Vince Fontaine

Portrait of Vince Fontaine

Vince Fontaine is a guitarist, songwriter and producer. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Vince draws his musical and creative inspiration from Winnipeg’s vibrant cultural community and his Ojibway heritage.

Vince is the founder, primary songwriter and guitarist of the music group Eagle & Hawk. Eagle & Hawk takes the lead in defining the genre of contemporary Indigenous music. To date, the band has received five dozen nominations and over 30 wins at awards ceremonies across North America, including a Juno Award. In 2010, Eagle & Hawk won “Best Group of the Year” and “Best Album of the Year” for their latest album The Great Unknown at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards.


Ancestries: First Nations
Languages: English
Genre: Rock

Albums

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Songs for Turtle Island [nominated: 2012, 2011]
mp3 clipSong for Turtle Island (971.9K, 01:00s)
mp3 clipWatersong (963.9K, 01:00s)
mp3 clipThunderbird Song (965.2K, 01:00s)
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Life Is... [nominated: 2006]

Awards, Nominations & Submissions

2012Best Producer/EngineerSongs for Turtle IslandNominee
2011Best Producer/EngineerSongs for Turtle IslandSubmission
2011Best Instrumental CDSongs for Turtle IslandWinner
2007Best Producer/EngineerNominee
2007Best SongwriterSubmission
2006Best Producer/EngineerLife Is...Nominee
2006Best SongwriterSubmission
2006Best Producer/EngineerSubmission

Biography

Vince Fontaine is a guitarist, songwriter and producer. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Vince draws his musical and creative inspiration from Winnipeg’s vibrant cultural community and his Ojibway heritage.

Vince is the founder, primary songwriter and guitarist of the music group Eagle & Hawk. Eagle & Hawk takes the lead in defining the genre of contemporary Indigenous music. To date, the band has received five dozen nominations and over 30 wins at awards ceremonies across North America, including a Juno Award. In 2010, Eagle & Hawk won “Best Group of the Year” and “Best Album of the Year” for their latest album The Great Unknown at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards.

In 2009, Eagle & Hawk surged to new heights as they performed their first ever symphony show at special invitation from the world-renowned Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

In 2008, Vince Fontaine was the recipient of the Winnipeg Arts Council's prestigious “Making A Mark Award” presented at the Mayor's Arts Luncheon.

In 2011, Vince released his first solo album Songs For Turtle Island. On Songs for Turtle Island, Vince explores Indigenous stories and themes by combining traditional music elements with contemporary and classical instrumentation.