Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival Virtual Edition

Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival To Be Live Streamed From NAC On June 12

The Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival will hold their annual awards show on June 12. It will recognize Indigenous artists from all genres of music and will be live streamed from the National Arts Council in Ottawa, ON. To learn more about the festival, click here.

Trina Mather Simard says, “we felt it was a natural connections to establish these international awards to spark this celebration of Indigenous music in recognition of National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day.” She is the artistic producer and executive director for the Summer Solstice Festival in Ottawa.

Some of the 18 award categories hold special significance including Youth Leadership In Music and Social Voice. They recognize individuals and groups that have impacted artistic heritage and culture within the Indigenous community, mentorship of youth and/or raised awareness of social and environmental issues. See the full list of categories and nominees below. Winners will be announced in the ceremony on June 12.

Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival Nominees

Radio Song Single of the Year

Battlefields, Twin Flames

Super Power, Joey Stylez

Manidoo Dewe’igan, Cody Coyote

Sah ‘Laana, Carsen Gray

Some Kind of Hell, Burnstick

Roots Album of the Year

As The Stars Explode, The North Sound

Made Of, Nick Sherman

STAND UP, Murray Porter

North Star Calling, Leela Gilday 

The Ridge, Julian Taylor

Recording Artist(s) of the Year

Twin Flames

Murray Porter

DJ Shub



Country Album of the Year

Shine, Leah Belle

Don’t Mind If I Do, Jerry Sereda

Break The Chain, Desiree Dorion

Big Dream, Esther Pennell

Last Ride, The C-weed Band

Rap/Hip Hop/Electronica Album of the Year

Sah ‘Laana, The North Stars 

Electric Turtle Dreams. Sean Beaver 

Let the games begin, Rich n Beka 

20/20, Mattmac 

Dreamweaver, Anachnid

Rising Star

Mary Bryton

Logan Staats

Kaeley Jade

Joshua Arden Miller

Angel Baribeau

Pop/Alternative/Rock Album of the Year

Omen, Twin Flames, Omen

Quanah Style, Quanah Style

Theory of Ice, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

Warrior Sun, Joey Stylez and Carsen Gray

Dreamweaver, Anachnid 

Metis Artist/Group of the Year

Sandra Sutter

G.R. Gritt

Electric Religious

Brandi Vezina

Blue Moon Marquee

Inuit Artist/Group of the Year

Silver Wolf Band

Silla and Rise


Hand Drum/Fiddle/Instrumental Album of the Year

Four Sacred Colours, Tee Cloud

Manitou Mkwa Singers Volume 2

Singing is Healing, Joel Wood

Pow Wow Traditional/ Contemporary Album of the Year

Honouring Our Languages, Wabanaki Confederacy

Kepmite’lsultinej: Honour Our People, Stoney Bear Singers

Manitou Mkwa Singers Volume 2, Manitou Mkwa

Live Musical Performance of the Year

Shawnee, Warrior Heart

Shauit, Nutshimam

Sandrine Masse-Savard, Yawenda and wendat chants

Joshua Arden Miller, Toronto Blues Society 35 Years of Blues

Joey Stylez and Carsen Gray, Victory Dance

Youth Leadership in Music

Warrior Women


Cody Coyote

International Indigenous Artist/Group Recording of the Year

Vildaluodda / Wildprint , VILDÁ

A Small Death, Samantha Crain 

Cihkkojuvvon / Hidden, Gájanas

Dockside Saints, Cary Morin

Sky Songs, Alena Murang

Social Voice

Murray Porter 

Leela Gilday


G.R. Gritt


Music in the Arts

Twin Flames, Grace Too

Okara, Okara LIVE

Cris Derksen,  Indigenous Fashion Week

Artistic Video

Like A Record (Troy Koko) Troy Kokol

Monsters (The North Stars) David Hodges

Mother Roots (Silla And Rise) Rise Ashen

Easier (Nadjiwan) Meriläinen Müsic Inc., Laura Meriläinen & Marc Meriläinen

Solidification( Leanne Betasamosake Simpson) Sammy Chien and the Chemerik Collective