Four days of festivities, from November 19 to 22
Mundial Montreal, North America’s World Music Summit, is proud to unveil the full program for its 9th edition, happening November 19-22, 2019. Throughout the event, over 30 artists from Canada and beyond will showcase their work to the public and professionals alike.
In collaboration with KAMS – Korea Arts Management Service / PAMS (Performing Arts Market Seoul)
The opening night features international groups presenting a very wide range of sound: Korean group NST & The Soul Sauce meets Kim Yulhee lead into Swedish duo Sousou & Maher Cissoko, then Montreal-based experimental jazz ensemble Bellflower, and closing with the Afro-Colombian sounds of NYC-based Grupo Rebolu.
The Indigenous Sounds Series is back for the 8th year, beginning with a focused meeting of Indigenous music community presenters, artists, agents and stakeholders. The series also includes a roundtable discussion among the plethora of panels and professional activities (Mentor Café, Speed Schmooze, dinners & receptions) designed to stimulate important conversations, create new connections and seed opportunities for professional development.
Idle No More IV will feature a conversation between artists and organizers that will invite reflection on the relationship between Indigenous arts professionals and the world music community. Mundial welcomes Bear Witness (A Tribe Called Red), Denise Bolduc (CAPACOA, Luminato), and Adrian Sutherland (Midnight Shine).
Out of all the artists showcasing, a significant focus is the Indigenous Sounds series, featuring 8 groups including singer-songwriters Murray Porter (Mohawk – Six Nations), Mimi O’Bonsawin (Abenaki – Sudbury), Celeigh Cardinal (Métis – Peace Country, AB), Kym Gouchie (Lheidli T’enneh Nation – Prince George), Quartet Flying Mocassins (Wendat – Wendake), plus rock bands Midnight Shine (Cree – Attawapiskat/Moose Factory) and Digawolf (Tlicho – Yellowknife). The series also features an international guest: VILDÁ (Sami – Finland).
Canada’s incredible diversity is represented this year with over 20 artists from a huge array of backgrounds, including Montrealers La Léa, Caracol, Nazih Borish, and Carine au Micro, Torontonians Kiran Ahluwalia, Zaki Ibrahim, and Moskitto Bar, westerners Tri-Continental and Kelly Bado, plus Vishtèn and The East Pointers from PEI.
The international component of the program includes Novalima (Peru), Blick Bassy (Cameroun/France), Sver (Sweden), Rafiki Jazz (UK) and Ember Swift 国子玉。 (China).
The week ends with a bang on Friday with a closing night starting off with the premiere of a new show from Montreal singer Mamselle Ruiz, and finishing with the 15th anniversary celebration of legendary Montreal crew Nomadic Massive, with opening act Djely Tapa (2019-20 Révélations ICI Musique)!
“By highlighting the work and talent of artists from diverse, under-represented communities and backgrounds, and with an important focus on Indigenous artists, Mundial Montreal has opened doors and changed the financial fortunes of hundreds of artists and their representatives. We aspire to a more tolerant society. At a time where the world is grappling with immigration and Canada is seen as a beacon of good will, we invite our delegates to fight for the rights of artists and break down barriers. We are proud to continue our mission making space for talent ready for the world.”
Derek Andrews, Artistic Director, Mundial Montreal