(TORONTO – March 29, 2023) – The International Indigenous Music Summit announces its 2023 edition, May 31 through to June 4 with registrations now open to everyone. 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 7 generations before, and the promise of the 7 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 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 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.
2023 International Indigenous Music Summit welcomes everyone to attend and registrations are now open to the public. For tickets and details, please visit indigenousmusicsummit.com
More important programming announcements to come.
Link to register and ticket details here: https://my.weezevent.com/international-indigenous-music-summit
ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL INDIGENOUS MUSIC SUMMIT
The International Indigenous Music Summit (IIMS) is a unique annual gathering that amplifies Indigenous voices with a commitment to artists, knowledge keepers, and community builders, along with key invited allies and cultural innovators. Over five days, Indigenous artists and the music industry come together to honour tradition and forge new paths, through curated musical showcases, networking activities, panels and ceremony.
ABOUT TD MUSIC HALL
In February 2023, Allied Music Centre launched TD Music Hall, a state-of-the-art 500-capacity performance space that offers a hotbed of activity with a new stage for emerging Canadian talent and international touring artists. It is also a destination for music students and community groups to immerse themselves in dedicated programming and events with the goal of inspiring future generations of performers and music fans.
ABOUT ALLIED MUSIC CENTRE
Allied Music Centre is Canada’s new state-of-the-art cultural ecosystem with four venues devoted to live music, artist development, community outreach, and educational programming. Established in 2021 as part of the Massey Hall Revitalization Project, Allied Music Centre includes the remarkably restored Allan Slaight Auditorium, Muskoka Spirits Basement Bar plus, a new 7-storey building adjacent to the legendary hall. This new building houses two additional venues – TD Music Hall and a 150-capacity room, The Deane Cameron Recording Studio, enhanced patron amenities featuring Grolsch Bars on level two and three, plus creative spaces for artists, educators, and community groups alike.
Visit https://alliedmusiccentre.mhrth.com for more.