Montreal, November 22, 2017 – The power of music in building community was on full display at this 7th edition of Mundial Montreal, from the 14th to the 17th of November.
With more than 30 artists, including 10 international groups, and upwards of 300 industry delegates (including more than 100 presenters) 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 2017:
“Grassroots, international, inspiring, connected, personal, passionate, political, tasty, thoughtful, moving, motivating, there are many words that capture the 7th edition of Mundial Montreal. We were told over and over that our event is delivering positive and productive vibes like no other conference. It is such a rewarding project to produce and we look forward to pushing the envelope further in 2018.”
MUSIC TRAVELLING ACROSS BORDERS
In this global community of musicians, our Immigration Nation theme showed up in a slightly subversive salute to the Middle East, showing up in many forms, including traditional, rock, jazz and vocal harmony. On opening night, Turkwaz, Leyla McCalla and Quantum Tangle offered beautiful, thoughtful and heartfelt performances on opening night at Cabaret Lion d’Or.
On Wednesday, we were put under a spell by the funky Iraqi grooves of Gordon Grdina’s Haram (Canada), the powerful energy of Kalàscima (Italy), as well as the discovery of a new artist to watch out for: Muwashah singer Lamia Yared et l’Ensemble Zaman (Canada). Further highlights include the emergence of singer-songwriter Lacey Hill (Canada), and the amazing performance by William Prince, plus Egyptian revolutionary rocker Ramy Essam, and an incredible performance by Israeli-Ethiopian soul singer AvevA to close out Thursday Night.
Friday night, Roberto Lopez (Canada), Doctor Nativo (Guatemala), and Kobo Town (Canada) brought an incredible tropical ambiance to a packed Groove Nation, before delegates were treated to a high-energy dance party soundtracked by Indigenous contemporary music curated by RPM Live.
Special mentions also go to the ultrafunky African grooves of Laetitia Zonzambé (Canada), Korean traditional percussion ensemble Noreum Machi (brought here by KAMS) and the beautiful conversation inside the New Canadian Global Music Orchestra.
BUILDING COMMUNITY THROUGH MUSIC
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 the highly inspirational discussion during the Immigration Nation panel, that featured numerous organizers discussing special projects that have been used to create an inclusive environment for new immigrants. Keynote speaker Stephen Budd kept the audience glued to their seats with stories from his varied past as he was interviewed by our AD Derek. The Idle No More part 2 panel (part of the Indigenous Sounds series, presented with support from Slaight Music and FACTOR, got delegates talking about how to build more bridges with Indigenous organizers.
The Mentor Café (in collaboration with MROC) and Speed Schmooze gave participants the chance to discuss their work, make connections (more than 2 000 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 in Kansas, MO, in February and Babel Med Music in Marseille in March.
TRANSATLANTIC BRIDGE PRIZE AND STINGRAY RISING STARS AWARD
For the last few years, Mundial Montreal has been collaborating with Babel Med Music in France and Stingray Music to celebrate local talent thanks to prizes aimed at helping Mundial showcasing artists to develop their career. This year, the Stingray Rising Stars award was given to William Prince, who will benefit from enhanced visibility as well as a bursary of $2000.
The collaboration between Mundial Montreal and the French event Babel Med Music has given birth to the Transatlantic Bridge Prize. Created to increase the circulation of talent between Europe and North America, this prize is given to two groups, one from each event. Awarded during showcases, the award allows artists to access new markets and build their career on both sides of the Atlantic. This year, the prize was awarded to Kobo Town.
Save the dates! Mundial Montreal will be back for its 8th edition, November 13-16, 2018.
PARTNER EVENT WITH HUB MONTREAL
MUNDIAL is also a partner event of HUB MONTRÉAL. This alliance allowed participants to grow their networks across many creative industries. Sebastien Nasra, founder of HUB and co-founder of Mundial summarizes the importance of this partnership:
“Access to a diversity of sectors and cultures is a key component of a project like HUB. The integration of certain Mundial activities into the HUB program as well as the rich diversity of Mundial participants who had the chance to mingle with HUB delegates added a valuable dimension to the latter. Bravo and thank you to the Mundial team for their contribution and for an incredible 7th edition of Mundial Montreal!”
THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS!
Mundial Montréal is made possible thanks to the financial participation of FACTOR, the government of Canada, the government of Quebec, the City of Montreal, Musicaction, the Canada Council for the Arts, SODEC, Tourisme Montréal, the Montreal Council for the Arts, the Consulat Général de France à Montréal, Slaight Music, Stingray Music, and the Caisse Desjardins de la Culture.
ABOUT MUNDIAL MONTREAL
Mundial Montreal is North America’s World Music Summit. Taking place annually, Mundial operates as a springboard for some of the best world music talent emerging from Canada and beyond, and is cultivating a highly developed network of presenters. With a thoughtfully curated program of artists, networking activities and inspiring conversation, Mundial has established itself as the go-to event in North America for world music discovery and professional opportunities. Co-founded by Sébastien Nasra and Derek Andrews, the event is produced by Avalanche Prod (M for Montreal, OUMF, HUB Montreal). Mundialmontreal.com
ABOUT AVALANCHE PROD
Founded in 1994 by Sébastien Nasra, Avalanche Prod is specialized in event planning and production. Its mission is to supply expertise in the creation and realization of high-level festivals and conferences (B2B and B2C), as well as innovative initiatives for exporting creative talent on an international scale. Its achievements include notably the events M for Montreal 912 editions), Mundial Montreal (7 editions), the OUMF street festival (7 editions), plus 2 new initiatives in 2017: MEGA (Montreal Expo Gaming Arcade – 1 edition), and HUB Montreal (1 edition). The company has also organized dozens of collective initiatives each year for more than a decade under its many banners, at important international markets including South by Southwest (12 years), The Great Escape (12 years) et WOMEX (6 years) to name just a few.