The red carpet was unrolled in Winnipeg over November 3 and 4 to honour North American aboriginal artists from Inuvik to Albuquerque at the 6th Annual Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (APCMAs). Northern talent was represented in force with Yellowknife’s own Leela Gilday taking home the prize for Aboriginal Female Entertainer of the Year. The Dene song – stress is no stranger to accolades having received numerous awards for her creative prowess, including a 2007 JUNO for Aboriginal Recording of the Year and a 2010 APCMA for Best Folk Album Calling All Warriors. Of the win Gilday stated, “it just means that I have the support of my people so that’s a really awesome thing”.
Former JUNO winning Montreal-based Inuk singer Elisapie Isaac was nominated for the same award. Inuvik’s Leanne Goose was up for best country CD for the boot stomping Got You Covered while Yukon born Diyet emerged with a nomination for Best New Artist.
Treat your ears to these and more artists on the APCMA website at www.aboriginalpeopleschoice.com.