Published Oct 03, 2018Ahead of returning to the city for its eighth edition this November, Mundial Montreal has unveiled the full program for its 2018 event.
This year's edition will take place from November 13 to 16, with this year's theme being Mosaic Music.
The festival's opening night will put the spotlight on female-fronted groups and artists such as Blisk, Mélissa Laveaux, Kim So Ra, DoVira and Marinah.
Elsewhere, the Indigenous Sounds series will feature 2018 Polaris Music Prize winner Jeremy Dutcher, Riit, Silla and Rise, OktoEcho, Emily Wurramara and Elle Márjá Eira.
Canadian acts set to perform include Ramon Chicharron, Waahli, OKAN, Farnaz Ohadi & Mashregh Ensemble, Itamar Erez, Gordie Mackeeman and his Rhythm Boys, and more.
As in years past, Mundial Montreal will welcome over 300 local and international world music industry professionals for a series of conferences.
Highlights include panel Idle No More III: Indigenous Renaissance, which will discuss the present and future of Indigenous music, while panel Mosaic, Culture & Recognition will feature discussion between Drew Gonsalves (Kobo Town) and ShoShona Kish, moderated by journalist Chaka Grier (NOW Magazine).
Speaking on this year's Mosaic Music theme, Mundial Montreal artistic director Derek Andrews said, "Music Mosaic, is a turn of phrase natural to the Canadian cultural landscape. It is our theme this year, so we can distinguish ourselves from the 'melting pot' to the south. We retain heritage, offer positive settlement practices, and as a result, our chances for 'peace, love and understanding' flourish. As 'settlers' on colonized land, we also continue to recognize the need to educate ourselves about Indigenous emergence. There is a renaissance surrounding us!"
Full festival programming and ticketing information is available through the festival's official website.