November 30, 2018

Mundial @ Folk Alliance International 2019!

From February 13th to 17th 2019, Mundial Montréal will attend the 31th edition of Folk Alliance International

which settles for 1 edition only in: MONTRÉAL !

If you’re visiting Montreal for the first time : welcome! 

Feel free to take a look at Déborah, Eli Cécile Doo-Kingué ‘ s highlights within “MONTREAL FAVORITES”  section.

Once again, the programming of the next edition proves that:




  • We’re happy to welcome FAI delegates for this Canadian edition at the Official Opening Reception, in collaboration with Canadian Federation of Musicians, CIMA, Folk Music Canada and Folk Music Ontario! Be there!  Feb. 13th 2019, 5-6 pm, Edith Fowke Room 219.


This year’s program include:






  • A bunch of artists from QUÉBEC will be also showcasing!  Here is a tip to easily spot the best of Québec talents: follow the communications of our colleagues from FOLQUÉBEC who will host showcases at Square Victoria (Harmonium stage) or in one of their private showcase rooms for hours & hours of good music!



We are proud to count among our community, artists and broadcasters who make the difference! 

We’re excited to celebrate together during the ceremony namely 2 specific awards :

  • People’s Voice Award” which will be designated to the legendary artist Buffy Sainte Marie
  • Spirit of Folk Award”  that will be given to many of our colleagues in 2019: Alfredo Caxaj (SUNFEST TD),  Gilles Garand (Folquébec) , ShoShona Kish (Digging Roots / International Indigenous Music Summit), Sophia Rei (“alumni” of Mundial 2014).
  • “Artist of the Year” nominees include: Jeremy Dutcher & Wiliam Prince!

Congratulations !




  • Mundial Montréal will organize a private Canadian presenters’s meeting under World Routes Network in order to stimulate block booking cooperation (Friday evening/ by invitation only)


2019 NOVELTY! 

For the first time this year, FAI organizes and hosts on February 14th 2019, 2 GLOBAL SUMMITS including:

  • International Indigenous Music Summit, bringing together Indigenous professionals from music industry, cultural leaders and artists to honor the traditions and open new paths. (for and by indigenous artists and professionals from music industry)

This summit is a gathering of indigenous artists, keepers of knowledge and community builders, as well as key guests to discuss major issues the Indigenous music community is facing. The summit coincide with the UN’s declaration of 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous language.

The main objectives include :
· Connect indigenous artists ready to export to the global music community
· Bring awareness, create resources, opportunities and sustainable solutions
· Built networks, relations, and connections and
· Discuss needs, challenges, solutions, and best practices
· Share strategies, recommendations, ideas and concerns with collectivity
· Propose incremental changes in traditional and indigenous music industry
· Establish a forum for better sharing of consciousness around indigenous cultural practices
· Celebrate the historical and ongoing contributions of indigenous music

This summit is open to Indigenous artists and to representatives of Indigenous music industry. If you’re Indigenous and want to participate to the summit, or if you’ve got questions, please submit your request here. For more information, contact

  • Ethnomusicology Summit 

Taking place on Thursday, February 14 from 10am to 1pm. It is organized and animated by SEM (Society of Ethnomusicology) and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.

This summit is an international gathering of ethnomusicologists as well as musicologists, and invited artists to discuss the idea of ​​”world music”.

Half a century after Robert Brown began giving world music lessons in Wesleyan, thirty-seven years after Peter Gabriel started WOMAD and almost thirty-two years after Steven Feld suggested scholars and music industry leaders alike should put the term to sleep with a “Sweet Lullaby” (Feld 2000), “world music” as gender, marketing category or even concept still live on! Although many academicians and artists expressed their disdain for this term, which according to them reinforced a certain orientalist image of the rest of the world in the name of world trade, the term remains.

The summit will bring together people with different perspectives from research, practice and art to understand how the idea of ​​”world music” continues to be applied to artists by listeners and music representatives. This is a rare and exciting opportunity in which ethnomusicologists, musicians and all those involved in the cultural industry of “folk music” gather to discuss how the concepts of “world music” and “folk music” reinforce or hinder the musicians involved in their creation. The perspectives of the fields of applied ethnomusicology and economic ethnomusicology are particularly encouraged.

This summit is open to professionals working in the field of ethnomusicology, in any capacity whatsoever. If you want to participate to the summit, or if you have any questions, please submit your request here. For more information, contact

* Folk Alliance International has stopped using the term “world music” since 2014, because of its roots in colonial ideology.



  • 3 “Accelerators” / day-long sessions (on Wednesday, additional fee required), with the presence of senior mentors and professionals of the industry, to develop the careers of “agents”, “managers” and “self-entrepreneurs artists” with Val Denn and Amanda Martinez! More details here! 




Workshop: Introduction to Inuit Throat Singing 

Film: RUMBLE the Indians Who Rockec the World 




 I hope to see this deepen in years to come at FAI and have it be more synonymous with global folk traditions, and less so the confines of the singer-songwriter and “trad” roots of folk…all of which are important, but are simply one view of folk music.

The first priority (over the 3) includes diversity, inclusion and internationalism, in particular regarding the Indigenous representation in our industry.

Now more than ever as a community, we have to look beyond  our comfort in doing business and understand the social impact and the responsibility we all have as connectors and conservators. It starts with looking around us, every day, at every show, every meeting, to check and designate how much it’s homogeneous. It’s not the optics or the appearances; it’s a deeper need to recognize the richness of ideas and possibilities that are missing. As every ecosystem, without diversity, it is condemned to erode.”  Aengus Finnan, executive director, Folk Alliance International.

In the past four years, ambition, innovation, diversification and inclusion became key words and the now orientation of Folk Alliance International which is moving towards :

  • Expanding internationally and synonymous with folk globally
  • An expanded vision of folk music,  a more global, more adapted and relevant vision of the world surrounding us.

Folk Alliance International truly believes that it is through the integration of greater diversity that we can, among other things, bring preconceived ideas into question and at the same time, reveal more the similarities. This change is illustrated and more detailed in their annual report of 2015-2016 and their renewed values statement.

Also find all the statistics of FAI in their 2018 edition report here!

2018 stats: 2 855 participants including 417 broadcasters and 35 countries which are represented in 2018, 27 countries in 2017 (and 18 in 2016)

To know even more about Folk Alliance International, click here!

Mundial @Folk Alliance 2017 – details HERE

Mundial @Folk Alliance 2018 – details HERE


Officials showcases of Mundial “alumni” :   


  • Saltarello
  • Elage Diouf
  • Cécile Doo-Kingué
  • Mélisande [électrotrad]
  • Alysha Brilla
  • Lemon Bucket Orkestra
  • Las Cafeteras
  • Kobo Town
  • Anne Janelle
  • Alejandra Ribera


  • Boogat
  • Dehli 2 Dublin
  • Eljuri
  • Villalobos Brothers

Indigenous Mundial alumni 2017-2018:

  • Iskwé
  • Amanda Rheaume
  • Digging Roots
  • Martha Redbone
  • Shauit


BIG thanks to our partners : 

FACTOR, the Canadian governmentCanadian heritage, the SODEC,

Folk Alliance International, Mundial Montréal and Avalanche Prod.

We acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR, Canadian government and private Canadian broadcasters.