Celebrating Indigenous Artists Nominated for Juno Awards

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March, 2018

The Juno Awards will be hosted in Vancouver this year on March 25, and Indigenous artists have been nominated across several categories. Here’s a quick look at some of the Indigenous nominated artists for the 2018 Juno Awards.

A Tribe Called Red – Nominated for Group of the Year

A Tribe Called Red has made an impact in the global music scene with a truly unique style. The producer and DJ crew blend modern hip hop, Pow-wow style drums and vocals with electronic music. Their music and shows promote inclusivity, empathy, and acceptance amongst all races and genders.

Tanya Tagaq – Alternative Album of the Year (Retribution)

Tanya Tagaq’s album Retribution has been nominated for Alternative Album of the Year. She is an Inuk throat singer from Iqaluktuutiaq (Cambridge Bay), Nunavut. Her powerful throat singing is blended with different music styles from electronic, to classical, to punk rock.

The Jerry Cans – Contemporary Roots Album of the Year (Inuusiq) and Breakthrough Group of the Year

Creating music inspired by their hometown of Iqaluit, Nunavut, the Jerry Cans have a distinctly Northern sound which blends together traditional Inuit throat singing and folk-rock sang in the Indigenous language Inuktitut. The band is passionate about helping to preserve the Inuktitut language, and challenging misconceptions about life in the North.

Nunavut Sivuniksavut and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra – Classical Album of the Year (The Shaman & Arctic Symphony)

Arctic Symphony is acclaimed composer Vincent Ho’s portrait of the Northern region of Canada, and features Nunavut Sivuniksavut performers. Nunavut Sivuniksavut is a silattuqsarvik (Inuktitut for “a place and time to become wise”), dedicated to providing Inuit youth cultural and academic learning experiences.

Buffy Sainte-Marie – Indigenous Music Album of the Year and Contemporary Roots Album of the Year (Medicine Songs)

Buffy Sainte-Marie is a Cree singer-songwriter, musician, composer, educator, and advocate for Indigenous rights. Her newest album focuses on the environment, alternative conflict resolution, Indigenous realities and greed. The songs on this album are meant to make us feel stronger and more capable of seeing the world around us clearly.

Other nominees for Indigenous Music Album of the Year are DJ Shub for PowWowStep​, Indian City for Here & Now, Iskwé for The Fight Within and ​Kelly Fraser for Sedna.

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