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imagineNATIVE and Slaight Music are delighted to announce that submissions are now open for the 2018 iN Bullseye Prize! 


Launched in 2016, the indigenous music talent search contest seeks to nurture Canada’s newest music talent with unprecedented opportunities, including a $10,000 cash award, to turn their talent into a career. It is free to enter this contest. 


As part of the initiative, Canada’s newest Indigenous musicians will be invited this summer (June 21 – August 15) to submit a sample track of their original work in an online contest for consideration by a jury of music and media arts industry leaders. Selected contest finalists will be promoted through imagineNATIVE’s social networks in the run up to the 19th annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival (October 17-21, 2018). The final nominees will be announced on the week of the Festival and the contest winner will be announced and awarded at imagineNATIVE’s annual music showcase, THE BEAT.

Following the announcement, the contest winner will be able to access the $10,000 cash award to create a professionally recorded demo of their track and produce their first music video. This video will be promoted through imagineNATIVE’s networks and the winning artist will have the opportunity to travel on imagineNATIVE’s annual Film + Video Tour to Indigenous communities across Canada in 2019.

Last year, over 50 exciting new musicians - from electronic dance music artists to folk singer-songwriters submitted their work to iN Bull’s Eye for consideration by a jury composed of Ali Slaight, Wolf Saga, Julian Taylor and inaugural iN Bullseye winner Ansley Simpson, who won Best New Artist at the Indigenous Music Awards earlier this year. 

Liv Wade was announced as the Winner of the 2018 iN Bullseye Contest. She has released her EP album Resilience, which features five great tracks that speak of heartbreak, rebuilding, overcoming and returning. You can stream the album here:  https://livwade.bandcamp.com/album/resilience

“iN Bullseye is part of imagineNATIVE and Slaight Music’s continued efforts to celebrate and showcase Indigenous music talent together and bring impactful professional development opportunities for new Indigenous voices in music recording and media production,” said imagineNATIVE’s iNstitute Director, Daniel Northway-Frank. “We received a fantastic response to the contest last year and are very excited to partner with Slaight Music again to help discover Canada’s newest, unknown music talent.”


The winner will receive:


There will be one grand prize awarded to the winner consisting of the recording of up to three (3) original song tracks and production an associated music video for one (1) track as follows:

- CDN $5,000 in cash towards travel, accommodation and Studio Recording with a professional music producer (song selection and such producer to be approved by the Contest Hosts in relation to geographic location producing the recorded tracks);

- CDN $5,000 in cash towards the production of a single track music video;

- Development of social network pages;

- Promotion through imagineNATIVE Networks with option to be featured on the 2019 imagineNATIVE Film + Video Tour

The total approximate retail value of the prize is CDN $10,000.


For full Terms & Conditions, click here.

 

WINNER 2017

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Liv Wade was announced as the Winner of the 2017 iN Bullseye Contest at the Beat on Saturday October 21, 2017

Liv has released her EP album Resilience, which features five great tracks that speak of heartbreak, rebuilding, overcoming and returning.

You can stream the album here: 

Follow Liv's Twitter page for the latest updates on her work. 

 

TOP 10 FinalISTS 2017

Lacey Hill - Ohsweken, ON

Bebe Buckskin & The Dirty North - Calgary, AB

Illustrated - Saskatoon, SK

Celeigh Cardinal - Edmonton, AB

Liv Wade - Salt Spring Island, BC

Leo Vance - Toronto, ON

Cliff Cardinal - Hamilton, ON

Aqua Nibii Waawaaskone - Toronto, ON

Bryden Gwiss Kiwenzie - Sudbury, ON

Cody Coyote - Ottawa, ON
 

TOP 3 FinALISTS

Leo Vance - Toronto, ON

Liv Wade - Salt Spring Island, BC

Illustrated - Saskatoon, SK

 

2017 BullsEye 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.

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Ali Slaight

As Talent Development Coordinator at Slaight Music, Ali Slaight works closely with Canadian musicians and bands in order to develop their careers and help put their music in front of as many new fans as possible. Earning a degree in Professional Music from Berklee College of Music in 2010, Slaight's experience as a Recording Artist give her unique insight when it comes to crafting ideal conditions for maximum creativity.

Ansley SIMPSON

Anishinaabe singer-songwriter Ansley Simpson was the winner of the inaugural Bull’sEye competition at imagineNATIVE’s 2016 Festival. Simpson teamed up award-winning Métis filmmaker Shane Belcourt to make the first music video to create title track from her debut album “Breakwall”. This striking video braids cinematic images with lush melodies with a swelling love song between opposites that no longer attract yet can’t be separated – a wave and a breakwall.


2016 In Bull's Eye winner

 Ansley Simpson, 2016's Bullseye Prize Winner

Ansley Simpson, 2016's Bullseye Prize Winner

 

Last year over 50 exciting new musicians - from electronic dance music artists to folk singer-songwriters submitted their work to iN Bull’s Eye for consideration by a jury composed of Ali Slaight, Wolf Saga and Julian Taylor.

Ansley Simpson was announced and awarded as the inaugural iN Bull's Eye contest winner at imagineNATIVE’s 2016 Festival.

We are proud to debut the music video to the title track from Simpson’s debut album, "Breakwall." Simpson teamed up with award-winning Métis filmmaker Shane Belcourt to create this striking video braiding cinematic images with lush melodies. “Breakwall” is a swelling love song between opposites that no longer attract yet can’t be separated, a wave and a breakwall.


 

2016 In Bull's Eye winner

 
 

2016 Bull's Eye Top 3 Finalists

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

2016 Bull's Eye Top 5 Finalists

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

2016 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