Awards Presentation w/ Classic Roots, Crown Lands, Crystle Lightning

This year, our Festival and celebrations are bigger than ever. The 2021 Award Presentation will celebrate the many accomplishments of Indigenous filmmakers, actors, musicians, podcasters, visual artists and more! This year, imagineNATIVE will be awarding and contributing over $55,000. We are excited to celebrate Indigenous achievement in film and media arts with the generous support from our partners and individual donors.

This year we are pleased to present Crystle Lightning as our host as she guides us through an afternoon of celebrating Indigenous achievement in film and media arts.


Host: Crystle Lightning

Crystle, an Indigenous Actress from the Enoch Cree Nation in Alberta, began her show business journey at a young age. The Lightning Family moved from Canada to Los Angeles where she landed her first lead role in the feature: “3 NINJAS”, at 9 years old and has continued to work ever since.

Lightning’s Film and Television appearances include: “AMERICAN PIE: Band Camp”, “DAYS OF OUR LIVES”, “SOUTHLAND”, “YELLOWSTONE,” “OUTLANDER” and “HUDSON and REX, and “DIGGSTOWN”. Recently, she was the series lead in the Canadian CBC series, “TRICKSTER,” which aired in the US on the CW. Her performance garnered Crystle a Canadian Screen Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series, 2021.

Artist: Classic Roots

Currently based in Toronto but carrying the spirit of Northern Ontario with him. Infusing tribal rhythms and his own boreal spirit over raw techno beats is his specialty and he does not disappoint. Drawing inspiration from his life and culture, Classic Roots developed his original sound through integration of traditional Anishinaabe drumming and singing, with a unique sound of techno/house and sound designing to establish a sense of cultural freedom that echoes throughout his music. His beats tell a story that embodies the bold spirit of the North.

Artist: Crown Lands

Raised in Southwestern Ontario, Comeau and Bowles met nine years ago, when Comeau came home for Christmas from Los Angeles, where he had been playing in a reggae band. Discovering a shared obsession with Rush, they became “instant best friends” and started jamming together in a local barn, switching up instruments, but never straying from a two-piece set-up. The group’s name is indicative of its identification with marginalized people and interest in the troublesome history of Canada; “Crown Land,” also known as royal domain, is a territorial area belonging to the monarch—or, as Bowles puts it, “Crown Land is stolen land and we are reclaiming it.”

Thank you to the Department of Canadian Heritage for their support of this presentation of the 2021 Awards Presentation!

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