Vincent Schilling
Indian Country Today

The first Indigenous hip hop awards show is taking place this weekend in Canada for those interested in Indigenous hip hop artists from the United States, First Nations Canada and Indigenous artists from such places as Jamaica, Australia and India.


Chris Sharp, marketing director for the International Indigenous Hip Hop Awards Show & Trade-show, told Indian Country Today in an email that the music genre is a perfect way to bring people together — albeit virtually — that are interested in both diversity and hip hop. “Hip hop is a beautiful culture that is diverse and inclusive. It brings people together, and we know Indigenous hip hop will bring millions more together from all over the world.”

According to Sharp in the event release, “This virtual event will be showcasing the diverse Indigenous hip hop talent that exists across the world. The two-day celebration of Indigenous Hip Hop runs May 22nd - 23rd from our host city of Winnipeg, MB on the original lands of the Dene people’s, Dakota, Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Treaty 1 Territory, and on the homeland of the Metis Nation.”

City Natives at the Indigenous Hip Hop Awards (Courtesy image)

The awards show is a virtual event hosted by hip hop duo Mike Bone and will include virtual booths, mentoring and networking opportunities. There will also be performances by award-winning artists Drezus, City Natives, Def-i, J25, Doc T, Emcee One, Drmngnow, YellowSky, Psych Ward Kidz, Sly Skeeta, MzShellz, Artson, Sean Skiez, MissChristie Lee, Zero of El Vuh

The event release also highlighted several events to include online workshops, a virtual trade show where fans can purchase merchandise and interact, one-on-one mentorship VIP meetings and a virtual red carpet event. The trade show takes place Saturday at 10 a.m. CT.

The events as described as follows:

Online workshops

The trade show will offer four workshops featuring music and branding industry executives from Blabbly, David Strickland, Motive Music Canada & K.A.S.P to answer questions and provide industry education.

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VIP mentorship meetings

Up and coming Indigenous artists will also have the unique opportunity to connect with hip hop music industry pioneers. American rapper and record producer Masta Ace, artist Blahzay Blahzay, actor and rapper Chino XL will be available for one-on-one VIP meetings.

Virtual booths

The event weekend also allows attendees access to virtual booths where artists and fans can share, connect and buy merchandise.

Red carpet event

The red carpet event, presented by L.A Natives Podcast, takes place at 4 p.m. CT on Sunday.

Hip hop awards virtual show hosted by Mike Bone

The awards program honors the best in hip hop, with special appearances by award-winning recording artists, Redman, Pete Rock and more.

For event information or to purchase weekend passes for $5.99 visit:

Social media

Twitter: @indigenousHHAS
Instagram: @indigenoushiphopawards
Facebook: @indigenoushiphopawards
YouTube Channel

Sponsored by TD, Say Magazine, Manitobah Mukluks, Reebok, Socan Foundation, Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada, C Sharpe Productions, Brownees Urban Bistro & Blabbly. 

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