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Southern Alberta man hopes to win his first JUNO Award this weekend

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WATCH ABOVE: Erik Mikkelsen caught up with Southern Alberta’s Armond Duck Chief, who is nominated for Aboriginal Artist of the Year at this year’s Juno Awards in Calgary – Apr 1, 2016

LETHBRIDGE – Alberta’s own Armond Duck Chief is nominated for the Aboriginal Album of the Year at this year’s JUNO Awards in Calgary.

“I’m really excited,” Duck Chief said. “I don’t think it has really hit me yet.”

Duck Chief is from the Siksika Nation and spends a lot of time close to home, and in other First Nations communities around the province. He said the fact that his first JUNO nomination is taking place right here in Alberta, makes it that much better.

“It feels awesome just knowing that a lot of my family have bought tickets and are going to be there,” Duck Chief added. “It’s a really awesome feeling that it is so close to home.”

Ahead of the JUNO Awards, Duck Chief performed at Lethbridge College as an alumni. He said his category will be broadcast on Sunday and he is honoured that the JUNO’s are recognizing the hard work aboriginal people are putting into music.

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“Being among the names like Buffy Sainte-Marie, Derek Miller, Don Amero and Black Bear is just a really awesome feeling,” Duck Chief added.

“I’m just glad that it’s getting the recognition that it’s getting. My goal is to just keep going and hopefully one day get on to the main stream side and go to the country album of the year.”

This is the first time Duck Chief has been nominated for an award like this, and when asked who he was hoping to bump into at the Saddledome, excitement spread across his face.

“I’m just excited to see everybody! Just to be a part of that atmosphere and all that energy that is going to be there. I’m just looking forward to the experience!”

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