CBC has named Tomson Highway one of five nominees to watch at this year’s Indigenous Music Awards. Below is what CBC had to say about Highway, and you can read about the other four stand-out artists online.
Tomson Highway is a celebrated writer and an icon in the indigenous community. This Cree writer from northern Manitoba has written numerous plays, a novel and several children’s books.
But Highway is also a master pianist, musician and songwriter.
His latest offering is called The (Post) Mistress, a musical one-woman play. The multi-genre soundtrack includes songs in Cree, English and French — and, like Tomson, it defies category.
Tomson Highway will be playing his grand piano on the IMA stage this year, in what is sure to be an unforgettable performance.
The Indigenous Music Awards will be held on September 11, 2015, as part of the Manito Ahbee Festival in Winnipeg. The five-day gathering includes indigenous music, art, education, a marketplace, and a powwow. The awards show is broadcast live on APTN.