Jully Black, Deborah Cox, Kardinal Offishall to Perform at Inaugural Legacy Awards

The event celebrating Canada's Black artists will also feature Keysha Freshh, SATE, Savannah Ré and more

BY Alex HudsonPublished Sep 2, 2022

A new awards show is set to honour Canada's Black musicians and actors: the Legacy Awards is coming to the CBC on September 25.

The event is being put on by the Black Academy and hosted by actors Shamier Anderson and Stephan James. Performers at the inaugural edition will include Jully Black, Deborah Cox, Keysha Freshh, Izzy-S, Kardinal Offishall, SATE, Savannah Ré and DJ 4Korners.

Taking place at Toronto venue History, the Legacy Awards will air live on CBC and CBC Gem. Presenters during the 90-minute telecast will include King Bach, TRH Michaëlle Jean, Arisa Cox, Brandon Gonez, Kathleen Newman-Bremang, Amanda Parris, Odario Williams and more to be announced.

"Putting together this celebration of Black Canadian talent is a labour of love and I'm honoured to have been invited to helm this epic undertaking," said showrunner David F. Mewa in a statement. "A ton of care and thought has gone into creating the inaugural edition of the Legacy Awards and I think Canadians will be very inspired by what they see. It's going to be seismic."

Voting for the Digital Creator Fan Choice Award runs from September 6 to 23, allowing fans to vote on their favourite Black digital content creators. Voting opens next week at vote.blackacademy.ca.

The Legacy Awards are set to become an annual event, marking the beginning of a three-year partnership with CBC.

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