Diversity in Music Award

Mundial Montréal is proud to partner again with the Conseil des arts de Montréal and its partner for the 9th Diversity in Music Award.

The Diversity in Music Award is to raise the profile of two collectives of professional artists whose practice reflects a diversity of artistic expressions and to offer support for creation, production, recording and dissemination, for a one-year period. To better address the needs of artists and the reality of the arts community, the award now has 2 separate components:

  1. Exploration around an established musical tradition
  2. Creation around new or recent musical forms

Congratulations to the collectives La Pirogue and Noubi Trio, winners of the 9th edition of the Music Diversity Award of the Conseil des arts de Montréal and its partners.

The jury wanted to highlight the musical approach of the musicians of La Pirogue, their complicity as well as their ease on stage and with the public. Composed of Romain Malagnoux, Brenda Diaz, Zilien Biret and Sergio Barrenechea, the collective offers music inspired by recognized musical traditions.

Noubi Trio distinguished itself by the talent of its three musicians: Noubi, alias Ibnou Ndiaye, Carlo Birri and Vincent Duhaime-Perreault. The jury particularly appreciated the charisma of the artists on stage as well as the creativity and professionalism of the group.

The two winning collectives will thus have access to a path supported by the various partners that will end with participation in the Conseil des arts de Montréal’s touring program in 2020-2021:

 The prize is offered by the Conseil des arts de Montréal in collaboration with the Centre des musiciens du monde, Mundial Montréal, Place des Arts, Radio-Canada and Vision Diversité


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.