The Indigenous Sounds series secures a place for artists from Indigenous communities in Mundial Montréal’s programming.

It highlights the talent, presence and diversity of the many Indigenous communities across Canada.

The series showcases professional, export-ready artists and is accompanied by professional development activities, mentoring sessions and other targeted networking activities. This unique component of the world music industry’s professional events, initiated by Mundial Montréal, was developed to create a bridge for artists to benefit from visibility and touring opportunities in new mainstream markets.

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The series since 2012...


The 9th edition of the series will be featuring: Mimi O’Bonsawin from the Abenaki people (Sudbury/Ontario), Celeigh Cardinal, Metis artist (Peace Country/Alberta), Midnight Shine from the Attawapiskat people (Moose Factory/Ontario), Digawolf from the Tlicho people (Yellowknife/Northwest Territories), Murray Porter from the Mohawk people (Squamish/British Columbia), Kym Gouchie from the Lheidli T’enneh people (Prince George/British Columbia)Flying Mocassins from the Wendat people (Wendake/Québec) and Vildá from the Sami people (Finland).


The 8th edition of the series featured: Elle Márjá Eira from the Sami people (Norway), Emily Wurramara from the Wannindilyakwa people (Australia), Jeremy Dutcher (Wolastoq/ Canada), Riit (Pangnirtung/ Canada) and OktoEcho (Montreal / Canada).

The Idle No More III: Indigenous Renaissance panel brought together key organizers Alan Greyeyes (sākihiwē festival), ShoShona Kish (Digging Roots), Jeremy Dutcher and Cynthia Lickers-Sage (Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance) for a conversation that focused on the current state of the Aboriginal music scene and highlighted the work that remains to be done.

On Tuesday morning, the welcoming and orientation session for Indigenous artists, their representatives and Indigenous industry stakeholders, including several guest Indigenous presenters from Australia, Norway and the United States, as well as some representatives from Canadian industry and institutions, brought together more than 30 people to share information and experiences, focusing on the common history of the struggle and cultural revitalization.

Silla & Rise received the Stingray Rising Stars Award, which includes a scholarship and a broadcast.


The 7th edition of the series will feature showcases by Quantum Tangle, William Prince, Lacey Hill, Amanda Rheaume, and for the first time, international artists: Emily Wurramara (Australia) (cancelled) Nive & The Deer Children (Greenland).

The 2017 edition of Aboriginal Accents is presented with the support of Slaight Music in collaboration with FACTOR and the Government of Canada. After discussion with the Advisory Committee and internally, the series was renamed Indigenous Sounds to reflect the importance of respecting the self-determination and self-identification of Aboriginal peoples.

The members of the advisory committee are Nadine St-Louis (Productions Feu Sacrés/Centre Culturel Ashukan), Alan Greyeyes (Manitoba Music), Shoshona Kish (Digging Roots), and André Dudemaine (Présence Autochtone).

The talented artists of the series received superb visibility & international media coverage through notably:

Songlines Magazine, article here
RFI Musiques du Monde broadcast to listen here: (pt 1) – (pt 2)
On the A Side, article here 
the national television channel APTN – video here.


The 6th edition of the series featured showcases from The Jerry Cans, Moe Clark, Iskwé, Logan Staats and Nick Sherman.

The 2016 edition of Aboriginal Sounds was presented with the support of Slaight Music in collaboration with FACTOR.


The 5th edition of the series featured showcases by Florent Vollant, Diyet, Solawa and Akawui.

In addition to the series featuring professional artists, Mundial Montréal organized an afternoon of workshops/seminars for artists of the new generation, in collaboration with Musique Nomade.


The Accents Autochtones series is back, installed in an integrated and recurring way in Mundial Montréal’s programming with 3 artists:  Kinnie Starr, Martha Redbone and Cris Derksen.


The Aboriginal Sounds series is at the heart of Mundial Montréal’s programming, featuring 8 artists from different provinces and communities across Canada: Tanya Tagaq, A Tribe Called Red, Samian, Leela Gilday, Shauit, Beatrice Deer, Eekwol and George Leach.

Indigenous artists also benefit from a private mentoring session with carefully selected national and international presenters.

Tanya Tagaq wins the Stingray Star Award.


For the first edition, Mundial Montreal presents 2 professional Indigenous artists: Élisapie and Digging Roots.

What they told us about it....