Vince Fontaine death, famous Winnipeg musician and founder of Juno-award-winning band Eagle & Hawk has died

Vince Fontaine death, famous Winnipeg musician and founder of Juno-award-winning band Eagle & Hawk has died

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Vince Fontaine Death – Cause of Death : Famous Winnipeg musician and founder of Juno-award-winning band Eagle & Hawk Vince Fontaine has passed away on Tuesday 11th January 2022 at the age of 87. Vince Fontaine was announced by his family in a Twitter publication made by Nahanni Fontaine ” On behalf of our Fontaine family, it is with terrible sadness and shock that I announce the sudden passing of my dear Uncle Vince Fontaine today: Tuesday, January 11, 2022. Husband, father, son, grandson, cousin and uncle, Vince was a proud member of Sagkeeng First Nation and founding member of Juno Award-winning Eagle and Hawk and Indian City. Vince’s love of music was only outshone by his measureless devotion to his family, friends and community — we, who remain stunned and devastated by this great and unexpected loss. We love you uncle Vince. . Vince Fontaine cause of death was not revealed in the publication. He was a longtime resident of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Fontaine attended the University of Winnipeg,  a public research university in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, that offers undergraduate faculties of art, business and economics, education, science and kinesiology and applied health as well as graduate programs. Vince Fontaine was a founding member and leader of the Juno-award winning Canadian roots-rock band Eagle & Hawk based in Winnipeg, and folk pop band Indian City.  Winnipeg is the capital of the Canadian province of Manitoba. Its heart is The Forks, a historic site at the intersection of the Red and Assiniboine rivers, with warehouses converted to shops and restaurants, plus ample green space dedicated to festivals, concerts and exhibits. Nearby, the Exchange District is known for its well-preserved, early 20th-century architecture and numerous art galleries.

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The 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.

Kim Hines said “I’m so shocked to hear of the Passing of Vince Fontaine Winnipeg! He was always very kind to me. I can’t believe it! We would joke and laugh when ever we met as well as privately. We also spoke about working together many times, now I will regret not doing so for good. We sorted through the passing of Marty Chapman, which was very difficult. I am grateful he was there to talk to as well as his other bandmates. Again, he was very kind. Gosh! omg. This is just… My love to his family, friends, and bandmates. Vince!

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Pamela Mary said ” So sad to hear of the sudden passing of Vince Fontaine Winnipeg. Many years ago he was a judge at a talent show I was participating in. I didn’t win but I received something more than that. Vince gave me an opportunity to play with a brand new band he was putting together. Having little experience, I was so scared and intimidated to be playing with so many talented musicians. He became a friend and mentor and connected me to many wonderful friends and band mates. I will forever be grateful for your friendship and the amazing music and gigs.
Many condolences to his family and his many friends and colleagues. Your presence in the music industry will be missed. Journey well

Desiree Dorion said “Our music community has suffered a loss tonight. I am saddened and shocked to learn about the passing of my old friend Vince Fontaine. I’ve known Vince since I was 18 years old. He hired me to work with him at the 2002 Indigenous Games. He wrote the theme song for the event and had me sing it. Not long after, he invited me to sing back vocals for Eagle & Hawk at a time when I knew nothing about harmonies and Lord knows I couldn’t play a tambourine (he eventually just told me to stick to singing by gently pretending that he forgot to bring it to the gigs He gave me a chance when I wasn’t even close to being talented enough to deserve one. We shared many stages together. Which meant we laughed a lot together. Argued with each other (more times than I can count). Each time I saw him he’d tease me, “you know you’re gettin’ up there now hey Des?” which was his way of reminding me that I was getting old. Then I’d fire back at him. That if I was getting older, so was he. When the pandemic hit, we’d take turns phoning or texting each other to check in. To make sure we weren’t losing our sanity. My deepest condolences to Vince’s friends, family and especially his children. Journey well my friend.

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