Brandon Wheat Kings

Brandon, MB. — The Brandon Wheat Kings have announced that 17-year old singer-songwriter Ali Fontaine will perform the national anthem before Saturday night’s Western Hockey League game against the defending champion Kootenay Ice.

Born and raised in Sagkeeng, Manitoba, Ali has been singing and performing for as long as she can remember. She entered and won her first talent show when she was eight years old. Two years ago, she placed third in the annual NCI Jam and that same year, she entered a talent competition called “Manitoba Star Attraction Showcase”. It was there that she was chosen one of five winners, which provided her with the opportunity to record her first song.

Since then, Ali has completed her first self-titled album, which was released across Canada in 2011. The album’s debut single reached #1 for two weeks in November on the National Aboriginal Music Countdown.

As well, Ali was one of twelve artists to be selected for the Manitoba Music and ACI Manitoba Music Mentorship Program. The program is designed to expand the singer’s knowledge in the music industry as well as the business skills that come with it.

Nominated for three awards at the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards at the MTS Centre last fall, Ali won Best Country CD, Best New Artist as well as the Minister Robinson Most OUtstanding Manitoban Award.

For more information on Ali, who hopes to tour Canada as well as record a second album in 2012, be sure to check out alifontaine.com

Tickets to Saturday night’s game against the Ice are on sale now at the Keystone Centre box office, by calling 726-3555 or online at ticketmaster.ca. Saturday is also another Source for Sports – Subway Family Night. For more information on the $48 Wheat Kings’ Family Package, visit Brandon Source for Sports or go online at www.wheatkings.com.