Carl Thomas a.k.a. “Cowboy Carl” first started working in the radio business in December 1986. He worked part-time at CFYN in his hometown of Sault St. Marie, Ontario, while still attending high school.
Carl has been with NCI since 1997. He is well-known for the musical knowledge he brings to the “Classic Country Show” which airs on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
He is also NCI’s “late voice” heard during the week from midnight to 6:00 a.m.
Dennis “Da Minos” Chartrand, from Duck Bay, considers himself a Northerner, as he is familiar with many Anishinaabe and Cree communities. He believes he can travel around Manitoba and maintain his bannock physique with the support of the lasting friendships throughout his life in residential high school experience in Cranberry Portage, Manitoba, his working opportunities and now today with his enjoyment in sharing dancing, singing, theatre and language.
He has come out of his basement a few years ago to begin his sharing of language, song, and dance. Sometimes you can catch him as Da Minos, CHOOM, Jiggy D (currently Jiggly D). He his self-proclaimed as the greatest Anishinaabe language performer in the world and The Official Food Taste tester of Manitoba.
You can get Jiggy with Dennis “Da Minos” as you tune into Da-Minos Music Lodge, Monday – Thursday nights from 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. where he plays the best Aboriginal Artists, sharing Anishinaabe Language, and filling you in on community events and activities on NCI – FM Radio Network.
Favourite Food: All you can eat Moose stew and/or pickeral
Favourite Movie: The Gods Must Be Crazy
Next Life: Dr.Phil
Aangwaamizik (take good care)!
Bizaanigo Maminendamog (keep on being happy)!
Lorraine “Voice of the North” was born and raised in the Chemawawin (Easterville) First Nation. She is the youngest of 6 siblings. She left the reserve at 15 to further her education as there was no high school back then in her community.
She has 3 beautiful daughters whom she adores very much and is very proud of their accomplishments.
Lorraine feels very privileged to have her language which is Swampy Cree. The gift has taken her through numerous careers such as Child and Family Services, Justice & Corrections, Medical… Just to Name a few.
Lorraine first started with radio right after high school in the mid 80′s. She also participated in a princess pageant representing NCI. Of course she was “MISS NCI COUNTRY” and placed first runner-up, she was that close…
She believes in the quote that “Aboriginal languages are a gift from the creator that we carry for our children and that our language carries our future.”
Tune in… Listen for the Cree word of the day! Evenings, Monday-Thursday with your “Voice of the North” Lorraine George.
Ray is proud to be Métis. He started in show business at the age of 14, entertaining people at talent shows and singing wherever they would let him. When he was 16, he was asked to join a traveling radio show western band. At 18, Ray won a Cross Canada CBC Television Contest called “Talent Caravan”. That started him on a career hosting television shows for CBC that lasted for more than 10 years.
In 1978, Ray wrote, produced, and hosted a series of television shows for Global Television, which won the Can-Pro Gold Award for “ Best New Variety Show.” The series was renewed every year up to 1990, some 200 shows over thirteen years and it was syndicated nationally!
Ray has enjoyed touring Canada and the world especially when “The Ray St. Germain Show” was asked to entertain the troops overseas, and has traveled to Germany, Israel, and Cyprus. Ray continues to perform live shows at the casinos, fairs, and exhibitions.
Some of the awards Ray has received:
(1985) Aboriginal Order of Canada (presented in Ottawa)
(1986) Order of the Sash (Saskatoon & Prince Albert)
(2007) Winnipeg Community Service Award
(2007) NCI Jam Aboriginal Wall of Honour – Winnipeg Friendship Centre Manitoba Association of Country Arts (MACA): Entertainer of the Year, Song of the year, Male Vocalist of the year, Recording Artist of the year , Golden Award-Lifetime Achievement Award
(2013) The Order of Manitoba
It’s been a good ride and I’m continuing the ride right here during “The Métis Hour x2” every Saturday at 11:00 a.m. on NCI-FM.