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      Country stars Yellowbird, Parenteau lead contenders for Aboriginal Music
      Awards

      Last Updated: Thursday, November 29, 2007 | 2:35 PM MT
      CBC News

      Aboriginal musicians from across the country will descend on downtown
      Toronto Friday for the ninth annual Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards.

      Two country music artists are heading into Friday evening's ceremony at the
      top of the nominee list: Alberta's Shane Yellowbird and Saskatchewan's
      Donny Parenteau.

      The two have scored five nominations each and Parenteau told CBC News that
      it's exciting to lead the pack this year.

      "Every genre of music has been submitted to this. And then for two country
      artists to be the highest nominated acts — that says something good about
      country," Parenteau said.

      Parenteau's album What It Takes is competing against Yellowbird's Life is
      Calling My Name for the coveted album of the year award, with
      Yellowknife-born, Vancouver-based folk singer Leela Gilday's Sedze rounding
      out the category.

      Other trophy contenders this weekend include:

      * Song/Single: Donny Parenteau, Father Time; Digging Roots, Wake Up and
      Rise; Shane Yellowbird, Pickup Truck.
      * Male Artist: Joe Byrne; Buddy Gouchie; Shane Yellowbird.
      * Female Artist: Tracy Bone; Cheri Maracle; Sandy Scofield.
      * Best Group or Duo: Arvel Bird with Ananeah; M'Girl; Priscilla's
      Revenge.
      * Best International Album: Robert Mirabal, In The Blood; Stevie Salas,
      The Sun and The Earth Vol. 1; Jimmy Lee Young, Anduhyun.

      Altogether, award organizers will present trophies in 24 categories at the
      musical event, which helps kick off the massive, three-day Canadian
      Aboriginal Festival.

      The weekend extravaganza will take over downtown Toronto's massive Rogers
      Centre, which hosted the Grey Cup last Sunday.
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