public voting for the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards
is officially underway. It's the time of year when your Facebook news
feed fills with artists asking for your support, and fans showing
support with their "I just voted for" choices - and others asking you to
stop posting about voting.
This year the APCMAs changed the voting process, with the first round of voting decided by industry members (including myself) and the final vote decided by you, the public. This way, you only have to vote for your favourites once.
Categories include best music video, single of the year, group or duo of the year, best album cover design, fiddle, flute, pow wow and hand drum and rock and blues, along with the biggies for Aboriginal entertainer of the year, both male and female.
In the past, artists submitting for the awards were frustrated with the high number of awards for Manitoba artists. This year, only 27 of the 113 nominations went to Manitobans, including seven for the supergroup Indian City, the brainchild of Eagle and Hawk co-founder Vince Fontaine.
Eagle and Hawk is still rocking, and the band has received its fair
share of awards. With no new album this year, though, it looks like
Fontaine's newest band is set to follow in E and H's footsteps. Indian
City's nominations include single of the year, songwriter of the year
and best new artist.
"It's a real honour to be nominated and I'm especially excited for the folks in Indian City," said Fontaine. "It's a great opportunity to showcase their talent and acknowledge the effort that was put into the CD recording." And Indian City hasn't even had its official CD launch, which happens Aug. 23 in Winnipeg.
Indian City also includes Don Amero, who has a successful solo career and will face off against the group for single of the year and best pop CD. Amero now has 20 nominations at the APCMAs since 2007, and has yet to receive a single award. Perhaps Indian City will change his luck this time out.
Read on at CBC Music.