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APTN Announces Fall ‘07 Programming Line-up

With an all-new fall season slated to hit television screens across the country November 5th, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) is pleased to unveil its largest, most diverse programming line-up to date.

APTN will offer nine new entertainment/variety/lifestyle series, 11 returning entertainment/variety/lifestyle series (new seasons), four new children’s series and two children’s returning series (new seasons). The network’s popular movie slots will feature 38 new titles including blockbuster favourites The Matrix, Coal Miner’s Daughter, Under Siege, Disclosure, Cobb and Mask, and the Canadian broadcast premiere of Black Cloud. More than 30 new documentary offerings round out the schedule and include 20 world premieres.

by NationTalk on August 21, 20072978 Views

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APTN Announces Open Call Winners

The successful applicants of Open Call, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network’s recently-announced music video initiative, have been determined. The network is pleased to announce it will, through this initiative, assist seven established Canadian Aboriginal musicians or musical groups in producing a music video from a song that is featured on a current CD.

“We are proud and extremely encouraged by the number of entries, featuring all genres of music, that we received.” says Jean LaRose, APTN Chief Executive Officer. “The Programming staff at APTN had a difficult time narrowing the entries. It comes as no surprise to us because we have seen the high caliber of Aboriginal talent that abounds across this country.”

by NationTalk on August 21, 20071554 Views

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Vote Now: NCI FM “Single Of The Year”

August 20, 2007

The online polls for the NCI FM “Single of the Year” are open. This year, Gerry McIvor’s “Anishinabe Ikwe” and Gabby Taylor’s “Cool Me Down” are in the running along with a song by Black Rain.

To vote for your favorite song, simply visit www.ncifm.com/vote.html and click on your selection.

If you haven’t heard “Anishinabe Ikwe” or “Cool Me Down,” visit Gerry McIvor and Gabby Taylor on MySpace.com.

Gerry McIvor
www.myspace.com/gerrymcivor

Gabby Taylor
www.myspace.com/gabbytaylor

The “Single of the Year” will be announced on Saturday, September 22 at Winnipeg’s Centennial Concert Hall during the 2007 NCI Jam.

Tickets for the 2007 NCI Jam are available at Ticketmaster:
www.ticketmaster.ca/event/11003EF990C89E71

by NationTalk on August 21, 20071699 Views

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Five Acts Up For Indian Summer Music Awards

August 20, 2007

Five Manitoba artists have been nominated for the 2007 Indian Summer Music Awards (ISMA). The ISMA are held annually in conjunction with the largest Aboriginal music festival in North America, which draws close to 70,000 visitors to the Summerfest Grounds on the western shore of Lake Michigan each year. The ISMA winners will be announced at an awards ceremony during the Indian Summer Festival (ISF) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 7, 2007.

This year’s nominees include JC Campbell in the Alternative Rock category and Tracy Bone in the Pop category. Country crooners Ron Loutit and Don Constant are both up in the Country category, and instrumental act Longhouse has been nominated for the Native Spirit category.

by NationTalk on August 21, 2007966 Views

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Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards Voting Begins

August 14, 2007

Online voting for the 2007 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards started Monday, August 13 at 5:00 pm Central. As in the previous year, the nominees and eventual winners in each of the 23 categories will be chosen by fans on the www.aboriginalpeopleschoice.com website.

The winners will be announced at one of two award ceremonies in Winnipeg on November 1 and 2, 2007, with the second event being broadcasted live across Canada on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.

In order to vote, you’ll need a valid email address, access to the Internet and a little bit of time to listen to the music in each category.

by NationTalk on August 14, 20072365 Views

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Brandt At The Helm For 2007 CCMA Awards

Initial List of Performers Released With More To Come

Toronto, ON – (August 8, 2007) The Canadian Country Music Awards confirmed that Paul Brandt will take to the stage in Regina, SK and lead the CCMA Awards celebration September 10 at Brandt Centre. Brandt, a Gemini winner for his role as host of the show, will once again be at the helm for a night that recognizes extraordinary achievement for Canada’s country music artists over the past year.

Brandt returns after a one-year break to say he’s pleased to be back as host, and adds “…Regina is one of my favorite cities and the reception from Country fans there has always been over the top…but really, you didn’t have to name the arena after me guys, that’s taking hospitality just a bit too far!” He also promised fans the September event would be “…an incredible party!”

by NationTalk on August 13, 20071038 Views

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Three Locals Acts Up For Native American Music Awards

August 7, 2007

Three local acts are up for trophies at the Native American Music Awards (Nammys), an American music awards show. Juno-winning rock outfit Eagle & Hawk and blues acts Slidin’ Clyde Roulette Band and South ThunderBird are up for awards at the 9th annual celebrations.

Eagle & Hawk, which was nominated for 2006 JUNO Award for Best Aboriginal Recording, is up for Best Pop/Rock Recording for its album Life Is… The band picked up a trophy in this category at the 2006 Nammys for its recording, Mother Earth.

by NationTalk on August 7, 2007939 Views

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Diversity Initiative Sparks New TV series

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August 7, 2007

Diversity initiative sparks production of new TV mini-series

Winnipeg – a new TV mini-series Guns, developed through Telefilm Canada’s Spark Plug Program, is now in production and set to air on CBC Television in fall 2008. The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) designed a curriculum and delivered training for the program which aimed to further the development of Canadian television drama by advancing the skills of visible-minority and Aboriginal producers.

by NationTalk on August 7, 20071228 Views

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Native American Music Awards & Association Announce Nominees for Ninth Annual Awards Ceremony

BRULE’ LEADS WITH FIVE, JANA, JIM BOYD BAND, SHELLY MORNINGSONG WITH FOUR NOMINATIONS EACH

TO BE HELD SATURDAY OCTOBER 6, 2007 AT SENECA NIAGARA CASINO & HOTEL
IN NIAGARA FALLS NEW YORK

New York, NY (August 6, 2007) – Nominations for the Ninth Annual Native American Music Awards were announced today by The Native American Music Awards & Association (N.A.M.A). Due to a record number of recording submissions received in the past year, the Awards have expanded both its number of categories from 26 to 30 and from five to six nominees in each category. This year, 180 nominees are featured throughout 30 music Award categories.

by NationTalk on August 7, 20071340 Views

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SPIRIT Magazines Annual Music Issue

August 1, 2007

SPIRIT Magazine’s annual music issue hit stands this week. As in previous years, a number of artist profiles are included in the issue along with a compilation CD featuring songs by Indigenous artists from across North America. Coverage of the scene in Manitoba includes a one-page profile of Jesse Green, a track by Billy Joe Green on the compilation CD and a submission by Aboriginal Music Program Coordinator Alan Greyeyes.

by NationTalk on August 3, 20071239 Views

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Broadcast Success for NSI Totally Television Graduates

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Success for NSI Totally Television graduates
August 1, 2007

Winnipeg — Two new Canadian TV series developed through the National Screen Institute’s Totally Television training program will hit TV screens over the coming months. da’ Kink in My Hair will debut on Global Television on Sunday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Less Than Kind, currently in production, will be broadcast on CHUM Television in fall 2008.

by NationTalk on August 3, 20071386 Views

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NCC Showcases Aboriginal Talent At Capital Infocentre

August 02, 2007

Free programming offered from August 2 – 6, 2007

The National Capital Commission (NCC) invites residents and visitors to the plaza of the Capital Infocentre to experience First Nations culture and music, August 2 to 6, 2007. The NCC is pleased to present these demonstrations and activities for the whole family in partnership with the Turtle Island Tourism Company.

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The Turtle Island Tourism Company, the organization behind the award-winning Aboriginal Experiences cultural attraction on Victoria Island, will demonstrate First Nations drumming and dancing as well as Inuit throat singing, soap stone carving and canoe building on the plaza of the Capital Infocentre, located at 90 Wellington Street, just across from Parliament Hill.

by NationTalk on August 3, 20071386 Views

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Canadian Country Music Awards Nominees Released

COUNTRY STAR AND NEWCOMER IMPACT BALLOT

Toronto, ON (August 1, 2007) – The Canadian Country Music Association today announced the nominees for the 2007 CCMA Awards, at press conferences held in Regina, SK and Toronto, ON. The Awards will take place Monday, September 10 at Brandt Centre, in Regina.

Well-known country performer George Canyon, originally from Nova Scotia, and firsttime nominee Shane Yellowbird led the ballot with their multiple nominations, representing a year of tremendous achievement from both current country stars – and stars on the rise. Canyon garnered five nominations in major categories, including Single and Album of the Year, and the coveted Fans’ Choice Award. Yellowbird, from Hobbema, Alberta, received five major nominations including Chevy Rising Star and Independent Male Artist. Yellowbird’s single “Pickup Truck” (written by Joni Delaurier and Troy Kokol) also picked up a nomination for SOCAN Songwriter(s) of the Year.

by NationTalk on August 2, 20078599 Views

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Call For Artists: NCI FM Entertainment For South Indian Lake

July 24, 2007

NCI-FM Cares

South Indian Lake Evacuees

How can you help?
July 23, 2007

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Artists/Musicians Needed

NCI-FM, Manitoba’s Aboriginal Radio Network is coordinating free concerts, one at each hotel for the evacuees of the South Indian Lake forest fires. Evacuees are staying in five Winnipeg Hotels, Ramada Marlborough, Place Louis Riel, Club Regent Hotel, and the Canad Inn Polo Park, and the Viscount Gort.

by NationTalk on July 25, 20071516 Views

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Call For Submissions: CKUW 93.5 FM Spotlight For Aboriginal Music

July 19, 2007

Are you an artist looking for a spotlight? CKUW 95.9 FM is looking to showcase emerging local Native recording artists, signed and unsigned. Send your demos or albums to be added to the collection and/or jam live in the station’s studio. For more information contact the station reps below.

by NationTalk on July 23, 20071182 Views

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Festival Celebrates The Finest In Canadian Filmmaking

7/17/2007 — Toronto International Film Festival®

Toronto – Canadian programming at the 32nd Toronto International Film Festival highlights the best of our national cinema, bringing the country’s finest films and filmmakers to the attention of local, national and international audiences. This year, Canada First! opens with Martin Gero’s funny, sexy comedy YOUNG PEOPLE F*CKING, and continues its celebration of emerging talent with eight feature films. Ticket Passes and Packages now on sale. For more information, please visit tiff07.ca or call 416-968-FILM or 1-877-968-FILM.

by NationTalk on July 18, 20071289 Views

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Media advisory for Friday, June 29th – Kathleen Edwards to Perform at First Nations’ National Day of Action, June 29th in Ottawa

OTTAWA, June 27 –

All First Nations and Canadians are invited to join the March of Solidarity from Ottawa City Hall at noon (12 PM) to Victoria Island

and

See Kathleen Edwards perform on the Victoria Island Stage.

Kathleen is praised for her 2003 indie album “Failer” and her 2005 album “Back to Me”.

She was named one of Rolling Stone’s 10 artists to watch in 2003.

She’s opened for Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones.

by NationTalk on June 28, 20071140 Views

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