C-Weed and Ali Fontaine made the trip out to Niagara Falls, NY where they were collectively nominated for 4 awards! After an entertaining evening, Ali Fontaine walked away with the award for “Best Country CD”! Here’s what the press has to say about Ali’s recent achievements:

“Ali Fontaine is having a busy spring. The up-and-coming country songstress picked up a Native American Music Award (NAMA) for Best Country Recording last weekend in Niagara Falls, New York, where she was also up for Songwriter of the Year and Best Female Artist. A double winner at the APCMAs in 2011, she has six nominations already for her first recording. Her single, “Fight for You” hit the #1 spot on the National Aboriginal Top 40 Countdown earlier this month and she’s gearing up to shoot a new video for her song “Ignorance” from album Diamond in the Rough. Local audiences can catch Fontaine live when she takes stage at the Sagkeeng Arena Multiplex on May 19 for an album fundraiser show, along with a few friends including C-Weed. Meanwhile, you can download the chart-topping “Fight for You”, this week’s featured song.”-Manitoba Music


Manitoba Scene


VideoAli Fontaine takes home Native American Music Award

Ali Fontaine has been collecting awards since releasing her debut album. (courtesy Ali Fontaine)


Country singer Ali Fontaine added another music award to her collection over the weekend.

She was nominated in multiple categories at the Native American Music Awards (NAMAs), including for Songwriter of the Year and Best Female Artist but took the trophy for Best Country Recording.

“It was very exciting and overwhelming in a very positive way to be winning awards at the start of my career. My first wins at the APCMAs in 2011 really helped jump start my career and bring exposure to my music,” she said.

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Ali Fontaine at the 2011 APCMA awards (CBC)

Originally from Sagkeeng First Nation, the Manitoba singer has attracted a lot of attention in her relatively short musical career.

Her self-titled debut earned Fontaine Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards in two categories in 2011, for an album she completed while still in high school.

Fontaine is still finding the balance between studying while working as a musician. After high school, she enrolled at the University of Manitoba intending to earn degrees in history and native studies before pursuing a law degree, but changed her mind.

“After my first year I realized the path and courses I was taking were not the field I wanted to get into. So I decided to switch and enroll in the business administration program at Red River College,” she said. “Being a musician is a job that requires a lot of self motivation and is a lot like running your own business. I figure with this field I can apply my business skills with my music and take full control of my career.”

When she’s not performing or studying, Fontaine also does motivational speaking, sharing her own experiences with bullying, pursuing a career in music and being proud of her heritage.

“Growing up as a kid I was really insecure and reserved, but by singing, writing and creating, my self esteem grew and most importantly messages I wanted to send out were being released without feeling shy,” she explained.

“I feel compelled to speak because it not only lets me get to know more people but it also gives me the opportunity to share the lessons I’ve learned.”

-CBC Manitoba Scene