Indigenous Music Awards Unveils Virtual Music & Arts Program

The virtual event will feature performances, a video competition panels and more
Indigenous Music Awards Unveils Virtual Music & Arts Program
As large gatherings continue to be restricted and in keeping the safety of participants, elders and staff in mind, the Indigenous Music Awards and APTN have come together to schedule a host of virtual programming in lieu of the Manito Ahbee Festival's 2020 event.

Along with a ton of new programming, the organizations will be hosting online content through to October 30, including the IMA legacy and performance series, the "Novice" music video competition and numerous music industry panels and online resources.

"We have loved celebrating Indigenous musicians and industry over the past 14 years and look forward to continuing the celebration and recognition in 2021," Lisa Meeches, executive director of the Manito Ahbee Festival, said in a statement.  

The ongoing legacy series will highlight the accomplishments of Indigenous, Metis and Inuit (IMI) musicians and music industry stakeholders "who broke down doors and paved the way for today's up and coming IMI music community."

So far, the IMA has already featured Robbie Robertson, Red Bull, Sugluk and Mildred Bailey as part of the series.

Meanwhile, the forthcoming performance series — launching September 16 — will feature pre-recorded performances from 20 former award nominees streaming online through IMA's social platforms.

In addition to the virtual series, the programming will also feature "blast from the past" uploads of archival footage of acceptance speeches and performances, dating as far back as 14 years ago.

Much of the programming has already begun for this year's virtual event. Head to the Indigenous Music Awards' website to learn more.