The 2015 Juno Gala Dinner & Awards was packed with talent tonight, and five indigenous artists were among those recognized.
Aboriginal Album of the Year went to Tanya Tagaaq for Animism. Tagaaq was on tour and not present to receive the award.
The album was previously awarded the 2014 Polaris Music Prize and is also nominated for Alternative Album of the Year at the main awards show which airs Sunday on CTV.
The award was presented by Metis songwriter Amanda Rheume and APTN’s Sky Bridges. The artists nominated for Aboriginal Album of the Year were:
Crystal Shawanda – The Whole World’s Got the Blues
Digging Roots – For the Light
Leela Gilday – Heart of the People
Tanya Tagaaq – Animism
Tomson Highway – The (Post) Mistress
Nominees Digging Roots, Crystal Shawanda, Leela Gilday and Six Nations artist Jace Martin will be performing after the Gala Dinner at the JunoFest 2015 Aboriginal Music Showcase.
The show will be held at the Bay City Music Hall – 50 Leander Drive in Hamilton. Doors open at 8pm.