How to watch the 2022 Legacy Awards on CBC

The 2022 Legacy Awards airs Sunday, September 25 at 8 p.m. (9 p.m. AT/9:30 p.m. NT) on CBC TV and CBC Gem.
2022 marks the first-ever Legacy Awards, celebrating the achievements of Black Canadians. (CBC)

Celebrate Black excellence

The first-ever edition of The Black Academy's award show, The Legacy Awards, is the first nationally-televised award show to celebrate and honour Black Canadian talent. The event will be hosted by actors and Black Academy co-founders Shamier Anderson and Stephan James. It will also feature performances by many of Canada's most exciting Black music artists including Jully Black, Deborah Cox, Kardinal Offishall and more. 

In its inaugural year, The Legacy Awards is a tribute-style award show honouring both established Black Canadian talent and rising stars. Award recipients are decided upon by The Legacy Awards' Advisory Committee, comprised of industry specialists in music, film, TV and pop culture, and The Black Academy.

How to watch

There are a couple of ways to tune in!

The Legacy Awards will broadcast nationwide on Sunday, September 25 at 8 p.m. (9 p.m. AT/9:30 p.m. NT) on CBC TV and CBC Gem.

Stream it online

You can stream it on the free CBC Gem app on September 25 at 8 p.m. (9 p.m. AT/9:30 p.m. NT).

The Legacy Awards – Promo

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Celebrate Black excellence in Canada by watching the inaugural Legacy Awards, airing on CBC TV and CBC Gem Sunday, September 25 @ 8 p.m. (9 p.m. AT/9:30 p.m. NT).

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Watch on television

Tune in to CBC TV on September 25 at 8 p.m. (9 p.m. AT/9:30 p.m. NT).

The Legacy Awards Recipients

This year's award recipients are:

Andre De Grasse

Decorated athlete Andre De Grasse is one of the award recipients at The Legacy Awards 2022. (CBC / The Legacy Awards)

For his exemplary accomplishments in sport in Canada and around the world, and his contribution to the Black Canadian identity, Andre De Grasse will receive the Athlete of the Year Award.

With six Olympic medals under his belt, Andre De Grasse is the most decorated male Olympian in Canadian history. De Grasse captured medals in all three sprint events at both the 2016 Rio Olympics and again five years later at the Tokyo Olympics. Most recently, Andre anchored the Canadian men's 4x100m relay team to the 2022 World Championship title. In 2018, he established the Andre De Grasse Family Foundation, committed to inspiring and empowering youth through access to sport, education and healthcare. De Grasse was born in Scarborough, Ontario and raised in Markham, Ontario.

Kayla Grey

Sports broadcaster and activist Kayla Grey is one of the award recipients at The Legacy Awards 2022. (CBC / The Legacy Awards)

In recognition of her unmistakable talent and activism, Kayla Grey will receive the Jamil French Award.

Kayla Grey is the host and co-executive producer of TSN's The Shift with Kayla Grey, appears regularly as an anchor of SportsCentre, and reports courtside for TSN's live coverage of the Toronto Raptors. A graduate of Toronto's College of Sports Media, Grey began her broadcasting career as an analyst for the Canadian Women's Hockey League and various university varsity sports. She became the first Black woman to host a flagship sports highlight show in Canada when she made her SportsCentre debut in 2018. Celebrating the late actor Jahmil French, this award goes to a rising star. 

Fabienne Colas

Actor and film festival founder Fabienne Colas is one of the award recipients at The Legacy Awards 2022. (CBC / The Legacy Awards)

For her tireless work showcasing Black Canadian storytellers, Fabienne Colas will receive The Visionnaire Award. 

Colas is a film festival founder and organizer, an award-winning actress, filmmaker, and diversity and inclusion consultant who works passionately to support diversity on- and off-screen. She manages 12 film festivals including the Montreal International Black Film Festival, Canada's largest Black film festival. As chair of the Fabienne Colas Foundation, she promotes and awards grants to independent films and artists. In 2015, Colas was recognized by Quebec's National Assembly for her contribution in the fight against racism and discrimination in Quebec. She holds an Executive MBA from McGill University and HEC Montreal.

The Legacy Awards Presenters

These are the incredible Canadians who will be presenting the awards:

  • King Bach
  • TRH Michaëlle Jean
  • Arisa Cox
  • Brandon Gonez
  • Kathleen Newman-Bremang
  • Amanda Parris
  • Odario Williams
  • Jordan Alexander
  • Amanda Brugel
  • Tyrone Edwards


The Legacy Awards Performers

Enjoy musical performances from Canadian icons, including:

  • Jully Black
  • Deborah Cox
  • Keysha Freshh
  • Izzy-S
  • Kardinal Offishall
  • SATE
  • Savannah Ré
  • Randell Adjei
  • Fefe Dobson
  • Melanie Fiona
  • Shantel May
  • Alicia Mighty


The Legacy Awards Digital Creator Fan Choice Nominees

This award allows fans to choose their favourite Black-identifying Canadian digital content creators. The nominees are:

  • Basement Gang
  • Ika Wong
  • Keshia Rush
  • King Bach
  • Kissy Duerré
  • Marlon Palmer