Paul Rabliauskas is a super funny comedian. He has years of experience in radio hosting, television hosting, and a prolific and successful career as a stand-up comedian. He has performed for several years in the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, ODDBLOCK Comedy Block Party, and has been featured on CBC’s The Debaters.
Paul’s charming, brash, and boisterous style makes him a fan favourite of so many across Canada. Paul started his career with NCI back in 2011, hosting Streetz and then later on Rhythm.
After a two year break you can catch Paul again on NCI’s the Afternoon Drive with Paul Rabliauskas weekdays from 1pm-6pm!
Jeff is a 24 years young father of baby Mila from Winnipeg. He is a guy who loves doing radio and loves his family in long plain First Nation. Jeff has hosted the Sunday show for almost 2 years! You can hear him playing/talking sports and making music off air, and on air on the Sunday Request Show, sundays from 12-4pm!!
Fred is a singer/songwriter from Sturgeon Lake First Nation, Alberta. He is well known for being the front man for bands like Freebird and The Spirit River Band for many years. Fred still enjoys time on the road playing in small communities. He currently has four live albums and an original is in the works! You can catch Fred Mitchell making new friends every Friday, as he co-hosts Friends on Friday from 6-10p!!
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.
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 “Cree Country” show, hosted by Lorraine George.
RAY ST. GERMAIN
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.
NATIONAL ABORIGINAL MUSIC COUNTDOWN
Growing up on Lake Manitoba and raised on a cattle ranch, Frannie Klein has forever embraced her aboriginal heritage, spending time back in Ebb & Flow First Nation, and credits much of her musical passion, fierce spirit, and attitude to her time spent there and her aboriginal decent. Frannie is a growing country music singer who made quite a few debuts on the National Aboriginal Music Countdown as an artist before joining the countdown In December 2016 as the Host, with her first ever show being The Best Of 2016.
Frannie Klein can be heard hosting the National Aboriginal Music Countdown weekly, on your local stations that support the NAMC, or on our soundcloud.