The Black Academy unveils the Legacy Awards

The inaugural telecast will air on CBC and CBC Gem on Sept. 25 from the History music venue in Toronto's east end.

The details are coming into focus for the Black Academy’s first-ever award show to honour Canada’s Black talent.

The Legacy Awards will be held on Sept. 25 at the History music venue in Toronto’s east end, which opened last year in a collaboration between Live Nation Canada and rapper Drake. Stephan James, co-founder of the Black Academy, said in the statement that the “intimate” and “state-of-the-art” venue is the perfect home for the inaugural event.

The 90-minute ceremony will be telecast on CBC and CBC Gem as part of a three-year exclusive partnership. It will feature live performances in addition to award presentations and tributes to established and emerging Black Canadian talent.

The awards are produced by Boat Rocker’s Insight Productions and James and brother Shamier Anderson’s banner Bay Mills Studios. Anderson and James are executive producers alongside Insight’s John Brunton, Lindsay Cox and Shannon Farr, as well as Daniel Abrams and Norbert Abrams.

Additional details for the Legacy Awards, including award categories, submissions and membership, are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. The Black Academy, Insight Productions and CBC said in a release that they are committed to “hiring Black senior staff and crew members.”

“We are excited to offer a nationwide platform for the Legacy Awards, as the Black Academy makes history this September,” said Sally Catto, general manager, entertainment, factual and sports, CBC, in a statement. “All of Canada is invited to participate in this celebration of Black talent and achievement, and we look forward to collaborating with the Black Academy and Insight to produce an inspiring and dynamic award show.”

“In addition to the Legacy Awards, we have other incredibly important initiatives and we’re very grateful to everyone who has come on board early to support the organization on a year-round basis, helping us to empower Black talent,” added Martha Hagos, executive director of the Black Academy. “The Black Academy is at the forefront of a cultural shift in Canada and we continue to call on other forward-looking organizations to aid us in this challenge.”

Pictured (L-R): Shamier Anderson and Stephan James