Winners announced for the Inaugural Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Awards

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Triple wins for Twin Flames and Silla and Rise pick up Two
DJ Shub takes Recording Artist of the Year
Burnstick recognized for Social Voice

OTTAWA, ON, June 12, 2021 /CNW/ - The Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival (SSIF) today announced The SSIMAs winners in 18 categories with Sarain Fox and Jah'kota handling live-hosting duties for the two-hour event from unceded Algonquin territory. Despite the fact, the festival had to move its live location from the NAC due to COVID restrictions, the first-time awards show was seamless. It streamed live on Facebook and YouTube with all nominees tuning in live from a Zoom chat room, with pre-taped introductions by Trina Mather-Simard the Awards' Executive Producer, Presenting Partner TD Bank Group, 2021 Festival Host: National Association of Friendship Centres, and Ottawa Tourism and Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, as well as pre-recorded Awards introductions and performances by Burnstick, Joey Stylez & Carsen Grey, Silla and Rise, Desiree Dorion, Juno award-winner Leela Gilday, and Twin Flames.

SSIMAs Winners Announced! (CNW Group/Indigenous Experience)
SSIMAs Winners Announced! (CNW Group/Indigenous Experience)

The evening began with an opening prayer by Elder Annie Smith St. Georges. Shortly thereafter Ms. Fox referenced "difficult days for our communities following the discovery of the 215 children…" and asked for a moment of silence before commencing the night's proceedings.

Twin Flames walked away with three SSIMAs: Battlefields won for Radio Song Single of the Year, Omen for Pop/Alternative Rock Album and the duo topped in the Music in the Arts category. Silla and Rise was named Inuit Artist/Group of the Year, and won for Artistic Video with Mother Roots. Another Ottawa area artist, Mary Bryton bested the newcomer category, Rising Star.

Curtis Shingoose and Willie Dunn, recipients of the Legacy Award, were honoured by memorial videos, showcasing a lasting influence on the artistic and cultural heritage of the Indigenous community through their music and career contributions.



Radio Song Single of the Year

Battlefields, Twin Flames

Country Album of the Year

Don't Mind If I Do, Jerry Sereda

Pop/Alternative/Rock Album of the Year

Omen, Twin Flames

Live Musical Performance of the Year

Joshua Arden Miller, Rez Bluez 25th Anniversary Concert

Social Voice


Artistic Video

Mother Roots, Silla and Rise

Director: Rise Ashen

Roots Album of the Year

North Star Calling, Leela Gilday

Rap/Hip Hop/Electronica Album of the Year

20/20, Mattmac

Metis Artist/Group of the Year

Sandra Sutter

Youth Leadership in Music

Warrior Women

International Indigenous Artist/Group Recording of the Year

Cihkkojuvvon / Hidden, Gájanas

Music in the Arts

Twin Flames, Grace Too

Recording Artist(s) of the Year

DJ Shub

Rising Star

Mary Bryton

Inuit Artist/Group of the Year

Silla and Rise

Hand Drum/Fiddle/Instrumental Album of the Year

Singing is Healing, Joel Wood

Pow Wow Traditional/ Contemporary Album of the Year

Honouring Our Languages, Wabanaki Confederacy

The SSIMAs and SSIF are produced by Mather Simard's Indigenous entertainment and tourism firm, on behalf of the National Indigenous Peoples Day Committee comprising six (6) organizations that represent Indigenous communities across Canada. An Artist Advisory Committee made up of Canadian Indigenous music leaders was created to collaborate with and provide direction on The SSIMAs.

The Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival is immensely grateful for the support from our funders and the corporate community without which the Festival would not be able to operate and provide the quality, diverse programming that our audiences have come to learn from and enjoy. Long standing corporate sponsors, many of whom increased their investment this year include: TD Bank Group, CN Rail, BMO Financial Group, OLG and RBC. New supporters this year include: Rio Tinto, Export Development Canada, Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation, Know Indigenous History, Green Shield Canada, Medavie, and CUPE.

About Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival (June 1-21, 2021)
Established in Ottawa in 1996, the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival (SSIF) is a multi-disciplinary arts festival that brings together Indigenous artists, performers, educators, students, and community members to share knowledge and celebrate Canada's diverse Indigenous cultures. In 2020, the former 4-day live event transformed to a month-long virtual festival coinciding with National Indigenous History Month and culminating on National Indigenous Peoples Day. This year's Drive in Celebration and Concert on June 21st, feature Award winners Twin Flames and Silla and Rise. Virtual programming including Education Days with over 100K students and teachers registered across Canada, streamed performances, interactive family activities, arts and crafts, culinary and cultural workshops and a virtual Pow Wow is ongoing throughout June with recorded programming available on-demand.

Hashtags #TheSSIMAs, #SSIF2021

SOURCE Indigenous Experience


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