APCMA 2012 – Best New Artist of the Year

Here it is – the Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards Nominees for Best New Artist in an RPM Youtube Playlist.

This RPM Youtube Playlist showcases the nominees for the 2012 APCMA nominees for the Best New Artist category. This five video playlist illuminates some fresh new talent and doubles as a list of who to watch out for in the coming years on the Indigenous music culture tip. Consider yourselves informed!

Click this link to watch the playlist at RPM.fm.

National Aboriginal Day Celebrations 2012

National Aboriginal Day in Canada means a lot of live Indigenous music and parties will be taking place across the country. Here are RPM’s pick for music to check out this Abo day.

National Aboriginal Day is June 21st in Canada, but you’ll find celebrations happening all month long. Here are our picks for live Indigenous music to see, but there will also be gatherings, powwows, parades, and more happening across the country, so check out what events are happening in your community!

June 21st

The feature performance at the day long festival at the Squamish Lil’Wat Culture Centre in Whistler, BC, is roots infused traditional group Kalan Wi. Info: slcc.ca/explore/events-and-workshops.

Red Power Squad, Wab Kinew and A Tribe Called Red‘s Electric Powwow will rock Sir Winston Churchill Square in Edmonton, AB. Info: theworks.ab.ca.

In the Centennial Plaza from 4pm-9pm, Edmonton, AB, performances will include Will Belcourt, Shawn Benard and Nathan Cunningham. Co-presented by creatinghopesociety.ca.

Brandy McCallum and Norine Braun are among the performers at the Vancouver, BC, celebration that takes place at Trout Lake. Info: bcnationalaboriginalday.com.

Don Amero, Whispering Loons Drum Group, and more will be at the Dauphin Friendship Centre in Flin Flon, MB. More info: aboriginalmusic.ca.

See Crystal Shawanda at the Red River Ex in Winnipeg, MB. Info: qx104fm.com/Concerts.

June 21st-24th

The Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival in Ottawa, ON, is going to be thumping with a powwow – host drum Bear Creek - and main stage performances by Amanda Rheaume, Donny Parenteau, Crystal Shawanda, Leanne Goose and Vince Fontaine’s Indian City. Info: nadottawa.wordpress.com.

June 23rd

Asani will headline the festivities at the Alberta Legislature grounds in Edmonton, AB. Info: sunandmoongallery.com.

APTN’s Aboriginal Day Live will be taking place in both Winnipeg, MB, and Regina, SK, as well as broadcast live on ATPN, with Kashtin, Indian City, Christa Couture, Inez, Joey Stylez Buffy Sainte Marie, The Local Onlyz, Samian, Plex and even more. Info: aboriginaldaylive.com.

New Indigenous Music Releases – Jan/Feb 2012

So far in 2012 the new releases in Indian Country span the genres of folk, americana, flamenco, traditional and pop/rock – something for everyone! Here are the new Indigenous music releases of January and February, 2012.

Right out of the gate, Samantha Crain released her new 7″ single “A Simple Jungle” on January 10. Produced by John Vanderslice the two new tracks on the single are exactly what you love about Samantha already – her from-another-time vocals and indie-spun american vibe. Get A Simple Jungle here: samanthacrain.com/store.

On January 20, Gabriel Ayala of the Yaqui tribe released his ninth album, Shades of Blue. Ayala’s virtuosic guitar playing is at its flamenco-flavoured best on this album and you can find it on CDBaby here: cdbaby.com/cd/gabrielayala3.

On the same day, newcoming Nick Sherman, from Sioux Lookout, Ontario, released his debut album Drag Your Words Through….

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Listen to the first single from Indian City, Stand: