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'Mind-blowing' northern talent: NOMFA reveals its 2019 nominees

Music and film awards will be handed out in May
From left are Tammy Frick, associate executive director, Cultural Industries Ontario North, Jen McKerral, music outreach officer for Music and Film in Motion, Rob Riselli, film programs and reporting supervisor for Music and Film in Motion and Patrick O'Hearn, associate managing director, Cultural Industries Ontario North. (Heidi Ulrichsen/

The quality of the nominees for this year's Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards (NOMFA) is “mind-blowing,” said the music outreach officer for Music and Film in Motion, the organization presenting the awards.

Awards will be handed out May 25 in 13 categories for excellence in music, film and television/video on demand. 

Speaking at an April 16 press conference where the 2019 nominees were revealed, Jen McKerral said she's excited about the many new names on the list.

“There's a constant flow of really great talent in the north,” she said.

New this year is an award for Outstanding Album by an Indigenous Artist.

“This is something we've developed over the past couple of years along with our new Indigenous Music Mentorship Program,” McKerral said.

“Having a program that specifically develops and recognizes Indigenous talent, it's really important for our region. We have a lot of Indigenous artists. Our goal is to just be more supportive and more of a soapbox for them.”

NOMFA, running May 23-25, is held every two years, and attracts about 1,000 participants. Besides the awards evening, the event includes industry panels and professional development workshops. 

“I think the big thing is networking,” said Rob Riselli, film programs and reporting supervisor for Music and Film in Motion.

“Because it's almost that old adage of six degrees of separation. You talk to one person, they know somebody else, and they set you up with somebody else. 

“It gives you an opportunity, whether it's developing your script, or finding out where you can record your music, or things along that line.”

And here are the nominees:

Outstanding Feature Film 
Falls Around Her – Directed by Darlene NaponseAtikameksheng Anishnawbek 
Giant Little Ones – Directed by Keith Behrman – Sault Ste. Marie 
Indian Horse – Directed by Stephen S. Campanelli – Greater Sudbury 
The New Romantic – Directed by Carly Stone – Greater Sudbury 
Through Black Spruce – Directed by Don McKellarMoosonee 

Outstanding Short/Mid-Length Film 
Bonsai Dream – Directed by Jimmie Chiverelli – Sault Ste. Marie. 
Future Sick – Directed by Aaron Martini – North Bay 
The Last Wish – Directed by Vladimir Sokolskyy – Sault Ste. Marie 
The Philanthropist – Directed by Jayson Stewart – Massey 
Post-Script – Directed by Eric Robillard – North Bay 

Outstanding Screenwriter 
Darlene Naponse – Falls Around Her – Atikameksheng Anishnawbek 
Erin Pitkethly – As The Crow Flies – North Bay 
Jayson Stewart – The Philanthropist – Massey 
Lee Chambers & Kris Ketonen – Norbert and the Gnomes – Thunder Bay 
Lee Chambers & Nick Murphy – Slade – Thunder Bay 

Outstanding performance by an actor in a Northern Ontario production
Brandon Oakes – Through Black Spruce 
Brett Dier – The New Romantic 
Hayley Law – The New Romantic 
Jessica Barden – The New Romantic 
Josh Wiggins – Giant Little Ones 
Tantoo Cardinal – Through Black Spruce 

Outstanding Director
Aaron Martini – Daze of Dreams – North Bay 
Aaron Martini – Future Sick – North Bay 
Darlene Naponse – Falls Around Her – Atikameksheng Anishnawbek 
Eric Robillard – Post-Script – North Bay 
Michelle Derosier – Angelique's Isle – Thunder Bay  

Outstanding Television or VOD Series 
Amelie et compangnie – TFO – Greater Sudbury 
Bad Blood Season 2 – City TV – Greater Sudbury 
Cardinal Season 1 – CTV – Greater Sudbury & North Bay 
Cardinal Season 2 – CTV – North Bay 
Letterkenny Season 3 – Crave – Greater Sudbury 

Outstanding Album 
The Ape-ettes – The Ape-ettes – Greater Sudbury 
Kalle Mattson – Youth – Sault Ste. Marie 
Matt Thibeault – I Own a Bittersweet Flashlight – North Bay 
Mike Mikus – Mike Mikus – Sault Ste. Marie 
Pharos of Alexandria (Oli Palkovits) – Flowers of Atamaca – Greater Sudbury 
Quantum Tangle – Shelter as We Go… – Greater Sudbury 

Outstanding Album by a Francophone Artist
Céleste Lévis – Donne-moi le temps  – Timmins 
Cindy Doire – Panorama – Timmins 
Edouard Landry –  L'escalade – Greater Sudbury 
Mclean – Une dernière fois – Greater Sudbury 

Outstanding Engineer 
Chris Dorota – Glory Days by Greenbank – Thunder Bay 
Greyson Gritt – Shelter As We Go by Quantum Tangle – Greater Sudbury 
Jacques Grylls – Madre Amiga Hermana by Patricia Cano – Greater Sudbury 
Shawn Sasyniuk – I Own a Bittersweet Flashlight by Matt Thibeault – North Bay

Tessa Giro-Gooden – Fool Love by TESSA – Greater Sudbury

Outstanding Songwriter 
Cindy Doire – Ta FuméeTimmins 
Coleman Hell – Manic – Thunder Bay 
The Honest Heart Collective (songwriter: Ryan MacDonald) – Separate Ways – Thunder Bay 
Kalle Mattson – Astronaut – Sault Ste. Marie 
Rose-Erin Stokes – Wanderer – North Bay 

Outstanding Vocal Performance on a Recording 
Céleste Lévis – 100 ans – Timmins 
Jennifer Holub – Way Out – Greater Sudbury 
Mike Charette – Give It Up – Greater Sudbury 
Patricia CanoGracias a la Vida – Greater Sudbury 
TESSA (vocalist: Tessa Giro-Gooden) – Faking It – Greater Sudbury 

Outstanding Video by a Northern Ontario Musical Act 
Frank Deresti and the Lake Effect – Truth – Sault Ste. Marie 
Jennifer Holub – Island — Greater Sudbury 
Kalle Mattson – Kids On the Run – Sault Ste. Marie 
Kutch – Bottleneck – Thunder Bay 
Webby D – Alright Okay – Thunder Bay  

Outstanding Album by an Indigenous Artist
Collin Clowes – Blackbird – Thunder Bay 
Mike Mikus – Mike Mikus – Sault Ste. Marie 
Quantum Tangle – Shelter As We Go… – Greater Sudbury