MNO citizen Amanda Rheaume and
John MacDonald pose with the
Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year award at
2014 Canadian Folk Music Awards.
(Source: Ottawa Citizen)
On November 29, 2014, Métis Nation of Ontario citizen (MNO) Amanda Rheaume was thrilled to join the winners’ circle at the 10th-anniversary edition of the Canadian Folk Music Awards. The awards were handed out during a down-to-earth gala at Ottawa’s Bronson Centre.
Rheaume, was the hometown favourite in the Aboriginal category, even though her Juno-nominated album, Keep a Fire, faced tough competition from Animism, the Polaris-winning entry by Tanya Tagaq.
“I did not expect that, being in the same category as so many amazing artists and friends,” said a happy and surprised Rheaume, who accepted the award with her songwriting partner, Ottawa musician John MacDonald. “This whole album was about looking back into my family’s past and learning about where I came from, discovering and honouring my native roots. This is a true honour.”
Rheaume has been recently commissioned by the MNO to write a song called “We Aspire,” which will be used to promote MNO programs and services starting in the spring of 2015.
For more information about Amanda Rheaume, visit her website at: http://amandarheaume.com/.