The “Elvis of the North” – will be honoured with the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Indigenous Music Awards in Winnipeg, May 17.
The 70-year-old country/rock performer from the Pimicikamak Cree Nation, has released 18 albums in genres including rock, country, gospel and even Christmas music, reaching hundreds of thousands of fans through Indigenous radio, vinyl, cassettes, CD's and digital platforms.
Some of his song's include “Stay Awhile,” “Dynamite Women,” “Sometimes I Feel Like Crying,” “Forever’s a Long, Long Time” and his most-requested song “If I Wanted You Girl.” which he will perform live Friday evening.
“We are very happy to bring Ernest Monias into a very exclusive circle that is reserved for those who have contributed in unparalleled ways to the Indigenous music scene in North America.
- Lisa Meeches, executive director of the Manito Ahbee Festival