The power of music in building community was on full display at this 8th edition of Mundial Montreal, from the 14th to the 17th of November.
With 32 artists, including 10 international groups, and upwards of 300 industry delegates (including 125 PRESENTERS: 85 Canadians / 39 Internationals (13 countries, 19 from USA) / 59 Women) joining us from the four corners of the world for 4 days of meetings and musical discovery, Mundial Montreal lived up to its reputation as North America’s key world music industry gathering. With an unbroken string of breathtaking performances, intense networking activities, and panel sessions that explored many of the major concerns of the music industry, this year’s edition was the most successful to date.
Mundial artistic director Derek Andrews, summarizes the goals and success of Mundial Montreal 2018:
“Once again, we joined the dots between presenters across Canada, as they invited forty international colleagues into productive planning sessions! From Norway to Nunavut to New Orleans organizers absorbed a fresh batch of talents, from throat singers to mardi-gras Indian funk. The world got a little more harmonious, and barriers between cultures were broken down.”
A MOSAIC OF MUSIC
In this global community of musicians, our Mosaic Music theme was reflected in a program that juxtaposed polyphonic Balkan music with traditional Korean percussion, Louisiana brass with flamenco, Yoruba chants with Maritime fiddles, and much more. Artists from many backgrounds came together around the shared values of celebrating cultural traditions, moving forward as artists, and dancing!
On opening night, Blisk, Kim So Ra, and Marinah offered beautiful, thoughtful and heartfelt performances on opening night at Cabaret Lion d’Or.
The two showcases on Wednesday both sold out, with the venue packed to the gills. The crowd was put under a spell by Silla & Rise, who at the end of the week were awarded the Stingray Rising Stars Award that includes a bursary and radio play on Stingray’s many channels. Wednesday night saw an epic dinner-time parade in a windy -10 degrees from locals Urban Science Brass Band, captivating performances from Elle Márjá Eira and Aurora, plus a standout performance from Cha Wa.
Thursday afternoon saw fantastic performances from Farnaz Ohadi & Mashregh Ensemble, a quirky set from Socalled, and Jeremy Dutcher performing to a packed room of captivated Mundial and M delegates. Further highlights include Miroca Paris, OKAN, and Clarinet Factory to close out Thursday night.
Friday night, the local scene was in full force as Ayrad, Daby Touré, and Nomad’Stones brought as serious heat to a packed Club Soda.
Special mentions also go to Tamar Ilana & Ventanas, Waahli, Mélissa Laveaux, Ramon Chicharron, Perséides, and the epic Norté Tropical closing night party.
CELEBRATING MULTICULTURAL COMMUNITIES
Music is crucial in developing a shared sense of community, and in these tumultuous times, it brings a message of tolerance and openness. Mundial Montreal built its musical program around these values, and brought them into our series of panels, including Idle No More III: Indigenous Renaissance, which featured an exchange between Alan Greyeyes, ShoShona Kish, Jeremy Dutcher and Cynthia Lickers-Sage on the existing momentum and future directions of the Indigenous music community, viewed by presenters, funders, artists, and organizers.
The panel series featured a series of useful discussions that gave plenty of homework and cause for reflection to the delegate pool, with topics aimed at both new arrivals to the industry and the most experienced within the community.
The Mentor Café and Speed Schmooze gave participants the chance to discuss their work, make connections (more than 2000 speed meetings) and build professional relationships that create opportunities to develop artist careers.
The World Routes Network meeting was a fruitful discussion allowing Canadian presenters to work on concrete block-booking cooperation for the next seasons but also to share their experiences, challenges, and successes.
A return of our activities “On the Road” is planned for APAP in New York in January, Folk Alliance International here in Montreal in February.
Save the dates! Mundial Montreal will be back for its 9th edition, November 19-22, 2019.