Digawolf, one of the NWT’s best-known acts, has been nominated for a 2020 Juno Award. The group and their latest album, Yellowstone, are shortlisted for Indigenous artist or group of the year.
Tłı̨chǫ frontman Diga said it was “an honour to be part of the line-up along with such amazing artists” on his Facebook page following Tuesday’s announcement of the full 2020 shortlist.
“The category is stacked this year with a lot of exceptional musicians, including quite a few northerners,” Diga added. “What a line-up!”
Nunavut’s Northern Haze and Riit are also up for the same award. The other two contenders are from the Prairies: Celeigh Cardinal and nêhiyawak.
Digawolf was nominated for the same Juno in 2010 – then called the Aboriginal album of the year – for his work Distant Morning Star.
In full: 2020 Juno nominees
More: Diga on 2019 album Yellowstone
Tanya Tagaq, born in Nunavut and a Yellowknife resident in her youth, is nominated for instrumental album of the year with her album Toothsayer.
Silla + Rise, an Ottawa-based throat-singing duo who performed at Folk on the Rocks in 2018, are up for world music album of the year with their album Galactic Gala.
This year, the Junos will be handed out on March 15 in Saskatoon.