Here Are the Nominees for the 2017 Indigenous Music Awards!

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown April 6th, 2017 Blog

Manito Ahbee Festival is excited for the return of the Indigenous Music Awards, happening on May 19, 2017, at Club Regent Event Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. After a one-year hiatus, the Indigenous Music Awards are returning in a new and improved format to better serve the artists in the ever-changing music industry.

The 2017 Indigenous Music Awards received over 200 submissions from across North America, and this year's nominees have been determined by music industry professionals.

Indigenous Music Awards is very pleased to announce that Northern Cree is the recipient of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award! The Alberta-based, Grammy and JUNO nominated Pow Wow group who performed at this year’s Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony and JUNO Awards, is also nominated in the Best Hand Drum and the Best Pow Wow – Contemporary Album categories.

The Alberta-based, Grammy and JUNO nominated Pow Wow group who performed at this year’s Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony and JUNO Awards, is also nominated in the Best Hand Drum and the Best Pow Wow – Contemporary Album categories.


The 2017 Indigenous Music Awards presented by Casinos of Winnipeg will be hosted by award winning artists Kimberley Dawn and Jerry Sereda and will feature performances by Northern Cree, Felipe Gomez, and more (to be announced)!

The 2017 Indigenous Music Awards nominees include:

Best Music Video presented by Exclaim!
• DJ Shub – Indomitable feat. Northern Cree Singers

• District Avenue – Revival

• Jade Turner – Worth

• JC Campbell – Four Letter Lie

• Logan Staats – Ash’s

Best Blues Album
• Blue Dog – Red-White & Blues
• Cary Morin – Cradle to the Grave
• Grey Gritt – Live at the NACC
• Levi Platero – Levi Platero
• The Gary Sappier Blues Band – The Gary Sappier Blues Band, Vol. 2

Best Country Album
presented by Casinos of Winnipeg
• Cory Cardinal – North of Town Roads
• Jade Turner – North Country
• JC Campbell – Four Letter Lie
• Kimberley Dawn – Til The Cowboys Come Home
• Renée Lamoureux – Dare To Be You

Best Folk Album
presented by Winnipeg Folk Festival
• Christa Couture – Long Time Leaving
• Logan Staats – Goodbye Goldia
• Nadia & Jason Burnstick – Dream Big Little One
• Nick Sherman – Knives and Wildrice
• Twin Flames – Jaaji & Chelsey June

Best Inuit, Indigenous Language, or Francophone Album presented by APTN
• Frazer Sundown – Love is a War Dance
• Nimuk – Nimuk & Friends
• Rhonda Head – Kisakihitan
• Silla + Rise – Debut
• Skicinawatuwahtiq – Skicinawatuwahtiq

Best Instrumental Album
• Cris Derksen – Cris Derksen: Orchestral Powwow
• DJ Shub – PowWowStep
• R. Carlos Nakai Quartet – What Lies Beyond
• Sean Beaver – NYD
• Ziibiwan – Time Limits

Best Pop Album
• Awaken Aries – The Extraordinaries Anthology Vol. 1
• Carsen Gray – CARSEN GRAY
• Jace Martin – Mighty
• Mariame – Bloom
• Native Roots – Most High
• Tara Williamson – Songs to Keep Us Warm

Best Rap/Hip Hop Album
• B. of Dakota South Records – OHHH! B.
• City Natives – Nomadic
• Chase Manhattan – Warrior DNA
• Joey Stylez – #GREYMAGIC
• J-Rez – Tipi Creepin’
• Rellik – The Dream

Best Rock Album
• Digawolf – Great Northern Man
• Julian Taylor Band – Desert Star
• Kristi Lane Sinclair – Dark Matter
• The Bloodshots – The Bloodshots
• The Deeds – Late O’Clock

Best New Artist presented by SiriusXM
• Bryden Gwiss Kiwenzie – Round Dance and Beats
• Carsen Gray – CARSEN GRAY
• Lisa Muswagon – Buffalo and Rabbits
• Mariame – Bloom
• Ziibiwan – Time Limits

Best Radio Single presented by Indigenous Music Countdown
• Black & Grey – Pretty Little Nightmare
• Carsen Gray – Supernatural
• DJ Shub – Old School is for Lovers feat. Morningstar River
• Mob Bounce – All My Relations
• NADJIWAN – All Those Years
• Wolf Saga – Auburn Nights

Best Producer/Engineer
• Crystal Shawanda, New Sun Records – Missy Knott/My Sister’s Heart
• Derek Miller, Thru The Red Door – Logan Staats/Goodbye Goldia
• Larry Mitchell, Indigenous Solutions, Inc. Studios – Indigie Femme/Justify
• Murray Pulver, Murray Pulver – JC Campbell/Four Letter Lie
• Tom Dutiaume, Hangar Studio – Kimberley Dawn/Til The Cowboys Come Home

Best International Indigenous Release

• Glenn Skuthorpe – See My World
• LUMALTOK – Vukub Ja'Vil Ta Lumaltok / Siete Años entre La Neblina
• Tasha T – Fire In Me
• The Imbayakunas – Imbaya Full Flavour
• Warren H Williams & Dani Young – Desert Water

Best Radio Station Program – Promoting Indigenous Music
• Indigenous in Music with Larry K
• Unreserved: Radio Indigenous, CBC Radio One
• IndiPOW with Layla Black, Jukasa Radio
• Native Waves Radio/NDNs on the Airwave, Native Waves Radio/2Ro Media Inc.
• ThinkNDN, 100.5fm CFRO

Best Hand Drum Album *
• Big River Cree – Those Old Back Trails
• Bryden Gwiss Kiwenzie – Round Dance and Beats
• Frog Lake Handgame Singers – Tribute to late Charlie Quinney
• Northern Cree – It’s A Cree Thing
• Shane Redstar – Loud and Proud

Best Peyote Album *
• Edmond Poochay – Peyote Songs
• Judy Curley/Pahsaknunk – Walking With The Spirit
• Lance Crowe – Sacred Medicine
• Utin Machiskinic – Comfort & Compassion
• Wanita Bird & Joe PoorThunder – Water is Life

Best Pow Wow – Contemporary Album *
• Battle Hill – New Age
• Blackstone – Celebration of Life
• Northern Cree – True North Strong and Cree
• Ottawa River Singers – Sing From The Heart

Best Pow Wow – Traditional Album *
• New Agency – OLD STYLEZ VOL. 1
• Whitefish Bay Singers – Aaw'pii 2016
• Young Bear – Belongs to the People

* Traditional categories to be presented at the Manito Ahbee International Pow Wow May 20th, 2017 at the RBC Convention Centre


Tickets for the 2017 Indigenous Music Awards presented by Casinos of Winnipeg are now available for $20.00 (includes fees & taxes) at

About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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