National Aboriginal Recording Industry Association

February 17, 2005 11:15 ET

NARIA launches web site at the ECMAs 2005

Web Launch starts the National Aboriginal Recording Industry Association Attention: Arts/Entertainment Editor WINNIPEG, MB--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 17, 2005) - NARIA is happy to announce the launch of its web site, and the beginning of a national organization set up to establish and nurture the emerging music industry for Aboriginal recording artists and related professions in the music industry.

NARIA President, Ms. Elaine Bomberry, will make the special announcement at the ECMA 2005, Aboriginal Showcase held at the Membertou Trade & Convention Centre, at 2:15PM, February 19th. NARIA's VP Keith Dawson of the band "Forever", a high powered Aboriginal Rock Band from Eskasoni, NS and Coordinator for the ECMA Aboriginal Showcase will introduce Ms. Bomberry. Her Honour, The Honourable Myra A. Freeman Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, along with Heather Ostertag, President of FACTOR, will also be there to congratulate the nominees for the Aboriginal Recording of the Year Award. The ECMAs are taking place in Sydney, Cape Breton, February 17 - 20, and will culminate in the ECMA Awards Gala Show, broadcast on CBC Television, Sunday, February 20 starting at 8:00 p.m. in all time zones (8:30 NT)

NARIA recently opened its office in Winnipeg, MB and is actively pursuing the development of the Aboriginal music industry. NARIA is the culmination of a decade of industry building by Elaine Bomberry, Curtis Jonnie/Shingoose, and Buffy Sainte-Marie. This group was also responsible for creating the Aboriginal music category for the Juno Awards in 1993. For the past 12 years Aboriginal music has grown by leaps and bounds creating the need for an organization like NARIA to serve as an advocate for professional development and training, to promote and stimulate the Aboriginal music recording industry by providing music industry information and resources, and by serving as an advocate to government and to the mainstream music industry. Over 120 people from across Canada have signed up as founding members in what has become Canada's only national Aboriginal Music association that is made up of provincial member chapters from within the Music Industry Associations across Canada.

For more information on NARIA at the ECMAs, contact:

In Winnipeg, MB: Curtis Jonnie, Executive Director NARIA ECMA 2005, 494 Nova Vista Drive, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2N 3T4 phone: (204) 256-9700, fax: (204) 256-9676, email:

In Sydney, NS: Stephen Antle, Marketing and Communications NARIA ECMA 2005, Sydney NS, phone: (902) 567-3931, fax: (902) 530-3666, email:

We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada
through the Canada Music Fund for this project.


Contact Information

  • Curtis Jonnie, Executive Director, NARIA
    Primary Phone: 204-256-9700
    Secondary Phone: 204-227-5922