Celeigh Cardinal wins 2020’s Indigenous artist Juno Award

Metis singer songwriter Celeigh Cardinal takes Indigenous album Juno Award.

Métis singer-songwriter Celeigh Cardinal of Edmonton has her  first Juno award  after taking the Indigenous Album category Monday for her album “Stories from a Downtown Apartment”

Cardinal, from Grande Prairie ,now lives in Edmonton. She had been shortlisted alongside the NWT’s Digawolf for the award.

“It makes all of the sacrifices that myself and my family have made over the years feel like it’s truly worth it,” she said after winning.

 The award comes after the release of her album Stories from a Downtown Apartment last year.

“Very happy I got to share this moment with most of my family and my great loves,” Cardinal wrote on Facebook following Monday’s announcement.

Making the shortlist for the award gave Tłı̨chǫ artist Diga and his band their second career Juno nomination, coming a decade apart.

“The category is stacked,” Diga had said in January when the nominations were revealed. Digawolf and Cardinal were shortlisted alongside Edmonton’s nêhiyawak and Nunavut’s Northern Haze and Riit.

Indigenous singer Iskwe went outdoors to play “Little Star,” a song paying tribute to Colten Boushie, Tina Fontaine and the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, filmed within the Mississaugas Of Scugog Island First Nation territory.

Vying for the Indigenous Artisits or Group of the Year were: Celeigh Cardinal- Stories from a Downtown Apartment; Digawolf-Yellowstone;

nêhiyawak – nipiy ;  Northern Haze – Siqinnaarut  and Riit – ataataga 
This year’s Junos, Canada’s top music awards, were originally to have been held in mid-March in Saskatoon but that event was cancelled as the Covid-19 pandemic grew. The awards were instead handed out in an online ceremony three months later.

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