I attended Mundial Montreal (www.mundialmontreal.com) for the first time last year and was impressed with the quality of the showcases, effective structured networking, broad attendance by excellent world music business contacts (presenters, festivals, agents), the deep dive into Canada's thriving world music scene, all within a new and relatively small and accessible industry event. It doesn't hurt that it's in the amazing music-rich and culturally compelling city of Montreal.
This year I am excited to go back and continue to deepen my understanding of Canada's growing Aboriginal music scene (which makes up about a fifth of this year's programming) with showcases from emerging icons like A Tribe Called Red and Tanya Tagaq (neither of whom I can seem to get enough of) balanced with what I know will be fresh revelations. Last year led to amazing discoveries like: Briga, H'Sao, Nomadic Massive, Patricia Cano, Mamselle, and Gotta Lago, among others. With Canadian curator of renown Derek Andrews as artistic director, there are sure to be some compelling musical surprises this year. I am hearing exciting things about Souljazz Orchestra, Gupreet Chana, and Papagroove.
- Dmitri Vietze, CEO/founder, www.rockpaperscissors.biz