Announcing the winners of the Inaugural Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Awards
The evening began with an opening prayer by Elder Annie Smith St. Georges. Shortly after, Ms. Fox spoke of “difficult days for our communities after the discovery of the 215 children …” and asked for a minute of silence before starting the night’s debates.
Twin flames leaves with three SSIMAs: Battlefield won the radio single of the year award, Presage for Alternative Pop / Rock Album and the leading duo in the Music category in the Arts. Silla and climb was named Inuit Artist / Group of the Year and won the Artistic Video Award with Mother Roots. Another Ottawa regional artist, Marie bryton beat the newcomer category, Rising Star.
Curtis Shingouste and Willie dunn, Legacy Award recipients, were honored with commemorative videos, showing a lasting influence on the artistic and cultural heritage of the Indigenous community through their music and professional contributions.
CATEGORIES AND WINNERS
(FOR A FULL LIST OF WINNERS, INCLUDING BIOGRAPHIES AND IMAGES, GO TO https://summersolsticefestivals.ca/music-awards/)
Radio Song of the Year
Battlefield, Twin flames
Country Album of the Year
I don’t mind if I do, Jerry Sereda
Pop / Alternative / Rock Album of the Year
Presage, Twin flames
Live musical performance of the year
Joshua Arden Miller, Rez Bluez 25th anniversary concert
Mother Roots, Silla and Rise
Director: Rise Ashen
Roots Album of the Year
Call of the North Star, Leela Gilday
Rap / Hip Hop / Electronic Album of the Year
Métis Artist / Group of the Year
Youth leadership in music
Artist / International Indigenous Group Recording of the Year
Cihkkojuvvon / Hidden, Gájanas
Music in the Arts
Twin flames, Also thanks
Recording artist (s) of the year
Inuit Artist / Group of the Year
Silla and climb
Hand drum / violin / instrument of the year album
Singing heals, Joel wood
Traditional / Contemporary Pow Wow Album of the Year
Honor our languages, Wabanaki Confederation
The SSIMA and SSIF are produced by Mather Simard’s Indigenous entertainment and tourism business, Indigenous-Experiences.ca on behalf of the National Indigenous Peoples Day Committee comprising six (6) organizations that represent Indigenous communities across Canada. An Artist Advisory Committee made up of Canadian Indigenous music leaders has been established to collaborate with SSIMAs and provide direction.
The Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival is extremely grateful for the support of our funders and the business community without whom the Festival would not be able to function and provide the diverse and quality programming that our audiences have learned and learned from. appreciated. Long-time corporate sponsors, many of which have increased their investment this year, include: TD Bank Group, CN Rail, BMO Financial Group, OLG and RBC. New supporters this year include: Rio Tinto, Export Development Canada, Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation, Knowing Indigenous History, Green Shield Canada, Medavie and CUPE.
About the Aboriginal Summer Solstice Festival (June 1-21, 2021)
Established in Ottawa in 1996, the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival (SSIF) is a multidisciplinary arts festival that brings together Indigenous artists, performers, educators, students and community members to share their knowledge and celebrate from Canada various indigenous cultures. In 2020, the old 4-day live event morphed into a month-long virtual festival coinciding with National Indigenous History Month and culminating on National Indigenous Peoples Day. This year, Drive in Celebration and Concert on 21st of June, present the winners Twin Flames and Silla and Rise. Virtual programming, including education days with over 100K students and teachers registered through Canada, streaming shows, interactive family activities, arts and crafts, culinary and cultural workshops and a virtual powwow take place throughout the month of June with recorded programming available on demand.
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SOURCE Indigenous experience
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