Indigenous Superstars
Music Award Show

The Indigenous Super Stars Music Awards recognizes the unique artistry of Indigenous musicians, and encourages Indigenous Artists to submit to the Inaugural Indigenous Superstars Music Awards. The award will increase awareness of your craft, and gain recognition on-line and through promotion. Indigenous Music is being recognized throughout the world and gaining momentum every day.

The show will be streamed live on Indigenous Super Stars and Frog Radio.

To be eligible to enter, the songs must be:

· Songs or Singles that have been released and distributed on Spotify  between January 1st, 2019 and July 31st, 2021.

· Entries for submissions begin on April 30th, 2021 and ends  July 31st, 2021 at midnight.

· Demo – not eligible

· Must be original *except for Classical, Fiddling, Pow-wow and Round Dance

· $25.00 CAD per song

· *Humanitarian and Life Time Achievement are free, please nominate a musician for consideration

· Indigenous Affiliation

· Artists may enter more than one category

· The awards will be hosted virtually on September 25, 2021 live on Indigenous Superstars and Frog Radio.   Indigenous Super Stars Music Award Show looks forward to showcasing Indigenous Music.

· Sponsorship opportunities available.

OPASKWAYAK CREE NATION
INDIGENOUS SUPER STARS
MUSIC AWARD
(OCN RECORDING ARTISTS ONLY)
Dedicated to the late
Richard (Ric) Daniel Ballantyne

 

Ric grew up on the Metis Community of Umperville Settlement next to Opaskwayak Cree Nation, MB.  When Ric was 12 he experienced a life changing moment.  He was in Saskatchewan with family who were staying at a hotel where a band was staying an playing and playing in the hotel room next door.  Well, from there he wanted a guitar, and he never looked back.  He had such amazing talent.  He was self-taught, and in turn, had taught so many other people how to play.  He was a good teacher, and he always used his quiet and respectful manner in doing so.  He was part of several bands, including Riverhorse.  He always played with other bands, including Frozen Ducks, where asked.  At the age of 20, his talent could’ve taken him to celebrity status, when a local music store owner referred his name as guitarist for Guns’ N Roses but he declined as he was expecting his first child and remained himself a “star” in his own way.

Throughout his life music was his passion, but his biggest passion was his four children.  Ric was a single father and a grandfather. Ric was also a hunter, trapper and fisherman.   Ric gained his treaty status in Opaskwayak Cree Nation 1988, through Bill C-31.  Ric’s grandfather was the late Chief Cornelius Bignell.

Ric will always be remembered for sharing his love of music with his many friends and family.