Search Contest for Emerging Indigenous Musical Talent


imagineNATIVE with support from Slaight Music are searching for Canada’s newest, unknown music talent and providing them $10,000 cash towards unprecedented opportunities to turn their talent into a career!

Through an online contest, Canada’s newest Indigenous musicians will be invited this summer to submit a sample track of their work to be considered by a jury of music and media arts industry leaders.

Leading up to the imagineNATIVE Festival in October, contest finalists will be promoted through imagineNATIVE social networks with the final nominee announcement the week of the 17th annual Festival. The contest winner will be announced an awarded at imagineNATIVE’s annual music showcase, THE BEAT.

After the Festival, the contest winner will access $10,000 to create a professionally recorded demo of up to three original songs, and to produce their first music video.

The video will then be promoted through imagineNATIVE with the opportunity to travel on the 2017 imagineNATIVE Film + Video Tour to Indigenous communities across Canada.

This is a new, rare and impactful opportunity for supporting new Indigenous music talent in Canada that we hope to build and make an annual celebration.


Bull's Eye winner


Bull's Eye Top 3 Finalists

1. Cody Coyote
2. Stone Mathers
3. Ansley Simpson

Bull's Eye Top 5 Finalists

1. Bebe Buckskin
2. Cody Coyote
3. Teagan Littlechief
4. Stone Mathers
5. Ansley Simpson

Bull's Eye Top 10 Finalists


1. Bebe Buckskin
2. Celeigh Cardinal
3. Cody Coyote
4. Luke Issac
5. Teagan Littlechief

6. Stone Mathers
7. Giant Rabbits
8. Jordan Reuben
9. Ansley Simpson
10. Xandrah


2016 Bull's Eye Jury

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wolf saga

Wolf Saga is an ‪#Aboriginal‬ electro-pop artist, born and raised in London, Ontario. He is reigning at the #1 spot on the Canadian Aboriginal chart for his 2015 EP Auburn Nights since its release. He has an incredible following on Youtube and his Soundcloud account.


julian taylor

Lead singer and songwriter Taylor, is of both West Indian and Native Canadian descent, born and raised in Toronto. His solid and unabashedly positive approach to performances result in a form of modern rhythm and blues infused with rock ‘n’ roll.