June 02

Canada’s Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival to be streamed live from National Arts Centre on June 12


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Canada’s Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival to be streamed live from National Arts Centre on June 12

Nominees Announced! (CNW Group/Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival)

Finalists in 18 Categories chosen from 250 Submissions

With 10 days away, The Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival are getting ready to host one of Canada’s biggest music award shows. The Awards span 18 categories, celebrating solo artists, duos and groups from across Canada by showcasing the diverse and growing music and culture of artistic expression and accomplishment within the Indigenous community.

“Presenting and promoting Indigenous music has been a cornerstone of our Festival for over 22 years, so we felt it was a natural connection to establish these international Awards to spark this celebration of Indigenous music in recognition of National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day,” said Trina Mather Simard, Artistic Producer and Executive Director of Ottawa’s Summer Solstice Festival which runs June 1st to June 21.

“TD has a long-standing relationship with the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival, and we are delighted to be part of this vital platform that supports Indigenous Peoples in the music industry. Music reminds us that we are all connected through shared passions and ideas. Regardless of who you are, it invites all of us to a common ground where we can find confidence, acceptance and self-expression. We are truly proud to be creating opportunities for artists from the Indigenous community and connecting communities across Canada through music.” – Doris Bear, VP of Indigenous Banking

Some of the 18 award categories hold special significance. Youth Leadership in Music and Social Voice categories recognize individuals and groups that have impacted artistic heritage and culture within the Indigenous community, mentorship of youth through music and/or raised awareness of social and environmental issues to inspire positive change. International Indigenous Artist/Group Recording of the Year recognizes artists within and beyond this country’s borders, who identify as Indigenous but not as First Nations, Métis or Inuit.

Nominees were selected from 250 Canada-wide submissions by an invited panel of jurors comprising Indigenous and music industry professionals and peers. No public voting was involved in the selection process.

Category winners will be announced and honoured at a special ceremony streamed live from the National Arts Centre on Saturday, June 12.


Radio Song Single of the YearBattlefields, Twin FlamesSuper Power, Joey Stylez Manidoo Dewe’igan, Cody Coyote Sah ‘Laana, Carsen GraySome Kind of Hell, Burnstick Country Album of the YearShine, Leah BelleDon’t Mind If I Do, Jerry SeredaBreak The Chain, Desiree DorionBig Dream, Esther PennellLast Ride, The C-weed Band Pop/Alternative/Rock Album of the YearOmen, Twin Flames, OmenQuanah Style, Quanah StyleTheory of Ice, Leanne Betasamosake SimpsonWarrior Sun, Joey Stylez and Carsen GrayDreamweaver, Anachnid  Live Musical Performance of the YearShawnee, Warrior HeartShauit, NutshimamSandrine Masse-Savard, Yawenda and wendat chantsJoshua Arden Miller, Toronto Blues Society 35 Years of BluesJoey Stylez and Carsen Gray, Victory Dance Social VoiceMurray Porter Leela GildayJah’kota G.R. GrittBurnstickRoots Album of the YearAs The Stars Explode, The North SoundMade Of, Nick ShermanSTAND UP, Murray PorterNorth Star Calling, Leela Gilday The Ridge, Julian Taylor Rap/Hip Hop/Electronica Album of the YearSah ‘Laana, The North Stars Electric Turtle Dreams. Sean Beaver Let the games begin, Rich n Beka 20/20, Mattmac Dreamweaver, Anachnid Metis Artist/Group of the YearSandra SutterG.R. GrittElectric ReligiousBrandi VezinaBlue Moon Marquee Youth Leadership in MusicWarrior WomenQ052Cody Coyote International Indigenous Artist/Group Recording of the YearVildaluodda / Wildprint , VILDÁA Small Death, Samantha Crain Cihkkojuvvon / Hidden, GájanasDockside Saints, Cary MorinSky Songs, Alena Murang Music in the ArtsTwin Flames, Grace TooOkara, Okara LIVECris Derksen,  Indigenous Fashion WeekRecording Artist(s) of the YearTwin FlamesMurray PorterDJ ShubBurnstickAnachnid Rising StarMary BrytonLogan StaatsKaeley JadeJoshua Arden MillerAngel Baribeau Inuit Artist/Group of the YearSilver Wolf BandSilla and RiseHyper-T Hand Drum/Fiddle/Instrumental Album of the YearFour Sacred Colours, Tee CloudManitou Mkwa Singers Volume 2Singing is Healing, Joel Wood Pow Wow Traditional/ Contemporary Album of the YearHonouring Our Languages, Wabanaki ConfederacyKepmite’lsultinej: Honour Our People, Stoney Bear SingersManitou Mkwa Singers Volume 2, Manitou Mkwa
Artistic VideoLike A Record (Troy Koko) Troy KokolMonsters (The North Stars) David HodgesMother Roots (Silla And Rise) Rise AshenEasier (Nadjiwan) Meriläinen Müsic Inc., Laura Meriläinen & Marc MeriläinenSolidification( Leanne Betasamosake Simpson) Sammy Chien and the Chemerik Collective

The SSIMAs and SSIF are produced by Mather Simard’s Indigenous entertainment and tourism firm, Indigenous-Experiences.ca on behalf of the National Indigenous Peoples Day Committee comprising six (6) organizations that represent Indigenous communities across Canada. An Artist Advisory Committee made up of Canadian Indigenous music leaders was created to collaborate with and provide direction on The SSIMAs.

“It’s time to celebrate Indigenous voices! These Awards provide an excellent platform for artists to be recognized for their hard work. Ottawa being the nation’s capital is a great portal to the world to share the surging wave of Indigenous expression,” noted Advisory Committeemembers Vince Fontaine and Elaine Bomberry.


About Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival (June 1-21, 2021)

Established in Ottawa in 1996, the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival (SSIF) is a multi-disciplinary arts festival that brings together Indigenous artists, performers, educators, students, and community members to share knowledge and celebrate Canada’s diverse Indigenous cultures. Summer Solstice Festivals are produced by Indigenous Experiences on behalf of the National Indigenous Peoples DayCommittee (NIPD) comprising the following six (6) organizations representing Indigenous communities across Canada: National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) the co-host this year, Assembly of First Nations (AFN), Council of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP), Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), and Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC). In 2020, the former 4-day live event transformed to a month-long virtual festival coinciding with National Indigenous History Month and culminating on National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21st).

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About TD Bank Group

The Toronto-Dominion Bank and its subsidiaries are collectively known as TD Bank Group (“TD” or the “Bank”). TD is the sixth largest bank in North America by branches and serves 26 million customers in three key businesses operating in a number of locations in financial centres around the globe: Canadian Retail, including TD Canada Trust, TD Auto Finance Canada, TD Wealth (Canada), TD Direct Investing, and TD Insurance; U.S. Retail, including TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, TD Auto Finance U.S., TD Wealth (U.S.), and an investment in TD Ameritrade; and Wholesale Banking, including TD Securities. TD also ranks among the world’s leading online financial services firms, with 13 million active online and mobile customers. TD had CDN$1.4 trillion in assets on April 30, 2019. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades under the symbol “TD” on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges.

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Eric Alper