Diversity in Music Award

Mundial Montréal is proud to partner with the Conseil des arts de Montréal and its partner for the 8th Diversity in Music Award.

The Diversity in Music Award has expanded! Serving to showcase the city’s wide variety of musical expressions, this year’s award will honour not one but 2 collectives, offering winners support for creation, production, recording and dissemination over a one-year period. And to better address the needs of artists and the reality of the arts community, the award now has 2 separate components:

  1. Exploration based on an established musical tradition
  2. Creation based on new or emerging forms of music

Among the prizes on offer, depending on the component, are:


The Ensemble Âstân is the winner of the “exploration around an established musical tradition” section, while Ramon Chicharron was chosen as the winner of the “creation around new or recent musical forms” section. The Surkalén and Cosmic Youth collectives were also finalists for the Diversity in Music Award.

The Ensemble Âstân won over the jury for its finesse and virtuosity of the musicians’ playing, the cohesion of the ensemble and the interest of the artistic project inspired by the Shâhnâmeh or the Book of the Kings, an 11th century Persian poem. Ramon Chicharron excelled with his dancing and committed music, based on Afro-Colombian rhythms, the charisma of the musicians on stage and the mastery of their respective instruments in an assumed and modern musical style.