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Montreal, August 2, 2022 – It is with great joy and pride that the National Congress of Italian-Canadians, Québec region, announces the 29th edition of ItalfestMTL, formerly Montreal’s Italian Week, which will take place from August 5th to 20th, 2022. An overflowing program of content will be offered in person: several concerts, a fashion show under the stars, a sublime opera with live orchestra, drive-in movie nights, culinary capsules and much more. Sixteen days of free entertainment that will enliven the summer for the whole family! We would like to thank all our sponsors for their fundamental contribution to the…

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Kataganek/Kensington, PEI (May 27, 2022) – After many years of wonderful performances in Historic St. Mary’s, Indian River Festival has announced their 27th season under a new name: Under the Spire Music Festival. With this change, the mandate and core ideals of the Festival will continue to build on a nearly three decade-long legacy of beautiful music set in an unparalleled venue. Since its founding in 1996, Under the Spire Music Festival (USMF) has hosted some of the best Canadian performers and strives to present musical excellence spanning multiple styles. No matter the artist or genre, beautiful music will always…

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Kingston, ON (May 26, 2022) – Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts (“the Isabel”) at Queen’s University announces its 2022/23 Power of Live season that includes 25 Isabel debuts with classical, jazz, global, Indigenous, indie, and children’s artists and creators. The season also features the Bader & Overton Canadian Piano Competition with collaborations with CBC and the Kingston Symphony, the Isabel Human Rights Arts Festival, and the new Art for All visual arts event led by Kingston’s Catie Allan. Details on programming are contained in the Isabel’s 2022 23 season brochure: https://www.queensu.ca/theisabel/sites/default/files/uploads/content/ISABEL%2022.23%20SEASON%20SM.pdf. Most programming also will be streamed with high-fidelity sound on the Isabel Digital Concert Hall. Gryphon Trio and Sistema…

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Katia Makdissi-Warren, musical and electronic arrangements; Joséphine Bacon, Innu poet; Nina Segalowitz, Inuit throat singer; Hélène Martel, vocals. The blending of styles and cultures is a topic that comes up a lot when we talk about world music. The approach of Katia Makdissi-Warren and the Oktoecho team, followed by a host of musicians, is somewhat different. Their Transcestral project is, rather, the meeting of two world cultures, Sufism, on the one hand, and that of the First Nations, on the other hand, which is put forward with the notable contribution of Western styles. Needless to say,…

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La Nef is continuing its 30th anniversary celebrations under the general and artistic leadership of Claire Gignac. Though La Nef will present many concerts featuring various musical styles this season, it is currently being noted for its disc production at the start of a new year. On February 5, a concert will take the form of an album presentation, featuring Long Way Home by Andrew Wells-Oberegger, composer and multi-instrumentalist. Six musicians will join him at Montreal’s Maison de la culture Ahuntsic in the Concerts au bout du monde series. On March 10, another production will be led by Artistic Codirector…

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Ensemble Oktoécho presents the concert Transcestral, on November 27, at 8 pm, at the Outremont Theatre. An original creation of the Oktoécho ensemble, the event brings together 15 artists, singers, dancers, and poets from different backgrounds: six indigenous and Sufi communities are represented as well as musicians from jazz, classical and contemporary music. Transcestral weaves together the sacred ancestral traditions of Sufi trance music and indigenous music from Canada. It is a true hymn to life, highlighting our perpetual quest for harmony and communion with nature. Active communities Known for their unique musical contributions, rich in poetic lyricism and inspired…

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Place des Arts intercultural crossroads Soirée Cumbia As part of its L’Art en soi program, Place des Arts invites us to a Cumbia soirée. The Ballet Raíces de Colombia and the Bumaranga group will take us on a musical journey through the Colombian Caribbean and its unique folklore enriched by pre-Columbian, Spanish and African cultures. Traditional percussion and flute are combined with a modern, electric touch. Sept. 17, 8 p.m. Esplanade of Place des Arts. Pavlo celebrates Mediterranean music Guitarist Pavlo Simtikidis (Pavlo) offers a recial with delightful Mediterranean sounds that combine folk styles from different cultures. This internationally renowned…

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First is the Cameroonian vocalist and ethnomusicologist Gino Sitson. His performance, which opens the hall’s “Odyssées” series, will draw on various musical genres, from African song to jazz and Western chamber music. (Oct. 28, 8 p.m.) 
 In the New Year, the Naghash Ensemble is invited to perform a program of music inspired by the Armenian folk tradition. The concert is called Chants d’Exil. (Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m.) The season also marks the return of one of Ireland’s most prominent groups, Lúnas, with the show The Wild Coast of Ireland (Feb. 17, 8 p.m.). Music of the Orient will be in the…

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You may have noticed the absence of capitals in his name. This orthographic licence was inspired, he says, by his discovery as a young man of the poetry of e. e. cummings, who was known to eschew writing conventions like punctuation and standard syntax. Certain Bauhaus prints also gave him encouragement. Then, a more pragmatic motivation added to these influences: “At a time when everyone wrote on typewriters, I told myself one day that if capital letters were no longer necessary, typewriters would be smaller and lighter, saving much of the metal used in manufacturing.” And, to conclude this mindful…

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Worldbeat is now an integral part of the musical landscape. Those involved in the cross-pollination of music traditions have to be more imaginative than ever to satisfy audience demands. Montreal is a prime market in North America for cross-cultural music encounters. Here are but a few events to take note of in the weeks and months to come. Middle East to Far East at Place des Arts On Sept. 28, the Algerian soprano Fairouz Oudjida, celebrated as the “Diva of the Desert,” performs Du Sahara à l’opéra at the Cinquième Salle of Place des Arts. There will be plenty of…

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