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1999 Music Award Winners

For the first time ever, The Canadian Aboriginal Festival, held at SkyDome from December 2 to 5, put the spotlight on the exemplary talent and diversity of Aboriginal performers at The Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. The inaugural gala, held Thursday, December 2, was a smashing success!

With over one hundred and sixty entries, it was not an easy task for judges to select winners in the 15 musical categories. The evening was enjoyed by performers, promoters, creators, teachers and guests, all of whom honored, recognized and applauded Aboriginal music and musicians. The success of this musical awards evening will grow in next year's Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards and for years to come.

And the winners for 1999 are...

Best Traditional Album-Historical
Katutjatut Throat Singing by Alacie Tullaugaq and Lucy Amaraulik from Inukjuak, Quebec

Best Traditional Album-Contemporary
For Old Times' Sake by the Little Island Cree from Island Lake First Nation, Saskatchewan

Best Pow Wow Album-Traditional
Whitefish Bay Singers Volume 9 by the Whitefish Bay Singers from Sandy Bay, Ontario

Best Pow Wow Album-Contemporary
In Our Drum We Trust by the Northern Cree Singers from Hobbema, Alberta

Best Song
Walk Away by Fara from Vancouver, BC

Best Songwriter
Murray Porter from the Six Nations on the Grand, Ontario

Best Producer
Tom Jackson and Jon Park Wheeler for the Album That Side Of the Window from Calgary, AB

Best Album Cover Design
Daniel Lanois, Bob Lanois and Emma Lee for the Album Sketches, Derek Miller

Best Group or Duo
Chester Knight and The Wind from Muskoday First Nation, Saskatchewan


Best Music Video
Kehlonn by Jerry Alfred and The Medicine Beat, Northern Tutchone First Nation (Pelly Crossing,) Yukon

Best Rock Album
Indian City by Eagle & Hawk from Winnipeg, Manitoba

Best Country or Folk Album
Seeing With My Heart by Billy Simard from Selkirk, Manitoba

Best Blues, Jazz or Gospel Album
The Ronnie Douglas Blues Band Live by the Ronnie Douglas Blues Band from Rama, Ontario

Best Male Artist
Derek Miller from Six Nations on the Grand, Ontario

Best Female Artist
Fara from Vancouver, BC

Keeper of Traditions
Olivia Tailfeathers from Alberta

Lifetime Contributions
Alex and Hope Gordon from the NWT.

Music Industry Award
Craig Fatheringham of Manitoba


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