Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards: 5 artists to look out for

The Aboriginal People's Choice Music Awards will be handed out tonight in Winnipeg. The APCMA's feature emerging and established indigenous artists from all over North America. Here are five nominated acts that you should definitely check out.
Samantha Crain is up for Single of the Year at this year's Aboriginal People's Choice Music Awards. (Sam Lamb)

The Aboriginal People's Choice Music Awards will be handed out tonight in Winnipeg. The awards feature emerging and established indigenous artists from all over North America.

Here are five nominated acts that you should definitely check out.

Samantha Crain: Singer-songwriter from Shawnee, Oklahoma, Chocataw heritage. Up for Single of the Year, Best Folk/Acoustic CD and Best Producer/Engineer.

Crain has released three albums since launching her career in 2004 -- and she’s only 26. Her career is booming and her sweet sound is one-of-a-kind.

J.C Campbell:Winnipeg Singer Songwriter from Norway House First Nation. Up for Single of the Year.

Campbell’s music is a mix of country and blues and he’ll draw you in with his in depth lyrics and winning vocals.

The Johnnys: Veronica Johnny, singer-guitarist and husband Dave Johnny, drummer from Fort Smith, Northwest Territories.  Up for Single of the Year.

This husband and wife duo have been creating stellar music since 2002, influenced by punk and rock and roll. The Johnnys will have you out of your seat with their high-energy songs.

Iceis Rain:  Massey Whiteknife AKA Iceis Rain, Mikisew Cree First Nation, from Fort Mackay, Alberta. Up for 5 awards this year, including Aboriginal Songwriter of the year, Best music video,Single of the year, Best Rock CD and Best New Artist.

Whiteknife is one of Alberta’s most successful entrepreneurs but when he hits the the stage this year as his alter-ego Iceis Rain expect nothing less of a powerful performance.

Nitanis “Kit” Largo: Powwow singer from Whitefish Lake First Nations, Ontario. Up for Best New Artist and Best Hand Drum CD

"Singing, music, Pow-Wows and dancing has always been a part of my life." says Largo. .She grew up around music and dance and that’s where her passion comes from.  Largo was destined to be entertainer, with her outstanding vocals and a sound that blends traditional and contemporary music.  She is definitely someone to watch out for.

About the Author

Maggie Moose

Maggie Moose is a 22 year old Winnipeg writer, filmmaker and musician from Nelson House First Nation. She is a graduate of the National Screen Institute New Voices program. Maggie has worked with the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival, Manito Ahbee, and Just TV. She is currently an associate producer with CBC’s Aboriginal unit.