“This prize is an opportunity to highlight black creators. I’m happy to have been a part of the Black Canadian Awards since its inception and I’m thrilled to continue to see such incredible talent show up through the submissions,” said Keziah Myers, Executive Director of ADVANCE Music Canada and member of the award jury. “This year’s winners are bringing new sounds to the industry, and we’re thrilled to see them honored in this space (through the SOCAN Foundation). Myers was on the SOCAN Foundation committee that created the Black Canadian Music Awards, and she has also served as a jury member for the past two years.
Hundreds of entries from artists across Canada spanning a wide variety of musical genres were submitted for consideration, and winners were selected by a jury and advisory board of prominent Black artists and industry leaders. . Jury members include Jordan Sowunmi (Head, Music Editorial and Content Strategy at TikTok), Kentya Kurban (Community Engagement Coordinator at the Music BC Industry Association), Keziah Myers (Executive Director at Advance), Michael Asante (Director creative, rap and R&B at SOCAN), Owen Lee (artist, singer-songwriter, vocal director), Vivian Barclay (general manager at Warner Chappell Music Canada) and Widney Bonfils (director, A&R at Universal Music Canada).
“We sincerely congratulate all of the incredibly talented and deserving recipients of this year’s awards,” said Kayla J. Schwartz, Senior Director, Communications and Canadian Content Development at SiriusXM. “We are very proud to continue to partner with the SOCAN Foundation to showcase Black creators in Canada and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for this year’s winners.
Raised in Brampton, Ontario, Falana’s upbringing was marked by a diverse musical selection that shaped her penchant for genre-challenging soul and pop, R&B and Afrobeat. As soon as she had the chance, she moved to Toronto to devote herself to music, where she balanced her day jobs with incessant concerts at night. Featured in Vogue, Complex, Earmilk and The New Yorker, Falana stands out not only for her music, but also for her stylistic expressions. Falana’s second EP titled Rising is themed around female empowerment, disrupting the often one-dimensional view of women that is constantly portrayed.
Up-and-coming R&B pop singer IDMAN’s sound is a melting pot of genres, with soulful lyrics that connect deep within listeners. Raised in Toronto and based in Los Angeles, the hot-hitting artist creates her own unique sound, with sultry R&B vocals and intentionally playful, cutting lyrics, accompanied by electrifying pop production and hard-hitting beats. Named by Dazed as one of the “Next Gen of Pop 2021”, IDMAN has already garnered massive support for her first two singles, “Down for It” and “Polytics”, amassing over 2 million streams and counting.
Toronto-based Jon Vinyl is a 24-year-old artist whose keen sense of emotion has given listeners the ability to tap into nostalgic moments of teenage love and a personal soundtrack to daydream about past relationships. Jon’s soulful records occupy a sound that has an air of sophistication and vulnerability. The strummed guitar and rippling synths fall into a low point between pop and soul, setting the perfect framework for the artist’s open and honest narratives rising from his own struggles with love.
Ottawa-born singer, songwriter and producer Maurice Moore rose to prominence shortly after bursting onto the scene in 2015, whether it was with his own viral singles and mixtapes or his songwriting credits. for Chris Brown, Justine Skye, HER, Zara Larsson, Kiana Lede and K Pop royalty EXO & NCT dream. With his introspective rap style and soulful R&B vocals, this young star has rightfully earned the endorsement of trendsetters like Billboard, The Fader, BET, Earmilk and Noisey. After stellar performances at SXSW, on Kehlani’s “SweetSexySavage” tour, and Ro James/BJ The Chicago Kid “The R&B Tour”, Maurive was coined by CBC as “Canada’s next R&B superstar”.
Nigerian-Canadian musician Shopé embodies the new African aesthetic; globally minded, deeply rooted in tradition, but rooted in the west. Having emigrated from Lagos to Toronto, the singer/rapper’s personal and musical narratives weave tales of poverty, determination and love, through a masterful blend of the burgeoning Afrobeats sound with already established Hip-Hop/R&B, aptly called Afrofusion. 2019 CBC Searchlight winner and alumnus of the prestigious Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class has a passion for connecting cultures, which sets him apart as an international artist to watch and empowers members of the African Diaspora and beyond .