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6th ANNUAL MANITO AHBEE FESTIVAL BEGINS

 


Winnipeg, Manitoba (November 2, 2011) -- The 6th annual Manito Ahbee Festival officially kicked off celebrations at a press conference today.

“We’re happy to be kicking off our sixth festival today,” says Lisa Meeches, Chair of the Manito Ahbee Board of Governors. “Our goal each year is to bring people together, so we hope you will come out and enjoy the celebration of Aboriginal music, art and culture.”

MOST OUTSTANDING MANITOBAN AWARD

The press conference included presentation of the award for Most Outstanding Manitoban, an award given annually to an emerging Aboriginal artist. This year’s recipient is Ali Fontaine, a young recording artist from Sagkeeng First Nation.

Ali Fontaine is a self-taught singer/songwriter who has been writing songs and performing since the age of eight, when she entered and won first place in her first talent competition. Since then, Ali has been performing at various events, gatherings, conferences and concerts. Waiting until she was old enough to enter the ‘NCI Jam’ (Canada’s national aboriginal radio station) Ali was finally able to enter in 2010, when she was 16. She won with her own song Hey – a feat not often done by or in talent competitions. Ali competed for, and won a spot on Manitoba Star Attractions Talent Showcase 2010 compilation CD, releasing her first single I miss you. Hey and I Miss You are also available on her debut self-titled album that was released in June 2011.

MANITO ABHEE EVENTS

RBC Ohshkii Awards Night

Thursday November 3

7:00pm – 8:30pm

Fort Garry Place, Grand Ballroom

Invitation-only event

12 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards will be handed out:

 Best Duo or Group

 Best Producer/Engineer

 Best Music Video

 Best Aboriginal Radio Station/Program

 Best Album Cover Design

 Best Folk/Acoustic CD

 Best Flute CD

 Best Fiddle CD

 Best Peyote CD

 Best Instrumental CD

 Best Hand Drum CD

 Best Rock CD

Performances by:

 Donny Parenteau

 Cris Derksen

 Will Belcourt

 Ali Fontaine

Education Day

Friday November 4

11:00am – 4:00pm

Franco Manitoban Cultural Centre

340 Provencher Blvd.

Red Carpet Presented by Manitoba Lotteries

Friday November 4

6:00pm – 7:15pm

MTS Centre, Portage & Donald Entrance

Free public event

Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards

Friday November 4

7:00pm – 10:00pm

MTS Centre

Tickets $37.45 at Ticketmaster

The APCMAs are broadcast live on APTN!

9 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards will be handed out:

 Best Country CD

 Best Rap/Hip Hop CD

 Best Pow Wow CD Contemporary

 Best Pow Wow CD Traditional

 Best New Artist

 Single of the Year

 Songwriter of the Year

 Male Entertainer of the Year

 Female Entertainer of the Year

Plus a special presentation will be made to Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Errol Ranville.

Performances by:

 Derek Miller

 Ghost Keeper

 Elisapie Isaac

 Kelly Daniels

 Don Amero

 Samian with Florent Vollant

 Pacific Curls

 C-Weed Band with Ali Fontaine

The Indigenous Marketplace & Trade Show will be open on Friday evening.

International Competition Pow Wow Presented by Manitoba Lotteries

Saturday November 5

12:00pm – 11:00pm

Sunday November 6

12:00pm – 8:00pm

MTS Centre

Tickets $15.75 each day, at Ticketmaster

Saturday’s events include the crowning of the 2011 Miss Manito Ahbee Travelling Princess, in honour of Cherisse Houle.

Sunday’s events include the presentation of the new Outstanding Volunteer Award, in honour of Shaawanong Pineshii – ikwe, South Thunderbird Woman, Penny Miranda Houle.

Indigenous Marketplace & Trade Show

Saturday November 5

10:00am – 11:00pm

Sunday November 6

10:00am – 8:00pm

MTS Centre

Admission included with purchase of Pow Wow ticket (Saturday or Sunday)

ABOUT MANITO AHBEE

The Manito Ahbee Festival celebrates and showcases Aboriginal music, art and culture, with the 6th annual festival taking place in Winnipeg from November 2nd to 6th. Manito Ahbee – which means ‘where the Creator sits’ – honours a sacred site in Manitoba’s Whiteshell Provincial Park where Aboriginal people have gathered for hundreds of years to share teachings and wisdom. There are several petroforms at this site including one shaped like a turtle that represents Turtle Island, another name for North America. Manito Ahbee was recognized in 2007 with Travel Manitoba’s Tourism Award in the category of Aboriginal Tourism. The Board of Governors, staff and organizers of Manito Ahbee express deep gratitude for all participants, supporters and communities who have come together to make the festival what it is today.

http://www.manitoahbee.com

http://www.aboriginalpeopleschoice.com

 

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