Check out the winners of the first ever Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Awards

Twin Flames. Photo by Sean Sisk.


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

Social Voice


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

Sandra Sutter

Youth Leadership in Music

Warrior Women

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

DJ Shub

Rising Star

Mary Bryton

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

Artistic video

“Mother Roots” – (Silla And Rise) Rise Ashen


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