Winnipeg’s Most took home the most hardware at the 2011 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards.
The local hip-hop group won six APCMAs over the course of two nights, walking away with awards for best duo or group, best producer/engineer, best music video for All That I Know, best album cover design for GoodFellaz, best rap/hip hop CD for the same album and single of the year for Don’t Stop.
The haul adds to the three APCMAs it won last year on the strength of its self-titled album.
More than 57,000 people from around the world voted online to nominate and choose winners in 21 different categories as diverse as best powwow CD, best hand drum CD, best flute CD and best peyote (traditional) CD.
Nine awards, along with a lifetime achievement award for local singer-songwriter/mentor Errol Ranville (the C-Weed Band), were handed out Friday at the MTS Centre during a colourful show hosted by actors Lorne Cardinal and Kyle Nobess in front of a crowd of 4,000. The remainder of the statues — a figure holding the wings of a bird — were given out on Thursday during a non-televised gala.
Last night’s event was a mixture of old and new with traditional music, dancing and drumming, showcased alongside more contemporary styles with performances by Derek Miller, Ghost Keeper, Elisapie Isaac, Kelly Daniels, Don Amero, Samian with Florent Vollant, Pacific Curls and the C-Weed Band with Ali Fontaine.
The two-hour show was broadcast live on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.
Fontaine was the only other Manitoban who won multiple awards. The 17-year-old newcomer from Sagkeeng First Nation earned statues for best new artist and best country CD for her self-titled debut. Other local winners include Little Hawk (Troy Westwood) whose Vigilance album was named best folk/acoustic CD; Mark Morrisseau’s album Favourites was named best fiddle CD; Eagle and Hawk guitarist Vince Fontaine’s solo album, Songs for Turtle Island, won best instrumental CD; and the best rock CD award went to Bruthers of Different Muthers for Speakers of Tomorrow.
Manitobans took home 12 of the 21 awards.
The awards gala was one of several different events that make up the Manito Ahbee Festival, which continues today with a powwow competition and trade show at the MTS Centre.
The complete list of APCMA winners:
Best Duo or Group: Winnipeg’s Most (Winnipeg)
Best Producer/Engineer: Winnipeg’s Most (Winnipeg)
Best Music Video: Winnipeg’s Most, All That I Know (Winnipeg)
Best Aboriginal Music Radio Station/Program: Think NDN (Vancouver)
Best Album Cover Design: Winnipeg’s Most, GoodFellaz (Winnipeg)
Best Folk /Acoustic CD: Little Hawk, Vigilance (Winnipeg)
Best Flute CD: Jacob Pratt, Eagle Call (Regina)
Best Fiddle CD: Mark Morrisseau, Favourites (St. Francois Xavier)
Best Peyote CD: Kelly Daniels, Blessing from a Hummingbird (Saskatoon)
Best Instrumental CD: Vince Fontaine, Songs for Turtle Island (Winnipeg)
Best Hand Drum CD: Big River Cree, Stand by Me (Saskatoon)
Best Rock CD: Bruthers of Different Muthers, Speakers of Tomorrow (Winnipeg)
Best Country CD: Ali Fontaine, Ali Fontaine (Sagkeeng)
Best Rap /Hip Hop CD: Winnipeg’s Most, GoodFellaz (Winnipeg)
Best PowWow CD, Contemporary: Black Bear, Out of Hibernation (Manawan, Que.)
Best PowWow CD, Traditional: Blackstone, Live in Alexis (Duffield, Alta.)
Best New Artist: Ali Fontaine (Sagkeeng)
Single of the Year: Winnipeg’s Most, Don’t Stop (Winnipeg)
Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year: Derek Miller, Stoned For Days (Six Nations, Ont.)
Aboriginal Male Entertainer of the Year: Derek Miller (Six Nations, Ont.)
Aboriginal Female Entertainer of the Year: Leela Gilday (Yellowknife, N.W.T.)
Lifetime Achievement Award: Errol Ranville (Winnipeg)