For the Journées de la culture 2017, Wapikoni Mobile organized four screening events, including three with Vélo Paradiso, an official event of Montreal's 375th anniversary celebrations.
At dusk on September 29, two projector-bikes, one in Jarry Park, the other in Kent Park in Côte-des-Neiges, screened a 40-minute selection of short films directed by Wapikoni's Indigenous filmmakers as well as one music video created by Musique Nomade musicians and directed by a Wapikoni filmmaker.
Over 100 people came by to watch the short films straight out of Indigenous communities from Canada and South America and were the first to see on a big screen the trailer for Wapikoni's 2017 launch, which will take place on October 12.
The following films delighted the audience: Sonny Side Up, Kuujjuaq, En service, Shipu, Rien sur les mocassins (Nothing on Mocassins), Nous nous soulèverons (We Will Rise), Batailles (Battles), Traditional Healing, Où sont tes plumes? (Where Are Your Feathers?), Where the River Widens, The Routes, De face ou de profil (Face or Profile), Carte postale du Dozois (Postcard from Dozois), Blocus 138, Transmission 01:34-0D.
The following day, October 1st, Vélo Paradiso screened a different program at Jarry Park meant to entertain kids, teenagers and adults alike.
All these cultural events were free.
ABOUT MUSIQUE NOMADE
Musique Nomade is a mobile recording studio that offers Indigenous musicians of Canada the opportunity to record tracks as well as music videos in a professional setting. By visiting various communities, the Musique Nomade team can help jump-start a budding musician’s career.
ABOUT VÉLO PARADISO
Projector-bikes screening Wapikoni Mobile shorts as well as exclusive music videos created by pairs of Indigenous-non-Indigenous musicians, produced by Musique Nomade and directed by Wapikoni Mobile. Vélo Paradiso is an official event of Montreal's 375th anniversary.
ABOUT JASON BAJADA
Jason Bajada is a singer-songwriter from Montreal, Quebec. He toured with Martha Wainwright, The Lemonheads, Joseph Arthur, Pilot Speed, Dumas, Robert Charlebois, David Usher, Black Diamond Bay, Arthur H, The Church, Cœur de pirate and countless others.