Feb 22 2017 | Posted in

​WINNIPEG—February 22, 2017. On February 7, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) received two 2017 Juno nominations for Going Home Star- Truth and Reconciliation. The first nomination is for composer, and previous Juno winner, Christos Hatzis, for Classical Composition of the Year. The second nomination is Steve Wood and the Northern Cree Singers, Polaris Prize-winner Tanya Tagaq, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble or Soloist(s) with Large Ensemble Accompaniment.

Going Home Star - Truth and Reconciliation, produced with the support of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC), is a choreographic representation of the many stories, both told and still unraveling, by Indian Residential School Survivors and their families. The creative team that brought this story to life includes renowned choreographer Mark Godden, Canadian novelist and TRC Honorary Witness Joseph Boyden, Cree actor, former Member of Parliament, and TRC Honorary Witness Tina Keeper.

“Mark (Godden) and I researched a great number of Aboriginal musicians as potential collaborators for our project,” shares composer Christos Hatzis. “Tanya Tagaq and The Northern Cree Singers easily stood out not only for their great artistry but also for their ability to address and transcend the cultural particular and speak to the universal.”

The 2017 Juno award winners will be announced on April 2 at the Juno Awards Ceremony in Ottawa at the Canadian Tire Centre. The Ceremony will be broadcasted live on CTV and CTV GO.

About Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet (
Founded in 1939, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet holds the double distinction of being Canada’s premier ballet company and one of the oldest ballet companies in North America. Versatility, technical excellence and a captivating style are the trademarks of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, qualities that have garnered both critical and audience acclaim. RWB’s superlative standards keep the Company in demand around the globe as it presents more than 150 performances every season across Canada and in the United States, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Russia, Japan, Asia and Mexico. Under the artistic direction of André Lewis for 21 years, the Company is said to have never looked more resplendent, more assured, and more ravishing.

About Canadian Music Centre (
The CMC has been connecting Canadians and sharing our stories, through music, for over half a century. At five regional offices across the country, the CMC provides access for performing organizations, the cultural community and individuals to an extensive collection of music and recordings (both digital and on-site). By supporting innovative programming, promoting composers and performers and engaging audiences, we maintain the rich legacy of Canadian concert music and ensure the voice of our composers is heard by generations to come. Connect with the Canadian Music Centre at, on Facebook (Canadian Music Centre) and on Twitter (@cmcnational).


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