Canada’s Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival extends submission deadline for INAUGURAL MUSIC AWARDS The SSIMAs TO APRIL 7, 2021

WHO:  Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival (SSIF)


WHAT: The SSIMAs artist SUBMISSION DEADLINE extended to April 7, 2021 (was April 1st)


WHERE: Applications can be submitted online at


WHY:   The SSIMAs (Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Awards) proudly celebrates Indigenous artists from across Canada and internationally, by showcasing the diverse and growing music and culture of Indigenous artistic expression and accomplishment within the global Indigenous community across 18 categories. With artists having an even more difficult time finding opportunities to perform and make a living, the Awards Committee is stepping up to create even more accessible means for artists to participate in these Awards.



Submission to The SSIMAs is free. In addition:

●         An International Award Submission category has been established to acknowledge and celebrate artists who identify as Indigenous*, but not First Nations, Metis or Inuit, and who may reside anywhere in the world including Canada. *The United Nations define “Indigenous Peoples” as “Indigenous communities, peoples and nations which, having a historical continuity with pre-invasion and pre-colonial societies that developed on their territories, consider themselves distinct from other sectors of the societies now prevailing on those territories, or parts of them.”  

●         The public is invited to nominate artists in two categories: Rising Star and Youth Leadership in Music.

●         Artists who meet the Awards criteria, are invited to self-nominate in one or more categories.

●         Category winners will be announced and honoured at a special ceremony and awards streamed from the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on Saturday, June 12, 2021.

●         Finalists and winners will be acknowledged and recognized on all SSIF digital platforms, in media communications and content pieces distributed nationally.

●         Winners will have the opportunity to sell their CDs on the SSIF Virtual Marketplace.

●         Media outreach will be provided locally, and nationally, for all SSIMA winners.


For a complete list of SSIMA categories, eligibility rules, and criteria, visit

All submissions MUST be received by End of Day 11:59 PM EST April 7, 2021.  For a complete list of The SSIMAs categories and eligibility rules visit:







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