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THUNDER BAY – It is National Aboriginal Day. A great time to share some of the very talented musicians, and their music with our readers/viewers and listeners. So here are three videos for your enjoyment.

Here is a new release from Winnipeg’s Don Amero. “Right Where I wanna be”.

This Winnipeg based musician offers a great sound. Amero is from the notoriously tough North End of Winnipeg, he faced his share of adversity growing up. With poverty, gangs, drugs and violence all around, fortunately, his life was tempered by love, support, and faith in a Greater Power. Shaped and molded by his own experiences, Don’s music now carries both the depth of hardship and luminosity of hope. For all who take the time to listen, his message is one of encouragement, positivity and beauty, despite the harshness of the world.

Don’s desire to take a serious shot at music was ignited with the unexpected success of his debut album — fittingly called Change Your Life. Released in the fall of 2006, it garnered the #1 spot on the National Aboriginal Countdown and received a total of seven nominations for the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (APCMAs). In February of 2009, Don released his second album Deepening, which saw two more singles climb to #1 on the National Aboriginal Countdown. Deepening also earned him Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, Male Artist of the Year at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, and two more nominations at the APCMAs. His professionalism and perseverance caught the attention of a local radio host, who bestowed Don with the James Brown Hardest Working Musician Award. While this one was meant to be a joke, in reality, it rings pretty true!

For a second video, Edmonton’s Shawn Bernard aka Feenix is a hip-hop artist who offers an edgy music with a fun flare.

Bernard is the 2010 winner of the Aboriginal Hip Hop Album/Video of the year.

From Thunder Bay of course is Shy-Anne. Shy-anne’s music is hers. She doesn’t really fit into any of the traditional boxes. Her music is her voice in the world.

Shy-Anne is a musician who puts her energy into positive efforts. From training for the 2011 Miles with the Giant Marathon, to planning a northern Ontario tour, to hosting For the Love of Life, this talented lady shares her energy across the miles.

This week Shy-anne was in Ottawa performing. Shy-anne shares, “The National Chief Shawn Atleo, loved our song, and we ended up chatting for a long time about youth, arts and role models. What a great guy.. I’m super pumped he loved our song “Can’t Change the World” as well as the video”.

There is, if you take the time to look, a ton of amazing music out there to enjoy. From the traditional music like the Thunder Mountain Singers perform, to the latest in rock, folk, or hip hop.

Enjoy!

James Murray

If you are looking for some more music, may we suggest:

NDN Car Remix featuring Shawn Bernard, Keith Secola and Joey Stylez.

or

Strong by Shawn Bernard.

Google some of the people and you will find a great selection of music. Be sure to go online to purchase their tunes. It is the best way to support music.

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