October 1, 2018

2018 Music program unveiled!

Mundial Montreal, North America’s World Music Summit is proud to unveil the FULL program for its 8th edition: November 13-16, 2018.

The theme of this year’s edition is Mosaic Music.

“Music Mosaic, is a turn of phrase natural to the Canadian cultural landscape. It is our theme this year, so we can distinguish ourselves from the “melting pot” to the south. We retain heritage, offer positive settlement practices, and as a result, our chances for “peace, love and understanding” flourish.

As “settlers” on colonized land, we also continue to recognize the need to educate ourselves about Indigenous emergence. There is a renaissance surrounding us!”
– Derek Andrews, Artistic Director, Mundial Montreal

MUSIC: 32 Bands Take the Stage!
The opening night features a mosaic of female-fronted groups artists from different backgrounds, starting with hypnotic Balkan polyphonic quartet Blisk (Toronto), followed by Haitian-Canadian singer Mélissa Laveaux (France/Canada), janggu percussion master Kim So Ra (Korea), Eastern European electro-folk experimentalists DoVira (Toronto), and finally rumba-flamenco party-starter Marinah (Catalonia, Spain). We are pleased to be collaborating with KAMS – Korea Arts Management Services for the third year in a row to co-present opening night’s music and mingling!

Out of the 30+ artists showcasing, a significant focus is the Indigenous Sounds series, featuring 4 groups including 2018 Polaris Prize winner Jeremy Dutcher (Wolastoqiyik – Tobique First Nation, New Brunswick), throat singing folk pop artist Riit (Inuit – Pangnirtung, Nunavut), Juno-nominated electro-throat singing trio Silla and Rise (Inuit – Nunavut), plus two international guests: singer-songwriter Emily Wurramara (Anindilyakwa – Australia), and yoik artist Elle Márjá Eira (Sami – Norway).

Canada’s incredible diversity is represented this year with over 20 artists from a huge array of backgrounds, including Montrealers Ramon Chicharron and Waahli, Torontonians OKAN, BC-based Farnaz Ohadi & Mashregh Ensemble and Itamar Erez, Gordie Mackeeman and his Rhythm Boys from PEI, and many more.

Adding to international diversity in the program, Mundial will present Fränder (Sweden), Miroca Paris (Cape Verde), and funk-inspired Mardi Gras Indians Cha Wa (USA).

The week ends with a bang on Friday with a closing party featuring Montrealers Nomad’Stones (2018-19 Révélations ICI Musique), Ayrad (launching their new album!), and Daby Touré (pre-premiere of his new show!).

MUNDIAL MONTREAL : An essential industry gathering
Mundial Montreal continues its growth as a significant North American entry point for international collaborators. We welcome international delegations from the Netherlands, Spain (Catalonia/Canary Islands), the Canary Islands, Korea, and Chile. We are also delighted to again be collaborating with Music BC, Music PEI, CAPACOA as well as presenting a joint showcase with CINARS.

Welcoming over 300 delegates from around the world, Mundial Montreal has established itself as the meeting point in North America to manage ideas around world music. Mundial presents a series of panels and networking activities (Mentor Café, Speed Schmooze, dinners & receptions) designed to stimulate important conversations, create new connections and seed opportunities for professional development.

We are proud to be able to offer one of the best ratios of buyers to sellers of any industry event!

The Indigenous Sounds Series is back for the 6th year, beginning with a focused meeting of the Indigenous music community presenters, artists, agents and stakeholders. Panel Idle No More III: Indigenous Renaissance will feature a dialogue between organizers at the forefront on what is happening, what is coming, and what the future holds. We are honoured to welcome ShoShona Kish (Digging Roots), Alan Greyeyes (sākihiwē festival), for a panel moderated by Cynthia Lickers-Sage (IPAA).

Mosaic, Culture & Recognition will feature a discussion between Drew Gonsalves (Kobo Town) and ShoShona Kish, moderated by journalist Chaka Grier (NOW Magazine).

« I really enjoyed learning about different ways of collaborating with artists from different Indigenous communities.»
– Jordana Leigh, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York

A major feature of Mundial Montreal is the World Routes Network presenter meetings. These intensive private meetings, which attract 100+ buyers from across Canada looking for talent, are a cornerstone of the world music community. Putting an emphasis on cooperation and knowledge sharing, these meetings lead to block-booking results and increased circulation for artists, as well as optimized festivals around the country.
“It’s rare to have face-to-face time with such a large and diverse group of presenters. The opportunity to discuss artists of interest and booking plans for a specific period of time is extremely helpful in making plans for future seasons and identifying shared expenses such as travel, which is often a barrier when presenting larger bands or artists from abroad.”
– Chris Dearlove, National Arts Center.

International talent buyers include new faces like:

  • Soro Solo, France Inter (France)
  • Marri Riddle, Grand Performances (USA)
  • Christine White, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (USA)
  • Danka Van Dodewaard, Amsterdam Roots Festival (NL)
  • Bengi Unsal, Southbank Center (UK)