Billy Simard

Based In: Manigotagan, Manitoba

Billy Simard grew up in the small Aboriginal community of Manigotagan, Manitoba located on the shores of Lake Winnipeg. There was no running water, no electricity and no roads. Billy could play the guitar and sing by age six. He learned his music by listening to an old battery powered radio. The roads came when Billy turned thirteen and somehow his Mom and Dad found a few dollars to send Billy to Winnipeg to enter a popular radio talent contest on CJOB. Billy won that contest three weeks in a row. Billy finished high school in a residential school in northern Manitoba. Then in 1980 Billy released his first album and charted songs on Canadian country radio. In the 1990’s Billy’s second release, won the top Country/Folk cd in the first Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. Billy released compilation cd’s for various artists to radio in Canada and Europe on his Ki-Keek Music label. His crowning achievement was being inducted into the Manitoba Aboriginal Music Hall of Fame in 2011. His new cd “Being Free” has been produced by Canada’s premier producer Chris Burke Gaffney and also has some of Canada’s top musicians playing on it.

Artist: Billy Simard

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