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Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards

Virtual Aboriginal Trade Show




Established in 1993, Sweet Grass Records promotes records and distributes stereo recordings of traditional and contemporary Aboriginal music throughout Canada, United States, and Europe. In addition to the music industry, Sweet Grass Records also works in other mediums, specializing in photography, video and print media production for the promotion of businesses and events.

The owner and producer, Ted Whitecalf, is Cree from the Sweegrass First Nation in Saskatchewan, Canada. Raised with traditional teachings in the Cree culture, Ted incorporates those teachings into his professional and personal life today. With a background in technical coordination, audio/visual and communications Ted has established a reputation for excellence and quality among his peers in the industry.

Over the last decade Sweet Grass Records has made tremendous headway in the Aboriginal music industry and is associated with Buffy Saint-Marie, Whitefish Juniors, Stoney Park and Red Bull. Sweet Grass has received five Juno nominations to date receiving an award for the work with Buffy Sainte-Marie.

  • 1993 – Juno nomination for Stoney Park Singers in the category of Best Aboriginal Music Of

  • 1995 – Juno nomination for Red Bull in the category of Best Aboriginal Music Of Canada;

  • 1996 – Juno award for assisted production of Buffy Sainte-Marie’s “Up Where We Belong”;

  • 1998 – Native American Music Awards nominated for Producer of the Year;

      – Juno nomination for Little Island Cree in the category of Best Aboriginal Music Of Canada

  • 1999 – Juno nomination for Sweet Grass Records label on “Hearts Of The Nation” –performed by
          Aboriginal women from across Canada in the category of best Aboriginal music of Canada:

  • 2000 – Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards winner in three categories:


Best Album Cover Design
Pamela Whitecalf/Dark Horse Studio
for Little Island Cree-Indian Country

Best Pow Wow Album - Traditional
Red Bull - The Best of Red Bull

Best Drum Songs Album
Best of the Best - Schemitzun '93-'99


  • 2001 – Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards nominated in seven categories and winner in three
            categories :
      • Music Industry Award for Canadian Aboriginal Music, (awarded to a professional member of the Canadian Music Industry who is currently contributing to the advancement, production and promotion of Aboriginal music and musicians in Canada.)

      • Lifetime Achievement Award for Canadian Aboriginal music, (awarded to an individual who has dedicated his or her career, voluntarily or professionally, to the advancement, production and promotion of Aboriginal music and musicians in Canada.)

Best Album Cover Design
White Fish Jrs "Cree Man"
(Designer Pamela Whitecalf)

Best Pow-wow Album - Contemporary
Stoney Park "Wolf Pack"


  • 2002 – Native American Music Award winner for Best Folk and Country category for the
            album “Reservation” by Laughing Woman and Eagle Wings;

      • Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards - nominated for Best Traditional Songs and winner of Best Album Cover Design “Spirit Whistle” Pamela Whitecalf/Dark Horse Studios

  • 2003 – Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards winner for Best Hand Drum Album "Meet Ya At The Round Dance" by Young Scouts. Nominee White Fish Jrs for the album "In Honuor of Prey Dreaver"

Ted aggressively pursues specific marketing initiatives and marketing partnerships for Sweet Grass Records throughout North America and in some parts of Europe. A partnership agreement with EMI Music of Canada to distribute its products world wide. Sweet Grass Records has moved into the blues area and has produced a First People’s Blues compilation “Skin Tight Blues”



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