The first Black Academy Legacy Awards have found a venue and air date.
Canada’s award show dedicated to black talent will be held at Toronto History’s live event space and will air September 25 on CBC and CBC Gem.
The academy says the 90-minute live show, in partnership with Insight Productions, will include performances, tributes to established and emerging Black Canadian talent, and awards presentations in categories including film, television, music and sports.
The Toronto-based Black Academy was founded by actor brothers Shamier Anderson and Stephan James in 2020 to support black talent and break down barriers of discrimination.
Last May, the organization announced a three-year partnership with CBC to broadcast the awards.
Anderson says he wants viewers to recognize and appreciate the black talent there is in Canada and be inspired by the nominees.
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“When Stephan and I thought of a name for the awards ceremony, we really wanted it to convey something big and lasting – it’s about creating a legacy for this generation and future generations of Canadians. black,” Anderson said Thursday in a statement.
Details regarding prize categories, membership and the submission process will be announced at a later date.
For more stories about the experiences of Black Canadians — from anti-Black racism to stories of success within the Black community — check out Being Black in Canada, a CBC project that Black Canadians can be proud of. You can read more stories here.