30th Montreal international First Peoples Festival Launches online three concerts

The Montreal International First Peoples Festival, continuing its evolving program, under the generic theme of Nomade Land, is launching online a series of three new concerts recorded at the Cabaret le Lion d'Or in mid-September. They will be premiered on October 29, 30 and 31 on the site www.presenceautochtone.ca.

Thursday, October 29th at 7:00 PM - Laura Niquay and Gotta Lago

Laura Niquay is an Atikamekw artist from the Indigenous community of Wemotaci. With her guitar, in a folk-soft atmosphere, she sings with her sanded voice, in Atikamekw and in French, in order to acknowledge her cultural heritages. Respect for nature, empowerment of women, hope for a better future for the next generations, are inspirations to her music. A nomad, well anchored in her time, she transfers her culture and her background in original stage performances.

Friday, October 30th at 7:00 PM - Backwater Township

Backwater Township is a jazz trio based in Montreal, QC that consists of Corey Thomas (Bass), Olivier Turner (Guitar), Vitta Morales (Drums). The music composed by Corey Thomas is a tribute to his experiences as a Mi'kmaq artist in his home community of Gesgapegiag, and his continuing journey as an urban Indigenous musician in Montreal. 

Saturday, October 31st, at 7:00 PM - Moe Clark with Nina Segalowitz, David Ryshpan, Mark Nelson and Marino Vazquez

âpihtawikosisâniskwêw (ᐋᐱᐦᑕᐃᐧᑯᓯᓵᓂᐢᑫᐧᐤ) multidisciplinary artist Moe Clark fuses together vocal improvisation with multilingual lyricism to create meaning that is rooted in personal legacy and ancestral memory. Her work has appeared the world over, including the Lincoln Centre (US), UBUD Writers & Readers Festival (ID) and Origins Festival in London (UK).


Let’s remind that the festival's activities began in August with the programming of 7 feature films at the Cinema du Musée as part of the official competition (award ceremony in November). More upcoming films, in theaters or online, will be announced at a later date. Live, on August 7 at noon there was the presentation of the 2020 Transcestral concert on the presenceautochtone.ca site. Then in the Quartier des spectacles, from August 6 to 9, the mythical figures of animals and legendary characters were displayed on and around the Place des Festivals, serving as a backdrop for impromptu performances by Native
artists. Finally, on August 13, the virtual launch of Indigenous Cinemas and Media in the Americas: Narratives, Communities and Sovereignties, a special issue of the Canadian Journal of Film Studies / Revue canadienne d'études cinématographiques, published by University of Toronto Press.