From February 13th to 17th 2019, Mundial Montreal will attend the 31th edition of Folk Alliance International
which settles for 1 edition only in: MONTREAL !
If you’re visiting Montreal for the first time : welcome!
Once again, the programming of the next edition proves that:
” FOLK MUSIC IS WORLD MUSIC ” !
- Official Mundial Montréal showcase : (Harmonium Stage, Square Victoria / Thursday, Feb. 15th 2019) :
- Note also other official showcases of more than 20 artists from world music community (Mundial “alumni”) : April Verch, Blisk, Christine Tassan et les Imposteures, Daby Touré, Emily Wurramara, Ilaria Grazaino & Francesco Forni, Kaia Kater, Kalàscima, Le Vent du Nord, Leela Gilday, Mehdi Cayenne, Mélisande [electroctrad], Niyaz, OKAN, Perséides, Ramy Essam, Sofia Rei, The Bombadils, Trad.Attack…
- 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’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).
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 email@example.com.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Folk Alliance International has stopped using the term “world music” since 2014, because of its roots in colonial ideology.
2019 ADDITION TO THE PROGRAM also:
- 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!
- Mundial Montréal will organize a private Canadian broadcaster’s meeting from World Routes Network. (Date/ location TBC, please, note though we will host a networking dinner during the evening break).
The list of 2019 panels has not been released yet. But, to give you a little insight, here are some examples of FAI’s 2018 panels :
- « Decolonizing Folk » with Karima Daoudi (Old Town School of Folk Music Chicago), ShoShona Kish (Digging Roots)
- « Diversifying the Approach » with Shoshona Kish (Digging Roots), Alka Sharma (Folk Music Ontario)
- « Modern Day Activism » with Vox Sambou (artist)
- « Indigenous State » with ShoShona Kish (Digging Roots), Alan Greyeyes (Manitoba Music)
ABOUT FOLK ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL
“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!
- See what happened last year (Recap Youtube video)
- Billboard talks about it: Folk Alliance International Sets 2019 Dates in Montreal
Mundial @Folk Alliance 2017 – details HERE
Mundial @Folk Alliance 2018 – details HERE
PREVIOUSLY SELECTED ON SHOWCASE AT FAI:
Officials showcases of Mundial “alumni” :
- Elage Diouf
- Cécile Doo-Kingué
- Mélisande [électrotrad]
- Alysha Brilla
- Lemon Bucket Orkestra
- Las Cafeteras
- Kobo Town
- Anne Janelle
- Alejandra Ribera
- Dehli 2 Dublin
- Villalobos Brothers
Indigenous Mundial alumni 2017-2018:
- Amanda Rheaume
- Digging Roots
- Martha Redbone
BIG thanks to our partners :
Folk Alliance International, Mundial Montréal and Avalanche Prod.
We acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR, Canadian government and private Canadian broadcasters.