Fri, Jun 28, 2013.
There's big news for New Brunswick First Nations artist Gary Sappier. He's just been selected as a nominee in the upcoming Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards. Sappier was selected by industry voters as one of the five finalists in the Best Blues CD category, for his latest disc, The Gary Sappier Blues Band. He's no stranger to nominations, recognized four times for the ECMA's for his four albums over the years, but this is his first for the APCMA's.
Sappier is from the Tobique First Nation, and his decade-long career has taken him to Europe, the Middle East, and across the U.S. He's performed for NATO troops and is considered a First Nations ambassador for his work overseas. Grabbing this nomination is a big deal for him, as it puts him on the same level as the top Aboriginal performers across both Canada and the U.S. Some of the stand-out nominees this year include Ottawa's top DJ crew A Tribe Called Red, recently chosen for the Polaris Prize long list for their Nation II Nation album, and South African/Canadian jazz singer Lorraine Klaasen.
The next step for Sappier is the voting. As the title suggest, the winner is up to the people, in this case those who have signed up at the APCMA website. Then you get to vote for your favourites. The voting opened today, after last night's announcement of the nominees. The awards themselves are going to be presented at a gala held in the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, on Sunday, August 18. It's also going to be broadcast on the APTN Network, which is available on most services.
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Bob Mersereau has been covering music, and the East Coast Music Scene since 1985 for CBC. He's a veteran scene-maker at the ECMA's, knows where the best shows and right parties are happening, and more importantly, has survived to tell the tales. His weekly East Coast music column is heard on Shift on Radio 1 in New Brunswick each Wednesday at 4'45. He's also the author of two national best-selling books, The Top 100 Canadian Albums (2007) and The Top 100 Canadian Singles (2010).