Toronto, Ontario, Canada – The Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards
has announced the addition of three new categories for its seventh annual
awards. New this year, Aboriginal musicians will be honored for their
achievements in the categories of Best Inuit Culture Album, Best Children’s Song
and Best Television Program or Special Promoting Aboriginal Music. Additionally,
Galaxie, CBC’s Continuous Music Network will grant, for the third consecutive
year, a Galaxie Rising Stars Award to a shining newcomer in Aboriginal Music.Each year the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards celebrates the musical
contributions of Aboriginal people by honoring the premiere musicians, groups,
and industry members across Canada. Entries and nominations in 28 categories are
now being accepted for the seventh annual Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, to
be held on Friday, November 25 at the John Bassett Theatre in Toronto.
The Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards are presented in association with the
Canadian Aboriginal Festival, an annual celebration of the rich cultural
heritage of Canada’s Aboriginal community. Each year the event draws thousands
of visitors for its spectacular grand entries, musical showcases, original
crafts and traditional teachings. The twelfth annual Canadian Aboriginal
Festival will take place November 25-27, 2005 at the Rogers Centre (formerly
SkyDome) in Toronto.
To qualify for a Canadian Aboriginal Music Award, nominees must be Canadian
Aboriginal; status, non-status, Metis or Inuit, by birth, adoption or community
acceptance. All entered materials must be original, except Traditional and Pow
Wow, and must be commercially accessible. Nominations are not restricted and can
be made by anyone. This year’s new categories will accept entries from the past
two years. (From January 1, 2003 to May 30, 2005.)
The Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards submission deadline is Thursday, June 30,
Application forms, a full list of the 28 award categories, and further
information about the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards is available for download
at www.canab.com. Additional information is
available by calling 519-751-0040.
[Photo courtesy of Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards].