We want to acknowledge that we are currently on the traditioinal unceded and shared territories of indigenous peoples, amongst which the Kanien’kehá;ka and Anishinaabeg people who designate these territory as Tio’tia;ke and Mooniyaang respectively. We recognize the Kanien’kehá;ka (Mohawk) people who continue to care for this land.
Mundial Montreal is extremely proud to unveil the lineup for this year’s Indigenous Sounds series, proudly supported by Slaight Music. For the last 5 years, Mundial has been highlighting artists from various Indigenous communities in Canada, and providing opportunities for the artists to share their music and culture with audiences from coast to coast. Recently, Indigenous music has been making great strides in entering the mainstream, with Polaris Music Prize wins for Tanya Tagaq and Buffy Sainte-Marie sending shockwaves through the industry. We feel strongly that cultural institutions have a responsibility to advance the process of reconciliation. This series is our effort to provide a bridge for Indigenous artists and new (and more!) audiences.
This year, for the first time, the Indigenous Sounds series will feature international artists! We are pleased to welcome Emily Wurramara of the Wannindilyakwa people (Australia), and Inuk singer Nive & The Deer Children (Greenland).
Indigenous music in Canada has been achieving more and more recognition, and we are proud to showcase some of the most interesting up and coming talent. This year’s lineup includes a pair of Juno winners: experimental musical storytellers Quantum Tangle (Inuk / Ojibwe-Métis), and soulful baritone singer-songwriter William Prince (Peguis First Nation), plus traveling singer-songwriter Lacey Hill (Six Nations), and Juno-nominated songstress Amanda Rheaume (Métis).
In addition to showcases, the series will also feature a special networking activity connecting delegates with specialized knowledge on the Indigenous music scene and artists, as well as a panel titled Idle No More part 2: Indigenizing the Music Industry,
Finally, in collaboration with the new label RPM and M for Montreal, we will be hosting a special closing party: RPM Live, highlighting the next wave of indigenous sound, details to follow.
For full details on the Indigenous Sounds series, click here.