Celebrating the Indigenous Music Awards


May, 2018

The Indigenous Music Awards are taking place on May 18, 2018 in Winnipeg, MB. This year the awards are being held in honour of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, men, boys and 2SLGTBQ people.

The awards will be hosted during Manito Ahbee, a yearly festival that celebrates Indigenous arts, culture, and music. The festival features an International Pow Wow, an Indigenous marketplace and trade-show, an art expo, and Getting Juggy With It – a square dance exhibition and jigging competition.

The Indigenous Music Awards will be co-hosted by CBC Music’s Reclaimed radio show host, Jarrett Martineau, and singer-songwriter Beatrice Deer. Here are some of the world-class artist that will perform at the awards:

Dakhká Khwáan Dancers and DJ Dash

An inland Tlingit dance group based out of Whitehorse, blending together Tlingit dance and song with electronic music. The Dakhká Khwáan Dancers and DJ Dash are nominated for Best Electronic Music Album. The Deconstruct/Reconstruct album is a live multimedia performance that merges Tlingit First Nation singing, drumming and dance with electronic music and video.


Pat Vega

Redbone’s Pat Vega co-founded the band in 1969. The group helped pave the road for Indigenous artists to explore their culture through music. Redbone’s single “Come and Get Your Love” experienced a comeback in popularity in recent years after being featured on the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack.


Indigenous Music Awards Playlist

CBC Music put together a playlist featuring this year’s nominees. Everything from contemporary Pow Wow, to pop music. Listen today and get to know the artists!

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