Mundial Montreal, described as North America’s World Music Summit, has unveiled the full program for its 7th edition: Nov. 14-17, 2017.
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.
The theme of this year’s edition is Immigration Nation. Derek Andrews, artistic director, Mundial Montreal, states that "As strife and intolerance come to define our current socio-political climate, we recognize the importance of working together and the strength that comes in celebrating our cultural diversity. Canada is a country of immigrants – living on Indigenous land. We believe that the arts are an important tool for helping to achieve a more inclusive society, as well as for advancing the cause of reconciliation.”
In this spirit, the artists performing at Mundial Montreal this year have used their platform to speak truth to power and to inspire their communities.
MM 2017 will feature two special guest speakers, Stephen Budd (Africa Express) and Cheryl McEnaney (Real World Records), sharing their knowledge and experiences. Throughout the week, Mundial Montreal will offer useful panels related to career development and stimulating conversations on issues surrounding music and cultural diversity.
31 showcasing artists have also been announced. Joining musicians from Korea, Israel, Italy, France, Sweden, the US, and Greenland are such notable Canadian folk, reggae, and world music artists as Exco Levi, Kae Sun, Kaia Kater, Rakkatak, Kobo Town, and Turkwaz.
Returning to MM is the Indigenous Sounds series, one that has created a bridge to new audiences and new touring opportunities into the mainstream circuits for Indigenous artists. Showcasing this year are Quantum Tangle, William Prince, Lacey Hill, Amanda Rheaume, and, for the first time, international artists Emily Wurramara (Australia), and Nive & the Deer Children (Greenland). The 2017 edition of Indigenous Sounds is supported by Slaight Music in collaboration with FACTOR and the Government of Canada.