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 18th 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 2018 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. Share and spread the word to potential artists for 2017!


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.

 2016 Winner - 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.

Check out Ansley’s music video for "Breakwall" today. Like, share and spread the word for your favourite undiscovered talent!

Submissions to Bullseye are now open.