Six Nations’ Elaine Bomberry receives award from Music Managers Forum Canada

Elaine Bomberry's "Brian Chater Builder Award" that she won on March 6, 2023. Photo by David Moses.
David Moses - CKRZ - OhswekenON | 16-03-2023
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Elaine Bomberry is of Cayuga and Anishinabe heritage from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. On March 6, she received the Brian Chater Builder Award from the Music Managers Forum Canada at the 15th Annual Honour Roll Awards for over 35 years of service as a freelance Indigenous performing arts activist, promoter, manager and television and radio producer.

Back in the late 1980s, Bomberry was approached by a now well known Six Nations actor, Gary Farmer, who asked her to do a 15 minute radio show on the local community station.

Eventually, Bomberry's radio show "Aboriginal Airwaves" expanded to two hours and showcased contemporary Indigenous music and artists from across the country. In 1994, she, Buffy Saint Marie and the late Curtis "Shingoose" Jonnie approached the JUNO Awards organizers to create the "Best Music of Aboriginal Canada" recording category.

Bomberry now makes her home on the Capilano Reserve on unceded Squamish Nation territory in North Vancouver with her husband Murray Porter, a JUNO award winning Mohawk blues artist. She remains active in the music industry and is a board member of the Toronto Blues Society.

Listen to the entire interview below: