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Western Canadian Music Awards

The Western Canadian Music Awards celebrate the best talent in western Canadian music. They are given away at the BreakOut West conference and festival, which takes place in Edmonton this year, from September 13 to 17. In the category of Indigenous Artist of the Year is a diverse and talented group of musicians.

Blue Moon Marquee is a Gypsy blues duo from the foothills of Alberta, who make their home on the coast of the Salish Sea in British Columbia. They are influenced by anything that swings, jumps or grooves, and listeners are usually surprised to discover there are only two in the band. A.W. Cardinal on vocals and guitar brings swinging energy, and Jasmine Collette commands the rhythm section with upright bass, kick drum, snare, and high hat, all the while singing harmonies.

Cindy Paul's rich vocals and rhythms combine for a melodic and insightful journey through the imagination and into the heart. This singer/songwriter from northern Alberta has been honored with many nominations, including Best Folk Recording at the 2016 Native American Music Awards.  Her video for He Can Fancy Dance had been shared well over a million times on social media and digital sites. 

Indian City from Winnipeg captures the sound and color of a vibrant Indigenous culture with a flair for pop and alternative rock. The all-star band of award-winning artists and rising stars has gained attention across North America with their unique live fusions of lyrics, music and personality, expressing the modern conscience of today?s Indigenous people.

Jade Turner is a Country Artist and Red Seal Millwright from Misipawistik Cree Nation, located on the northwestern shore of Lake Winnipeg. Her lyrics are created from her life in the north and her second album was released in early 2017. Jade Turner?s first album earned an Aboriginal People?s Choice Music Award, and her singles have topped the Indigenous Music Countdown. 

Whether on the mainstage of a summer festival, or headlining a shadowy cabaret, Jay Gilday captivates. He is equally arresting as a solo performer as he is the front-man of an eight-piece rock band. What sets this Edmonton artist apart is an unfailing authenticity, and a rare convergence of skills in the world of singer/songwriters. He stands out from the pack.

RoseAnna Schick is a freelance writer and entertainment publicist. If you?d like to see your story in next month' Entertainment Beat, please email her at rascreative@yahoo.ca

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