Vince Fontaine, founder of Juno-award-winning band Eagle & Hawk, dies

Vince was a proud member of the Sagkeeng First Nation, and was a father and husband


A well known Indigenous musician has died.

On Tuesday evening, NDP MLA Nahanni Fontaine relayed the news in a social media post that her uncle, Vince Fontaine had passed away. 

"Vince's love of music was only outshone by his measureless devotion to his family, friends and community."

Fontaine was a founding member and leader of the Juno-award winning Canadian roots-rock band Eagle & Hawk, and folk pop band Indian City.

To date, Eagle & Hawk has received 75 nominations and over 30 wins at awards ceremonies across North America, including a Juno Award, two Western Canadian Music Awards, nine Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, three Native American Music Awards, seven Indian Summer Music Awards, and 10 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards including 2008 Aboriginal Entertainer of the Year and 2009 Best Group and Best Rock Album. In 2010, Eagle & Hawk won Best Group of the Year and Best Album of the Year for their renowned album The Great Unknown at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards.

Fontaine had recently joined our radio network to promote a CBC documentary, and his bands highlights over the past 20 years. 




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