Check out the winners of the first ever Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Awards
The first ever Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Awards were given out this month at a ceremony June 12 as part of the annual Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival. We’re a little late posting the winners here on Roots Music Canada because Heather was away when they were announced, but we wanted to get them out there nonetheless because there is a ton of great talent on the list.
Also, can we just say how much we love the fact that there are categories that look beyond the usual “best album” and “best single” competitions to salute things like youth leadership?
What a fantastic idea. More awards shows should hand out awards for contributions to music that go beyond great artistry.
With that, here are this year’s winners.
Radio Song Single of the Year
“Battlefields” – Twin Flames
Country Album of the Year
Don’t Mind If I Do – Jerry Sereda
Pop/Alternative/Rock Album of the Year
Omen – Twin Flames
Live Musical Performance of the Year
Joshua Arden Miller, Toronto Blues Society 35 Years of Blues
Roots Album of the Year
North Star Calling, Leela Gilday
Rap/Hip Hop/Electronica Album of the Year
20/20 – Mattmac
Metis Artist/Group of the Year
Youth Leadership in Music
International Indigenous Artist/Group Recording of the Year
Cihkkojuvvon / Hidden – Gájanas
Music in the Arts
Twin Flames – “Grace Too”
Recording Artist(s) of the Year
Inuit Artist/Group of the Year
Silla and Rise
Hand Drum/Fiddle/Instrumental Album of the Year
Singing is Healing – Joel Wood
Pow Wow Traditional/Contemporary Album of the Year
Honouring Our Languages – Wabanaki Confederacy
“Mother Roots” – (Silla And Rise) Rise Ashen