WOMEX – Tampere, Finland
23 to 27 October 2019
Mundial Montreal has year round On The Road activities, looking outward from our flagship event in November.
We are looking forward to taking part in the 25th anniversary celebration at this year’s WOMEX.
In October we will be at WOMEX for the 9th consecutive year.
We will be supporting showcases from Digging Roots and Leela Gilday on October 25, 2019 at the Tullikamari Cultural Centre (Klubi). Complementing these showcases is an Indigenous delegation that is at the heart of the Canadian delegation. We are proud to be offering support services for the participants in this initiative supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.
WOMEX activities we will be hosting/supporting include:
– a World Routes Network meeting (Thursday, Oct 24, 15:15-16:00)
– 2 receptions (Meet the Canadians & Folquébec)
– offWOMEX showcase with Digging Roots & Leela Gilday (Friday 21:00/22:30)
Digging Roots is an Indigenous Anishinabe and Onkwehonwe JUNO winning musical roots group. They sing about the injustices done to their communities yet also sing empowered songs of peace and resistance. Born into the bloodlines of leaders of resistance, songwriters ShoShona Kish and Raven Kanatakta use the traditional Anishinabek Song Lines method of composition which has been used since time immemorial except when Indigenous music was banned by the Canadian government. Song Lines trace melody and rhythms based on how landscapes of horizons rise and fall. For example, a melody will rise in pitch with a mountain and will lower as a mountainside descends into a valley or lake. Connection to land is paramount; there is an Anishinabek teaching that says, ‘we do not own the land —the land owns us’. Consequently, Digging Roots’ Odeimin music is directly inspired by the beauty of the land.
If you’re from the North, Leela’s music is home. If you’ve never been, it will take you there. A passionate singer/songwriter and soulful performer, Leela Gilday has a voice that comes straight from the heart. A member of the Dene Nation, she writes about the people and the land that created her. The power in her voice conveys stories of love and life in a rugged environment and vibrant culture. Confessing her stories to her audiences with a gutsy voice and open stage presence, Gilday weaves her experiences as a northerner, a member of the Dene nation, and a traveler into a beautiful world.
They will be able to present their music to an audience of professionals from all over the world.
This is wonderful opportunity for Canadian artists and another chance for us to demonstrate that our ability to generate results for the artists we work with.
If you are planning on coming to Tampere, come and see us at booth 2.30.