The International Indigenous Music Summit announces its 2023 edition on May 31-June 4, with registrations now open to everyone here. This year, the Summit presents its first full in-person standalone event, with daytime programming including elder talks, keynotes, master classes, and community roundtables hosted by TD Music Hall, Toronto’s new 500-capacity performance space at Allied Music Centre. 2023’s theme, “Generations Strong,” speaks to the importance of acknowledging the innovations, brilliance, and creativity of the seven generations before and the promise of the seven generations yet to come.
With today’s announcement, the Summit also shares the first round of performers from across Turtle Island, with more to come. Official showcasing artists will perform at TD Music Hall and venues across the city. The lineup boasts a profound depth and breadth of experience, talent, and perspective that exemplifies the importance and uniqueness of the International Indigenous Music Summit.
Beatrice Deer Band * Curtis Clear Sky and the Constellationz
Drezus * Elisapie * Fawn Wood
Garret T. Willie * Miesha and The Spanks * NIMKII & THE NINIIS
OMBIIGIZI * Quanah Style * Quique Escamilla
Now in its fifth year, the Summit continues to evolve and grow. From its early years in partnership with Folk Alliance in Montreal (2019) and New Orleans (2020) to 2021’s virtual edition, the Summit has a new home for 2023 at TD Music Hall and a partnership with Massey Hall. The only event of its kind, the International Indigenous Music Summit is unique in its mandate and operations, led by an elder advisory committee and centering on Indigenous perspectives and experiences.
Last year, the Summit shifted focus and launched Bimiwizh (to carry, take along): a series of regional gatherings and showcases to connect with communities on home territories. Bimiwizh events happened in Nova Scotia, Quebec, Alberta, and B.C. 2022 also saw Summit-curated showcases and networking events at Fluvial (Chile), WOMEX (Lisbon), BreakOut West, Mundial, the JUNO Awards, and more, further broadening the Summit’s role as a global connector of Indigenous artists, industry and change-makers.
The 2023 International Indigenous Music Summit welcomes everyone to attend, and registrations are now open to the public. For more information, please visit indigenousmusicsummit.com.
Registration and ticket details are available here.
I’m Jenna, the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be.
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