We are extremely proud to present to you this lovely retrospective video, featuring interviews, live footage and lots of dancing from Mundial #3! They say a photo is worth 1,000 words, so a short video..well, it’s worth a whole lot more! If you haven’t been to Mundial yet, this will give you a sense of what all the buzz is about. Share it with anybody who might be curious about us!
We are proud to announce the collaboration between MUNDIAL MONTREAL, North America’s world music summit, and CINARS Biennale, Montreal’s internationally acclaimed performing arts networking event, celebrating its 16th edition! The two conferences are coming together to produce a joint World Music showcase on Friday, November 21, 2014 which will bring together delegates from both conferences to discover 4 jury selected World Music artists.The deadline for submissions is March 14, 5pm EST. Details on the submission policy are here.
The Mundial team is back from the great whirlwind that was Bourse RIDEAU, Quebec’s premier performing arts industry gathering, taking place in Quebec City. We are thrilled that world music had significant prominence amid all the action. Several Mundial alumni were showcasing at the conference: Boogat, Wesli, H’Sao, MAZ, Vox Sambou, and Patricia Cano.
Check out the mixtape here!
WORLD MUSIC DISCUSSION @ RIDEAU
Additionally, we hosted an open discussion on the state of world music in Quebec and Canada. From traditional genres to world “2.0″, world music is fast evolving from niche to mainstream. The talk was well attended by industry pros and the collective will to develop the world music network was…sniff sniff..quite moving and inspiring! Onward-ho!!
That’s right! We threw quite a party in Toronto at Lula Lounge during CAPACOA. We sent a yellow school bus packed with about 40 delegates to the Lula Lounge for dinner and some showcase magic. The night featured stellar performances from latin jazz queen Eliana Cuevas, Italian singer-songwriter Daniela Nardi, Middle Eastern dub troubadours Jaffa Road, soulful songstress Malika Tirolien, and flamenco guitarist Jorge Miguel.
Check out our Facebook page to see the videos!
We’re back in Montreal after a great time in New York City. APAP was packed with opportunities to hear great music, see completely incredible performances and connect with other industry folks. It was great to see old friends and make new ones, and discover more incredible music!
Friday January 10th, 2014 @ Drom
The evening kicked off with a cocktail reception hosted alongside our friends at Native America North. Dozens of industry professionals came to schmooze before the music started. The show began began with innovative fusion artist Gurpreet Chana presenting his new show TABLIX: an integration of tabla and technology. Check out the highlight:
Gurpreet was followed by the playful cinematic textures of Montreal-based instrumental group Sagapool. Yellowknife’s Leela Gilday then graced the stage with her emotionally-charged songs before giving way to Chadian a cappella masters H’Sao, who took the audience on an incredible journey. Closing out the night, Tanya Tagaq performed a shortened version of her mind-blowing Nanook of the North show, which must be seen to be believed. All in all, the night was great, with over 100 industry professionals and even more fans attending the showcase.
On Sunday, Mundial presented two showcases at the Midtown Hilton as part of the APAP musical showcase activities. H’Sao absolutely lit up the room, and Alejandra Ribera brought the house down.
Mundial won the crowd over on Monday evening at Le Poisson Rouge with a showcase featuring Canada’s best world music artists. In collaboration with Eye For Talent at Le Poisson Rouge, we presented Alejandra Ribera, who mesmerized the crowd with her multilingual songbook, and Jaron Freeman-Fox, whose energetic brand of progressive folk wowed the audience. Check out their performances below:
We’re heading back on the road next week, going to in Toronto for CAPACOA at Lula Lounge on Thursday Jan. 23.
If you weren’t able to make it to Mundial, we have a plethora of video content! There are some great live videos as well as some panel content.
Watch this great video of Vox Sambou’s electrifying performance at La SAT
That’s right, Mundial #4 is ALREADY IN PLANNING! Save the dates: November 18-21, 2014! In the spirit of the season, we are offering Ruby badges at a whopping 50% discount, until the end of January.
Mundial Montreal is an essential event on the calendar of the world music industry. Each year brings together local, national and international presenters, and provides incredible networking opportunities, not to be missed.
GALAXIE RISING STARS AWARD
Congratulations to Tanya Tagaq, who gave an absolutely mesmerizing performance at L’Astral as part of the Women of the World showcase. Her show, with musical soundscapes accompanying the film Nanook of the North captivated the audience and secured the Galaxie Rising Stars Award.
Each year, Galaxie, your musical universe, offers a $3000 bursary and airplay to one lucky Mundial performer as part of its Rising Stars program.
BLUEBERRY AWARD WINNER: LEELA GILDAY
This year, Mundial Montreal was proud to partner with Montreal-based acoustic guitar maker Blueberry Guitars to provide one lucky artist with a custom-made acoustic Blueberry Guitar. These guitars are crafted by traditional woodcarvers in Bali and are of the highest quality and absolutely beautiful.
This year’s winner was Leela Gilday, who gave a wonderful performance at L’Astral as part of the Women of the World showcase.
Mundial Montreal #3 ended with a bang on friday night as The Souljazz Orchestra brought their funky fire to l’Astral! So much dancing!
It brought to a close a great week of music, conversation and quality professional activities. A big thank you to all the amazing showcasing artists as well as the delegates!
We’ll see you in January for CAPACOA and APAP! And remember, save the dates for the next edition of Mundial, November 18-21, 2014!
If you go to our Facebook page, you can find photos from all 4 days of the event!