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imagineNATIVE & Slaight Music are delighted to announce that the winner of 2018 iN Bullseye Prize is Indigo

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The top three finalists for this year's prize were Cody Coyote, Caley Watts and Indigo

The top five finalists were Cody Coyote, Caley Watts, Robin Cizek, Snotty Nose Rez Kids and Indigo


Launched in 2016, iN Bullseye is an Indigenous music talent search contest that 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. 


Each year, Canada’s emerging Indigenous musicians are invited to submit sample tracks of their original work in an online contest for consideration by a jury of music and media arts industry leaders. Submissions are open from roughly June 21st-August 15th. Selected contest finalists are promoted through imagineNATIVE’s social networks in the run up to the annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival (October 22-27, 2019). The final nominees are announced during the week of the Festival and the contest winner is announced and awarded at imagineNATIVE’s annual music showcase, THE BEAT. All finalists are invited to attend the announcement at The Beat, though travel + accommodation are not provided through this contest.

Following the announcement, the contest winner will be able to access the $10,000 cash award to create a professionally recorded demo of one of their submitted tracks, and produce their first music video. This video will be promoted through imagineNATIVE’s networks, including on imagineNATIVE’s annual Film + Video Tour to Indigenous communities across Canada, and will premiere at the next imagineNATIVE Festival as part of the ‘imagineNATIVE Originals’ programme of works commissioned by the organization.

In 2017, over 50 exciting new musicians - from electronic dance music artists to folk singer-songwriters - submitted their work to iN Bullseye 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. 

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 […] are very excited to partner with Slaight Music again to help discover Canada’s newest, unknown music talent.”

For questions or support, please contact: achartrand@imaginenative.org 


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 of 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 producer to be approved by the Contest Hosts);

- 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

-Premiere of their video at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

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


For full Terms & Conditions, click here.

 

2018 Bullseye Jury

 

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wolf saga

Wolf Saga is an ‪#Aboriginal‬ electro-pop artist, born and raised in London, Ontario and now living and working in Toronto and now performs with drummer Michael Ferina, adding indie-rock influences to his synth-based dance sound. He has worked with Samsung, Converse, and more, and has previously charted at #1 on the National Aboriginal Music Countdown for several weeks. 

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.

liv wade

Liv Wade is a Metis musician based on Salt Spring Island where she is a beekeeper and runs a hobby farm with her partner. A life-long musician, Liv takes her inspiration from female icons, such as Buffy St Marie, Kathleen Edwards and Sarah Harmer. She also draws from artists like Ron Sexsmith, Lucinda Williams and Leonard Cohen whose artistry in lyric writing inspires her own song writing. Liv was the winner of iN Bullseye 2017 and her latest album, Resilience, is out now.

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alan greyeyes 

Alan Greyeyes (Anishinaabe) runs the sākihiwē festival and participates in a number of non-profit boards and advisory committees. In 2006 he helped launch the Manito Ahbee Festival, the Indigenous Music Awards (formerly the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards), and the Aboriginal Music Performers Camp; in 2009 he launched the sākihiwē festival (formerly Aboriginal Music Week) and produced the Take the Fort! tour for the Cultural Olympiad; in 2010 he produced the New Native Music Revue for the Cultural Olympiad; in 2012 he won a Future Leaders of Manitoba award and launched the Native America North project.

 
 

2017 iN Bullseye Winner - Liv Wade

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. 

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2016 iN Bullseye Winner - Ansley Simpson

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 Bullseye for consideration by a jury composed of Ali Slaight, Wolf Saga and Julian Taylor.

Ansley Simpson was announced and awarded as the inaugural iN Bullseye 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 Bullseye winner

 
 

2016 Bullseye Top 3 Finalists

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

2016 Bullseye Top 5 Finalists

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

2016 Bullseye 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