The BIPOC hArt Music Series is a platform celebrating diverse representation in the performing arts and creative industries by showcasing emerging artists from across the Greater Hamilton Area and Six Nations of the Grand River.

Hamilton Arts Council is accepting applications now until Close Date. A panel of adjudicators from the music sector will select four musicians/groups to be professionally filmed in February 2022.

Applications being accepted until Sunday, December 12, 2021 at 11.59PM

This call refers to BIPOC representation which includes People who identify as  Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour.

Applications will be reviewed by an adjudication panel of music industry professionals, recommending candidates to be selected by our host and curator, DeShaun Jones.

HAC is seeking artists from a variety of cultural musical themes and styles.

Emerging Artist is defined as an artist or group having not yet achieved substantial regional or national exposure. The emerging artist may have accomplished various achievements in their artistic development, but have not yet secured a manager, agent, publicist, or record label.

Eligible applicants must:

  • Self-identify as BIPOC.

  • Be considered an “Emerging Artist”. (See above definition.)

  • Be prepared to deliver a 20 - 30 minute presentation of original work for recording.

  • Be Canadian Citizens, or Permanent Residents, currently residing in Hamilton, the Greater Hamilton area, or on Six Nations of The Grand River.

Successful applicants will receive:

  • Performance compensation in accordance with professional standards.

  • A professionally filmed and produced video of their work.

  • A unique platform to reach new audiences.

  • An opportunity to meet and work with other music professionals.


  • Applications will be accepted until Sunday, November 28 2021 at 11:59PM (EDT).

  • Applicants will be notified by Friday, December 10, 2021.

  • The recording session will occur February 2022 (specific date to be determined).



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Fusing Hip-hop, and spoken word poetry over traditional Egyptian arrangements, Mer’s energy and meticulous lyrics are heightened by his accompanying bandmates: Andy Dmytryshyn, Miles Evans-Branagh, and Costa Chatzis

 A musician with the capacity to mesmerize and mirror the intricacies of your soul, Guru Neeraj Prem is a rare musical entity.  He is a virtuoso sitarist and leader in the modern movement of Indian music as a sought after performer and teacher.

Gambian-born artist Aisha Barrow conveys the collaborative nature of her music and the “tribe” of musicians and producers who back her R&B-based-pop-project. This electrifying performance features the talented accompaniment of Jason Osorio, Jadon Haughton, and Nathanael Pollard.

A Mohawk/French Canadian Singer-Songwriter from Six Nations of the Grand River. James’ performance weaves haunting vocals contrasted perfectly with his powerful rock tones, as he shares stories from his life and work with Six Nations’ youth.






The 2021 BIPOC hArt Music Series was a produced by Steady Canoe.

Steady Canoe is a virtual venue and media streaming company designed and built by artists, musicians, performers and technicians for the promotion and support of arts and culture. 

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HAC engaged the expertise of DeShaun Jones, as series curator and host, to select four artists of exceptional quality. 

"I am extremely excited for new audiences to experience the incredible artists selected for the series” 

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