Indigenous sounds series

The Indigenous Sounds series secures a place for artists from Indigenous communities in Mundial Montréal’s programming.

It highlights the talent, presence and diversity of the many Indigenous communities across Canada.

The series showcases professional, export-ready artists and is accompanied by professional development activities, mentoring sessions and other targeted networking activities. This unique component of the world music industry’s professional events, initiated by Mundial Montréal, was developed to create a bridge for artists to benefit from visibility and touring opportunities in new mainstream markets.

Indigenous Ally Toolkit

Sometimes the words we use don’t reflect the intentions we have. Here is a small manual, created by the Indigenous peoples themselves, to guide you on ways you can work as an ally.

Click here to view the Indigenous Ally Toolkit, a useful reading produced by Réseau Mtl Network.

The Indigenous Sounds series over the years...


Spotlight on Leonard Sumner

During this edition, Leonard Sumner took part in an interview called “Spotlight Discovery with Leonard Sumner”. To watch the video Click HERE

The Indigenous delegation of 2020

To see the delegates who attended the 2020 edition of Mundial Montreal Click HERE


The 9th edition of the series featured Mimi O’Bonsawin from the Abenaki people (Sudbury/Ontario), Métis artist Celeigh Cardinal, (Peace Country/Alberta), Midnight Shine from Attawapiskat (Moose Factory/Ontario), Digawolf of the Tlicho people (Yellowknife/Northwest Territories), Murray Porter of the Mohawk people (Squamish/British Columbia), Kym Gouchie of the Lheidli T’enneh people (Prince George/British Columbia), Flying Mocassins of the Wendat people (Wendake/Québec) and Vildá of the Sami people (Finland).


The 8th edition of the series featured: Elle Márjá Eira from the Sami people (Norway), Emily Wurramara from the Wannindilyakwa people (Australia), Jeremy Dutcher (Wolastoq/ Canada), Riit (Pangnirtung/ Canada) and OktoEcho (Montreal / Canada).

The Idle No More III: Indigenous Renaissance panel brought together key organizers Alan Greyeyes (sākihiwē festival), ShoShona Kish (Digging Roots), Jeremy Dutcher and Cynthia Lickers-Sage (Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance) for a conversation that focused on the current state of the Indigenous music scene and highlighted the work that remains to be done.


The 7th edition of the series featured Quantum TangleWilliam Prince, Lacey Hill, Amanda Rheaume, and for the first time, international artists: Emily Wurramara (Australia) (cancelled) Nive & The Deer Children (Greenland).

The 2017 edition of  the Aboriginal Sounds series was presented with the support of Slaight Music in collaboration with FACTOR and the Government of Canada. After discussion with the Advisory Committee and internally, the series was renamed Indigenous Sounds to reflect the importance of respecting the self-determination and self-identification of Aboriginal peoples.

The talented artists of the series received superb visibility & international media coverage through notably:



The 6th edition of the series featured showcases from The Jerry Cans, Moe Clark, Iskwé, Logan Staats and Nick Sherman.

The 2016 edition of Aboriginal Sounds was presented with the support of Slaight Music in collaboration with FACTOR.


The 5th edition of the series featured showcases by Florent Vollant, Diyet, Solawa and Akawui.

In addition to the series featuring professional artists, Mundial Montréal organized an afternoon of workshops/seminars for artists of the new generation, in collaboration with Musique Nomade.


The Indigenous Sounds series is back, installed in an integrated and recurring way in Mundial Montréal’s programming with 3 artists:  Kinnie Starr, Martha Redbone and Cris Derksen.


The Aboriginal Sounds series is at the heart of Mundial Montréal’s programming, featuring 8 artists from different provinces and communities across Canada: Tanya Tagaq, A Tribe Called Red, Samian, Leela Gilday, Shauit, Beatrice Deer, Eekwol and George Leach.

Indigenous artists also benefit from a private mentoring session with carefully selected national and international presenters.

Tanya Tagaq wins the Stingray Star Award.


For the first edition, Mundial Montreal presents 2 professional Indigenous artists: Élisapie and Digging Roots.