Yellowbird, Parenteau lead contenders for Aboriginal Music Awards
Country stars Yellowbird, Parenteau lead contenders for Aboriginal Music
Last Updated: Thursday, November 29, 2007 | 2:35 PM MT
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
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
* 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
The weekend extravaganza will take over downtown Toronto's massive Rogers
Centre, which hosted the Grey Cup last Sunday.