Haida CD is finalist in national award

  • Nov. 20, 2009 6:00 a.m.

One of the CDs from the box set”The Haida Gwaii Singers: Contemporary Anthology” is a finalist for a Canadian AboriginalMusic Award.”Lalaxaaygans: Beautiful Sound, Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson” is a finalist for the Best FemaleTraditional Cultural category, to be awarded at the ceremony Friday, November 27. Terri-Lynn will also perform at the awards gala in Hamilton, Ontario, billed as featuring some of the best aboriginal musicians from across Canada.The awards are the highest honour bestowed by the national aboriginal community to aboriginal musicians.Last year, Ms Williams-Davidson was honoured with the CAMA Keeper of Traditionsaward for her lifetime dedication to Haida music and Bruce Ruddell,producer for the Haida Gwaii Singers Legacy Project, was also honoured.”We are extremely happy that Haida music is being recognized in the aboriginal music community. It’s a beautiful and strong genre of music that has been around for thousands of years. The enjoyment of our music is going beyond our boundaries” said Reg Davidson, Haida Gwaii Singers Society president.The Haida Gwaii Singers released a contemporary anthology box set last year and an archival anthology box set this year. Both sets, as well as limited quantities of a collector box set, are available at local retailers in Haida Gwaii. Online orders can also be made atwww.haidagwaiisingers.ca or through the Society at info@haidagwaiisingers.ca; 604-536-5541.Vancouver’s Spirit Wrestler Gallery will be hosting a release of the Society’s music Saturday November 21 (see www.spiritwrestler.com), and the Haida Gwaii Singers will perform in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Family Fuse Weekend on Sunday November 22 (seewww.vanartgallery.bc.ca).