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The Beat Music Showcase returns on Oct. 21 inside 18th annual imagineNATIVE festival

Toronto, ON – This coming Saturday, Oct. 21 marks the highly anticipated return of The Beat Music Showcase. It’s all going down inside Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen Street West) during the 18th annual imagineNATIVE festival.

Returning for its 13th year, The Beat will be co-presented by Revolutions Per Minute (RPM), a global new music platform, record label, and artist collective for contemporary Indigenous music. The Beat will feature live performances from Mob Bounce, Kayla Briët, Ziibiwan, DJ Kookum, and will be hosted by Jarrett Martineau.

Jarrett is the co-founder and Creative Producer of RPM and the host of Reclaimed, a new music series on CBC Radio that explores the sounds of the Indigenous Next Wave. He holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Indigenous Governance from the University of Victoria, and has been a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Columbia University and CUNY’s Center for Place, Culture and Politics in New York. His research explores the role of art and creativity in advancing Indigenous resurgence and decolonization.

Check out the official press release below for more information.

The Beat Music Showcase returns on Oct. 21 inside 18th annual imagineNATIVE festival - HipHopCanada.com
Mob Bounce


The Beat Music Showcase returns on Oct. 21 inside 18th annual imagineNATIVE festival - HipHopCanada.com
Jarrett Martineau

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
(Presenting Sponsor: Bell Media)

Announces Digital and Audio Works including
Digital Media Art+Cade and The Beat Music Showcase

The best in Indigenous Music, Digital Media and Audio Works can be found at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, running October 18-22, 2017 in Toronto, Canada, with the annual Digital Media Art+Cade, and The Beat music showcase.

imagineNATIVE‘s music showcase The Beat, co-presented by Revolutions Per Minute (RPM), returns for its thirteenth year on Saturday, October 21 at the Horseshoe Tavern. Hosted by Jarrett Martineau of RPM and CBC’s Reclaimed, The Beat will feature live performances from Mob Bounce, Kayla Briët, Ziibiwan, and DJ Kookum, a screening of eight music videos, and the announcement of the 2017 Bull’s Eye contest winner, who will receive a $10,000 cash reward to create a professionally recorded demo of one of their songs.

The third annual Digital Media Art+Cade, now a fan-favourite for imagineNATIVE festival-goers, is a free interactive hangout showcasing Digital Media Works such as Indigenous-made video games, web series, radio and audio works, digital apps and virtual reality experiences at the TIFF Bell Lightbox from October 19 – 21.

The Beat Music Showcase returns on Oct. 21 inside 18th annual imagineNATIVE festival - HipHopCanada.com
Kayla Briët

Digital Media Works featured at the Digital Media Art+Cade will be The Cache, a digital photo essay from directors Bonnie Ammaaq and Michelline Ammaaq; Coyote’s Crazy Smart Science Show, a game from director Loretta Todd and writers Elizabeth LaPensee, Kamala Todd, and Lucas Johnson; Impossible to Contain, a 360 video from director Zoe Hopkins; Purity & Decay, a game from directors/writers Meagan Byrne and Tara Miller and writer Rachel Gorman; TETEPISKAT, a digital photo essay from director Natasha Kanapé Fontaine; Thunderbird Strike, a game from director/producer Elizabeth LaPensee; What Brings Us Here, an Instagram essay by director/writer Katherena Vermette; and XINONA, a digital animation essay from director Walter Kaheró:ton Scott.

Also available in the Digital Media Art+Cade will be a series of Audio Works such as soundscapes, radio documentaries, and audio stories created by leading Indigenous audio artists including Kim Wheeler’s Standing Rock: People and Pride, Janet Rogers’ Broken English and Frozen in the Heat, Crystal Favel’s Dark Angel, and Michael Wilson’s Elcrys.

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
October 18-22, 2017
imagineNATIVE Early Bird Ticket Packages and Festival Pass
are on sale at a reduced price until Sunday, September 24, 2017
Call – TIFF Box Office on 416-599-TIFF (8433)
Online – TIFF Festival Partners and Third Party Events
In Person – TIFF Box Office at 350 King St W, Toronto, ON

For more information please call 416.585.2333 or visit www.imagineNATIVE.org.

The Beat Music Showcase returns on Oct. 21 inside 18th annual imagineNATIVE festival - HipHopCanada.com
DJ Kookum


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